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Square photo of a platter of instant pot chicken drumsticks.

Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks (Fresh or Frozen)

These easy Instant Pot chicken drumsticks are juicy, tender and lightly seasonedwith a simple blend of smoked paprika and garlic powder. They’re quick to cooktoo, ready within 35 minutes! In this post, instructions for cooking thawed chickenlegs and how to cook chicken legs from frozen are shared. If you want extra-crispy skin on the outside, just toss the chicken drumsticks under an oven broiler for a few minutes once cooked! (Or use your air crisp lid.)
Course Main
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword Instant Pot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Time to Come to Pressure and Release (Will Vary) 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 288kcal


  • 3 ½ pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth


  • Pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels.
    Chicken drumsticks being dried with a paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
    Small square white bowl with a seasoning mixture in it.
  • Coat the chicken with the seasoning mixture.
    Overhead photo of seasoning chicken legs.
  • Pour the broth into the pot.
    Overhead photo of an instant pot with chicken broth with a trivet on top of it.
  • Place a trivet on the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the drumsticks on top of it. Seal the Instant Pot lid and set it to high pressure for 10 minutes. (12-minutes for frozen chicken legs)
    Overhead photo of seasoned chicken drumsticks in an Instant Pot.
  • When the time is up allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. (If you want fall off the bone tender meat, allow it to release naturally.) If desired, use the air crisp lid or broiler to crisp up the skin.
    Instant pot air crisp lid.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1491mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 413IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg