Air-fried chicken without breading

Gin Lee
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Air-fried chicken without breading

Wouldn't it be so nice to make fried chicken without all the added mess? Let me show you how that's absolutely possible. Today, I am preparing air-fried chicken legs. For this recipe, I use a mixture of spices to make an all purpose seasoning mix. (The recipe for the all purpose spice mix is included down below.) I don't use flour, eggs, milk, or any type of cooking oil. The drumsticks are amazingly delicious! The chicken skin is crispy on the outside, with its seasoned crust and it stays moist and juicy on the inside.

Note: If you don't have an air fry oven, you can bake the chicken in a conventional oven, or a convection oven and still get the same results.


  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 2-3 tablespoons of my all purpose seasoning mix (see the ingredients below)

All purpose seasoning mix ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of ground coriander
  • 1-½ tablespoons of red cayenne pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of dill seed
  • 1 tablespoon of minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1-½ teaspoons of dried parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon of thyme
  • ½ teaspoon of ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon of celery flakes
  • 1-½ teaspoons of cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning salt
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of chicken bouillon

Instructions for seasoning:

Add all the spices together; combine well. Then store the seasoning inside a spice container, or jar.


Now, pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the all purpose seasoning over each drumstick. (I used about two and a half tablespoons of it.) Then allow the chicken to rest for at least thirty minutes.

Place the drumsticks in your air frying basket. Allowing space in between the pieces of meat. Air fry the chicken legs at 400 degrees F for twenty-five minutes. (If needed, turn your drumsticks midway through the cooking process.)

Serve and enjoy!

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