Easy Asian-style Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe is far more than just a unique twist on the classic chicken drumstick—it's a love letter to Asian cuisine, delivering an unmatched balance of savoriness, sweetness, and tang.

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Gather these ingredients


In a large bowl, combine mustard, honey, soy sauce, dried garlic, minced ginger, and a pinch of salt & pepper. Mix well for a smooth marinade.


Place the chicken drumsticks in the bowl with the marinade and toss thoroughly to ensure each drumstick is coated.


Let them marinate for 30 minutes. If time permits, you can leave them for a few hours or even overnight in the refrigerator.


Preheat air fryer to 360ºF (180ºC). Drain excess marinade from drumsticks. Arrange in basket; optionally, grease with vegetable oil.


Air fry at 360ºF (180ºC) for 25-30 mins. Flip halfway for even browning. Optionally, brush with remaining marinade.


While the drumsticks are cooking, toast your sesame seeds in a dry skillet for about 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.


Once the drumsticks are finished cooking in the air fryer, remove them and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Serve the Asian-style chicken drumsticks immediately!