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Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

These Instant Pot chicken drumsticks are my go-to for a quick, flavorful dinner. Seasoned with simple spices and cooked to perfection, they're a hit every time. Just set, cook, and enjoy!

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Pulling out my trusted Instant Pot, I'm set to whip up a batch of succulent chicken drumsticks. I can almost taste the flavorful blend of spices already: salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. With the aroma of broths filling my kitchen, I can hardly wait to share this simple yet flavorsome dish with you. Let's get cooking!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

  • Chicken drumsticks: Tender and juicy meat that is perfect for pressure cooking, absorbing flavors well for a delicious outcome.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a savory depth of flavor to the dish without the need for fresh garlic, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Paprika: Provides a subtle smokiness and vibrant color to the chicken, elevating the visual appeal and taste of the dish.
  • Chicken broth: Infuses the chicken with rich, savory flavors while keeping it moist and tender during the cooking process.

Essential Tools and Equipment

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the chicken drumsticks quickly and efficiently.
  • Tongs: Needed for placing and removing the chicken drumsticks from the Instant Pot safely.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  1. Season chicken drumsticks with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  2. Pour chicken broth into the Instant Pot.
  3. Place the seasoned chicken drumsticks in the Instant Pot.
  4. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 10 minutes.
  5. Once done, do a quick pressure release.
  6. Serve the chicken drumsticks hot.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 250 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 120 mg | Sodium: 800 mg | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Calcium: 20 mg | Potassium: 300 mg | Iron: 1.5 mg | Vitamin A: 50 µg | Vitamin C: 2 mg

Preparing and Storing Chicken Drumsticks

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Season the chicken drumsticks and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • After seasoning, place the chicken drumsticks in a freezer-safe bag or container, remove excess air, and freeze for up to 3 months.

Did you know that using a splash of apple cider vinegar in the broth can add a subtle tangy flavor to the chicken drumsticks?

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Recipe

Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of drumsticks?
Yes, you can substitute boneless chicken thighs for drumsticks in this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
How can I make the chicken skin crispy?
To make the chicken skin crispy, you can broil the drumsticks in the oven for a few minutes after pressure cooking them in the Instant Pot.
Can I add vegetables to cook with the chicken drumsticks?
Yes, you can add vegetables like carrots, potatoes, or green beans to cook along with the chicken drumsticks in the Instant Pot.
How do I know when the chicken drumsticks are cooked through?
You can use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the chicken drumsticks has reached 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are fully cooked.
Can I use water instead of chicken broth?
While chicken broth adds flavor, you can use water if you don't have chicken broth on hand. Just adjust the seasoning to taste.

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