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Best Instant Pot Chicken Legs

These are the most amazing Instant Pot chicken legs! If you love easy pressure cooker dinners but looking for something your kids will love too chicken legs are simple to make in just 10 minutes. This fall off the bone tender Instant Pot drumsticks recipe will be your go to meal for sure!

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I actually have three easy Instant Pot chicken legs recipes here for you today! This one you see here can be made as spicy as you like, or mild with enchilada sauce! Definitely one of our favorite easy easy Instant Pot recipes. (originally published 5/18, affiliate links present)

Drumsticks in Instant Pot

If you’ve never made any type of pressure cooker chicken drumsticks they are so easy and a healthy meal too! We have directions for frozen chicken legs Instant Pot but if they’re defrosted use this one.

If you like a little crisp on the outside you just pop them under your broiler or air fryer for a few minutes. They are perfection I tell you!

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot
  • This is all you need!

You can even skip the onion if you’d rather but even if you don’t eat them they add a wonderful flavor.

Instant Pot chicken legs

  • Method 1 – using enchilada sauce
  • Recipe 2 – using barbecue sauce (don’t choose honey style as that will trigger the burn message)
  • 3rd recipe is chicken adobo Instant Pot style

Both of them have the ability to be as mild or as spicy as you want.

I will show you how to crisp up the chicken skin (or outside if there’s no skin) once your Instant Pot chicken legs are cooked.

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When you have a family it is sometimes hard to make a healthy meal that everyone loves, but drumsticks are a favorite among most kids and many times they are really inexpensive at the store.

I say if I can feed my family of five for under $15 it is a win, and this pressure cooker chicken dinner is one of those…..I share my others in this post with lots of cheap Instant Pot recipes.

Instant Pot Drumsticks

  • You can find mild, medium, and spicy enchilada sauce at the store and for us mild is enough heat with tons of flavor!

In the pressure cooker no matter what sauce you add with your meat really permeates inside and creates some amazing flavors. It also makes everything extremely tender and fall off the bone in this case.

Instant Pot Chicken Legs 2

We generally don’t eat chicken skin but still like a bit of browning on the top. Just 3-4 minutes on the broiler setting of my oven makes them perfect, as you can see here.

Instant Pot chicken drumsticks recipe

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot too!
  2. Instant Pot air fryer lid to crisp skins, highly recommended
  3. Chicken legs – 8 medium sized drumsticks fit well in my 6 qt. IP
  4. 28 oz. enchilada sauce – any brand and heat level
    1. or alternatively you can use 1 bottle of bbq sauce + 3/4 c. water
  5. 1 onion
instant pot chicken leg recipe

Both are going to use high pressure cooking temperature with short cooking times and a quick release for this one. 

  • It only takes about 15 minutes to get the meat tender and pretty much fall off of the bone.
  • That makes it a family favorite that is easy and delicious served with a simple side dish like vegetables.
  • My kids say it’s a great recipe because “chicken legs rock”, no matter what sauce is used really. 😉

Here is the first chicken legs recipe.

chicken legs recipe
instant pot chicken legs

We have another healthy pressure cooker chicken drumsticks recipe here I wrote for Healthline that has a delicious barbecue flavor.

  • They’re fall off the bone delicious with a sweet barbecue flavor that kids love and the perfect meal year round!
  • The third pressure cooker recipe is in the printable recipe card below!

Instant Pot chicken adobo

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this version:

  1. Drumsticks
  2. Rice vinegar
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Minced garlic
  5. Black peppercorns
  6. Bay leaves
  7. Water or chicken broth
  8. Soy sauce

Here’s a peek of the Instant Pot drumsticks in my pot.

instant pot chicken adobo

There isn’t a huge difference when making these, other than the ingredients and you’ll naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes.

  • Typically when cooking chicken in an Instant Pot you do want to release the steam slowly in order to keep the juices in.
  • Once 5 minutes is up just flip the toggle to pressure release what is left.

This is a salty sweet chicken recipe everyone is sure to love. 

chicken adobo instant pot

Looking for more Instant Pot chicken recipes we have a bunch!

  1. Instant Pot chicken and dumplings recipe is great as well as this Instant Pot Korean chicken over rice
  2. Pressure cooker chicken and rice
  3. Our Instant Pot Hawaiian chicken is oh so tasty too
  4. Easy Instant Pot butter chicken

If you have an air fryer you can make buttermilk chicken legs in that!

Here’s the recipe for pressure cooker chicken drumsticks with enchilada or barbecue sauce

Instant Pot Chicken Legs

Can you stack chicken in the Instant Pot?

  • Typically I do not but when making drumsticks I do, yes.

Can you put frozen meat in the Instant Pot?

  • Yes
  • I haven’t used frozen chicken legs when making these per say but have thawed frozen chicken breasts this way.
  • The only issue I could see is that they may be in a large clump once frozen.
  • If you’re able to separate them I might cook for 12 minutes instead of 10 and put under the broiler when done.

How do you make chicken skin crispy?

I use several methods after making these or our slow cooker chicken legs.

On the stovetop, put some oil into a pan or cast iron skillet to the point of smoking and sear the skin. Or put on a pan in an oven at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes until it’s as crispy as you like (like our teriyaki drumsticks)

teriyaki chicken drumsticks

Try either one, or both of these versions and let us know which you like best. Have you made them with another type of sauce you like too? Let us know!!

How do you reheat chicken legs?

First start by heating the oven to 400 put pieces in a baking dish rather than a pan to catch juices.

Add about 1 cup of chicken broth into your pan so it is about 1/4 of an inch high. Once preheated, place inside until the liquid is bubbling and meat is warmed all the way to the middle.

  • You could throw them into your air fryer too if you want really crispy 
ninja foodi chicken legs

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Instant Pot Chicken Legs

  1. Combine

    Mix the sugar into the vinegar. Place the chicken into the pressure cooker then add in the chopped garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves.

    Next pour in the vinegar-sugar mix in, then water, then the soy sauce.

  2. Cook

    Put the lid on the pressure cooker, seal pressure release valve, and select high pressure for 15 minutes.

    When done, allow to naturally release for 5 minutes then move valve to Venting to release remaining pressure. Carefully remove the cooked chicken and place on a serving bowl.

  3. Thicken

    To thicken up the remaining sauce, select Saute function and set to 10 minutes.

    Allow to simmer until the liquid has halved. (if you want quite a bit thicker you can whisk a tbsp cornstarch with water in a bowl and dump that in) Pour over the chicken in the serving bowl.

To serve, plate with steamed rice, a piece of chicken then drizzle some of the reduced sauce over the chicken. You can remove the bay leaves and discard them. Enjoy!

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Instant Pot Chicken Legs

Amazing Instant Pot chicken legs! If you love easy pressure cooker dinners but looking for something your kids will love too chicken legs are simple to make in just 10 minutes. This fall off the bone tender Instant Pot drumstick recipe will be your go to meal for sure! 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword adobo, chicken, easy, instant pot, legs, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 287kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix the sugar into the vinegar. Place the chicken into the pressure cooker then add in the chopped garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Next pour in the vinegar-sugar mix in, then water, then the soy sauce.
  • Put the lid on the pressure cooker, seal pressure release valve, and select high pressure for 15 minutes. When done, allow to naturally release for 5 minutes then move valve to Venting to release remaining pressure. Carefully remove the cooked chicken and place on a serving bowl.
  • To thicken up the remaining sauce, select Saute function and set to 10 minutes. Allow to simmer until the liquid has halved. (if you want quite a bit thicker you can whisk a tbsp cornstarch with water in a bowl and dump that in) Pour over the chicken in the serving bowl.
  • To serve, plate with steamed white rice, a piece of chicken then drizzle some of the reduced sauce over the chicken. You can remove the bay leaves and discard them. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Chicken Legs
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 651mg28%
Potassium 292mg8%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 119IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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