Do you own an Instant Pot? If so dive in to this apple maple Instant Pot chicken legs recipe. A sweet and savory flavor from the apple cider and sweet maple flavor. A budget friendly chicken recipe that feeds a crowd.
The perfect recipe for chicken legs, to serve up with a bed of rice, pasta or your favorite sides. Chicken legs are affordable, a great source of protein, and easy to cook. Give this apple maple chicken legs a try today.
This Instant Pot Chicken Legs Recipe Is….
- Sweet and Savory Flavors
- Easy to Make
- Hands off Cooking
- Bone in chicken recipe
- Works with Ninja Foodi or Any Other Pressure Cooker
- Fresh ingredients
- Apple Cider
- Dijon Mustard
- Yellow Mustard
- Maple Syrup
- 6-8 Chicken Drumsticks
How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Legs
Full directions for this Instant Pot chicken legs with apple and maple flavor are in the printable recipe card. This is a visual walk through on how to make this recipe.
- Add oil to your pressure cooker and hit the saute button.
- Sear the chicken 1 minute per side. Then remove chicken and set aside.
- Now add all the other ingredients into the Instant Pot and cook for 2 minutes, to thicken the homemade sauce.
- Once it is ready, add the chicken back into the Instant Pot, and close lid and set to sealing.
- Next cook on the meat/stew setting for 5 minutes.
- Natural release and then serve!
Tips For Success
Here are helpful tips and tricks for making this Instant Pot maple chicken recipe.
Remove any stuck on bits on the bottom of the Instant Pot by scraping with wooden spoon. This will help prevent the burn notice.
You can cook from frozen, just skip the saute option. Add 5 extra minutes to cook time.
You can make the sauce on the stovetop, but I like to make this a one pot meal instead of getting more dishes dirty.
Chicken is done when the internal temperature reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit internally. Make sure to not touch the bone or it will give a higher reading.
Feel free to store any of the chicken legs in the fridge for 2-3 days. After that you will find the chicken can spoil.
Heat up in the microwave, on the stovetop, or cover and heat up in the oven.
Another thing is you can freeze any chicken you don’t eat right away. Just store in a proper freezer container and freeze for 3-4 months. Then thaw in the fridge overnight.
What to Serve With This Chicken Drumstick Recipe
- Rice – Serve up plain rice, fried rice, etc.
- Side of your favorite vegetables
- Dinner Rolls
Common questions on how to make chicken legs in your pressure cooker.
Absolutely! You can double this pressure cooker maple chicken legs. Just double the recipe and add 1-2 minutes to the cook time.
Swap apple cider for apple juice if you can’t find any at your store. It will offer a similar flavor just not as strong apple as a cider would give.
Frozen chicken can be cooked straight from frozen in the Instant Pot. Just skip the saute option for this Instant Pot apple maple chicken legs. Then increase the cook time by 5 minutes.
Natural release means once the cook time is up on the pressure cooker you allow it to naturally release the pressure in the pot. This can take around 20 minutes for the pressure to release out of the nozzle on top of the lid. Natural release is used when cooking with meats, to ensure juicy, tender chicken.
More Chicken Dinners
Here are a few more ideas to try out, as well as our pressure cooker chicken legs!
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- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste or ketchup
- 6 chicken legs
Place olive oil in IP and select the saute setting.
When the oil is hot, add the chicken legs and brown on each side, about 1 minute per side.
Meanwhile, add remaining ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat and whisk together. Cook for 2 minutes to thicken slightly.
Pour the homemade apple maple sauce over the chicken legs and turn off the saute setting.
Secure the IP lid and select "meat/stew" for 5 minutes.
Natural release and serve hot.
Frozen: Skip the saute function on searing the chicken. Then place straight in from frozen and cook for 10 minutes instead of 5.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 548Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 328mgSodium: 378mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 62g