I have been wanting to take my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to a higher level so I took on drumsticks as a challenge. There are two reasons I do not usually cook them: 1) Reg hates eating meat off the bone and 2) I am scared of accidentally poisoning us because they are tricky to cook.
At least with a pressure cooker I can feel more confident about eating them and I LOVE my easy Buffalo sauce.
It amazes me that we can get all this chicken for just $5 at our local market. That was another reason why I wanted to try this approach. Save some cash!
I prefer to carefully rinse chicken in my sink and then dry with a paper towel. Just make sure not to splatter the water around and hey, I always clean EVERYTHING while I work with raw chicken. Safety first!
To try and keep these on the more “skinny” side of things I removed the skin which I admit, was a big pain in the butt.
As a result, I wanted a flavoured flour coating. In a large bag I added: 1 cup flour, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp kosher salt and lots of freshly ground pepper.
I took my time coating each piece of chicken and shook off excess flour and spices.
The Pressure Cooker
I wanted to try browning the chicken first in the Instant Pot so I pre-heated it on the sauté setting.
Once it said it was hot I heated up the oil and then added some of the chicken. Be careful not to crowd the meat!
It got brown but I would have preferred it to get a little darker. Also, because the pot is not very wide, I had to do this part in batches. Remove chicken.
Add 1 cup water, put in steamer and return chicken. I put the lid on. BTW, this is the way the nozzle is supposed to point! Down, LOL.
I put the Instant Pot on the poultry setting and let it pressure cook for 25 minutes.
My formula is very simple for making Buffalo sauce: half ketchup, half Buffalo wing sauce and a tbsp or two of melted butter. I also like to have it a little heated ahead of time.
There were so many drumsticks I had to stack them. Good news is, they were fully cooked!
I put some in a bowl and slathered on the sauce.
I tossed them to coat and then…
Added more sauce, LOL. Yes, I am a saucy woman!
We normally eat Buffalo chicken strips and as I said before, I have never made drumsticks before so this was a bit of a stretch for Reg. He politely ate it with a knife and fork and did not say much.
I wanted to test my crockpot and once again, it impressed me. I think next time I will brown my meat on the stove and then transfer it to the Instant Pot. It will not save on clean up but it will save me frustration when I want to control the heat of the surface.
Feel free to play with the recipe! I am just so excited I got to cook a new kind of meat and that Reg was a gentleman about it. Next time? Back to chicken strips my dear. I promise.