Cooking chicken drumsticks in the Instant Pot is an incredibly fast and efficient way to get dinner on the table and they’re so tender!
I love cooking in the Instant Pot. It’s so much faster than the oven and it doesn’t require heating up the house to do it. This recipe is so simple, but it results in the most tender chicken drumsticks.
Chicken drumsticks are inexpensive and easy to make. If you have an Instant Pot, you know how quick the process is. If you don’t yet have an Instant Pot, look over this post to see the benefits and reasons I think it’s the best tool in my kitchen.
Drumsticks need to cook for at least 45 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees. During the summer that’s just not something I’m prepared to do. It heats up the house so much. No thanks.
In the Instant Pot, it takes just 10 minutes, plus the pressurizing time. In just 25 minutes, dinner is ready and the house is still nice and cool.
How to Cook Chicken Drumsticks in the Instant Pot
You’ll need the trivet that came with the Instant Pot. If you don’t have one, you can set the chicken directly in the pot. I like the texture of the chicken more when it’s on the trivet. It’s more tender and less dense.
Pour a cup of hot chicken broth (or just plain hot water) into the base of the pot. Add the trivet. Then place the drumsticks evenly on the trivet. You can stack them up, if necessary.
Close the lid and seal the vent. Press the “pressure cook” button and set the time to 10 minutes. After this, allow natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.
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At this point, you can serve the drumsticks as is. They are nicely seasoned and tasty. Or you can brush them with bbq sauce (try our killer bourbon bbq sauce recipe), buffalo sauce, or a glaze, like this delicious honey sriracha sauce, which is what I’ve put on the chicken drumsticks that are pictured here.
You can also crisp up the skin in the oven, if you want to. I almost always skip this extra step. It’s just not necessary, in my opinion. Cooking the chicken for longer in the oven isn’t why I choose to use the Instant Pot.
Tips for Cooking Chicken Drumsticks
You can cook the chicken drumsticks from frozen in the Instant Pot, if you want to. It will take about 4 more minutes to cook, so set the time to 14 minutes.
You don’t need to increase the pressure cooking time or the amount of water you put in the Instant Pot if you’re cooking additional chicken drumsticks. This recipe has just 6 drumsticks, because our recipes are geared for 2 people, however you can cook up to 24 drumsticks at a time without increasing the time. If you want to cook more than 24 drumsticks, increase the time to 12 minutes.
I am not able to fit more than 36 small drumsticks in my Instant Pot, without filling past the fill line. If you need to cook more than this, do it in two batches.
What to Serve With Drumsticks
Can’t make up your mind? Check out this list of 10 great summer salads that all pair well with chicken.
Other Instant Pot Recipes to Try
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Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks
- 6 chicken drumsticks
- 1 tbsp dry rub
- 1 cup chicken broth or water adding it hot reduces pressurizing time
- 1/4 cup bbq sauce or glaze if desired
- Coat the chicken drumsticks with dry rub or seasoning.
- Pour 1 cup hot chicken broth or water into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Insert the trivet. Place the chicken drumsticks on the trivet. Secure the lid and turn the valve to sealing. Press the pressure cooker button and set the time to 10 minutes.
- When the time is up, allow it to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually.
- Brush the drumsticks with glaze or sauce, if desired.
If you cook the chicken from frozen, add 4 minutes to the cook time.
The skin will not be crispy. If you want to crisp it, broil in the oven for 4-5 minutes.
The drumsticks pictured are coated with our honey sriracha sauce.
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Laura is a home cook who loves making new recipes and finding new favorite things to eat, whether at home or abroad. She also runs a popular travel blog and spends a lot of her time traveling for food.