These air-fried Peruvian-style chicken drumsticks are served with a spinach, lime, and cilantro "green crema" sauce, with some jalapeno to kick the heat up a notch.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Crema Sauce:

Directions

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  • Brush an air fryer basket with olive oil.

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  • Combine garlic, honey, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, cumin, paprika, oregano, and pepper in a large bowl. Add drumsticks; toss to coat. Arrange drumsticks vertically in the prepared basket, leaning against the basket wall and one another.

  • Cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the drumstick reads 175 degrees F (80 degrees C), 15 to 20 minutes. Rearrange drumsticks with kitchen tongs halfway through cooking for even cooking.

  • Meanwhile, combine spinach, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor; process until crema is smooth. Drizzle some crema sauce over drumsticks and serve with remaining crema.

Cook's Note:

Any extra sauce can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 5 days. Use as a salad dressing, baked potato topper, or on tacos.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of sauce. The actual amount of sauce consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

271 calories; protein 21.9g 44% DV; carbohydrates 5.8g 2% DV; fat 17.7g 27% DV; cholesterol 81.7mg 27% DV; sodium 574.1mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2019
I didn't let not having an air-fryer deter me from trying this recipe. I used chicken thighs instead of drumsticks. It's truly a delicious recipe. I definitely will make again! Maybe I'll get an air-fryer in the new year - I hear they're great! :-) Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2019
I didn't let not having an air-fryer deter me from trying this recipe. I used chicken thighs instead of drumsticks. It's truly a delicious recipe. I definitely will make again! Maybe I'll get an air-fryer in the new year - I hear they're great! :-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2019
Perfect as written. This recipe is perfect and the leftover Crema makes a great salad dressing. 5 stars all the way! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2020
This makes for a great dinner you can whip up in no time. It is quick and easy to make, and everyone in our family loved it, especially the green crema! I will definitely make it again sometime! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2019
Great recipe but I made some changes. These changes are for 4 pounds of wings. I doubled the oregano halved the salt added a smashed large garlic bulb added the same amount of chipotle and cayenne powders as the smoked paprika. I also marinated the wings for about an hour. I made the crema ahead of time so the flavors could meld. I added a lot to the sauce. I added a teaspoon each: oregano garlic chipotle cayenne onion; a whole avocado and red pepper leaving out the jalepeno. I didn't have one. I added a tablespoon of olive oil and 1/4 cup grated red onion. It came out great! A keeper in my home. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2020
I love it such a nice and very helpful to me thank you very very much Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2020
I followed the recipe very closely, but I made 4 large drumsticks instead of six. I don’t have an air fryer so I made them in my countertop convection oven and baked them at 375 degrees until done. I had all of the ingredients so this worked out great. Delicious! The chicken seasoning is perfect, and I scraped the bottom of the pan,after removing the chicken, and I ate that yummy stuff on a corn tortilla. Yee haaa. The sauce! Oh, my...I am glad it made a lot because I made some Mexican red rice and put some extra sauce over it. Yummmm This sauce is so good that I would use it as a salad dressing or a dipping sauce, or criminey! Eat it with a spoon! Delish. Would be good with Indian food as well. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/10/2020
Made as written other than not having jalapeño. 3 of us thought it was just fine. Have leftovers so will snack on it tomorrow to see if next day helps. Was surprised by all the positive reviews. I mean, not a negative experience, sort of lack luster. Sauce was good to use with a lot of about to expire fresh spinach. Doubt I will make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2020
Loved the flavor. I was impressed with my air fryer. First time using it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2020
This was delicious! I changed a few things. I used boneless chicken thighs so I quadrupled the sauce. I put olive oil in the bottom of each Pyrex dish then placed the chicken thighs along with the sauce to cook on 350° for 30 mins. As far as the green Crema, which was absolutely delicious! I used plain dairy free yogurt instead of the sour cream because I am dairy free. I served mine over rice and for greens I served spinach and dandelions. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you to the submitter!! Read More
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