Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken Drumsticks in red sauce served with white rice and fresh parsley

This Chicken drumsticks recipe is really quick and easy to make, using ingredients you already have at your home!

Chicken Drumsticks in red sauce served with white rice and fresh parsley

Great option for dinner with your loved ones.

Can I use other chicken parts?

Yes. You can use chicken thighs instead. If you are doing so, add 5 minutes to the cooking time.

Do I have to use apple cider vinegar?

No. It adds a little kick to the recipe. But if you don't have a bottle, feel free to take it out.

Do I have to use red pepper flakes?

No. Do it only if you like spicy food. You can also add more

Can I use the air fryer instead?

Yes you can. In this case, check out this easy Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks recipe.

How to serve?

This dish is already full with flavor, so I would choose one of these options:

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Chicken Drumsticks in red sauce served with white rice and fresh parsley

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

These juicy and tender chicken drumsticks are packed with delicious flavors.
4.75 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: international
Keyword: chicken drumsticks, chicken legs
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Corrie


  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp ground mustard ground
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken drumsticks
  • 1 onion minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • In a bowl, mix together ketchup, brown sigar, apple cider vinegar, water and ground mustard.
  • Add oil in the Instant Pot and select “Sauté”. Then add the chicken drumsticks and onion, cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in red pepper flake, salt, and black pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Select “Cancel” and stir in the sauce mixture.
  • Secure the lid and cook under at “High Pressure” for 10 minutes.
  • Select “Cancel” and carefully wait for a natural release.
  • Remove the lid and serve hot.


Calories: 309kcal Carbohydrates: 31g Protein: 19g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 93mg Sodium: 501mg Potassium: 423mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 28g Vitamin A: 352IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 41mg Iron: 1mg


You can take out the red pepper flakes if you (or your kids) don't like spice.
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