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Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks are fall off the bone tender, so easy to make and full of flavor! When you can't get outside to barbecue chicken drumsticks, use your Instant Pot!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 138 kcal


  • 2 lb Chicken Drumsticks About 10 drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth or water

For The Dry Rub

  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Chili Powder


  • In a large bowl, mix together the dry rub.
  • Add the drumsticks to the large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon so all the drumsticks are covered in the dry rub.
  • Set your Instant Pot to "saute" and let it come to temperature.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the Instant Pot.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks in the Instant Pot for 2-3 minutes on each side until the skin has browned. Do this in two batches.
  • Once all the chicken has been browned, place the trivet insert into the Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of water or broth to the Instant Pot.
  • Place all the drumsticks on the trivet. It's ok to overlap them and to lay them on top of one another. They do not have to be in a single layer.
  • Close the Instant Pot and set the pressure to "High" for 12 minutes. Make sure the lid is set to "sealing".
  • After 12 minutes, release the pressure.
  • OPTIONAL STEP- Set your broiler to high. After the pressure has been released, place the drumsticks on a baking sheet and broil them for 2-3 minutes until the skin is crisped to your liking. Serve immediately.


  • If you are using frozen chicken drumsticks, increase the time to 20 minutes from 12 minutes.
  • Have a favorite dry rub recipe?  Use that! This recipe would work with your favorite Mexican dry rub, bbq dry rub, or plain salt and pepper rub!


Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 11gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 311mgPotassium: 184mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 252IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks, Instant Pot Chicken Legs, Instant Pot Drumsticks
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