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chicken legs with bbq sauce in the basket of the air fryer

BBQ Air Fryer Chicken Legs

For a quick, delicious and budget-friendly meal, Air Fryer Chicken Legs are the perfect solution. Dry rubbed and slathered in BBQ sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 596kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 8 chicken legs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce


  • Preheat air fryer at 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Dry the chicken legs with paper towels and evenly sprinkle the outsides of the chicken legs with the salt, smoked paprika and pepper.
  • Add the chicken legs to the air fryer basket, four at a time. Make sure they are not touching.
  • Cook the chicken legs for 10 minutes. Open the air fryer and flip the chicken legs over. Cook for an additional 8 minutes.
  • Open the air fryer and brush each chicken leg generously with BBQ sauce. Cook for 2 minutes. Check the temperature. If the chicken legs are at 165 degrees F they are safe to eat. If not, keep cooking.
  • Repeat this process with the remaining four chicken legs.


Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 240mg | Sodium: 1625mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 786IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg