Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white rectangular tray with a small round white bowl of bbq sauce all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Dinner made simple! Only 4 ingredients are needed for BBQ Chicken Drumsticks. With just 5 minutes of prep, the instant pot does the rest!

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Recently, since the boys started back at school and I have been sub teaching a lot this fall, the Instant Pot has been my go-to for dinner. I love how quickly it can make dinner, and I don’t have to do a lot of work.

Any teacher knows the fatigue after being in class all day, especially at the elementary level. When I get home, I want something easy. But easy doesn’t have to mean sandwiches or frozen meals.

Sometimes I will get things started in the slow cooker before heading to school. But only if I know Justin will be home. I don’t like leaving it going all day without someone here. So, that’s when I break out the instant pot!

My boys will eat chicken cooked in almost any way. That’s why we end up eating a lot of chicken meals here. I don’t care for dark meat, and the boys prefer white meat, too (much to Justin’s dismay). But, this time, I told him I would compromise with the drumsticks. I don’t usually like the texture of dark meat, but these aren’t as bad.

A flavor I know everyone likes here is BBQ. And, we happened to have everything we needed except the chicken when I made our meal plan and grocery list. This means we were able to use some food that didn’t go to waste and save money. Always a win in my book!

I used the same seasoning that we use on hamburgers to make our BBQ Chicken Drumsticks. Then we had some BBQ sauce to slather on at the end. The boys don’t care for the sauce as much, which is why I didn’t cook the chicken in the sauce.

Step by Step

Mise en Place: Gather all of your ingredients. Luckily, for this recipe, that’s only 4 things!

Ingredients for instant pot bbq chicken drumsticks in stainless steel bowls on a wooden surface: raw chicken drumsticks, water, bbq seasoning, and bbq sauce

Sprinkle the bbq seasoning on all sides of the chicken drumsticks.

Chicken drumsticks seasoned with bbq seasoning on a round white plate on a wooden surface

Pour water into the bottom of the instant pot. Place the wire rack in the instant pot and put the chicken on the rack.

Chicken drumsticks covered with bbq seasoning on the metal tray in an instant pot over a wooden surface

Cook on high pressure for 10-15 minutes (10 for thawed chicken, 15 for frozen). Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure. Remove the chicken and either coat with the bbq sauce or serve with sauce to dip in.

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white rectangular tray with a small round white bowl of bbq sauce all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Keep any leftover bbq chicken drumsticks in a container in the refrigerator. They will stay good for up to 2-3 days. We like the chicken cold the next day. But, if you want it warm, I suggest placing it in a toaster oven or oven at 350F until heated through, about 5-8 minutes.

Recipe

Originally Published On: October 13, 2020

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white rectangular tray with a small round white bowl of bbq sauce all on a wooden surface

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Dinner made simple! Only 4 ingredients are needed for BBQ Chicken Drumsticks. With just 5 minutes of prep, the instant pot does the rest!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Pressure Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, chicken, chicken drumsticks, instant pot
Servings: 8 pieces
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp bbq seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce

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Instructions

  • Sprinkle chicken drumsticks with bbq seasoning
  • Pour water into the bottom of the instant pot
  • Place the wire rack in the instant pot and put the chicken on the rack
  • Cook on high pressure for 10-15 minutes (10 for thawed chicken, 15 for frozen)
  • Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure
  • Remove the chicken and either coat with the bbq sauce or serve with sauce to dip in

Notes

Note: I used McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 42 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 186mg8%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 137IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 thoughts on “Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks”

  1. BBQ is a favourite around here too. If all else fails, we BBQ! And between you and me, we have several bottles of Sweet Baby Ray’s around; we’re so scared of running out of it lol!! This looks delicious.

  2. These sound so good! I really need to find new fun ways to make chicken and this just went to the top of my list!

  3. I have been so tempted to buy an instant pot. I love barbeque chicken too. Your recipe looks simple and perfect for a weeknight meal. I love how have everything set up to serve and cook.

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