These air-fried Peruvian-style chicken drumsticks are served with a spinach, lime and cilantro “green crema” sauce.

  • Preparation Time: 15 m
  • Cooking Time: 15 m
  • Total Time: 30 m

Ingredients To Make Air Fryer Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks with Green Crema

olive oil for brushing
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 (4 ounce) chicken drumsticks

Crema Sauce:

1 cup baby spinach leaves, stems removed
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps To Make Air Fryer Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks with Green Crema

  1. Brush a fryer basket with olive oil.
  2. Combine garlic, honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, cumin, paprika, oregano and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Add drumsticks; throw in the coat Arrange the drumsticks vertically in the prepared basket, leaning against the basket wall and with each other.
  4. Cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the drumstick reads 175 degrees F (80 degrees C), 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Rearrange drumsticks with half-cooking tongs for even cooking.
  6. Meanwhile, combine spinach, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor; process until the cream is smooth.
  7. Sprinkle a little cream sauce on drumsticks and serve with the remaining cream.


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