Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Recipe

Rating 5.0
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This crispy air fryer chicken recipe can also be baked. Juicy chicken legs are marinated in a simple mix of herbs and spices for a delicious meal.
Utensils Brunch
Globe Italian
Award-winning Georgia-based Chef Monica has held many roles in her culinary career, including chef consultant, culinary health coach and personal chef for entertainment industry figures. Her passion for healthy food has always been her North Star. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian catering and has even created her own plant-based food line. Chef Monica counts many Michelin-starred chefs among her admirers and collaborators.


garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tbsp
grated onion
1 tbsp
minced fresh sage, see notes 1
1 tbsp
minced fresh rosemary, see notes 1
1 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp
white wine
2 tbsp
cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, divided
chicken legs, see notes 1
1 tsp
sea salt

Directions 4 steps | 35 Minutes

Step 1

Prepare the marinade. In a bowl, place the grated onion, minced sage, minced rosemary, black pepper, white wine and one tablespoon of olive oil. Mix until well combined. Add the chicken legs and marinate the legs for a minimum of 2 hours and up to overnight.

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Recipe: Prepare the marinade.
Step 2

Preheat the air fryer or the oven to 320°F. If baking in the oven, line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup and set aside. Remove the chicken legs from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels. 

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Recipe: Preheat the air fryer or the oven to 320°F.
Step 3

Arrange the chicken legs on the prepared baking sheet or the air fryer basket. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and rub the oil into the chicken to coat. Drain the marinade and add the salt to the drained herbs and spices. Sprinkle the salted herbs and spices over the chicken evenly. Bake the chicken for 30-40 minutes and broil 1-2 minutes for crispy skin. (See notes 2.)

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Recipe: Arrange the chicken legs on the prepared baking sheet or the air fryer basket.
Step 4

Serve and enjoy!

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Recipe: Serve and enjoy!


  1. You can substitute the fresh herbs and spices with a teaspoon of dried ones each.
  2. It’s my firm opinion that if you want the most amazing oven-baked chicken you have to bake only the legs. The breast gets too dry when baked, baking is not the right method to cook chicken breast especially if you bake the animal whole. Too a long time to cook it perfectly and the breast doesn’t stand it. Chicken legs instead come out crispy on the outside and amazingly tender and juicy on the inside. The breed of the chicken also makes a difference. The best results are with a pasture-raised French label rouge or a pasture-raised Heritage breed if available: their meat is tastier. Use young roosters or chickens, don’t use an aged chicken or a breed like the black silky, they will be rubbery once baked.
  3. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F before consumption.

Nutrition Per Serving
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69 g
57 g
5.1 g
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Chrystal G.


31 May 2023

Delicious and healthy!

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Ten A.


24 Mar 2023

A delicious meal. Juicy chicken legs.

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