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Skinny Teriyaki Drumsticks (Instant Pot or Cooktop)
An instant pot is all the rage these days. It’s a pressure cooker that speeds cooking time. My mom bought me one as a gift and I finally tried it.  For my first time using it, I purposely chose a simple recipe. This chicken dish might be simple, but it’s equally delicious. Even though you remove the skin, the chicken is amazingly tender. Once you taste it, I’m sure you’ll want to make it often. Each serving (2 drumsticks) has only 193 calories, 4 grams of fat and 4 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 5 Green. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Instant Pot Time: 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 193kcal


  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (Tamari for gluten-free)
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, from a jar or fresh grated, see shopping tips
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (28 oz), skin removed
  • Scallions, chopped, for garnish (optional)


  • For Instant Pot: Use sauté button, when hot, add soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Cook 2 minutes, stirring. Add chicken, cover, and lock the lid. Cook on high pressure 15 to 20 minutes, until chicken is tender. When pressure releases, remove chicken and sauce from instant pot and plate. Garnish with scallions, if desired.
  • For Stove Top: Combine soy sauce, rice wine, honey, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a large, nonstick pan.  Cook over medium-low heat. Stir and heat for about 2 minutes. Add chicken legs and cook for 5 minutes, Turn chicken, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Turn again, cover pan and cook for about 15 minutes more, until chicken is very tender. Remove chicken and sauce from pan and plate. Garnish chicken with scallions, if desired. 
  • Serve over brown rice, potatoes, steamed shredded cabbage, or my fav, cauliflower rice. Be sure to spoon some sauce over.
  • These drumsticks freezes great.


Makes 4 Servings. Each serving, 2 drumsticks

Shopping Tips
You can buy an Instant Pot on Amazon. This is the one I have and I’m very happy with it: Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W
Rice vinegar can be found in most supermarkets in the Asian section. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.
Chopped or crushed ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section near garlic, in a jar.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints

WW Points Plus 5
SKINNY FACTS: for 2 chicken drumsticks with sauce
193 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 96mg chol, 27g prot, 10g carbs, 0g fiber, 685mg sod, 9g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
180 calories, 1g sat. fat, 9g sugar, 26g protein

Skinny Facts

Serving: 2drumsticksCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 27gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 685mgSugar: 9gBlue Smart Points: 4Green Smart Points: 5Plus Points: 5