Low Carb

If you like chicken drumsticks, you absolutely must try these air fryer recipe. They are crispy on the outside and so moist on the inside that as you bite into them you get an explosion of overwhelming taste

These air fried drumsticks are good on their own and don’t really need any sauce on them. As a side dish, we recommend Buffalo Cauliflower Hot bites, you’re probably fed up with various potato or other usual vegetable side dishes, so try this and you won’t regret it!

These healthy bites are so easy to make and yummy, they can be served as a healthy appetizer or a low carb side dish, and we can assure you they’re not going to last long.


Air Fryer Chicken Legs With Buffalo Cauliflower Hot bites

Try this new side dish, and believe when we say, you're going to start making these every week!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


For Chicken Legs

  • 8 Chicken drumsticks (or 4 chicken legs (drumstick plus thigh)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

For Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Bites

  • 11 oz cauliflower divided on florets
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup hot sauce
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs


For Chicken Legs

  • In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients except chicken, until well blended.
  • Add the chicken legs. Mix and massage the drumsticks by hand for about 2-3 minutes, or until all the liquids are almost completely absorbed by the meat. Make sure that the chicken is evenly covered by the seasoning sauce. Massaging the chicken will allow the sauce to get quickly absorbed by the meat.
  • Place the chicken legs on the air fryer rack, leaving some space in between. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do the frying in two batches
  • Fry at 400F for 15 min. Flip and fry for 10 min more, again at 400F. Flip again and fry for 5 minutes more. If the legs look quite well-browned, you may not need to do the final 5 minutes of frying. Don't let the dark color confuse you, it's there because of the soy sauce.
  • Remove the drumsticks from the air fryer and transfer them to a serving plate. Serve hot.

For Buffalo Cauliflower Hot Bites

  • Pour cauliflower into a bowl and add olive oil, toss. This helps the hot sauce stick to the cauliflower and gives it more flavor.
  • Pour hot sauce over the cauliflower and toss until evenly coated.
  • Pour breadcrumbs over cauliflower and toss well. This will help your cauliflower bites have a bread-like coating on them that browns nicely.
  • Add cauliflower to the air fryer and set to 400F. Toss them every 5 minutes or so, and they take about 20 minutes to cook.


Keyword Air Fryer, Cauliflower, Chicken, Fried, Low Carb, Spicy
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