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Air Fryer or Oven Roasted Cajun Drumsticks

Chicken drummies are always such a HUGE hit at my house!

I have four young adult sons and two daughters who are all equally excited when they smell drumsticks cooking.

These Air fryer Cajun Drumsticks have the most flavorful seasoning combinations happening all over the super crispy skin (thank you air fryer!)!

I’ve also included instructions for roasting in the oven in case that’s what you prefer.

The saying ‘finger licking good’ is an understatement here. These babies are finger-licking Phenomenal!

As a mom, I love that drumsticks are often more affordable, which is a really big deal currently for our family.

The air fryer cooking method and the overall recipe are extremely SIMPLE. Especially considering the impressive finished product you’ll have. So keep this idea handy for those busy nights! Your family will be impressed and you won’t need to spend hours in the kitchen.

Once you start making your own spice mixes at home, it’s hard to go back to those store bought blends. Homemade is far superior in quality and affordability. Especially if you can find bulk spices at a local co-op or specialty store.

➡️Homemade Cajun Seasoning Mix:

  • 4 Tbsps Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Tbsps Onion Powder
  • 2 Tbsps Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsps Oregano
  • 1 Tbsps Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 2 tsps Black Pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 tsps White Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional, adds heat)
  • Add all spices to a medium-sized bowl and toss to combine well. Store in an airtight jar.

➡️Looking for more chicken drumstick ideas?

4 servings


  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks, around 8 pieces
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil, or olive oil
  • 2 Tbsps cajun seasoning
  • chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
  • fresh lemon or lime wedges, to serve


Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees f. for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, using paper towels, pat the drumsticks completely dry.

In a large bowl place the chicken drumsticks. Drizzle them with your oil and sprinkle with the cajun seasoning.


Using your hands, thoroughly toss or rub to evenly coat each piece of chicken with the oil and seasonings.

➡️Air fryer Method:

Arrange the drumsticks in a single layer in your preheated air fryer and cook at 380 degrees f. for 18-20 minutes flipping the drumsticks halfway. A meat thermometer inserted reads 165 degrees f. when the chicken drumsticks are ready, and the juices run clear.

Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon or lime wedges.

➡️Oven-Roasted Method:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees f. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange your drumsticks in a single layer on the parchment.

Roast your drumsticks uncovered until their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees f, about 40 minutes.

Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon or lime wedges.



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