Instant Pot Chicken Wings – get ready for game day, your next party or just a fun appetizer with this easy recipe. Chicken Wings cook in the pressure cooker in no time and are absolutely delicious!
Buffalo Wings just might be one of my favorite game day snacks. I am often ordering them as an appetizer at restaurants and they are also so easy to make at home! There is just something about that crispy skin, juicy chicken and the spicy buffalo sauce that I love. And who knew they were so easy to make at home! You don’t need to make a giant mess frying them, the instant pot does all the work for you and they turn out super tender, juicy, and delicious!
These wings will definitely up your game day party! There are so many different dips to make; like Refried Bean Dip, that are always at parties, but trust me these wings just might be the first thing to disappear.
How To Cook Chicken Wings in the Instant Pot
- Pour water into the base of your pot. You need to use the rack that comes with your Instant Pot to make sure the wings stay out of the water. If the wings are in the water they will be mushy and not very good.
- Season your chicken wings before adding them to the pot. I like to use season salt and just toss the wings in the salt.
- Next you just put the lid on and set the pressure cooker for 10 minutes. Once the time is up, I like to use the natural release for 5 minutes and then quick release to finish.
- After the wings are cooked you toss them in the sauce so they are nice and well coated.
- This next step is optional, but I think it makes them taste just like traditional wings. Place the coated wings on a wire rack over a baking sheet and place under the boiler for a few minutes. This gets the skin crispy and makes them crunchy and extra tasty!
Making chicken wings in the instant pot is so easy and so much faster than the traditional method. I have made Baked Chicken Wings before and they turn out crispy and delicious as well, but can take about an hour in the oven. These take just 15 minutes in the pressure cooker and then a few minutes under the broiler. So they are simple and easy for anyone to make.
How to cook fresh or thawed chicken wings in the instant pot?
For fresh or thawed chicken wings will cook for 10 minutes and then use the natural release method for 5 minutes.
Can I cook Frozen Wings in the Instant Pot
Yes, you definitely can! The seasoning doesn’t stick as well to frozen wings, so I sprinkle a little on the top before putting the lid on. Cook frozen wings for 15 minutes and then use the natural release for 5 minutes.
Tips for Buffalo Chicken Wings
- Make sure you use the trivet rack your instant pot came with. If you don’t have one, place aluminum foil on the bottom for the wings to sit on, so they are not sitting in the water.
- You do not need to broil the chicken wings. It makes them crispy and taste more like the traditional version, so that is up to you.
- Be careful when you are taking the wings out of the pressure cooker. I like to use tongs and remove them one at a time. You don’t want to pour them out and have all the water come out, and you want to make sure that the meat stays on the bone and doesn’t fall off or lose any skin.
- Toss with your favorite sauce. You can use whatever sauce you like. Buffalo sauce is traditional and my favorite, but if you like barbecue sauce or something different that works equally as well!
More Instant Pot Dinner Recipes to Try
- Instant Pot Jambalaya
- Instant Pot Pork Tacos
- Instant Pot Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
- Instant Pot Beef Stew
- Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches
- 3 pounds chicken wings
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp seasoned salt
- 1 cup hot sauce
- 3 Tbsp butter
- Toss chicken with season salt.
- Pour water into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place wire rack inside the pressure cooker.
- Place wings on the wire rack. Cover, lock the pressure cooker and set on high pressure for 10 minutes if using thawed fresh wings or 15 minutes for frozen wings.
- Meanwhile melt the butter and hot sauce together.
- Once the cook time is up let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes before finishing with the quick release.
- Remove the wings from the pot and toss with the buffalo sauce.
- Place the wings on a wire rack over a baking sheet and broil for 4-5 minutes until crispy.
- Serve immediately with additional sauce if desired.
Using the broiler to crisp up the wings is optional. It does give a similar taste and texture to traditional fried wings.
Amount Per ServingCalories 428 Total Fat 33g Saturated Fat 13g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 17g Cholesterol 108mg Sodium 2257mg Carbohydrates 12g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 1g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 19g
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