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Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Legs

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This air fryer ranch chicken legs recipe is incredibly easy and super tasty. The best part of air fryer chicken legs is the crispy outside and juicy inside. Add in ranch powder with butter to season these chicken legs and enjoy!

Cooked Air Fryer Chicken Legs and melted butter

Air Fryer Chicken Legs seasoned with butter and ranch powder.

Air fryer chicken legs are such a great option for a healthier dinner. Chicken legs are very versatile and you can create a variety of different flavors using different spices or marinades to change it up. Our family loves ranch chicken legs in the air fryer.

If you haven’t used an air fryer yet, just know it’s really more of a convection oven than it is a fryer. Perfect for cooking chicken with or without a breading without using any oil. If you love the taste of a crunchy fried chicken dish,  make sure you check out these Air Fryer Crispy Chicken Tenders that are dipped in buttermilk and coated with a breading.

These ranch drumsticks are perfect to cook in an air fryer because the air easily moves around the chicken, cooking them evenly. Air frying gives these ranch chicken legs a nice crispy outside while keeping the inside juicy.

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Air Fryer Chicken Legs on Plate for Pinterest Pin

 

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Are Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks Low Carb?

Yes! Without deep frying in oil or using any breading, this is a perfect low carb recipe. It’s Keto friendly too with no carbs in the butter and only 1 carbohydrate in the ranch seasoning packet (may vary depending on the brand you use). Some recipes call for the use of a little olive oil, but since we are using butter there are no added carbs from any oils.

If you’re watching carbs, then this is a great meal option.

Is this Recipe Gluten Free?

Yes, if you use the right products. The Great Value Ranch Seasoning Packet from Walmart is not gluten free. If you need a gluten free option, Hidden Valley Ranch offers a gluten free ranch seasoning packet.

How Long to Cook Chicken Legs in Air Fryer?

Prep is easy and overall it’ll take about 35 minutes for you to have deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked chicken legs.

Prep time is 10 minutes and the cook time is only 25 minutes.

 

Air Fryer Chicken Legs Ingredients:

All you need are three simple ingredients to season these chicken drumsticks to a golden tangy yum!

  • A stick of butter
  • One ranch salad dressing packet
  • 6 chicken legs.

Easy, right?

Ingredeints displayed: Plate of chicken drumsticks, small bowl of melted butter, powedered ranch dressing packet and silicone basting brush.

 

How to Cook Air Fryer Chicken Legs

The first step is to pat the chicken legs with a paper towel to absorb any excess water. Make sure they are as dry as possible.

Second, melt the stick butter in the microwave and use this top-recommended silicone basting brush on Amazon to give the chicken a good coating.

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Chicken Legs coated with butter

 

The third step is to place the buttered chicken legs on the air fryer racks or in the air fryer basket and cook for 25 minutes on 375 degrees.

Next, after 25 minutes, remove from the air fryer and coat the drumsticks with a little extra butter and sprinkle with ranch dressing powder.

Cooked Chicken Legs on the air fryer racks with Ranch dressing sprinkled over the top.

 

The last step is to pop the drumsticks back in the air fryer and cook for another 10 minutes to lock in the ranch flavoring.

Seriously, the crispy taste of butter and ranch seasoning is delicious!

Drumsticks cooked and displayed on the air fryer rack.

 

Prep and Cooking Directions:

Here are the steps in quick order for you or use the recipe card below to print these directions.

  1. Pat dry the chicken legs with paper towels to make sure they are dry.
  2. Melt the stick of butter and coat each drumstick generously with the butter (save just a little butter for step 6)
  3. Spray air fryer racks with nonstick oil (optional)
  4. Place drumsticks on air fryer racks with spacing in between each.
  5. Cook at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from air fryer and lightly coat drumsticks with butter.
  7. Sprinkle the ranch dressing powder on top.
  8. Place chicken legs back in air fryer and cook for another 10 minutes.

That’s all there is to it! Such an easy and yummy air fryer ranch chicken drumsticks recipe. Enjoy!

Cooked Air Fryer Chicken Legs and melted butter

Easy Air Fryer Chicken Legs with Ranch Seasoning

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Deliciously seasoned and perfectly cooked ranch chicken legs in the air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 6 Drumsticks
  • 1 Ranch Dip Dressing Packet
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)

Instructions

  1. Pat dry chicken legs with paper towels.
  2. Melt a stick of butter
  3. Coat each drumstick with butter.
  4. Spray air fryer racks with nonstick oil (optional).
  5. Space out drumsticks on air fryer racks.
  6. Cook at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from air fryer and coat drumsticks lightly with butter then sprinkle with ranch dip powder.
  8. Place chicken legs back in air fryer and cook for another 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 22g

The nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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