Instant Pot Chicken Wings

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Super Easy to make finger-licking smacking delicious Last Minute Instant Pot Chicken Wings. 2-Ingredient, caramelized juicy pressure cooker BBQ wings ready for your party in just 35 minutes!! 😀

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Have you ever had these moments and panicked?

…received a call from your son or daughter: “Mom, I’m bringing friends over after school”

…hosted a party and your lovely guests brought more guests (the more the merrier, right?)

…been invited to a potluck and you had nothing prepared.

Yes. We’ve been there…especially around the hectic holiday season.

Save this Last Minute BBQ Instant Pot Wings Recipe for those I-need-food-quick moments. 😉

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

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2 Ingredients & 3 Simple Steps:

  1. Pressure Cook Chicken Wings
  2. Pat Dry & Apply BBQ Sauce
  3. Finish in Airfryer or Oven

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Chicken Wings Because:

  • Super easy to make
  • Big time-saver! Cut short half the cooking time compared to using only the oven.
  • Only need 2 ingredients – chicken wings & your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Finger-licking flavorful, juicy, moist, and tender wings

Time for some finger-licking delicious Instant Pot Wings! 😀

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Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Make this Super Easy 2-Ingredient BBQ Instant Pot Chicken Wings! Finger-licking delicious pressure cooker wings ready in 35 mins. Awesome last-minute party food or appetizer.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings & drumettes
  • ½ cup (125ml) BBQ Sauce (we used Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ Sauce)

Instructions

  • Pressure Cook Chicken Wings: Pour 1 cup (250ml) cold water in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

    Place a steamer basket in Instant Pot, then add chicken wings and drumettes in the steamer basket.

    Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes + Full Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
  • Preheat Airfryer: While Instant Pot is naturally releasing, dial airfryer to 400°F and set the timer to 10 minutes.

    If Using Oven: While Instant Pot is naturally releasing, preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Pat Dry Chicken Wings: Remove wings and drumettes from Instant Pot. Pat them really dry with paper towels.
  • Apply Sauce and Place in Airfryer: In a large mixing bowl, toss wings and drumettes with ½ cup (125ml) BBQ sauce. Add chicken wings and drumettes in the airfryer basket. Airfry until sauce is glossy and caramelized (~5–10 mins).

    After 2 - 3 minutes, take out the airfryer basket, then give it a toss to make sure the chicken wings brown evenly.

    If Using Oven: Place chicken wings and drumettes in a single layer on a wire rack in a baking tray. Bake until the sauce is glossy and caramelize (~8–15 mins).
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Nutrition:

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 457mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 5.2% | Vitamin C: 1.3% | Calcium: 2.6% | Iron: 7.7%
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Chicken Wings Cooking Guide

Prepare Ingredients for making Chicken Wings in Instant Pot:

Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe Ingredients

1

Pressure Cook Chicken Wings


First, pour 1 cup (250ml) of cold water in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Then, place a steamer basket in Instant Pot.

Add the chicken wings and drumettes in the steamer basket.

placing chicken wings in pressure cooker on a steamer basket

Close lid and pressure cook at:

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 5 minutes, then Full Natural Release

Open the lid carefully.

2

Preheat Airfryer or Oven


While Instant Pot is naturally releasing, dial airfryer to 400°F and set the timer to 10 minutes.

*Note: If you’re using oven:

While Instant Pot is naturally releasing, preheat the oven to 450°F.

3

Pat Dry Chicken Wings


Remove the chicken wings and drumettes from Instant Pot.

Pat them really dry with paper towels.

pat dry the pressure cooker chicken wings with paper towel

4

Apply Sauce & Place in Airfryer or Oven


In a large mixing bowl, toss Instant Pot wings and drumettes with ½ cup (125ml) of yummy BBQ sauce.

toss pressure cooker wings in bbq sauce

Add the chicken wings and drumettes in the airfryer basket.

Airfry until sauce is glossy and caramelized, about 5–10 minutes.

BBQ Sauce caramelized from airfryer

*Note: After 2 – 3 minutes, take out the airfryer basket and give it a toss to make sure the chicken wings brown evenly.

place in airfryer or oven until the sauce is glossy and caramelized

*Note: If you’re using an oven:

Place the chicken wings and drumettes in a single layer on a wire rack in a baking tray.

Bake until the sauce is glossy and caramelized, for about 8–15 minutes.

Then you’re ready to serve your crowd with these deliciously juicy & caramelized Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Wings! Enjoy~

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  1. Delicious.
    When I tried to pat the wings dry, the skin stuck to the paper. So I mostly skipped that step. Used the oven for glazing with top quality bbq sauce (air fryer would probably have made the wings more crisp). Kept the “broth” (water and wing drippings) for future bouillon/sauce enhancement. Loved the wings and your recipe! Thank you A&J!

    1. Hi Sandra,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you for your question. I recommend reducing the cooking time by a minute.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Wendy,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words & question.

      It will take 8 minutes and 10 minutes natural release.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  2. I tried these tonight and they came out perfect. I followed your directions to a “t”. Thank you for this recipe!!

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  3. Hello! I would like to make this for a larger party (~10 people). How can I adjust the recipe and cooking time?
    Also, if I use the oven, should I use the baking or broiling feature for this recipe?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Alyssa,

      thank you so much for your question 🙂

      I would recommend reducing the cooking time by a minute as making more will increase the get up to pressure time.

      I would recommend using the broiling feature. You will want to stand beside it as it can go from caramelized to burnt in a short time.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  4. Hi I am a newbie and have a pressure cooker of a different brand. If I don’t have any kind of insert can I just put them in the pan? Also if you use frozen do I need to adjust the time?

    1. Hi Kelly,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It will be better to use a trivet as the flavor can leech into the water if it is cooked directly in water.

      The cooking time will need adjustment. Maybe 4 more minutes on a trivet.

      Take care!
      Jacky

  5. I cooked for a little extra time, 6 minutes in my Instant Pot and the bottom wings came out completely raw. I don’t have a steaming basket, so I used a ceramic pot which I often use inside my Instant Pot. I suspect the steam was unable to penetrate the bottom layer of wings. I put the wings back in for another 8 minutes and am hopeful they will be cooked through this time. This fast dinner recipe turned out to be not so fast. I know the Sweet Baby Ray’s will be delicious on the wings. Salivating while I wait….

    1. Hi Carolyn,

      thank you for your comment and kind words.

      Yes, the ceramic pot stopped the steam from penetrating the bottom layer of the wings 🙁

      you can also use the trivet that came with the Instant Pot for this recipe.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  6. if i was going to fry these in coconut oil after the pressure cook to get crispy, how long would you suggest.

    thanks
    Joe

    1. Hi Joe,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      If you are doing deep frying, I would recommend skipping the pressure cooking step and cook the wings in the deep fryer.

      take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  7. I did a nice Hawaiian bbq wing dinner by following your instructions. Paired it with some steamed asparagus.

    Thank you very much for posting. Eager to try more.

  8. I love your recipes if I’m looking for new recipies I always double check your site To make sure recipie will turn out (your cooking times are spot on) I saw your recipies for wings you have 3 and I want to know if I could adapt the recipie to cook on the trivet instead of in the liquid for the cola wings and ginger wings. And finish off in oven.

  9. To reply to the person who doesn’t have a rack for their cooker, I have improvised with a rolled up “rope” of tin foil in the bottom to keep the meat out of the liquid. I used this method for ribs, so it was easy to construct, and it worked great.

    1. Thanks for your genius idea! I don’t have a trivet or steamer so I was trying to figure out how’s to use foil. Will try this tonight.

  10. I don’t have an air fryer but was wondering if a convection oven, which has a fan that comes in while foods are cooking, would do the same as air fryer.
    Thanks for all your

    1. Hi Judy,

      thank you for your question and kind words 🙂

      Oven will work. Use the broiler and place the chicken wings on the top tray.

      Happy New Year to you and your family
      Jacky

  11. Cooked this tonight with frozen thighs and drumsticks. Broiled in the oven for 5 minutes on each side. Turned out perfect!! Thank you!!

  12. Patted dry with paper towels,,,15mins in 400 oven, skin still soft and and not dry and crispy. Went to broil for 5 and still. How to get the skin to not be soft and more crisp?

  13. Before putting in the fryer/oven are these wings cooked through? I’d like to do this but then finish on the BBQ quickly over some flame but want to be sure its actually cooked through. probably only 5 minutes on the flame.

  14. Looks amazing! Are you using the “canning” selection for high pressure? I would like to try these wings but am not sure which selection to make for high pressure. Thanks in advance!

  15. Hi you two–thanks for all of the time and effort you put into this site and Facebook! This recipe looks great. I’d like to try it with bone-in, skin-on thighs. I’ve tried looking around, but I can’t see anything about how long to cook them. More or less than wings/drummies?

    TIA

    1. Hi Debs,

      So happy to hear from you again 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words

      Bone-in skin on thighs will take 6 minutes + Natural release.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  16. How long is “full natural release”? Last time a recipe said that my ribs were way overcooked because I kept waiting for the button to go down and it never did. I finally released after 20 min and it was way too long.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      For recipes with roughly 1 cup of liquid, it will take 10 minutes. If the button doesn’t go down in 12 minutes, you can safely turn the venting knob to the venting position to release the remaining pressure.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Maria,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Pressure cooker cannot air fry.

      Airfrying will require a separate air fryer.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  17. I have been wasting time looking for easy one pot recipes to take on a cross country camping trip and all I find are long colorful stories with a recipe way at the bottom of a page. I consider a ‘one pot meal’ putting the entire meal in the pot too cook. Taking one course and removing to put in an air fryer or pan in the over is a two pot course of a meal. Perhaps this should be listed under a different category to help out those of us pressed for time?

  18. Hi Amy and Jacky,
    Looks like there was some prep ahead of time as the wings were thawed. Last minute to me is pulling them out of the freezer and then placing them in the Instant Pot. As long as you separate them, the frozen ones would still take the same 5 minute cooking time?
    That would truly make them last minute.

    Thanks,
    Em

    1. Hi Em,

      thank you for your question and comment 🙂

      Yes, as long as you separate them, it will take 5 minutes + Full Natural Release.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  19. I saw a comment about drying the InstaPot wings before dipping in the butter/chili sauce. This may help the sauce to stick better on the wings.

  20. My wings turned out soggy and fell off the bone. I must have not patted out the wings enough. ☹️
    Any suggestions? Do You think it was over cooked?

    1. Hi Tracy,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It sounds like the wings were cooked too much. Make sure to use a trivet so the wings are not touching the water!

      take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  21. followed the recipe but my wings come out kind of rubbery? would you have a recommendation as to what be going wrong. I’m doing the oven option as I, unfortunately, do not have an air fryer.

    thanks!

    1. Hi JD,

      thank you for your question.
      Was the meat dried out?

      If the wings are rubbery, it means there are still moisture in the skin.
      Pat dry the wings with paper towel and make sure the oven is hot enough.

      Place the wings on top rack to crisp up the skin while not overcooking the wings too much.

      Happy New Year & Have Fun Cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Patti,

      Thank you for your question.

      for this recipe, you will need to find a way to separate the chicken wings from the water.

      You can place the chicken wings in a stainless steel bowl, but you will mostly have to experiment and increase the cooking time.

      I would highly recommend getting a steamer basket. Perhaps you can take a look at this page for ideas.

      Happy New Year & Have Fun Cooking
      Jacky

  22. Used this recipe last night.

    Instead of 2 lbs wings, I had 3.5 lbs. So I increased the pressure cooking time from 5 min to 8 min. Big mistake as most of the meat fell off the bones 🙁

    Next time, I will leave the time at 5 minutes despite the quantity difference.

    1. Hi RC,

      thank you for sharing your result.
      Yes, you usually don’t have to change the pressure cooking time for larger/smaller quantity in the pressure cooker.

      Happy New Year & Have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Jen,

      thank you for your question. A pressure cooker will not automatically change the duration of time.
      However, frozen meat will take longer to go up to pressure.
      So for this recipe, the pressure cooking time can remain the same as long as the wings are not stuck together as a giant frozen cube.

      Happy New Year & Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Rich,

      thank you for your question 🙂
      If the frozen wings are separated and not stuck together, no extra time need to be added.

      Happy New Year & Have fun cooking!
      Jack

    1. Hi Janis,

      thank you for your comment.

      Yes frozen wings will work just as well given they are all separated and not stuck together 🙂

      Happy New Year & Have fun cooking!

      Jacky

  23. I have an Instant Pot which allows me to saute. I wonder if I would get the same results if instead of using the actifrier I were to saute the wings in step 4.

    1. Hi Stephen,

      thank you for your question.
      The result will be slightly different with the saute function. An oven will work a lot better.

      Happy New Year & Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  24. Looks so good! Until I further investigate the world of air fryers, I’m wondering if I could do the pressure cooker portion earlier in the day and then at a later point reheat and glaze in the oven?

    1. Hi Sue,

      thank you for your question.
      I haven’t done it, but I think it will work okay.
      Some of the juice in the chicken wings will evaporated so they will not be as juicy inside!

      Have fun cooking
      Jacky

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