Brazilian Tempero Baiano Chicken Drumsticks

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: air fryer, chicken
Dietary Restrictions: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre
This is a quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe with tangy, spicy flavors that's lip smacking good!
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  • Spice Grinder
  • Air Fryer
  • Or Mealthy Instant Pot or other Multi-Cooker with Mealthy Crisp Lid
  • Instant Read Thermometer


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks



  • In a clean coffee grinder or spice mill, combine the cumin, oregano, parsley, turmeric, coriander seeds, salt, peppercorns and cayenne pepper. Process until finely ground
  • In a small bowl, combine the ground spices with lime juice and oil. Place the chicken in a resealable bag. Add the marinade, seal and massage until the chicken is well coated. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • When you are ready to cook, place the drumsticks, skin side up in the air fryer basket. Set the airfryer to 400° for 20-25 minutes, turning the legs halfway through the cooking time. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°.
  • Serve with plenty of napkins.


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg