In the spirit of bringing simplicity and flavor to your dinner table, we’re excited to share a recipe that is sure to become a staple in your home-cooking repertoire. This recipe for Greek Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Drumsticks is not only easy to prepare but promises a burst of flavor that will leave your taste buds craving more. Paired with a side of spiced Brussels sprouts, this meal is a perfect blend of protein and greens, making it a balanced and satisfying dinner option.

air fryer chicken drumsticks

Greek Yogurt-Marinated Spiced Drumsticks

Course bbq, dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 263kcal


  • 4 chicken drumsticks skin-on: The star of the dish, providing a juicy and tender base for our flavorful marinade.
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt such as Fage 0%, for its creamy texture and tanginess, which tenderizes the chicken beautifully.
  • ½ teaspoon salt To enhance the flavors of the spices and the natural taste of the chicken.
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper Adds a subtle heat and depth to the marinade.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder For a warm aromatic garlic flavor without the hassle of peeling and mincing.
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder Brings a sweet yet sharp, oniony zest to the dish.
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika Infuses the chicken with a smoky, slightly sweet flavor that's irresistibly delicious.
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper Just a hint for a spicy kick that complements the other spices perfectly.


  • Prepare the Marinade: In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt with the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Add about half a tablespoon of olive oil to achieve a smooth, paste-like consistency. This marinade is not only flavorful but also helps to tenderize the chicken, ensuring it’s juicy and delicious.
  • Marinate the Chicken: Coat the chicken drumsticks evenly with the marinade. There’s no need to wash the chicken before marinating; cooking it to the right temperature (165°F) ensures it’s safe to eat. Cover the chicken and let it marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Air Fry: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Arrange the marinated drumsticks in the basket, making sure they’re not overcrowded. Spread any leftover marinade on top of the chicken for extra flavor. Air fry for 20 minutes, flipping the drumsticks halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Serve: Once the chicken is beautifully browned and cooked through, serve it hot. These drumsticks pair wonderfully with spiced Brussels sprouts, offering a delightful combination of textures and flavors.


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Pro Tips:

  • Marinating Time: For deeper flavor, you can marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. The longer it marinates, the more pronounced the flavors will be.
  • Serving Suggestion: The spiced Brussels sprouts mentioned make a fantastic side, but you can also consider a light quinoa salad or steamed green beans for variety.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

This Greek Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Drumsticks recipe is more than just a meal; it’s a testament to the beauty of simple ingredients coming together to create something truly special. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or something unique to serve at your next gathering, this dish promises to deliver on taste and ease, making it a surefire hit for any occasion.

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