Pressure Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

These Pressure Cooker Chicken Drumsticks are done in no time at all! The perfect quick & easy weeknight dinner!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot chicken, pressure cooker chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 495 kcal
Author Kelly Miller


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • additional BBQ sauce if desired


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in the pressure cooker over medium high heat until shimmering. Season chicken with salt and pepper then working in batches sear the chicken drumstick until brown. Remove from pan them add the onion and garlic, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.

  2. Add water and BBQ sauce to the pan, then place drumstick in pan along with any juices that have collected. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and cook on high for 9 minutes. Allow pressure to reduce then carefully remove lid. Serve chicken with sauce for drizzling.

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Chicken Drumsticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 209mg 70%
Sodium 607mg 25%
Potassium 631mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Sugars 13g
Protein 40g 80%
Vitamin A 3.7%
Vitamin C 3.3%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.