These Instant Pot Chicken Legs are super easy to make and perfect for when you need a quick, simple meal on the dinner table.
You can even take the chicken legs straight out the freezer and dump them in the Instant Pot to cook.
Do you sometimes forget to take something out of the freezer to defrost for dinner?
I know I do! Lately, I have been forgetting about cooking dinner until the last minute!
Thank GOODNESS for my Instant Pot!!!
Cooking dinner in the Instant Pot is quick and easy. I love that I can take frozen drumsticks and cook them in minutes.
No waiting for the meat to THAW!!! Just cook the chicken and prepare an easy side dish like my Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, Corn on the Cob, and even my Homemade Creamy Coleslaw for a wonderfully tasty dinner.
The drumsticks are budget-friendly and perfect for little kids hands.
You could also pressure cook as many drumsticks as you like, depending on how many people you need to feed.
It’s such a quick drumstick recipe. You could have a meal on the table for your family in 30 minutes or less.
Instead of just using salt and pepper for seasoning the chicken legs, I used fresh herbs from my container garden.
Of course, you can use dry herbs or purchase herbs from your local grocery store or produce market.
Since I have an abundance of herbs in my garden, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use some of them for this recipe.
I used parsley, basil, oregano, and lemon thyme. The fresh herbs gave the chicken a lovely flavor.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the basil plant. Do you have a favorite herb you use in recipes?
How to Cook Frozen Instant Pot Chicken Legs
First, place the chicken legs in a large mixing bowl and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil.
Next, add salt, pepper, onion powder, and granulated garlic. Mix well using your hands.
Second, finely chop the herbs and mix them well with the chicken. Next, add chicken broth to the inner pot.
Put the trivet in the Instant Pot and place the chicken legs on the trivet.
Third, place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the knob to the sealing position.
Next, press the manual button and set for 20 minutes.
Once the time has elapsed quick release by turning the knob to venting.
After the pin goes down carefully open the lid and remove the drumsticks using tongs.
Last, turn the broiler on the stove. Line a baking sheet with foil, and broil the chicken to make the skin crisp for at least 5 minutes.
Remove the chicken carefully, once done and enjoy! Also, you can make my delicious Southern Cherry Supreme Dessert to serve after dinner for dessert.
See I told you it would be QUICK and SIMPLE! Also, the chicken tastes delicious!
Additionally, if you want to omit the herbs you can. Also, you could SLATHER .. brush the chicken with barbecue sauce before putting it into the oven to crisp. It’s up to you!!!
I opted not to use barbecue sauce on my chicken legs due to I was trying to keep this recipe gluten-free, keto, and healthy as possible. But, BBQ SAUCE is YUMMY too!
Do You know?
Do you know you can do Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot, too?!
Of course the sweet potatoes would make a great side dish to pair with the chicken legs.
Lauren Peng says
What if my drumsticks are fresh not frozen. How long would I cook for? Thanks
Kim Seghers says
I have never cooked them fresh just frozen. You could try 18 minutes and then place them under the broiler for 3-5 minutes to crisp them. Regardless if you’re doing fresh or frozen chicken the internal temp should be at least 165 degrees. I hope this helps! Kim
Love the pics of your herbs they’re so very pretty and healthy looking.I like most herbs but not Oregano.This recipe is nice and easy just my style.Thanks Kim.
Kim Seghers says
Thank you so much! I wanted to do an easy recipe for beginners to Instant Pot also for those that have any dietary restrictions. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, Have a lovely week, Kim