Making Instant Pot chicken wings is an easy recipe that's super flavorful. If you love hot wings, this will be your new go-to recipe for buffalo chicken wings. They are juicy, addicting & so tender they fall off the bone.
This electric pressure cooker chicken wing recipe is to die for. Just a few steps and set the Instant Pot and you have the best spicy wings. Enjoy as a snack or appetizer. Make it a meal and serve them with air fryer fries or sweet potato fries.
- What to Love about this Recipe
- Difference Between Wings, Wingettes & Drumettes
- Secret to the Best Instant Pot Chicken Wings
- How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Wings
- Substitutions & Variations
- What to Serve with Chicken Wings
- Other Great Chicken Wings Recipes
- PIN FOR SAFEKEEPING & SHARING!
- Instant Pot Chicken Wings
What to Love about this Recipe
Here are all the reasons to love this recipe.
- Quick & easy recipe
- Keto, low-carb, gluten-free, & diabetic-friendly
- Crispy & crunchy skin
- Tender juicy meat that falls off the bone
- No breading, flour, or coating
This recipe only calls for a few ingredients. Besides the chicken wings, here is what you need to make spicy buffalo wings in the Instant Pot. Use drummettes, wings, or flats - all work well.
- Chicken Wings
- Frank's Red Hot Original Hot Sauce
- Salted Butter
- Apple Cide Vinegar
- Cayenne Pepper
- Salt & Pepper
See the recipe card for the amounts & full instructions.
Difference Between Wings, Wingettes & Drumettes
What I made with this recipe is what is technically called wingettes and drumettes, not a full chicken wing. But the consensus at home and in restaurants we all seem just simply call them wings. Here is more information on Chicken Wings vs Wingettes.
Secret to the Best Instant Pot Chicken Wings
The key to this recipe is the liquid that the chicken is cooked in. Most instant pot recipes call for the chicken to be cooked on a trivet above water. Yes with just water. My recipe layers the flavors in every step of the cooking process.
To make the chicken more distinct, these wings are cooked in a vinegary buffalo liquid that helps infuse flavor deep into the meat. This is so much better than simply adding the sauce only at the end.
How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Wings
It is as easy as 1 -2 - 3, to make chicken wings in the Instant Pot. The pressure cooker makes it fast & easy to have tender chicken wings.
- Season the Chicken Wings
- Pressure Cook the Wings
- Crisp & Sauce the Chicken Wings
Season the Chicken Wings
Pat dry your chicken pieces and season liberally with salt and pepper.
Make the Cooking Liquid
To begin, mix together in a pourable bowl or pyrex measuring cup the melted butter, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and water.
Pressure Cook the Wings
Add the liquid and the chicken to the Instant Pot. Secure and lock the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing and is closed.
Set the Instant Pot to Manual for 5 minutes. The Instant Pot will say ON until it reaches pressure. Once it comes to pressure the 5 minutes will count down.
Once it beeps at 5 minutes, let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. After the clock reaches 10 minutes, move the valve carefully open using a wooden spoon or long utensil to release any remaining pressure.
The wings will be done and ready for the next step.
Crisp & Sauce the Chicken Wings
There is one more step to perfect these wings. Remove the chicken wings from the Instant Pot and place them on a baking sheet. Crisp them up under the broiler on low, rotating as you cook to ensure all sides get golden. The skin will crisp up and caramelize the sauce that has been absorbed into every piece of chicken.
Time to heat things up! The final step is to melt the additional butter in a microwave-safe bowl and add ¼ cup of hot sauce. Add the wings then toss with a set of tongs. You can also serve it without the additional sauce for a mild version that even my kids like.
Leftover wings keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Store them in a container with an air-tight lid or in a Ziploc bag. Reheat or enjoy cold for a picnic lunch.
Substitutions & Variations
Here are some additional recipe ideas. Try these out to make it what you need based on lifestyle, dietary, & allergies you may have.
- Mild - skip the last step of additional sauce for less heat
- Butter & Cheese - instead of hot sauce at the end, add parmesan cheese to the melted butter & toss to coat
What to Serve with Chicken Wings
I recently had these with the pickled vegetables that Miley helped me make. I also suggest serving these with my homemade ranch dressing. Or try one of these sides that go well with chicken wings.
Without breading, these wings are low-carb and a keto diet dream. There are almost zero carbs in this recipe. For a 6-ounce serving or ⅛ of this recipe, these chicken wings have 376 calories, 18g fat & .1 carbs.
When cooking the wings from frozen, you will need to set them for a longer time on the Instant Pot. So instead of 5 minutes on Manual, set it for 15 minutes on Manual. Still, let it release pressure naturally for 10 minutes after.
Reheating leftovers is so easy. My favorite way is to reheat wings in the air fryer. If you do not have an air fryer, warm the wings in the oven for 10 minutes at 400°.
This recipe is specific for making chicken wings in an electric pressure cooker. Try my other recipe for how to deep fry chicken wings if you want to make them that way instead.
Other Great Chicken Wings Recipes
If you love this recipe, try these other delicious wing recipes.
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Instant Pot Chicken Wings
- pressure cooker
- 3 pounds chicken wings / drummettes
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup hot sauce
- 2 TB apple cider vinegar
- 4 TB salted butter melted
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt & pepper
- ¼ cup additional hot sauce
- Combine cooking liquid ingredients together – water, hot sauce, AC vinegar, 2 TB melted butter and the cayenne pepper. Pour into the insert of your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
- Season chicken thoroughly with salt and pepper. Add to the pot.
- Lock and seal the lid. Close the steam valve on the lid. Select Manual and press the up or down arrows to set the Instant Pot to 5.
- It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure. Once it does it will count down the 5 minutes. After it counts down the Instant Pot will beep. At this point let the pressure release naturally by keeping the lid locked and the valve sealed until the clock counts back up to 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, open the steam valve carefully with a wooden spoon or long utensil. Remove the chicken wings with tongs and place on a baking sheet.
- Place under a low broiler and rotate to brown and crisp up all sides.
- While crisping, in a large bowl combine the other 2 TB of melted butter and more hot sauce – to your taste. I use usually about another ¼-1/2 cup at this point for all the wings.
- Once crispy toss wings in the butter and hot sauce mixture.
- Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing, raw vegetable sticks or coleslaw.
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18.4g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 7.1g||36%|
|Total Carbohydrate 0.2g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.1g||0%|
|Total Sugars 0.2g|
|Vitamin D 4mcg||20%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
These look absolutely delicious!!
Thank you, they are delicious!
Looks like a great recipe. I love using the pressure pot, especially as the temps warm up outside.
Yes, it really is great for cooking in the hot summer months. Helps to not heat up your house for sure.
That look sooooooo yummy.
Kyndall Bennett says
OMG, these look amazing! I'm not a big fan of spicy food, but I would at least try this! I wonder if it would still work out if I substituted the hot sauce for teriyaki! 🤔
HI, I have done this with teriyaki as well. Perfecting a gluten-free version using Tamari. You do not want straight soy/teriyaki as it will be VERY salty. I would do 1/2 & 1/2 w something like apple juice maybe and see if you like that? CHeck back as I hope to have a few other instant pot wings recipes on here soon.
Yummy! I love chicken wings, and I love my instant pot! Thank you for the recipe....and the secret step!
You are welcome - enjoy!
I have not gotten an instant pot yet. I'm not sure why.... I hear continuously how wonderful it is. But this might push me over the edge. 🙂
Looks yummy! I like the meat to fall off the bones.
Like Karla, I too do not have an instant pot but could easily adjust this recipe for my needs. Looks delish!
I love that secret tip! I bet it makes things extra flavorful!
It really does allow the meat to take on more flavor.
Leigh Ann says
These sound so good and are just another reason I need an Instapot!
YUM YUM YUMMMMMMMMMM!
We love wings, although can't eat them very often! Can't wait to try these!
Sharing with my husband...the chicken wing master
I hope the Master loves these as much as I do!
Ramae Hamrin says
What a great idea! I cook chicken in the instant pot all the time with just water, salt and pepper. This looks much tastier, and we always have hot sauce around.
Another great recipe for my instant pot. Thanks1
Junell DuBois says
This looks like something that my husband and sons would love!
This looks so easy and so tasty! Can't wait to try this for my boys! Yum!
I love chicken wings. They are so delicious. This would be a great treat for our next get together.
I love chicken wings and these look delicious!
I was JUST looking up instapot recipes... Thank you for this!!!
Angela Greven | Mean Green Chef says
I love a good basket of crispy wings every now and again and these look super scrumptious!! 🙌
YUM!! I'm excited to try this recipe!!! I just got an Instant Pot three months ago, and am always looking for a new recipe to try. Thanks for sharing!!
T.M. Brown says
These look delish! I don't have an Instant Pot yet (I know, for shame!), but I wonder if I can do this with a crockpot.
yes! I have never made homemade buffalo wings, and I don't have an instant pot. But I need this in my life!
These look amazing!! I don't cook but I am passing this recipe onto my husband 🙂
Eileen Thorsen says
My husband would die for these wings! I'm more of a boneless-buffalo-wings-girl, so I would love to try it with boneless wings as well. I think I'll have to surprise my family with this recipe when football season starts this summer!
We LOVE hot wings! I've been wanting to try them in the Instant Pot, but my husband is a little skeptical! Maybe I can convince him to try this recipe! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week.
Thanks so much Jerri for featuring this on simplysweethome.com! I have full confidence your husband will be a convert. Cannot wait to hear his review.
Miz Helen says
I just pinned your recipe and can't wait to try your instant pot wings! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week.
Thank you Miz Helen - the wings are pretty amazing. I got a text the other night from a friend that made them and her whole family loved them. Hope you like them just as much.
Love making wings in the Instapot!!
Me too! They are so tender and full of flavor this way.
What a great way to make this popular party food.
Thanks Michelle. Buffalo Chicken Wings are a party must!
Nart at Cooking with Nart says
Those wings look delicious. Thank you for sharing your secret step - I bet they're full of flavor!
You are welcome and they are amazingly full of flavor.
Angela this recipe looks delicious! Wonderful job!
Travel Clans says
I'm a fan of anything I can make in my instant pot. Your secret step is a wonderful idea! I'm going to try this next time.
Jacqueline Debono says
Fall off the bone chicken wings are definitely what I like. These look great. Good idea to grill them at the end to get them crispy!
Anindya Sundar Basu says
Thanks for the secret steps and I love chicken wings. So will try out the buffalo chicken wings. Thanks a lot for the recipe
Felicia Austin says
We love wings! And we all agree that Franks Hot sauce is the BEST hot sauce out there! Believe when I say we have tried ALL kinds of hot sauces and Franks tops them all. Also I love that you added your secret step! Thank you for that.
Glad you like it and live a Franks Hot Sauce life as we do too - haha!
This looks just perfect and delicious , Thanks for sharing!
I made these for my teenage boys and they loved them. They really did fall off the bone and make it easy to eat.
One never, EVER, serves wings with fanch dressing..
Pat from Buffalo
I personally like blue cheese but I am out voted 4-1 in my house! haha