Who doesn’t like a good old chicken drumstick? It is the perfect entrée for an appetizer or to be added to your main course.

If you are looking for a taste that’s out of the ordinary, below, we have a selection of some of the best Instant Pot chicken drumstick recipes available and are well worth trying.

Chicken drumsticks are easy to make in the Instant Pot, or any pressure cooker for that matter (either fresh or frozen), and they are one of the things our family likes to eat most.

Instant Pot chicken drumsticks are a golden delight!

The meat is delicate and succulent, while the skin is crispy and delicious. They’re simple to consume with your hands, so they’re a hit with the whole family, especially the kids!

Chicken Drumstick

Chicken drumsticks are an excellent dish to make in the Instant Pot.

Marinate the chicken in your favorite spices and sauce, then cook it under pressure until tender.

If your pressure cooker does not have a crisp function, you have to finish them off in the oven. It’s as simple as that.Pinterest Chicken Drumstick

Chicken drumsticks are relatively cheap and readily available, which is another reason why we have them so often in our house.

Chicken drumsticks in the Instant Pot are real comfort food and a great way to get dinner on the table in a hurry.

If you’re looking for more Instant pot chicken recipes, we suggest you check out our collection of easy Instant Pot chicken recipes, which includes some of our favorite quick and easy family meals cooked in the pressure cooker.

Below we have chosen some of the most delicious chicken drumstick recipes to try out in your Instant Pot. Enjoy!

Note: If you are looking for more delicious recipes, then be sure to check our variety of Instant Pot recipes.

Instant Pot Chicken Legs, Fresh or Frozen?

Instant Pot Chicken Legs, Fresh or Frozen_

You can use either fresh or frozen chicken drumsticks. However, I find that fresh or thawed work better in getting the marinade’s flavor deep into the chicken.

That is not to say that frozen chicken doesn’t work; it’s just that I prefer using fresh.

If you are using frozen chicken, there is no need to thaw them before marinating. Add the marinated chicken directly to the pressure cooker, lock the lid, set it to high pressure, and adjust the pressure cooking time.

Tips for pressure cooking chicken drumsticks

Cooking chicken drumsticks in a pressure cooker is a breeze, and they come out perfect every time. Here are some handy tips:

  1. If using frozen drumsticks, please ensure that all the pieces are separated before placing them in the pressure cooker. You can achieve this by running them under some cold water first. Doing this will ensure every drumstick is cooked evenly.
  2. Season your chicken drumsticks with whatever spices you have on hand. I usually use salt, pepper, and paprika as a quick go-to, but if you have any other favorite spices feel free to use them (check out the recipes below).
  3. If you are marinating the chicken, try to marinate them for more than 4 hours, allowing the flavor to infuse within each chicken piece.
  4. Do you want crispy skin on the chicken? No problem, place the chicken on a lined baking tray and play under the broiler or grill in your oven. It should take about 2 – 3 mins to crisp up. Keep an eye on it, though, and turn as needed.

What should I serve with chicken drumsticks?

What should I serve with chicken legs_

Chicken drumsticks can be served as an appetizer or as dinner. You can serve them alongside a variety of things such as a salad and some baked vegetables.

Another option is to serve the chicken drumsticks with cold dips such as guacamole, salsa, or sour cream.

We tend to have them with some grain, usually rice and a side salad (check out my blog post for an easy recipe on cooking rice in a pressure cooker perfectly).

Whatever you like eating will probably work well alongside the chicken. Depending on the type of flavor chicken you are preparing will likely determine what kind of food you serve alongside it.

Can you reheat chicken drumsticks?

Can you reheat chicken drumsticks_

Yes, you can reheat chicken drumsticks. I use my microwave to reheat my chicken, but some people are not fans of microwaving food. If that is the case, placing the drumsticks into a preheated oven (350°F) until the chicken is thoroughly heated through will also be a viable option.

Can you stack chicken legs in an Instant Pot?

Can you stack chicken legs in an Instant Pot_

You may layer chicken legs in the Instant Pot (or whatever electric pressure cooker you are using).

Before stacking, it’s a good idea to make sure the chicken thighs have been equally prepared.

This will guarantee that each bite of chicken is identical in flavor. If you’re using frozen chicken, make sure they aren’t stuck together before placing them in the pressure cooker.

5 Amazing Instant Pot Chicken Drumstick Recipes

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

These Instant Pot BBQ chicken drumsticks were cooked in my Instant Pot Duo Crisp & Air Fryer and are full of flavor. If your pressure cooker doesn’t have the crisp/air fryer function, you may crisp the skin of the chicken on top of the stove using oven broiling.

There is something extremely morish about the combination of barbeque sauce and chicken. This delicious recipe is a real big hit with friends and family.

Ingredients

  • Mccormick BBQ Seasoning (season to taste)
  • Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning (or your seasoning of choice – season to taste)
  • Cajun Tradition Red Rub (optional – season to taste)
  • Avocado Oil Spray
  • 3 lbs Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 cup of water

Method

  1. To begin, place your rack or trivet in your Instant Pot along with 1 cup of water.
  2. Rub your chicken drumsticks generously with Tony Chachere’s Seasoning (or your preferred seasoning), McCormick BBQ Seasoning, and Cajun Tradition Red Rub. Make sure that all parts of the chicken are covered in the spice rub. If you’d rather, you may use just your favorite spice and the McCormick BBQ Seasoning. If you don’t have any of these, you could try using your favorite bbq sauce instead.
  3. Place your drumsticks upright in the Instant Pot.
  4. Close the lid and set the steam release valve to “sealing.”
  5. Select the “Pressure Cook” option. Then, press the “Pressure Level” button until you’ve chosen “High Pressure.”
  6. Set the timer on for 24 minutes.
  7. Do a quick release once the timer has finished.
  8. Next, lightly mist one side of your drumsticks with the avocado oil spray and place them back in the Instant Pot. (see the note below if you do not have an Instant Pot Duo Crisp & Air Fryer).
  9. After that, place your Instant Pot Air Fryer lid on top of the instant pot and set the temperature to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  10. After the 5-minute count has finished, remove the air fryer cover and set it on the lid protective pad. Spray the other side of your chicken drumsticks with cooking spray and place them back into the Instant Pot.
  11. Close the Instant Pot Air Fryer’s lid and set it to 400 degrees for 5 minutes. If you like your skin extra crispy, set the timer for 10 minutes.
  12. That’s it! Now you can enjoy your Easy Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks. Bon appétit!

Note: You may achieve crispy drumsticks if you don’t have an Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Air Fryer but have a conventional oven broiler.

Place your chicken drumsticks on a dish and spray both sides with avocado oil. Broil for 5 minutes on one side, then turn them over and broil for another 5-10 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved.

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

These Instant Pot tandoori chicken drumsticks are very simple to prepare, but they have all of the rich taste of traditional tandoori chicken.

Marinating the chicken for hours and allowing the flavors to permeate into it is a critical aspect of preparing tandoori chicken.

This isn’t something that can be fixed in a matter of minutes, and there is no way to get the full tandoori taste in less time.

However, I have a clever hack that allows the chicken to marinate while you’re gone doing something else with your time.

Ingredients

The marinade is made from yogurt, which serves as the foundation. It aids in the formation of a crust and softens the chicken meat.

Method

  1. Traditional tandoori chicken is skinless. Either buy skinless chicken drumsticks, get your butcher to remove the skin for you, or do it yourself. Start at the top of each drumstick and pull down the skin toward the narrow end to remove the skin. Slashes should be cut in the chicken meat using a tiny paring knife so that the marinade may work its way into the chicken.
  2. Open a gallon-size zip bag (any freezer bags work just as well). Pour the yogurt, lemon juice, and all seasonings and spices into the bag. Zip it closed and squish the bag with your hands to combine the ingredients carefully.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in a large freezer bag and seal tightly. Shake the bag to coat the chicken with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. (i usually do this just before going out to work in the morning. By the I come in from work, the chicken is ready and calling my name!)
  4. When ready to cook, place the rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Fill the pot with about a half-inch of water. Make sure there isn’t any water touching the rack/trivet.
  5. Remove the chicken from the bag and place it on a rack. Discard any remaining marinade. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook High for 13 minutes with the lid locked in place.
  6. When the timer has finished counting down, do a quick release and open the lid.
  7. You can serve the tandoori chicken as-is, or you can crisp the skin by broiling it in the oven.
  8. Set the broiler on a baking sheet and lay the chicken pieces on it in a single layer. Set the chicken on the upper rack and broil for about 5 minutes until the crust begins to brown.

Instant Pot Smoked Paprika & Garlic Chicken Legs

Instant Pot Smoked Paprika & Garlic Chicken Legs

These smoke paprika and garlic chicken legs are a delicious yet straightforward chicken drumstick recipe. The combination of smoked paprika and garlic works exceptionally well together.

These chicken drumsticks go well with various foods and work well for both everyday meals and parties.

Ingredients

Method

  1. In a small dish, combine the garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Season the chicken drumsticks with the spice rub.
  2. Add the water to the Instant Pot and place a trivet inside. Place the chicken, meaty side down, on the trivet. Lock the lid.
  3. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Start by pushing the Poultry button (or High Pressure if there is no Poultry button).
  4. When the timer goes off, allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes before quickly releasing any remaining pressure and unlocking the lid.
  5. Place the chicken drumsticks on a greased and foil-lined baking sheet (sprayed with non-stick spray). Each drumstick should be placed next to each other but ensure space between them, with the top oven rack approximately 4 inches below the broiler. Cook for 2 minutes on one side and then 1 1/2–2 minutes on the other to crisp the chicken. Leave for a few minutes more if required.
  6. Serve with basmati rice or with whatever you fancy!
  7. There should plenty of happy faces around your dinner table.

Instant Pot Honey Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot Honey Chicken Drumsticks

The flavor of these Instant Pot Honey Chicken Drumsticks is incredible. This dish can’t get any more accessible, and the taste is superb.

There is something about the combination of honey and chicken that works well together.

I make this recipe often, and it is always a hit with everyone in the family. Even the picky eaters in the family want seconds!

The chicken is superbly delicious, soft, and moist after it comes out of the Instant Pot. It’s quick to prepare and requires just a few basic supplies, and best of all, there is minimal clean-up required.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs of chicken drumsticks
  • 1 medium, peeled and diced onion
  • 1 tbsp of garlic
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Method

  1. Mix the garlic, salt, pepper, honey, and soy sauce in a large bowl, then add the chicken to marinate. (place in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour; ideally, 4+ hours would be better)
  2. Then, in the Instant Pot, add the olive oil and set it to sauté. When the oil is hot, add the onion and sauté for approx. 2 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and the sauce.
  4. Place the cover on and lock it into place. Set the appliance for high pressure for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the timer is finished, perform a manual release
  6. Plate the chicken and spoon the dressing over each drumstick.
  7. Plate, serve, and enjoy!

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Drumsticks

This Lemon chicken drumstick recipe is wonderfully refreshing that it will have your family and friends wanting more. It is simple to make but tastes like you have slaved over it for hours!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion peeled and cut into wedges
  •  Salt (to taste)
  • 4(6-ounce) skin-on chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves minced
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon zest grated finely
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method

  1. Select “Sauté” mode on the Instant Pot and then add the oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, then cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring once in a while.
  2. Add the chicken drumsticks, salt, chili powder, and black pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.
  3. Press “Cancel” on the Instant Pot, and then add the tomatoes, garlic, thyme, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Give it all a good mix.
  4. Secure the lid and turn to the “Seal” position.
  5. Cook on “Manual” with “High Pressure” for about 15 minutes.
  6. Press “Cancel” and allow a natural release of roughly 5 minutes, then do a quick release to relieve any remaining pressure.
  7. Remove the lid and serve the chicken drumsticks with the gravy from the pan.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your chicken has a rubbery feel to it, it's most likely because you haven't cooked it for long enough. For meat in general, the Instant Pot performs better with extended cooking times.

Yes, it is safe to cook chicken in a pressure cooker if you follow the directions and use the correct amount of time.

Undercooking chicken is dangerous, so be sure that the drumsticks are thoroughly cooked throughout.

If you are unsure how long to cook it, make sure you follow a tried and tested recipe until you know what times are needed.

Usually, 1 cup of water would be added to the pressure cooker to cook chicken. If you add more chicken, the water measurements remain the same, but the cooking time increases.

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