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Instant Pot Fried Chicken

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Have you thought to make Instant Pot fried chicken? This pressure cooker fried chicken is a deep-fried battered chicken. Finger-licking good fried chicken, that is calling your name. Think, KFC chicken, which is always a winner.

I am obsessed with Instant Pot cooking, and I love to venture out to new methods and recipes. This fried chicken in Instant Pot is a game changer.

easy fried chicken recipe using Instant Pot as a deep fryer

No need to buy a deep fryer, just grab your pressure cooker. Let me share how easy it is to make bone-in deep-fried chicken.

Why You Will Love This Instant Pot Fried Chicken...

  • Simple ingredients
  • Similar to KFC fried chicken recipe
  • Easy cleanup
  • Crispy batter-coated fried chicken, juicy meat
  • You can use any cut of chicken


  • chicken drumsticks
  • flour
  • cornflour
  • eggs
  • chicken seasoning
  • smoked paprika
  • ginger powder
  • garlic powder
  • pepper
  • salt
  • oil

How to Make Fried Chicken

This is a great Instant Pot chicken drumsticks recipe to make. It is an affordable cut of chicken, but feel free to use any other cut of chicken.

It's also an easy chicken drumsticks recipe to make.

First, you'll combine the ingredients for the breading in one bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Then, you'll dip the chicken legs in egg and then the breading mixture.

Heat the oil, and then you're ready to fry chicken.

What to Serve With Fried Chicken

Side dishes can make or break your dinner. If you are looking for tasty side dishes that compliment your Kentucky fried chicken, here are a few ideas for you.


If you happen to have leftover chicken, you are in luck. Take your leftovers and store in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge. When you want it, eat the leftover chicken cold or heat it up.

In terms of freezing, you are more than welcome to freeze any leftover chicken you have. Just place in an airtight bag or container. Freeze for 3-4 months.

Heat straight from frozen or let it thaw in the fridge overnight before you reheat.

Variations To Recipe

Here are some variations for this fried chicken drumsticks, thighs, and breasts.

  • Soak your chicken in buttermilk for 30 minutes to an hour before breading to help lock in moisture. This helps give you a juicy chicken.
  • Season your chicken as you would like. Just adjust the spices you would like.
  • If you want your chicken extra crunchy, bread and dredge the chicken twice. Otherwise, for a lighter batter do it once.

Expert Tips

  • I highly suggest using a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches 165 degrees internally.
  • Once your chicken is done, make sure to place it on a paper towel-lined plate or cooling rack. This will help remove excess grease.
  • I place the lid on top as I am cooking the chicken, that way you don't get splatter from the oil.
  • Carefully lower the chicken into the oil, don't drop it in or it will splash up the oil.
  • Use peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil. Olive oil has a higher smoke when heated too high, so you want a fry-friendly oil.
fried chicken drumsticks

Recipe FAQs

How long to fry chicken?

Frying chicken all depends on the size of the chicken. You will find chicken drumsticks will fry up faster than say a chicken thigh or breast. You need to fry the chicken until it reaches 165 degrees internally.

Who invented fried chicken?

Scottish were the ones who invented fried chicken. They began deep-frying chicken in fat and loved the crispy texture with juicy meat.

How to reheat fried chicken in the oven?

Looking to reheat fried chicken in the oven? Simply take your chicken and place it on a baking sheet. Then do 350 degrees for 10-20 minutes or until the chicken is fully warmed through.

What temperature to fry chicken at?

Frying chicken needs to be fried in oil that is 375 degrees. You need to check to ensure the oil doesn't get too hot or it will cook the outer part while leaving the center of the chicken raw.

Can I deep fry this chicken in a skillet on the stove?

Absolutely! Just add some oil into a heavy pot and make sure you deep fry the chicken on the stove. Do the same and make sure your oil reaches 375 degrees as well. Flip the chicken as it cooks so it browns on all sides.

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Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Fried Chicken

fried chicken drumsticks on wooden cutting board

Did you know that you can use your Instant Pot as a deep fryer? Heat up oil for frying in your Instant Pot and cook up your favorite fried chicken recipe.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 6-8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups cornflour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons Funky Chicken Seasoning, divided
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • Salt
  • Oil, for frying


    1. Combine the spices, funky chicken seasoning, ginger powder, garlic powder, paprika, and salt in a large bowl.
    2. Mix well and then add the chicken legs and toss in the seasoning mixture.
    3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Put in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
    4. Next, crack the eggs in the medium bowl. Use a fork to beat the eggs together and then set them aside.
    5. Add the flour, cornmeal, more funky chicken seasoning, and pepper to a large bowl. Stir to mix them.
    6. Dip the legs in the beaten eggs.
    7. Transfer each leg onto the plate or a foil-covered baking pan, making sure each leg is completely coated with the flour mixture.
    8. Add the oil to the Instant Pot and set the temperature for the Instant Pot to 375 degrees.
    9. Add the chicken legs to the Instant Pot once it has reached 375 degrees.
    10. Close the lid. Cook the legs for 8-10 minutes.
    11. After the chicken has cooked for 8-10 minutes open the lid. Remove the chicken legs placing them on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up the extra grease.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 452Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 247mgSodium 255mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 2gSugar 0gProtein 37g

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