Do you love chicken legs? I know I do and always look for new ways to cook them. That is why I am excited to share this Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Legs recipe with you.
This dish is not only delicious, but it is also low-carb friendly. So, if you are looking for a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love, this recipe is for you!
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that uses hot air to cook food. It is similar to a convection oven, but it cooks food faster and gives it a crispy texture.
You need little to no oil with an air fryer, about 70% to 80% less oil than using a fryer. It's one of the reasons I truly love an air fryer.
What can you cook in an Air Fryer?
Depending on the size and model, You can cook just about anything:
Can you put raw drumsticks in an air fryer?
Yes, you can put raw chicken legs in an air fryer. Cooking chicken legs in an air fryer is a quick and easy way to get them crispy on the outside while keeping them juicy on the inside.
The best part about cooking chicken legs in an air fryer is that there is no need to preheat the oven or use any oil, making it a healthy option.
- First, place the drumsticks in the air fryer basket without overlaying or stacking.
- Then, set the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Halfway through the cooking time, flip the chicken drumsticks over, so they cook evenly.
- After 20 to 25 minutes, your chicken legs will be cooked through and crispy on the outside. The internal chicken leg recipe should be 165F.
How long do you cook chicken legs in an air fryer?
The cooking time for chicken legs in an air fryer will vary depending on the size of the chicken legs and the temperature that you are cooking at. However, as a general rule, you should cook chicken legs in an air fryer for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
What are the best temperatures to cook chicken legs in an air fryer?
The best temperatures to cook chicken leg in the air fryer are from 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 18 to 25 minutes.
Can I cook frozen chicken legs in an air fryer?
Yes, you can cook frozen chicken legs in an air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit, drizzle the chicken with olive oil, and season as desired.
Spray the air fryer basket with non-stick spray and place the chicken in the basket. Remember not to overlap them and leave space between them.
Air fry for 18 to 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through. That's it – you'll have perfectly cooked chicken that is crispy and juicy on the inside.
How do you air fry chicken legs?
The best way to air fry chicken legs is by cooking them at a high temperature for a short time. This will ensure that the chicken legs are cooked through and crispy on the outside.
Should I preheat my air fryer before cooking my chicken leg?
Yes, it would help if you preheated your air fryer before cooking chicken legs in it. Preheating the air fryer will help to ensure that the chicken legs cook evenly and are crispy on the outside.
To preheat your air fryer, turn it to the desired cooking temperature and let it run for about five minutes before adding the chicken legs.
Once the air fryer is preheated, cooking the chicken legs is quick and easy. Place them in the basket, set the timer, and let it do its thing. Remember to turn the chicken legs halfway through cooking to ensure even cooking.
What is the best way to season chicken legs?
There are many different ways that you can season chicken legs. Some popular options include a BBQ rub, garlic powder, and salt. However, feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs to find a seasoning you love.
How do you marinate chicken legs in an air fryer?
To marinate chicken legs in an air fryer, place the chicken legs in a large resealable bag or container. Then, add your desired marinade and let it sit for at least 30 minutes (up to 24 hours).
When ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the marinade and place it in the air fryer basket—Cook as desired.
What are some of the best side dishes to serve with air-fried chicken legs?
Some of the best side dishes to serve with air-fried chicken legs include roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, and a salad. However, feel free to get creative and experiment with different sides.
Cooking legs in an Air Fryer Basket vs. Air Fryer Oven
Preheating your air fryer basket or oven is essential for cooking chicken legs evenly. It only takes a few minutes to preheat, and the cooking time will vary depending on the machine and the type of food being cooked.
Chicken legs tend to cook a little faster in an air fryer basket, so keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking. The air fryer oven can hold more food than the basket, so it's perfect for cooking in larger quantities.
When cooking chicken legs in an air fryer, check the temperature regularly to ensure they are cooked through.
How to make Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Legs
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- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins Recipe
- Air Fryer Pickles with Dill Dip
What are the ingredients to make Sesame Chicken Legs?
To make sesame chicken legs using an air fryer, you are going to need:
- chicken drumsticks
- low sodium soy sauce
- sesame oil
- maple-flavored syrup
- garlic clove
- ground ginger
- toasted sesame seeds
Now that we have our ingredients let's make this air fryer recipe. Follow these steps, and you will be enjoying a delicious low-carb-friendly meal.
Chicken sesame legs is a dish that can be easily made using an air fryer. Add all ingredients to a large bowl or freezer bag and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Remove drumsticks from the marinade—top drumsticks with sesame seeds.
Place drumsticks in the air fryer tray or basket. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
This dish is a healthy alternative to fried chicken and is just as delicious. Serve with rice and vegetables for a complete meal. Enjoy!
There are many different ways to use up leftover air-fried chicken legs. One option is to slice them up and add them to a salad.
Another option is shredding the meat and using it in a wrap or sandwich. You could also reheat them and enjoy them as-is. However you choose to eat them, leftovers are always a good idea!
Yes, you can freeze cooked air-fried chicken legs. Place them in a freezer-safe container and store them for up to three months. Then, when you're ready to eat them, thaw and reheat.
We recommend you shred the chicken before freezing, making it easier to use in different recipes.
Air Fryer Sesame Chicken Legs
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- 1.5 pounds chicken drumsticks
- 2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon maple-flavored syrup
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (Use half for topping)
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl or freezer bag and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Remove drumsticks from the marinade.
- Top drumsticks with sesame seeds.
- Place drumsticks in the air fryer tray or basket.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 34g
This calculations might be incorrect.