Instant Pot Chicken Wings
These Instant Pot Chicken Wings are savory, full of flavor, and best of all… they are SO easy to make! BBQ Chicken Wings with a zesty sauce made effortlessly in the Instant Pot and broiled in the oven for a crispy finish! 
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Table of Contents
  1. Instant Pot Chicken Wings
  2. What is an Instant Pot?
  3. Tips for Using an Instant Pot
  4. Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Wings
  5. How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Wings
  6. Tips for Making Chicken Wings in an Instant Pot
  7. More Easy Appetizers
  8. Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe

These Instant Pot Chicken Wings are savory, full of flavor, and best of all… they are SO easy to make! BBQ Chicken Wings with a zesty sauce made effortlessly in the Instant Pot and broiled in the oven for a crispy finish! Instant Pot Chicken Wings with celery and blue cheese dressing

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

It doesn’t matter the season or time of year, I can always use a tasty and easy to make appetizer recipe. Which is exactly what you get with this Instant Pot Chicken Wing recipe.

Whether it’s a family gathering or a Sunday football game, these wings are always a perfect dish to bring. Everyone loves wings, and I love them because they are so easy to make when I use my Instant Pot.

Everyone who tries these wings goes crazy for them. They truly are so easy to put together and they create the perfect side dish to pass. I can’t wait for you to enjoy them, too!

What is an Instant Pot?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Instant Pots, or maybe you snagged a good deal on one over Black Friday. But, maybe you’re still asking yourself, “What exactly is it?” or perhaps you’re a little bit nervous to give it a try!

An Instant Pot is a kitchen accessory that looks very similar to a crockpot. However, it’s much more powerful than that! It is capable of doing the job of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and more!

Instant Pots come with preset programs that are designed to cook your food to perfection. They can cook a huge variety of foods. They are seriously like a magic gadget that makes your life in the kitchen so much easier.

See my full article on Everything You Need to Know About Instant Pots. It will, well, tell you everything your wanted to know! 

Tips for Using an Instant Pot

There is no end to the list of amazing recipes you can make using your Instant Pot. But, in order to do so, it’s important that you actually know how to use your Instant Pot.

While it’s not overly complicated, it does take a bit of getting used to. Here are a few tips that I wish I’d known when I started out.

Instant Pot Tip 1: Make sure to use at least a ½ cup of liquid when pressure cooking. Since the pressure cooker on your Instant Pot uses steam to build the pressure that cooks your food, you will need to have enough liquid inside to create this pressure. You can use water, but you can also use different liquids to add extra flavor.

Instant Pot Tip 2: You can use multiple features when cooking on the same meal. In this Instant Pot Wings recipe you will actually use both the pressure cooker, and saute mode! You don’t have to stick to just one setting for each cooking session.

Instant Pot Tip 3: It’s a good idea to add about 10-15 minutes on to your meal planning and cooking time, because it will likely take that long for your Instant Pot to build up the necessary pressure.

If you are looking for some more great Instant Pot recipes, we have some great Instant Pot desserts too! 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Here is the list of ingredients you will need to make your Instant Pot Wings. Most of the ingredients you’ll need will be for the sauce you’ll make for the wings

  • 2 pounds of chicken wings, fresh
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

These wings are best when served with celery and chunky blue cheese dressing, so this might be another great thing to add to your shopping list.Homemade BBQ Sauce ingredients

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Step 1: Place wings in a single layer in the pressure cooker.

Step 2: Whisk together bbq sauce, ketchup, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, mustard powder, chili powder, cumin and cayenne powder. Pour this mixture evenly over the top of the chicken wings.

Step 3: Lock the lid and seal vent. Set to manual mode, high pressure for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Perform quick release.

Step 5: Remove chicken pieces using tongs and place on a baking sheet.

Step 6: Set cooker to saute mode and let the sauce cook down for about 10 minutes.

Step 7: Sprinkle and whisk in cornstarch to thicken the sauce.

Step 8: Baste the sauce onto the chicken wings. Broil for about 5 minutes. Add more sauce to each wing and broil for another 5 minutes. Flip wings and baste. Broil for 5 minutes.

This recipe will typically feed 10 people, and as I mentioned above, it’s best served with celery or carrots and a chunky bleu cheese dressing!Instant pot chicken wings close up

Tips for Making Chicken Wings in an Instant Pot

Here are a few tips and tricks I picked up along the way when making these Instant Pot Chicken wings. Hopefully, they will help you to do it like a pro on the very first try!

Pro-Tip 1: Be gentle when handling the baked chicken wings. When you cook them in the Instant Pot they will turn out nice and juicy and soft. In order to keep the meat from falling off the bone or losing the tasty skin that covers the wings, you’ll need to handle them with care.

Pro-Tip 2: The wings won’t turn out super crispy in the Instant Pot. In order to get that crispy wing you’re looking for, it’s important not to skip the broiling step in the instructions above! It’s one extra step, yes. But, it’s easy and it is totally worth it!

Pro-Tip 3: If you’re really in a crunch for time, you don’t have to use a homemade sauce, and you could instead choose to use a store-bought sauce. Although, I will say that the homemade sauce is so much better!!

More Easy Appetizers

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

5 from 1 vote
Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Serves — 10
These Instant Pot Chicken Wings are savory, full of flavor, and best of all… they are SO easy to make! BBQ Chicken Wings with a zesty sauce made effortlessly in the Instant Pot and broiled in the oven for a crispy finish! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds chicken wings fresh

BBQ Sauce

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ Tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Place wings in a single layer in the pressure cooker.
  • Whisk together bbq sauce, ketchup, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, mustard, chili powder, cumin and cayenne powder. Pour over chicken.
  • Lock lid and seal vent. Set to manual mode, high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Perform quick release.
  • Remove chicken pieces using tongs and place on a baking sheet.
  • Set cooker to saute mode and let sauce cook down for about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle and whisk in cornstarch to thicken sauce.
  • Baste sauce onto chicken wings. Broil for about 5 minutes. Add more sauce to each wing and Broil for another 5 minutes. Flip wings and baste. Broil for 5 minutes.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

You are going to love how easy it is to make these Instant Pot Chicken Wings. Whether you’re bringing them for a potluck, football game tailgate, or just having them as an appetizer at home, they truly make for the perfect side dish to pass. Everyone goes crazy over these wings!

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe came out Delicious 😋 The only thing I did was add some Frank’s Chicken Wing Sauce, Hot Sauce and 2 tablespoons of Butter to the listed ingredients and they were a Big Hit!!!