Instant Pot chicken legs ready to eat in 30 minutes–start to finish! They are cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce, then placed under the broiler for a few minutes to give them a slightly crispy finish. These Instant Pot chicken drumsticks are absolutely delicious!
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I love cooking with the Instant Pot! It’s easy to use, fast and makes little mess in the kitchen. You can check out why I love this small kitchen appliance in My Instant Pot Review.
These Instant Pot chicken legs are one of our go-to dinners. They are cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce, and are ready in under 30 minutes!!
30-MINUTE MEAL TO THE RESCUE
The other night was a crazy busy night and I didn’t have anything planned for dinner.
By the time I got home, it was late in the evening, so I decided Instant Pot chicken legs would get dinner on the table in a hurry.
How to fix the instant pot chicken legs
Turn the Instant Pot on the sauté mode to warm it up, because this cuts down on the time it takes to heat up. Since I didn’t really have a solid plan, I used the marinade ingredients from Marinated Paleo Pot Roast, with a few minor changes.
After mixing the marinade, I poured it into the Instant Pot and added the chicken legs. Lid on, steam valve closed, and manual cook time set to 10 minutes–voilà!
While the legs cooked, I warmed up leftover steamed broccoli and cauliflower, then tossed a quick salad. For the salad, I used organic spring mix lettuce and fresh garden tomatoes, then tossed it with Tessamae Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. Tessamae is seriously one of my favorite dressings, because it is low carb, low sugar, and Whole30 approved!
After the Instant Pot chicken drumsticks cooked for 10 minutes, I let them natural release for about 5-7 minutes. In the meantime, I turned on the oven broiler so I could lightly brown the chicken legs.
Once my 5-7 minutes were up, I released the steam valve, put the legs on a foil-lined cookie sheet, and browned them for two minutes under the broiler.
While the chicken legs were under the broiler, I turned the Instant Pot on sauté mode so the sauce could cook down some. Last, I put the legs in a serving dish and poured the sauce on top.
delicious healthy INSTANT POT CHICKEN Drumsticks
We were eating a delicious healthy meal within about 30 minutes. My husband was floored at how quick and delicious our dinner turned out. He generally lets me know his thoughts on a new dish in one of three ways: please don’t make this again, it’s ok, and this is good–of course the latter is the answer I prefer. These Instant Pot chicken legs were “good!” Success!
Let me know of any great recipes or tips you have for the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Chicken Legs
- 6 – 8 chicken legs
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 2 T. honey
- 1/2 cup soy sauce (swap coconut aminos for a paleo verions)
- 2 T. brown sugar (swap coconut sugar for a paleo version)
- 2 T. red wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Turn Instant Pot on sauté mode to begin heating process.
- Mix all ingredients except chicken.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of mixture into Instant Pot and let it sizzle, then slowly add the rest.
- Add chicken legs.
- Place lid on top with steam valve closed.
- Cook in manual mode for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes of cook time, leave steam valve closed and let sit for 5-7 minutes.
- While chicken is sitting, turn oven broiler on high making sure oven rack is near the top of the oven.
- After 5-7 minutes, open steam valve on Instant Pot.
- Place chicken legs on foil-lined cooking sheet, leaving liquid in Instant Pot.
- Broil chicken legs for 2 minutes.
- Place chicken legs in dish and pour liquid from Instant Pot on top and serve.
Looks delicious Molly! About the only thing I’ve made in mine is oatmeal and hard boiled eggs! I’ll definitely have to give this a try!
This looks amazing! Can you fine the dressing in town?
Living in Normal
Thanks, Rachel! Yes, you can find the dressing at Kroger and Jewel Osco. It is refrigerated in the produce area near the lettuce. It’s delicious! XOXO
I love anything that can be made in the instant pot, and bonus points if it’s delicious. Thanks for the recipe!