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Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe: Juicy & Flavorful Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe: Juicy & Flavorful


Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe: Juicy & Flavorful

Written by: Lucas Johnson

Whipping up my instant pot chicken wings is a breeze. Season, pressure cook, slather with BBQ sauce, then broil for that crispy finish. Quick, easy, and finger-licking good!

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Get ready for a flavor blast, folks! I've discovered this instant pot chicken wings recipe that’s finger-licking good. It’s my newest secret weapon for game nights or casual hangouts. These wings, seasoned perfectly and coated with a tangy bbq flavor, are a surefire hit. Plus, the instant pot does all the tough work! It’s all about minimal effort and maximum pay-off. Curious? Stick with me and let's have some fun in the kitchen!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Chicken Wings

  • Chicken wings: Tender, juicy meat that crisps up beautifully when cooked, providing the main protein for this flavorful dish.
  • Water: Creates steam for pressure cooking the wings, ensuring they cook through while keeping them moist and tender.
  • BBQ sauce: Adds a sweet, tangy, and smoky flavor to the wings, creating a sticky glaze that caramelizes under the broiler.

Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process by pressure cooking the chicken wings quickly and efficiently.
  • Oven: Helps to crisp up the chicken wings after pressure cooking and adds a nice finishing touch.
  • Brush: Used to evenly coat the chicken wings with BBQ sauce before broiling in the oven.

Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe: Juicy & Flavorful

This Instant Pot Chicken Wings recipe is quick, easy, and results in juicy, flavorful wings that are perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Oven


Main Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 cup water
  • 0.5 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place trivet in Instant Pot and add water.
  • Season chicken wings with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Place seasoned wings on trivet.
  • Close lid, set valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release pressure and carefully remove wings.
  • Preheat oven broiler.
  • Brush wings with BBQ sauce and broil for 5-7 minutes until crispy.
  • Serve and enjoy!


For extra crispy wings, you can broil them for a few more minutes. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.


Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 25gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 600mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
Keyword BBQ, Chicken Wings, Instant Pot
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Can You Make Chicken Wings Ahead of Time?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare chicken wings as directed up to step 5.
  • Store cooked wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to eat, brush with bbq sauce and broil until crispy.

Freezing Instructions

  • After cooking, let wings cool completely.
  • Place wings in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Freeze for up to 2 months.
  • To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and broil with bbq sauce until heated through and crispy.

Did you know that adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to the water in the instant pot can help tenderize the chicken wings even more? It adds a subtle tangy flavor to the wings as well!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen chicken wings for this recipe?
Yes, you can use frozen chicken wings, but you may need to increase the cooking time in the Instant Pot.
How can I make the chicken wings crispier?
To make the chicken wings crispier, brush them with BBQ sauce and broil them in the oven for a few minutes after pressure cooking.
Can I use a different sauce instead of BBQ sauce?
Absolutely, feel free to use your favorite sauce or seasoning to customize the flavor of the chicken wings.
Do I need to marinate the chicken wings before cooking?
No, you do not need to marinate the chicken wings before cooking in the Instant Pot. Seasoning them before cooking will still give them great flavor.
How long does it take to cook the chicken wings in the Instant Pot?
The chicken wings cook on high pressure for 5 minutes in the Instant Pot, followed by a quick release of pressure.

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