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kalbi chicken legs in air fryer

Kalbi Chicken Legs in Air Fryer

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You will love this easy Kalbi Chicken recipe — bold Korean barbecue flavors, and juicy marinated chicken legs in air fryer are simple and tasty. You only need a few ingredients and 30 minutes to enjoy this mouthwatering kalbi chicken dish. 

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 chicken legs 1x



6 Chicken quarters

Kalbi marinade

1/2 apple

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup mirin

2” ginger

4 cloves of garlic

2 stalks of green onion

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp sweetener (I used sugar)

1 tsp of pepper


Prepare the Marinade:

Marinate the Chicken:

  • Cut slits into the chicken.
  • Place the chicken quarters in a large zip-top bag or a shallow dish.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well-coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight for more flavor.

Preheat Air Fryer:

Air Fry the Chicken:

  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess.
  • Place the chicken quarters in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between each piece.
  • Cook in the preheated air fryer for about 25-30 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).


  • Once the chicken is cooked, let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with additional chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired.


Cut slits into the chicken for better flavor

  • Cut slits into the chicken so that the marinade can penetrate better.

Marinate for Flavor:

  • Grill or broil the marinated chicken for a delicious char, giving it that authentic Kalbi taste.

No air fryer? No problem. Grill, roast or pan-fry

  • Grill, roast, or pan-fry the marinated chicken legs for a delicious char, giving it that authentic kalbi taste.
  • Author: Carmen Spillette
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Marinating time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: mains
  • Method: air fryer
  • Cuisine: asian