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Instant Pot Chicken Legs Recipe: Simple & Savory

Written by: Emily Smith

These instant pot chicken legs are a game changer! Seasoned to perfection and cooked until juicy, they're my go-to for a quick, satisfying meal. Trust me, you'll be licking your fingers!

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Dig this: In my humble kitchen, simmering a batch of my Instant Pot Chicken Legs. Simple, flavour-packed, fall-off-the-bone tender. Just need chicken legs, some spices, bit of broth and, of course, an Instant Pot. From prep to plate in less than 30 minutes. You're gonna love it. Give it a go, promise it won't disappoint.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Legs

  • Chicken legs: The main protein in this dish, providing juicy and flavorful meat that is perfect for pressure cooking.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a savory depth of flavor to the chicken legs, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Paprika: Brings a subtle smokiness and vibrant color to the chicken legs, elevating the visual appeal of the dish.
  • Chicken broth: Provides moisture and richness to the dish, infusing the chicken legs with extra flavor during the cooking process.

Essential Tools and Equipment

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the chicken legs quickly and efficiently.
  • Trivet: Elevates the chicken legs above the liquid to prevent them from getting soggy during cooking.

Instant Pot Chicken Legs Recipe: Simple & Savory

This Instant Pot Chicken Legs recipe is simple and savory, perfect for a quick and delicious meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 4 chicken legs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Season chicken legs with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Pour chicken broth into the Instant Pot.
  • Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and arrange the seasoned chicken legs on top.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Natural release for 5 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
  • Remove the chicken legs from the Instant Pot and serve.


Notes go here.


Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 25gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 800mgPotassium: 280mgVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword Chicken Legs, Instant Pot, Quick Meal, Savory
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Preparing and Storing Chicken Legs for Later

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Season the chicken legs as directed in the recipe.
  • Place the seasoned chicken legs in an airtight container or resealable bag.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • Season the chicken legs as directed in the recipe.
  • Place the seasoned chicken legs in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking.

Marinating the chicken legs in the seasoning for a few hours before cooking in the instant pot can enhance the flavor even more.

Common Questions About Cooking Chicken Legs in the Instant Pot

Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken legs?
Yes, you can substitute boneless chicken thighs for chicken legs in this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly as thighs may cook faster.
How can I make the chicken legs crispy?
To make the chicken legs crispy, you can broil them in the oven for a few minutes after pressure cooking in the Instant Pot.
Can I add vegetables to cook with the chicken legs?
Yes, you can add vegetables like potatoes, carrots, or green beans to cook along with the chicken legs in the Instant Pot.
Do I need to use the trivet when cooking the chicken legs?
Using the trivet helps elevate the chicken legs above the liquid, allowing them to cook evenly without getting soggy.
Can I use water instead of chicken broth?
While chicken broth adds flavor, you can use water if you don't have broth on hand.

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