Easy Braised Tomatillo Chicken Drumsticks

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Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce – an easy Mexican-inspired chicken dish made with just a few ingredients! Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or stove.

Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce – An easy Mexican-inspired chicken dish made with just a few ingredients!Braised Tomatillo Chicken Drumsticks

Some other chicken drumstick recipes you might like are Turmeric Braised Chicken with Golden Beets and Leeks, 5 Spice Roasted Chicken Legs, and Crockpot Maple Dijon Chicken Drumsticks.

Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce – An easy Mexican-inspired chicken dish made with just a few ingredients!

The chicken comes out so tender it literally falls off the bone! Serve this over rice with a salad on the side (pictured here is my spiralized carrot salad) and call it a meal.

I’ve been getting lots of requests for more Instant Pot recipes, now that I am done with cookbook testing I will be adding more recipes here. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, no worries! I’ve included slow cooker directions too, but this can also be simmered, covered on low on the stove until the chicken is tender, about 35 to 40 minutes (you may have to add a little water).

And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce – An easy Mexican-inspired chicken dish made with just a few ingredients!

Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce – An easy Mexican-inspired chicken dish made with just a few ingredients!
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Easy Braised Chicken Drumsticks in Tomatillo Sauce (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

161 Cals 22 Protein 5 Carbs 5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 6 drumsticks
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Mexican
An easy Mexican-inspired chicken dish made with just a few ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken drumsticks, on the bone, skin removed (24 oz)
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups jarred tomatillo sauce, I used Frontera
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, divided
  • 1 jalapeno, halved and seeded

Instructions

  • Season chicken with vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano. Marinate a few hours if time permits.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute, when hot add the oil and the chicken to brown on both sides, about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Add the tomatillo salsa, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro and jalapeno, cover and cook on high pressure 20 minutes, until the chicken is tender. When the pressure releases, garnish with cilantro and serve over rice if desired.

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Place ingredients in the slow cooker and cook low 6 hours or high 3 hours.

Stove Top Directions:

  • Follow same directions, add a little water and cook covered on low until chicken is very tender, 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drumstick, Calories: 161kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 101mg, Sodium: 736mg, Sugar: 2g
WW Points Plus: 4
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80 comments

  1. Very quick, easy, and tasty!

  2. This was excellent and easy! I couldn’t find tomatillo sauce, so I used roasted salsa verde instead. I will try it with chicken breasts next time.

  3. I’ve made this multiple times and we love it each time. The meat falls off the bones. It has a slight kick, which is nice. We serve it with brown rice. 

  4. This was spicy for us but super yummy.. also i forgot to marinate it but still turned out well. Next time I’ll marinate it and put less pepper. Thank you Gina. 90% of my meal plan is from your blog.

  5. I made this with cubed pork loin (did not have chicken drums on hand) and it is a winner! I added an onion, used the instant pot, same recipe ingredients (used Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde), and served with brown basmati rice. 45 minutes in Instapot. Yum!

  6. I made this for the first time tonight & it was so tender & tasty.  I used a frozen package of Trader Joe’s hatch chili purée instead of tomatillo sauce & added chopped onions, garlic, chipotle chili pepper flakes & cumin.  I left some of the seeds on the jalapeños and boy, was it spicy but so good!  I served it with the carrot salad that you recommended.  Perfect combo!  Thank you Gina!

  7. Is there a link for the crockpot directions?

  8. I am also tripling this recipe for guests so what would you think for serving per person then?

  9. Just wondering how many drumsticks per serving?

  10. I made these for dinner last night and I really enjoyed them! I used a mild pre-made tomatillo salsa and that worked wonderfully.

  11. Going to try this one soon. Looks really good. Like a couple of other people, will substitute for drumsticks and will leave out the jalapeno due to gum sensitivity.

  12. I don’t like chicken drumsticks so I used chicken breast in the instant pot and shredded it after cooking and served over rice. It was delicious and took no time at all. I used it as lunch for the entire week and it always tasted delicious. I will say that it did not smell good, it probably was the vinegar but it tastes much better than it smells!

  13. I don’t like chicken drumsticks so I used chicken breast in the instant pot and shredded it after cooking and served over rice. It was delicious and took no time at all. I used it as lunch for the entire week and it always tasted delicious. I will say that it did not smell good, it probably was the vinegar but it tastes much better than it smells!

  14. I have a question about marinating the chicken. You say to season with salt, pepper, oregano and vinegar and to let marinate. How do you marinate that much chicken in only 1 tbsp of vinegar? Also, how to I season that much chicken with that little vinegar?

  15. Is this dish spicy at all? I was thinking I was going to leave the jalapeno out since my 5 year old will be eating it. I’ve also been marinating it all day while I’ve been at work. Do you think it’s okay

  16. Made this in the Instant Pot tonight.  Fantastic!  My 5 year old said, “This chicken is to die for!” 🙂  I did not have time to marinate the chicken beforehand, so I worried that it wouldn’t be too flavorful, but it was delicious!  Served it over white rice with a side of sautéed spinach.