Instant Pot Chicken Wings are tender and juicy. One of the best things about making them is that you don’t need to watch them while they cook. Just start your Instant Pot and walk away.
These Instant Pot chicken wings are fantastic for when you don’t want to take the time to make our crispy oven baked chicken wings or for those times that the oven might be full of something else (like homemade pizza).
Bonus – they come out super tender and juicy and practically fall off the bone! They’re perfect for Sunday afternoon home-gating or as part of pizza night.
What kinds of wings should you use?
When it comes to what kind of wings to use to make chicken wings in the Instant Pot, you have a lot of options.
First, decide if you want to use whole wings or cut wings. You can either buy the wings already cut or buy whole wings and cut them yourself, using this handy guide on how to cut chicken wings.
You can also use either fresh wings or frozen wings. Fresh wings cook a little faster, but I love keeping a bag of frozen wings around so I can whip up a batch any time a craving strikes.
If you’re using a 6-quart Instant Pot, you’ll be able to make about 2 dozen cut wings or 1 dozen whole wings at a time.
How to make Instant Pot Wings
Once you decide what kind of wings you’ll be using, season them with salt and pepper. Then pop them into your pressure cooker with a little water and cook them on high pressure.
Once they’re done cooking, let the pressure naturally release for ten minutes then manually release the pressure. Use a pair of tongs to remove the wings very carefully. They’ll be very tender and some may fall right off the bone, so you’ll want to be gentle with this step.
The skin will be rubbery straight out of the Instant Pot, so you’ll need to pop them under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp them up. After a few minutes, they’ll be browned and bubbling and perfectly crisp.Print
- 1 and ½ cups water
- 12 chicken wing pieces
- ¼ cup buffalo sauce, homemade or store bought
- Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese Dip, for serving
- Pour the water into the bottom of your Instant Pot insert, then add a trivet with handles.
- Season the wings with salt and pepper.
- Loosely stack the wings on top of the trivet.
- Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to Seal. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes (for fresh wings) or 12 minutes (for frozen wings).
- When the cook time is up let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
- Use a pair of kitchen tongs to carefully transfer the wings to a baking sheet.
- Broil on high for 4-5 minutes to crisp the skin.
- Toss in wing sauce.
- Serve with ranch dressing or blue cheese dip.