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Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

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Have you tried making Instant Pot chicken drumsticks? A dry rub you rub all over the chicken, saute, then pressure cook. Flavorful, delicious chicken drumsticks recipe.

Chicken legs in Instant Pot are very easy, a great way to create flavorful moist chicken each and every time. You can toss the chicken in the oven to crisp up the skin for a crispy texture.

instant pot sticky chicken legs

Pressure cooker chicken drumsticks is a great way to cook up your chicken with a hands-off method. Just a little prep and the pressure cooker will handle the rest.

Cooking with chicken legs allows for an affordable chicken dinner without breaking the bank. You might even have all the spices on hand.

Why You Will Enjoy This Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks Recipe...

  • Easy Prep
  • Homemade spice blend
  • Affordable dinner
  • Quick cook time
  • Can crisp skin up in oven or an air fryer
  • Stores well leftover
  • Freezer friendly


How to Make

Full directions for this Instapot drumsticks recipe are in the printable recipe card below. This is a quick overview of how to cook chicken drumsticks.

instant pot chicken drumsticks on platter


If you do not eat all the chicken you can store your leftover chicken legs in the fridge. The chicken will store for up to three days in the fridge.

Can You Freeze Chicken Drumsticks | If you do not eat all the chicken right away, consider freezing the leftover chicken. Place in a freezer bag or airtight container. The Instant Pot drumsticks will store for up to 3-4 months.

How to Reheat Chicken Drumsticks | Here you can reheat your chicken in the microwave, or opt to reheat the chicken in the oven. If you want to warm your chicken up in the oven, you need to cover it tightly with aluminum foil.

Add a bit of water and cook at 350 degrees until the chicken is fully warmed.

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure to mix up the spices in a bowl and then massage onto the chicken. That way you get an even blend of spices all over the chicken.
  • Searing the chicken in the Instant Pot will help to give your chicken a nice crispy skin. If you don't you will find your skin is going to be a lot softer in texture.
  • You can change up the spices you use to change the flavor of the chicken.
  • Place your chicken on the trivet or a silicone sling. This will help ensure it doesn't break down the chicken too much.


  • Change up the spices you use to flavor your chicken.
  • You can cook your chicken from frozen. If you do that just sprinkle the chicken with seasoning to help flavor the chicken.
  • If you own a Ninja Foodi or Duo Crisp you can air crisp the chicken once you are done pressure cooking.

Recipe FAQs

Can I cook frozen chicken drumsticks in the instant pot?

You can cook chicken that is frozen in the pressure cooker. Just skip the saute part of the recipe, and then place chicken on the trivet. You will then sprinkle on the seasoning.
Leave the cooking time the same.

How long to cook chicken legs in the instant pot?

You will cook your chicken legs for 10 minutes on high pressure followed by 10 minutes of natural release of pressure. Then you will push off the remaining pressure to the Instant Pot.

How do you know when the chicken is done?

The best way to know chicken is done is to make sure to reach for a meat thermometer. Stick the thermometer in the Instant Pot, and ensure it reads 165 degrees internally.

When you are checking a chicken that has bones make sure to not touch the chicken bone, or it will give a false reading, showing a higher temperature than what it truly is.

How to prepare chicken drumsticks?

Season, saute, pressure cook, then finish them off in the oven or air fryer. This Instant Pot legs are so easy, and versatile in how you season your chicken.

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Sweet Chili Sticky Chicken Legs

Sweet Chili Sticky Chicken Legs

Dipped in an irresistible sweet chilli sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds and garlic, these Sweet Chilli Sticky Chicken Legs will have you swearing that you're eating Chinese take-out!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes


  • 1 large bag chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp pepper flakes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pinch of garlic salt

Sweet Chilli Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 5 tbsp ketchup
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce


  1. Clean and rinse your chicken and pat dry with paper towels to remove the remaining water.
  2. Grab a large bowl and mix together the chicken legs, salt, pepper, and olive oil with a pinch of garlic, and pepper flakes. Set aside.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, combine your all-purpose flour with the remaining pinch of pepper flakes (optional) and blend until fully mixed. Set aside.
  4. Grab a third bowl and place your cracked eggs inside, blending well until the yolk is fully mixed.
  5. Next, take out your air fryer and line the fry basket with aluminum foil.
  6. Once lined, preheat the air fryer to 375 F for approximately 10 minutes. After pre-heat completely spray aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. To dredge your chicken legs, you grab one leg and first dip inside of egg wash until all sides are fully coated. Next, place chicken leg into the flour mixture and coat evenly on boil sides. Repeat for all chicken legs.
  8. Next, transfer all coated chicken legs into a fryer basket and cook for approximately 7 minutes at 375 F.
  9. After the first 7 minutes, remove the basket from the base and with tongs turn over the chicken legs.
  10. Allow legs to cook for additional 7 minutes at 375 F.
  11. While legs are fryers, grab the fourth bowl and combine sweet chili sauce, honey, rice vinegar, garlic cloves, ketchup, brown sugar, and soy sauce together.
  12. Chicken legs should now have a golden color to them. You can choose to cook for additional 7 minutes if you want a more crisp skin.
  13. Remove legs from fryer and place inside sweet chili sauce mixture and toss with tongs (or seal on top and shake vigorously).
  14. Once fully coated, transfer chicken to a serving tray and sprinkly on sesame seeds.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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