These quick and easy Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect easy dinner recipe. Marinated in a homemade teriyaki sauce, then cooked in just 20 minutes, you can have these succulent, easy chicken drumsticks on the table in half an hour.
Plan ahead for marinating - at least 1 hour. To get ahead on a weekday, marinate them first thing in the morning so they're ready to cook in the evening.
In a large bowl or large ziplock plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake and brown sugar. Mix well.
Add the chicken drumsticks and turn to coat well. Refrigerate (covered) for 1 - 8 hours - turn 4-5 times during this time if you can.
Place the drumsticks in the air fryer basket with some space around them and cook at 180C / 350F for 10 minutes.
While they're cooking, pour the marinade into a saucepan and bring to a boil for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened and reduced. Don't let it get too syrupy or it may burn and become bitter.
After 10 minutes, brush the sauce over the drumsticks, turn and coat the other side, then cook for another 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the chicken is 75C / 165F.
Return the sauce to the heat and let it boil for another minute just to make sure there is no raw chicken juices in it from brushing it over the chicken.
If not already done, you can take this time to toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over low-medium heat. Toss them regularly until golden.
Serve the drumsticks over rice and ribbons of cucumber with the spring onions, sesame seeds and chilli flakes if using scattered over.
Cooking time is a guide and will depend on the size of your drumsticks.
I fit 8 drumsticks, in 2 layers of 4 in my air fryer, separated by a rack. I have a 1.4kg capacity air fryer.