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Instant Pot Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings made juicy in just 13 minutes in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Served for a quick dinner recipe in a bowl with celery.

Tender Instant Pot Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce. Incredibly juicy and pressure cook in just 13-minutes! A quick dinner or game-day appetizer. These flavorful buffalo wings are featured in my complete guide to making Instant Pot Chicken Wings with any flavored sauce. 

What is buffalo sauce made out of? Buffalo sauce is a mixture of hot sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, butter, and seasonings. Many restaurants and wing sauce brands offer buffalo wings in mild, medium, hot, and exceptionally hot. That’s because buffalo-style wings are one of the most popular sauce flavors of chicken wings. My Instant Pot pressure cooker buffalo wings may become your next, last-minute dinner or game-day appetizer recipe.

Instant Pot Chicken Wings - A before and after photo to show how to make instant pot chicken wings in just 13 minutes.

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Chicken wings require a little preparation pressure cooking. Here is an overview of the steps: We cut, coat in a rub, pressure cook, toss in sauce, broil in the oven then coat in the sauce once more.

  • Cut chicken wings and discard wingtip with a sharp knife. Trim extra skin off if desired. PRO TIP: I’ve included a section below in this post with directions on how to cut chicken wings in case you’re new to making them.
  • Prepare the dry rub and toss it with the chicken.
  • Layer chicken wings onto a trivet in the pressure cooker. Add water to the pot.
  • Pressure cook chicken for 13 minutes. Quick-release (QR) steam knob once it’s done.
  • Transfer chicken wings into chicken wing sauce coating it in a combination of melted butter and buffalo sauce.
  • Broil wings in the oven until crispy. I like mine pretty crispy and 8 minutes a side is perfect.
  • Add the crispy chicken wings back into the sauce bowl and coat them in buffalo sauce again before serving.

This is the best guide to cooking chicken wings in the pressure cooker. Follow this method for any oven-baked or fried recipe you find online then simply replace the sauce and dry rub for your own.

Kitchen Tools for IP Wings:

To make Instant Pot chicken wings, you’ll need a sharp knife or kitchen shears, a pressure cooker with a raised trivet, baking sheet, oven-safe wire rack, and the ingredients to make the chicken wings. Once you’ve sourced these kitchen tools, you can make any Instant Pot chicken wing recipes you find. Also, you can turn any chicken wing recipe into a pressure cooker recipe, too.

Buffalo-style wings made the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Served with blue cheese dipping sauce and celery.

How do I cut chicken wings?

You just found chicken wing recipe on Pinterest and it looks good. Now, you want to make it at home and the recipe doesn’t sound hard but you’re really unsure how to separate chicken wings? Once you learn how to cut chicken wings with these three easy steps, you’re set to go, like forever.

Chicken wings need to be cut at two joints which will result in three pieces: the drumette, the wingette, and the tip. The hard tip gets discarded while both the wing and drum are used in recipes because of their great source of meat.

  1. Find the two joints by using your fingers. The chicken wings will be cut and separated into three pieces. 
  2. Use a sharp knife or pair of kitchen shears to cut through the center of each joint, leaving you with three parts: the Drumette, the Wingette, and the tip.
  3. Use the drumettes and wingettes in your recipe. Discard the small, boney wingtip.
  4. Trim some of the fat off with kitchen shears if desired. 
Juicy buffalo chicken wings served in a bowl as an appetizer or dinner recipe. Made in the instant pot pressure cooker.

Chicken Wings: Pro Tips and Notes

Use this Instant Pot Chicken Wings recipe guide to easily make chicken wings in the pressure cooker. Then, simply replace my sauce and dry rub with any flavor of sauce your recipe source notes.

Best Flavoring Tips for Chicken Wings

  • Seasoning adds an extra layer of flavor that locks into the meat while cooking. Adding salt, pepper, onion, garlic, paprika powders to fresh chicken adds additional flavor to this buffalo-style chicken wings recipe.
  • Wing Sauce I like Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce or Moore’s Buffalo Wing Sauce. Find wing sauce next to the salad and barbecue dressings. Traditionally, melted butter is combined with buffalo sauce. This helps the sauce to stick to the skin.
  • Fat Trimming some of the excess fat off by removing some of the skin can cut down on broiling time and calories. I like to do this when I separate the wings.
  • Pairings that are traditionally served with chicken wings include celery and carrots. This helps to clear the palate.
  • Dipping Sauce is different from wing sauce. Dipping sauce serves as a complement to your flavored wing recipe. My Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings taste even better with blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, or honey.

Instant Pot Recipe Recommendations: For more Instant Pot chicken recipes, try my Instant Pot Crack Chicken recipe. It has been a fan favorite on Pinterest for nearly a year now. A flavorful pasta recipe like this Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta is easy for a quick instant pot dinner recipe. Get this from scratch Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken recipe. It’s my favorite IP recipe to date. If you’re new to pressure cooking and don’t know how to use your new Instant Pot, use this pressure cooking guide to get started today.

Instant Pot Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce

Tender Instant Pot Chicken Wings with Buffalo Sauce. Incredibly juicy and pressure cook in just 13-minutes! A quick dinner or game-day appetizer. These flavorful buffalo wings are featured in my complete guide to making Instant Pot Chicken Wings with any flavored sauce.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Buffalo Wings, Chicken Wings, Instant Pot Chicken, Pressure Cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Broil Time 14 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20 chicken wings
Calories 151
Cost $20

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wire Rack
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs chicken wings, cut at bone joint, wing tips discarded
    see recipe notes for more assistance
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 14 ounces buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  • In Instant Pot ( pressure cooker ) insert, add 3/4 cup water. Place trivet in bottom of pot.
    2. Mix together onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in small bowl.
    3. Cut chicken wings at bone joint and place in a large mixing bowl. Cut and discard hard wingtip. See recipe notes for more assistance in how to cut chicken wings.
    4. Toss prepared chicken wings with seasoning.
    5. In the pressure cooker, stack the chicken wings on trivet around the center and sides.
    6. Secure lid. Set the pressure valve to SEALING. Select “MANUAL” or “PRESSURE COOK”; use the arrows to cook on high-pressure 13 minutes. The pressure cooker will indicate "ON" which means that it is coming to pressure.
    7. Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and cook until melted; about 2 minutes.
    8. Pour buffalo sauce into large bowl and whisk in melted butter.
    9. Prepare a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place wire rack on top.
    10. Once Instant Pot is done pressure cooking, Select “CANCEL”. Turn steam knob to Quick-Release (QR) steam pressure. Once pressure pin drops, open lid.
    11. Working in batches, use kitchen tongs to place chicken wings into sauce and coat well.
    12. Place chicken wings on wire rack.
    13. Broil on high 5-8 minutes each side, or until desired skin crispness.
    14. Working in batches with kitchen tongs, coat chicken wings in buffalo/butter sauce.
    15. Top with chopped parsley. Serve with celery, carrots, or desired dressing sauce. I like blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Notes

Pro Tips:

  • SERVING SIZE: Can be adjusted by moving the the cursor over the serving size in the recipe card. Use this to half the recipe OR to find the ingredients needed by pound of chicken that’s purchased. Cooking time will not change. 
How to cut chicken wings:
  1. Find the two joints by using your fingers. The chicken wings will be cut into three pieces. 
  2. Use a sharp knife or pair of kitchen shears to cut through the center of each joint, leaving you with three parts: the Drumette, the Wingette, and the tip.
  3. Use the drum and wingettes in your recipe. Discard the small, boney wing tip.
  4. Trim some of the fat off with kitchen shears if desired. 
How to serve buffalo chicken wings: I like to pair buffalo wings with a dipping sauce such as blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, or honey. Celery and carrot sticks are also sides that go great with buffalo chicken wings. 
Use this Instant Pot Chicken Wings recipe guide to make any flavor chicken wings. Simply replace the sauce and dry rub with any flavor.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 704mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Instant Pot Chicken Wing made in 13 minutes and tossed in buffalo sauce. The BEST instant pot pressure cooker chicken wings recipe guide. Buffalo-style wings made the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Served with blue cheese dipping sauce and celery.
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