Air Fryer Barbecue Chicken Legs

M Henderson
Air fryer barbecue chicken legsPhoto byM Henderson

No matter the weather, you can enjoy the taste of delicious BBQ chicken if you own an air fryer. Prepare your own sauce as per the directions or use a store brand that you like.


  • 8 to 10 chicken legs
  • water to cover
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • Creole seasoning, or other seasoned salt
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Store-bought barbecue sauce/or use the following recipe

Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red or black pepper or hot sauce


Prepare the chicken

  1. Place chicken legs in a large bowl or pot with enough water to cover. Add salt and sugar and place in the refrigerator to brine for at least one hour, or preferably overnight.
  2. Drain chicken, rinse well, and pat dry.

Prepare the sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, blend together tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, honey, celery seed, celery salt, and pepper.
  2. Over medium-low heat, cook to a simmer and remove from heat. Set aside.

Air fry the chicken

  1. Set the air fryer to 375º F.
  2. Using a meat fork, poke holes in the chicken.
  3. Coat with a thin layer of olive oil and season to taste.
  4. Lay chicken in the basket of the air fryer and air fry for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn chicken pieces over and air fry for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Baste with barbecue sauce and air fry for 3 minutes.
  7. Serve with extra barbecue sauce.

Barbecue chicken legs go nicely with garbanzo bean salad.

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