Super easy and healthy Instant Pot chicken wings perfectly cooked in the pressure cooker, then broiled for a few minutes for that perfectly crisp exterior. The chicken turns out so tender and juicy, and the sauce is bursting with flavors! Cooked quickly with no fuss, no deep frying, and no need to clean the entire kitchen afterwards! This recipe is definitely a keeper.
I’m worried that I might soon become one of these people that want to cook EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I’m not kidding. I honestly have no idea how did we survive so long without an Instant Pot, it’s an absolute game changer and believe it or not, but we currently have THREE electric pressure cookers in our house!
Sooo, my husband recently made chicken wings in the Instant Pot, and says that those are the best chicken wings that he has ever had! I was a bit sceptical about that until I tried them, and oh my god, how did we not know about this before? To be fair, it took him 3 tries to get the recipe right, but once he got the recipe right, it turned out AMAZING! So all credit goes to him!
WHY WOULD YOU COOK CHICKEN WINGS IN THE INSTANT POT?
Let me tell you why…
- You will get juicy and tender fall of the bone meat, with crispy skin wings tossed in an insanely delicious buffalo sauce.
- Made in just half an hour (if you were to bake the chicken wings, you’d at least need an hour to make them).
- A healthy recipe, no deep frying involved!
- Great for a quick appetizer when you’re not bothered to stand in the kitchen for long, or on busy weeknights, or when someone unexpectedly comes over and you want to make something quickly!
- These chicken wings are DELICIOUS!
Convinced now? Okay, let’s talk about the things that you will need to get/know to make it.
TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
An Instant Pot. My favorite is this Instant Pot.
Chicken wings, cut into wingettes and drumettes. You might be able to buy chicken wings that are already cut into pieces and the extra skin is already trimmed off. However, if you can’t find wings like that then you can easily do so by yourself. Using your hands, locate the area between both joints and cut through using a sharp knife. Then trim off the ends and the extra skin. Here’s a useful tutorial if you need it.
Garlic powder and onion powder (optional but strongly recommended).
Paprika (optional but strongly recommended).
Black pepper and salt.
Melted unsalted butter.
BBQ sauce – I use BBQ honey sauce (optional)
Honey (if you’re using plain BBQ sauce), or use sugar (white or brown) instead.
Celery or carrot sticks to serve on the side, blue cheese dip or ranch dipping sauce.
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT CHICKEN WINGS
Prepare the chicken wings, cut into wingettes and drumettes and trim any extra skin if needed, wash them and pat dry using paper towels. Then put them in a bowl.
We usually buy a tray with 10 chicken wings, and then we cut them into 10 drumettes and 10 wingettes. They should look like this (see picture below).
Season the wings. It’s up to you what you would like to use, we usually go for garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper and salt.
You can use any flavored salt that you like. I sometimes use this cajun salt, it’s amazing!
Put the trivet at the bottom of the pot, and add a half cup of water. Then place the seasoned chicken wings on the trivet, cover with the lid and make sure that the vent/valve is in sealing position.
Plug in the Instant Pot, and click on “Manual” or “Pressure cooking” – this depends on what model of Instant Pot you’re using. Make sure that it’s set on HIGH pressure, and choose 5 minutes. Switch off the “Keep warm” setting, and let the Instant Pot do its thing.
It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure, and then cook for 5 minutes as it counts down to zero.
Once the cooking is finished, quickly release the steam and open the lid.
Now comes the fun part! While the wings are being cooked, make the buffalo sauce.
Melt butter and mix it with hot sauce (I use Frank’s hot sauce), buffalo sauce if using and a little bit of honey or sugar (adjust the amount of honey/sugar to your preference).
Put the chicken wings in a bowl, pour the sauce over them and make sure that they’re well coated. You will be using 3/4 of the sauce here.
To make washing up easier, you could line the baking tray with foil.
Place the chicken wings on the baking tray and make sure that they’re not overlapping (leave about an inch between each piece), you could brush over a little bit more sauce if you like.
Make sure that the oven rack is adjusted to the upper middle position, and set on 220c (450f).
Then broil for 4 minutes on each side (8-10 minutes in total with flipping halfway through) or until the wings are golden brown and crispy.
Pour/brush more sauce over the wings when they’re ready and piping hot.
Serve immediately with celery (and/or carrot) sticks. Blue cheese dip, or ranch dipping sauce.
CAN THESE INSTANT POT CHICKEN WINGS MADE IN THE IP WITHOUT BROILING THEM?
You sure can, but I strongly recommend that you do this extra step for great tasting and crispy chicken wings. But in case if you don’t want to broil them or don’t have an oven/broiler, then cook on high pressure for 5 minutes and leave the steam to naturally release for 10-15 minutes. Remember doing this won’t result in crispy chicken wings.
A FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE
When my nieces and nephews are around, I leave some chicken wings on the side without dipping in sauce and serve them with BBQ sauce so that they can enjoy these tasty chicken wings as well.
HOW TO CHECK IF THE CHICKEN WINGS ARE COOKED THROUGH AND SAFE TO EAT?
You can check the doneness of the chicken by using a fork and a knife and cut through a small piece to see if the meat is well cooked or if it’s still pink (if you’re cooking extra large wings, it might need a little bit longer).
The best way to check is with a kitchen thermometer as it will ensure that your chicken is now safe to eat. Simply insert the thermometer in the centre of the chicken wing, and the internal temperature of the wing should be read 165F or 75C. If it hasn’t reached that temperature, just put the chicken wings back on the baking tray and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes and check again.
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Instant Pot Chicken Wings
- 10 chicken wings 10 wingettes and 10 drumettes
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
For the Buffalo sauce
- 2 tbsp butter melted (use sunflower butter if non-dairy)
- ½ cup hot sauce such as Frank's hot sauce
- ¼ cup buffalo sauce optional
- 1 tbsp honey optional
- Prepre the chicken wings and pat dry with kitchen towels. Put in a large bowl, and season with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper and salt. Make sure that the wings are evenly and well coated with the seasoning.
- Place a trivet in the Instant Pot, and add ½ cup of water to the bottom. Then add the seasoned wings. Cover with the lid, and make sure that the vent/valve is in sealing position.
- Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. When the cooking is finished, quickly release the steam, take out the chicken wings and put in a bowl.
- To make the buffalo sauce: In a small bowl, whick all of the ingredients until well combined.
- Pour the buffalo sauce over the wings, and save some to brush extra glaze over the wings if you like. Give them a good mix until the wings are well coated.
- Layer on a baking tray, and broil for 4 minutes on each side. Brush over more buffalo sauce if desired.