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5 from 2 votes

Buttermilk Air Fryer Chicken Legs Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Refrigerate2 hrs
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken parmesan
Servings: 4
Calories: 458kcal
Author: Jill


  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 stick butter melted


  • In a large freezer bag, place chicken legs and buttermilk. Allow chicken to soak in buttermilk for at least 2 hours to overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees. Spray air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix together panko, flour, baking powder, and dry seasonings in a shallow dish.
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk and roll in panko mixture.
  • Evenly space chicken in air fryer basket. (Two or more batches will be required.)
  • Cook in the air fryer for 15 minutes. Remove from air fryer and brush with melted butter. Turn the chicken legs over. Return to air fryer.
  • Cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the thickness of the chicken legs.) Check chicken for doneness with an instant thermometer (165 degrees without touching the bone.)
  • Keep chicken warm until all chicken is cooked through.


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 625mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 3mg