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Pressure cooker chicken wings are great for weeknight dinners, weekend get-togethers, and game day appetizers. Add your favorite sauce and you are ready to serve! 

Making chicken wings in your pressure cooker or your Instant Pot it's so easy and less time-consuming. In about 30 minutes you can have chicken wings that are cooked to perfection every single time.

Is an Instant Pot the same as a pressure cooker?

Yes! A pressure cooker is exactly what it sounds like. It is a kitchen appliance that cooks by pressure which decreases cooking time for most meals. Instant Pot is one of the better-known brands.

If you had a pressure cooker in the past or long ago most people were scared of it being dangerous due to pressurizing and the lid exploding off. Now with electric pressure cookers, there are several mechanisms that make cooking with the Instant Pot easy and safe.

 

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

Cooking chicken wings in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot is super easy! My recipe gives instructions if you want to use fresh or frozen wings and also how to trim. Check out the list of sauces to use including buffalo sauce, BBQ, homemade honey mustard and more!

Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

4-4½ lbs. chicken wings

1 t. garlic powder

Salt and black pepper, to taste

1 c. water

*You can always use your seasoning of choice. Feel free to switch it up and use Lemon Pepper, Cajun Seasoning, or your other favorite! 

You can save time by purchasing already-trimmed wings. However, you can save some money by trimming them yourself. See photo below for approximate location of where to cut each whole wing. Wings are a little easier to trim AFTER they’ve been cooked. If you want to make homemade chicken stock, you can freeze the tips for later.

showing how to trim chicken wings to be pressure cooked

How To Make Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings 

  1. Rubs wings with the garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place metal trivet inside your Instant Pot/pressure cooker and add one cup of water. Arrange seasoned wings on top of the trivet before securing the cover in place. Switch the vent to the sealing position and set your manual pressure for 8 minutes.
  2. While the wings cook, mix together your sauce of choice. Set aside.
  3. 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 cooled.
  4. Pre-heat your oven broiler to high. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire cooling rack on top. Set aside.
  5. Apply your sauce of choice on top of the wings and toss to coat. Transfer the wings to the wire rack on the prepared baking sheet and place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the wings start to get crispy. Turn the wings and repeat.
  6. Remove wings from oven and toss with half of the remaining sauce. Serve immediately! pressure cooker chicken wings on white plate with buffalo sauce

Sauces for Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings 

When making sauces for wings, we never go by a recipe. We really just base it off of taste. So below are some very vague guidelines on how to make your own sauces without having to follow a strict recipe.

Buffalo Sauce: Franks Buffalo sauce with melted butter and garlic powder 

Buffalo Ranch Sauce: Mix a 1:1 ratio of buffalo sauce and ranch together. For a more spicy flavor, use more buffalo sauce or less ranch

BBQ Sauce-We typically just use store bought

Honey Mustard- If you want to make your own honey mustard, it’s literally honey, mustard, and a little bit of mayo. FOr a lighter option, try using Greek yogurt.

** If you are looking for a sugar-free sauce, D. Hughes offers several delicious flavors.

Garlic Parmesan– Use garlic powder or minced garlic, melt some butter and mix with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.

Sweet Teriyaki– Store-bought teriyaki sauces work pretty good 

Weight Watchers Information for Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

Before sauce of choice: 3 points for 3-4 drumettes/wingettes on all new WW plans. This is calculated before sauce and includes leaving the skin on. Please note that if you are checking point values in your app, Weight Watchers determines a wing as the ENTIRE wing. See image above about trimming. 

Can I Make Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings Using Frozen Chicken?

Yes. You will just need to add 3-4 minutes to the cook time.

Instructions for Reheating Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

To reheat or pressure cook chicken wings place on a baking sheet and in the oven own 350 to 400 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how hot your oven cooks.

 If you have an air fryer I highly recommend using it to reheat. I find that reheated foods are much crispier without having to wait on the oven to preheat.

To reheat pressure cooker chicken wings in your air fryer set your temperature to 400 degrees and your time to 5 to 7 minutes.  This is a guide. You may need more or less time depending on the make or model of your air fryer. 

top view of pressure cooker chicken wings next to celery and buffalo sauce

Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

The easy and best recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Wings! Toss in your sauce of choice for the perfect meal or appetizer

  • 4-4½ lbs. chicken wings
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. water

Rubs wings with the garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place metal trivet inside your Instant Pot/pressure cooker and add one cup of water. Arrange seasoned wings on top of the trivet before securing the cover in place. Switch the vent to the sealing position and set your manual pressure for 8 minutes.

While the wings cook, mix together your sauce of choice. 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 cooled.

Pre-heat your oven broiler to high. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire cooling rack on top. Set aside.

Apply your sauce of choice on top of the wings and toss to coat. Transfer the wings to the wire rack on the prepared baking sheet and place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the wings start to get crispy. Turn the wings and repeat.

Remove wings from oven and toss with half of the remaining sauce. Serve immediately!

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