We’ve officially entered that time in our lives where the quicker the dinner, the better.
And, when everyone loves what you make for dinner — that’s the best feeling ever, isn’t it? When you can deliver a restaurant worthy dinner for your family that they all rave about?
These Instant Pot Chicken Wings are just that.
They are absolutely delicious and if you’re our son … finger lickin’ good.
This Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings recipe is one you’ll make over and over again once you make this once.
Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe
I’ve recently become a huge fan of the Instant Pot. Not as much for savory meals, I still love a good Crock Pot dinner, but Instant Pot recipes that make my life easier.
In my mind if you can shave off 1-2 hours worth of cooking time … that’s a huge win.
These pressure cooker hot wings come together in about 30 minutes total.
Using the oven (and heating up the whole house big time) doing wings takes over an hour. And, this Instant Pot wings recipe keeps the mess to a minimum as well, giving it another five stars.
Forget to thaw out the chicken wings? Toss the frozen chicken wings in the Instant Pot adding just a few more minutes of cooking time and you’re off to the races. Seriously, can life get any easier than it is with the Instant Pot in millions of kitchens now? I think not.
We’re officially in the Jetson’s era. Ha!
Ingredients for these Pressure Cooker Wings:
4-4½ lbs. chicken wings
1 t. garlic powder, divided
Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 c. water
1 c. Frank’s original hot sauce
½ c. unsalted butter, melted
½ t. garlic powder
+ Sliced celery, for serving
Tools I used to make these Instant Pot Buffalo Wings:
How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Wings for Dinner Tonight
The great part is that these Instant Pot hot wings are not hard and as I mentioned, you’ll be in for a (tops!) 30 minute time investment. Hello … that’s less time than it would take to drive to Buffalo Wild Wings, order wings and have them delivered to the table – winning!
And, you’ll be all in $10 for four pounds of wings ($28 at a restaurant, right?!)
First things first, sprinkle the wings with the garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
Place the metal trivet inside the Instant Pot®.
Arrange seasoned wings on top of the trivet before securing the cover in place, pour water on top.
Switch the vent to “Sealing” and adjust the “Manual” setting to 8 minutes (**more if starting with frozen wings)
Please note that it might take 10-20 minutes for the pressure cooker to come to pressure – using hot water instead of cold will cut that amount of time.
While the wings cook, whisk the Frank’s hot sauce, melted butter, and remaining garlic powder in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
When done cooking, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release for any remaining steam.
Meanwhile, position top oven rack in the top position and pre-heat broiler to high.
Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire cooling rack on top. Spray with cooking spray vigorously. Set aside.
Transfer the wings to the wire rack on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with a little sauce.
Place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the wings start to get crispy and develop some color.
Turn the wings and repeat this process.
Remove baking sheet from oven and brush the wings with half of the remaining buffalo sauce.
Serve immediately with sliced celery and the remaining sauce on the side for dipping.
Enjoy your pressure cooker buffalo wings!
Instant Pot Chicken Wings
- 4-4½ lbs. chicken wings
- 1 t. garlic powder divided
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 c. water
- Sliced celery for serving
Buffalo Wing Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 c. Frank’s original hot sauce
- ½ c. unsalted butter melted
- ½ t. garlic powder
- Sprinkle wings with the garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place metal trivet inside Instant Pot® and add one cup of water. Arrange seasoned wings on top of the trivet before securing the cover in place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and adjust the “Manual” setting to 8 minutes.
- While the wings cook, whisk the Frank’s hot sauce, melted butter, and remaining garlic powder in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
- When done cooking, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release for any remaining steam. Carefully remove lid and transfer wings to a large bowl. Set aside until just cool enough to handle.
- Spray rack vigorously with cooking spray to eep the wings from sticking to the rack.
- Meanwhile, position top oven rack in the top position and pre-heat broiler to high. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire cooling rack on top. Set aside.
- Transfer the wings to the wire rack on the prepared baking sheet.
- Brush with 1/2 of sauce
- Place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the wings start to get crispy and develop some color. Turn the wings and repeat this process.
- Remove baking sheet from oven.
- Brush again with desired amount of sauce to finish the wings off.
- Serve with ranch and celery (if desired)
Can I cook frozen wings in my instant pot?
Heck yes! ** This recipe is written for fresh chicken wings or thawed wings, so if you’re using frozen wings, add 3-4 minutes to the active cook time.
Are these Instant Pot Wings Good?
This pressure cooker wings recipe is phenomenal and I guarantee that you’re going to love, love, love it!
Are Instant Pot Wings Keto friendly?
These chicken wings Instant Pot style are indeed Keto friendly – if you’re doing a low-carb diet eat away my friends!
Does This Recipe Make the Instant Pot Chicken Wings crispy?
You’re not going to want to skip the step to broil chicken wings if you want crispy skin on your chicken wings! Just make sure not to burn them.
Can I use an Instant Pot Chicken Wings Dry Rub Recipe Instead of the Sauce?
You can use a dry rub on these buffalo chicken wings instead of the seasonings, indeed!
Are These Instant Pot Chicken Wings Paleo Friendly?
Remove the dairy (butter) from this recipe and you paleo diet loving friends are good to go!
Can I Make This an Instant Pot Chicken Wings Honey Garlic Recipe Instead?
These Instant Pot chicken wings sure can be made honey garlic instead of buffalo style. Here is a great honey garlic sauce recipe.
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