Air-Fried Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks with Green Crema


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • olive oil for brushing

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 (4 ounce) chicken drumsticks

Crema Sauce:

  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, stems removed

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 clove garlic, smashed

  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Brush an air fryer basket with olive oil.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

271 Calories
18g Fat
6g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 271
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 574mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 284mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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