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Instant Pot Chicken Quarters

With a simple chicken leg quarter recipe on hand, you'll have dinner with no hassle at all. Juicy and flavorful dark meat chicken isn't too far away.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Natural Pressure Release5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 quarters
Calories: 322kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $7.26 / Serving $1.82


  • 4 chicken leg quarters ($6.97)
  • ½ teaspoon salt ($0.05)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper ($0.02)
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning ($0.05)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika ($0.05)
  • teaspoon cayenne ($0.02)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder ($0.05)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder ($0.05)
  • 1 cup water, for cooking ($0.00)


  • In a small bowl, blend together the spices for the chicken rub. Set aside.
  • Pour one cup of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot. Add in the trivet.
  • Rub your chicken leg quarters with the spice rub.
  • Stack your chicken quarters up like a bookshelf, side by side on the trivet. I like to alternte my legs so that they aren't all on one side.
  • Close the lid and seal the vent.
  • Set to High Pressure for 15 minutes. 25 minutes if the chicken quarters are still partially frozen.
  • Naturally Release the Pressure for 5 minutes after the timer beeps. Then release the rest manually.
  • Set the oven to High Broil and lay your chicken quarters on a baking sheet, skin side up. Broil for 3-5 minutes until skin is crisped to desired doneness.
  • Check internal temperature of chicken. Make sure it reaches a minimum of 165 Degrees F. If not, place in the oven at 350 Degrees F until it comes up to temperature before eating.
  • Serve warm with your favorite side dishes.


Recipe Tips

You will need to stand the chicken up on the trivet like books on a shelf. Standing them upright like this allows them to fit into the pot. You may need to trim a little fat or skin here and there to help them fit more easily.
You can use water, broth, or even beer for more flavorfully cooked chicken. Just make sure that there is at least 1-1.5 cups of liquid in the pot to help the chicken cook properly.
After the chicken has been cooked, you can take an optional step of broiling the quarters in the oven to help crisp up the skin to a nice golden brown. Recommended, but not required.
Make sure chicken reaches at least 165 degrees F before and eating and if it hasn't you can place it in the oven for a few minutes at 350 degrees F to help get it to the safe-to-eat-zone. (Baking it would be faster than cooking it in the Instant Pot again and allows you to periodically check on the internal temperature.)


Serving: 1quarter | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.9g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 11.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.8g | Cholesterol: 241.2mg | Sodium: 548.2mg | Potassium: 650.9mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 42.3IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2.3mg