These Air Fryer Buffalo Drumsticks are made with chicken drumsticks, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and buffalo sauce.
I love adding baking powder when I am air frying chicken. It makes the skin so extra crispy. You can use store bought buffalo sauce or make your own. Making your own buffalo sauce is actually super simple. All you need is butter and hot sauce, like Frank’s red hot sauce. You just need to melt a stick of butter and hot sauce, like Frank’s, on a skillet until it melts. For best taste make your own, although buying a good quality buffalo sauce at the store can be just as good.
What you will need
- Chicken: I love using drumsticks for this, although you could use chicken wings or wingettes.
- Buffalo sauce: You can buy store-bought buffalo sauce or make your own. All you need to make your own is butter and hot sauce, like Frank’s.
- Baking powder: Using baking powder is essential to getting that crispy skin from air frying the chicken. It is so delicious and I even like adding it to chicken when I grill as well.
How to make Air Fryer Buffalo Drumsticks
Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with a paper towel. In a bowl, add the chicken, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Toss to combine until fully coated.
Place the chicken drumsticks in the basket of the air fryer. Air fry at 380°F for a total of 20 minutes, flipping once halfway, until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
Optional: Meanwhile, if you are making your own buffalo sauce, take the time as the chicken is air frying to melt the butter and hot sauce. In a large saucepan on medium low heat, add the stick of butter and the hot sauce, for 10 minutes, and keep stirring until the butter slowly melts.
Remove the air fried chicken from the fryer and place in a bowl. Drizzle the buffalo sauce over the chicken and toss well to combine. Serve with ranch on the side.
If you like this recipe, check out my friend Maddie's Air Fried Buffalo Chicken Tenders!