Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks: Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Dairy-Free

These instant pot tandoori chicken drumsticks make the perfect easy weeknight meal. The blend of Indian spices is quick to prepare and the chicken will satisfy anyone who’s eating Paleo, Whole30, Keto (low-carb), or just a real food based diet! With 10 minutes of prep work and few minutes in your instant pot, these tender, flavorful chicken drummies are ready to eat!

  • Author: Bailey
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American (Indian Inspired)


  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (black pepper will work also)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the coconut milk, juice from 1 lemon and all spices. Stir well to completely mix spices and coconut milk together
  2. Place the drumsticks into a large bowl or ziplock bag and pour the marinade over them. Mix the chicken around so the marinade is coating all sides. Cover the bowl if using, or ziplock the bag tightly and place in the refrigerator
  3. Marinate 4-6 hours, or overnight
  4. Once you’re ready to cook, insert the wire steaming rack into the instant pot and add 1/2 cup of water, or more if needed. (The water should be covering the bottom, but not touching the surface of the steaming rack)
  5. Add the chicken into the instant pot by stacking the drumsticks on top of the rack and discard excess marinade left in bowl or bag. Place the lid on, close the sealing valve and set to high pressure for 12 minutes
  6. Once done, do a quick release and remove the drumsticks with tongs. Serve as is, or place on a baking sheet and broil for 3-5 minutes to crisp up the drumsticks


  • Oven instructions: Line a baking sheet with foil or oven-safe parchment paper. Place chicken drumsticks spaced out in a single layer and bake on 400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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