Instant Pot Chicken Leg Quarters


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The recipe will be great for all chicken lovers. Using the pressure cooker method makes chicken leg quarters really moist and tender so even your picky eater children will love them!

And the best part is, they’re so simple and require only a handful of ingredients! This recipe is super flexible allowing you to customize it with whatever spices and seasonings you desire.

Do I Need to Broil the Chicken Leg Quarters?

It's not mandatory, but I really recommend you broil the chicken after cooking in the pressure cooker. This will turn the outer layer nice and crispy, but the meat underneath will still be just as juicy and moist, thanks to your Instant Pot.

I'm using my Instant Pot Air fryer Lid, but feel free to use Mealthy Crisplid or Instant Pot Duo crisp.

If you don’t have those, no need to worry! Just place the chicken in the oven or toaster oven under the broiler setting. That way you will get tender and crispy chicken that all your guests are going to like!

Can I Use Skin-On Chicken Pieces?

This recipe calls for skinless chicken leg quarters because chicken skin turns quite soggy when cooked in the Instant Pot. However, if you are going to air fry or broil the chicken at the end of the recipe, you can keep the skin on if you want to.

Broiling or air frying the chicken at the end of the recipe will turn the skin from soggy to crisp, while the insides still remain tender and juicy.

Another reason to remove the skin is that it’s not the healthiest part of the chicken—it’s almost all fat—so it’s a healthier option to remove the skin.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes, you can use bone-in chicken thighs for this recipe or chicken legs! Both are amazing options for diversifying this recipe and utilizing whatever you have on hand.

I do recommend using bone-in chicken quarters (or thighs, or legs) as opposed to boneless, because cooking chicken on the bone keeps it juicy and gives it extra flavor.

Can I use Water Instead of Broth?

Yes, if you don’t have chicken broth, you could also use water. Use 1 cup of water instead of 1 cup of chicken broth.

However, I highly recommend using broth if you can, because it gives a lot more flavor.

If you use water instead of broth, I would add extra salt and pepper along with other spices to enhance the flavor of the chicken.

What Should I Serve Them With?

You can serve this Instant Pot Chicken Leg Quarters recipe with roasted veggies, boiled potatoes, cooked rice, or drizzle them with your favorite BBQ sauce and enjoy alone.

Can I use chicken breast?

If you wanna pressure cook chicken breasts, check out these recipes:

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Marsala

Can I use Frozen Chicken Legs?

Sure. If you do so, cook for 30 minutes instead of 20. Then do a quick release as usual.

How Can I get a crispy skin?

You have 2 options:

1. Cover with the Air Fryer Lid and broil at 375 °F for 5 minutes on each side.

2. Put in the oven and broil at 375 °F for 5 minutes on each side.

Want More Instant Pot Recipes with chicken?

If you like this recipe, try these delicious Instant Pot chicken drumsticks.

This Instant Pot lemon chicken is another great option.

The most popular chicken recipe on Corrie Cooks is the Instant Pot orange chicken.

How to make chicken quarters

Gather your ingredients:

Insert a trivet into your Instant Pot. Pour in the chicken stock.

Place the chicken in a bowl and season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

Place the chicken leg quarters on the trivet.

Lock the lid into place.

Select High Pressure and cook for 20 minutes.

Once the cooking cycle is done, do a quick pressure release.

Transfer the chicken leg quarters on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.

Set under a preheated broiler or place inside the Air Fryer Lid and broil for 5 minutes per side.

Serve warm.

Instant Pot Chicken Leg Quarters
3.9 from 40 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Leg Quarters
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 skinless chicken leg quarters
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Place a trivet in the bottom of Instant Pot and pour the broth.
  • Season the chicken leg quarters with garlic powder, and salt and black.
  • Place the chicken leg quarters on top of the trivet in a single layer.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Remove the lid, take out the chicken leg quarters and coat with olive oil.
  • Place in a single layer and broil for 5 minutes on each side.
    For this step you can use the Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid, Mealthy Crisplid, Ninja Foodi or the oven.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Calories: 67kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 216mg Potassium: 56mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 4mg Iron: 1mg

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    Reader Interactions

  1. Dustin

    I want to make this recipe year round! This is so perfect for the holidays and everyone will be sure love it.

  2. sharon griffith

    Can I just cook 2 quarters. 6qt instant pot only holds 2 not 4

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Yes, absolutely! Just adjust the number of servings to 2 and it will calculate a half batch for you 🙂

      • Mary Elizabeth Williams

        I wish to cook 4 quarters. Is that possible?

        • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

          Yes, of course! This recipe is meant for 4 quarters so that's perfect.

    • Donna Crane

      If you stand them on edge around the pot, overlapping each a bit, you can get 4 in there. I have a 6qt and do it all the time. I put some mesquite or hickory liquid smoke in the water before cooking and then put BBQ sauce on before broiling.

      • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

        Perfect! Thank you for the tip standing around the edges for the 6 qt.

  3. Socjologia Pytania

    I really like your writing style, excellent info , appreciate it for putting up : D.

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Thank you! I appreciate you for reading my blog 🙂

  4. Sunny

    What would the time be for frozen? I forgot to pull them out!

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Not a problem! I would increase the pressure cook time to 30 minutes.

  5. Scotty

    Can you cook more than 2 chicken quarters at once to reduce the amount of batches for larger groups?

    • Corrie CooksCorrie Cooks

      Yes, absolutely! You can cook at least 4 at once with this recipe.

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