Instant Pot Drumsticks

Author: Lisa Childs

Comments: 7

Category: Air Fryer Recipes

Published Date: March 2, 2019

Updated Date: January 12, 2023

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Instant Pot Drumsticks are a staple at our house! Super easy to make, and the meat is always so tender. The best part? Dinner is done in 30 minutes or less.

I love using my air fryer to crisp the Instant Pot drumsticks up really quick, then toss in a buffalo sauce or lemon parmesan butter! Keto friendly, healthy, and tasty. Can’t ask for much more than that.


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Instant Pot and Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

These are a hit whenever I mention them on Instagram because they are so crazy easy from fresh OR frozen! I always stock up on the packages of large chicken drumsticks when they go on sale at Smiths for .77/lb.

SUCH a good deal!

Each package usually comes with a dozen, and they feed a crowd. Way better than those tiny little wings with no meat on them!

How to make Instant Pot Drumsticks

  • A 1/2 cup of water to the Instant Pot and the trivet.
  • Stack the chicken drumsticks in a circular pattern, so the large meat part is resting on top of the handle/bone next to it. Continue to stack as high as you can.
  • Lock the lid, turn the knob to Sealing, and cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes (12 minutes for frozen).
  • Allow a natural pressure release of 5-10 minutes.
  • Broil in the oven or air fryer for 3-6 minutes, toss in your favorite sauce, and enjoy!

Instant Pot Bone Broth

Ps: There will be a LOT of liquid in the pot after making these. Don’t throw it out!! It’s just accidental bone broth now. Use it in my famous, 5 star review chicken noodle soup with homemade egg noodles or Better than Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana!

Woosh. Do you think we can handle it? Seriously, it is SO easy and simple to make Instant Pot drumsticks! You’re gonna LOVE it!

Chicken Drumsticks I buy at Smiths
This is what the package looks like that I buy at Smiths

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I love tossing my Instant Pot Drumsticks in a yummy spicy buffalo sauce with ranch dressing! Brett doesn’t like buffalo flavor (whoareyou), so I whipped up a little lemon parmesan butter one time and we loved them! Just melt some butter, add lemon juice and zest, some parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper and toss the Instant Pot drumsticks in it.

You can add whatever sauce you want after crisping them up- BBQ sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce, or your favorite wing sauce. I’ve included the recipe for buffalo drumsticks and the lemon parm ones below.

Try my Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip!

What to serve with Instant Pot Drumsticks

You might also enjoy my recipe for The BEST Instant Pot BBQ Ribs!

These Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks are a staple at our house! Keto friendly, healthy, and tasty chicken from fresh or frozen and done in 30 minutes or less! Buffalo chicken or Lemon Parmesan Butter recipe instructions! #Keto #chicken #30minmeal | Tried Tested and True Instant Pot Cooking by Lisa Childs
Instant Pot and Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks are an inexpensive, healthy dinner. They can be sauced up however you like! 
4.20 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Broil Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 867kcal
Author: Lisa Childs


  • 12 chicken drumsticks bone in
  • 1/2 cup water

Buffalo Drumsticks

  • 1 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce or salt

Lemon Parmesan Butter Drumsticks

  • juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • parsley to taste and garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

  • Add water to the Instant Pot with the trivet. Stack chicken drumsticks in a circular pattern for maximum airflow.
  • Lock the lid, turn the knob to sealing, and cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. If using frozen, cook on manual high pressure for 12 minutes. Allow a 5-10 minute natural pressure release.
  • During the last minutes of pressure cooking, turn the oven to broiler on to high. Prepare sauce variations, if using. Open the Instant Pot lid, and carefully remove the drumsticks with tongs to a broiler pan or foil-lined cookie sheet. 
  • If eating plain, sprinkle salt and pepper on the drumsticks and broil for 3-6 minutes per side until golden. Alternatively, crisp in the air fryer on 400 degrees for 3-6 minutes. Serve immediately.

Buffalo Drumsticks

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium large bowl and microwave for 2 minutes or until hot. Toss the crisped drumsticks in the sauce and serve with bleu cheese or ranch dressing.

Lemon Parmesan Butter Drumsticks

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium large bowl. During the last 2 minutes of broiling, baste each drumstick with some of the butter parmesan sauce. Make sure each drumstick gets a little cheese on it. Broil until the cheese is crisp. Baste with additional sauce before serving.



Serving: 3drumsticks | Calories: 867kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 441mg | Sodium: 2391mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g
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    This was so delicious! But where are the macros for the Lemon Parmesan Butter Drumsticks? We really need those please!!


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