Air Fryer Drummies – 2 Ways (Paleo)

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Okay question time: can I call drumsticks drummies? I feel like it is way cuter and more endearing that way. And super original. So I’m going to go with it.

These little beauties are almost too simple. I have been without an oven for almost two month now (gasp!) and have been exclusively using either my cast iron pan, Instant Pot or Air Fryer. While I do have amazing tools at my disposal, it has been a bit of a shock to be without an oven for so long! I have adapted though and will prevail!

I decided to experiment with some different sauces and I have to say I am amazed at how freakin’ easy it is to make good tasting food with these sauces. Like blown away. So dang simple.

I marinated the drummies overnight and cooked them right before dinner and had perfectly crispy drumsticks in under 25 minutes! Much faster than the oven and crispier 😏

For the first set of drummies I chose a buffalo hot wing style courtesy of all the football and hot wings I have been seeing lately! Since hot sauce tastes so dang good on wings I wanted to try it on drumsticks! Turns out it’s just as good if not better because you get so much more meat on a drumstick! YUM. I talked about the Tessemae’s dressing I used last week in this post. Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Second, I used a Lemon Garlic dressing also from Tessemae’s and I was very pleasantly surprised at how tender and moist the drummies stayed inside while still crisping up nicely on the outside. While I love me some Lemon Garlic dressing I’m pretty sure the drumsticks would also taste good with the Honey Mustard dressing or the any of the Ranch flavors. Mmm.

I hope you love these as much as I do! Team drummies for life ❤️

Crispy Air Fryer Drumsticks – 2 Ways (Paleo)



1-2 lbs. chicken drumsticks

¼ – ½ c. sauce of your choice – either Tessemaes Buffalo Hot Sauce or Tessemae’s Lemon Garlic Dressing

⅛ tsp. sea salt

Juice of one lemon


  1. Pour dressing of choice over wings in a bowl and mix to coat fully.
  2. Store in fridge and marinate at least one hour or up to 24 hours.
  3. Place in air fryer and set to 375 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping once half way through at 10 minutes.
  4. When finished, sprinkle with sea salt and a splash of lemon juice and more sauce if desired. Enjoy!

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