Crispy Air Fried Lemon Chicken Legs
Who doesn’t love crispy chicken?!?!? This is crispy without the guilt! If you have an air frier, you are in luck! I was craving lemon chicken one day and decided to experiment with my ninja air frier. The only oil in this recipe is spray oil that I put inside the frier and on the wings to make them golden, but no deep frying! I think the only “hard” part of this recipe is tempering the eggs in my sauce…just whisk very fast and you won’t scramble them, trust me!
The lemon sauce is also healthy; no cream, butter or oil! It is just chicken broth, lemon and an egg to act as the emulsifier and the fat. I also had leftover sauce that I added to pasta another night. Love when I have leftover sauces to work with in the fridge. Enjoy these crispy wings and feel free to add as much sauce as you like…YOU ARE ALLOWED!
Serves: 2 people (3 legs per person) as a main course or you can serve as an appetizer!
1 package Large Chicken Legs (6 legs total)
Lawry’s Lemon Pepper
Spray Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil
1 cup Low Sodium Chicken Stock
Zest of 1 Lemon (around 1 tsp)
Juice of 1 Lemon (around 1/3 cup)
1/2 tsp Salt
1. Generously season the chicken legs with lemon pepper and spray them with spray oil. Spray the inside of the air frier with oil as well. Set the temperature to 375 and set the timer for 15 minutes. Place the legs evenly in the “frier” and cook. After 15 minutes, flip the legs and set the timer for an additional 5 minutes.
2. While the legs are cooking, make the sauce. Start by heating the chicken broth in a small pot on the stove on medium high heat until it starts to simmer, then turn off the heat and cover.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt until uniform. While continuously whisking fast, add 1/4 of the hot broth to the bowl to temper the eggs. Add the rest of the broth while whisking to fully combine.
4. Add the sauce mixture back to the small pot. Turn the heat to medium and cook for 7 minutes or until reduced by half and the sauce coats the back of a spoon; whisking frequently.
5. Once the wings are done, pour the sauce over and serve! You may have extra sauce, which is great for adding to other dishes or extra dipping! :)