I’ve always enjoyed spicy food and there’s been such a craze these days for “Nashville Hot Chicken”. I decided to create an air fried version using Louisiana hot sauce and cayenne pepper. i’m calling them Louisiana Hot Drumsticks. They aren’t off the chart hot like the Nashville versions. But, they do have a nice bit of heat to them. And, you and up the heat by adding a bit more sauce on top. With the air fryer, you get a really crispy and crunchy drumstick that’s really tender and bursting with spicy flavor. They use my poultry spice mix. The recipe is below, but you can also watch my video on all four of my spices and make a complete set of your own. https://youtu.be/NVMyEURVWBk

Let me know what you think with your comments bellow. And, let me know what other recipes you’d like to see. Enjoy.

Air Fryer Louisiana Hot Drumsticks


6 Chicken Drumsticks
1 tbl Poultry Spice Mix (recipe below)
1/2 cu Flour
1 lg Egg
1 tbl Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 cu Panko Breadcrumbs
Cooking Spray


Rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl and cover with poultry spice mix. Rub in with your hands. Place in a sealable bag. Removing as much air as possible, seal, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Create three breading stations. First, pour flour into a shallow bowl. Set aside. Break egg into another shallow bowl and whisk in Louisiana Host Sauce and cayenne pepper. Please note: if you have extra large chicken drumsticks, add a tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil (or a second tablespoon of hot sauce) so that you’ll have enough liquid mixture to coat all of the chicken. Set aside. Pour panko bread crumbs into a flat plate and set aside.

Remove marinated chicken from the bag. With each drumstick, dredge it in the flour mixture. Shake off extra flour and place in the egg mixture and coat on all sides. Shake of extra liquid and then dredge it in panko mixture. Set aside on a clean plate or cooling rack. Repeat with remaining drumsticks and then let them rest for 15 minutes to help seal the coating.

Preheat air fryer to 380˚F. Spray the basket with cooking spray and spray the chicken on both sides Place chicken in the basket in a single layer and lightly spray the top sides again. Cook for 12 minutes. Flip the chicken and give it a light spray again. Cook for an additional 10 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165˚F.

Remove from air fryer and let chicken rest for 10 minutes before eating. These are great served with additional hot sauce and dill pickles.

Wayne’s Poultry Spice Mix


3 1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 1/2  tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
3 1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1 1/2  tsp Celery Seed
2 1/2  tsp Basil
2 1/2 tsp Thyme
1 tsp Ground Mustard

Mix ingredients together and either grind in spice grinder or in a mortar and pestle.  Store in an airtight container.