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Instant Pot Smoked Paprika & Garlic Chicken Legs

Four simple ingredients create mouthwatering chicken legs in a flash. A simple trick at the end turns these flavor-packed drumsticks into crispy chicken you'll love

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot chicken drumsticks, instant pot chicken legs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 5 2 drumsticks each
Calories 426 kcal
Author Toni Dash

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika*
  • 1 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 3 pounds (about 10) Chicken Legs/drumsticks
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Season chicken legs with the seasoning mix.

  2. Add water to the Instant Pot and insert trivet. Arrange chicken standing up, meaty side down, on the trivet. Lock lid. Press the Poultry button (or High Pressure if there is no Poultry button) and cook for the default time of 15 minutes. When timer beeps, let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure until float valve drops and then unlock lid. Check the chicken using a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature is at least 165°F.

  3. Meanwhile (while pressure is releasing) position the top oven rack aproximately 4 inches below the broiler and turn on the broiler (on HIGH).  Place chicken legs on a foil-lined baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.   Cook the chicken 2 minutes on one side (watching closely to ensure no burning), flip with tongs, and cook 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on the opposite side to crisp the chicken.

  4. Transfer chicken to a serving plate and serve warm.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*A note on the paprika:

Excerpted and adapted from The “I Love My Instant Pot” Paleo Recipe Book: From Deviled Eggs and Reuben Meatballs to Café Mocha Muffins, 175 Easy and Delicious Paleo Recipes  Copyright © 2017 by Michelle Fagone (Cavegirl Cuisine) and published by Adams Media, a division of Simon and Schuster. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Smoked Paprika & Garlic Chicken Legs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 426 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 749mg31%
Potassium 457mg13%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1040IU21%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.