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Easy Keto Air Fryer Buffalo Drumstick Recipe

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I make these Easy Keto Air Fryer Buffalo Drumsticks whenever I am in a pinch for a quick keto dinner recipe for 2. Super easy, delicious, and can fit into a carnivore or PSMF diet with just some simple substitutions!

  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 (5-ounce) chicken drumsticks, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca fiber syrup (or liquid allulose or sugar-free maple syrup)
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese


  1. Combine paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper in bowl. Pat drumsticks dry with paper towels. Using metal skewer, poke 10 to 15 holes in skin of each drumstick. Rub with oil and sprinkle evenly with spice mixture.
  2. Arrange drumsticks in air-fryer basket, spaced evenly apart, alternating ends. Place basket in air fryer and set temperature to 400 degrees. Cook until chicken is crisp and registers 195 degrees, 22 to 25 minutes, flipping and rotating chicken halfway through cooking. Transfer chicken to large plate, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, microwave the hot sauce, butter, and sweetener, in a large bowl, stirring occasionally, until hot, about 1 minute. Whisk in the xantham gum until fully dissolved.  Add the chicken and toss to coat. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with blue cheese.  Enjoy!


  • For Carnviore - replace the butter and vegetable oil with leftover bacon grease, and omit the xanthan gum.  Add a high fat carnivore dipping sauce to add additional fats if desired.
  • For PSMF - Omit the butter, oil and blue cheese.  Each serving is 307 calories, 9.8 grams of fat, 0.6 grams of net carbs and 50.6 grams of protein.
  • Author: Cat
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Category: Main Meals
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: PSMF and Carnivore
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • Serving Size: 2 drumsticks
  • Calories: 528
  • Sugar: 0.3
  • Fat: 31
  • Carbohydrates: 1.7
  • Fiber: 0.4
  • Protein: 56.8
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