Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings
These Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings made right in your instant pot are perfect for any occasion where you need some great snack foods.
Nothing beats the convenience of an Instant Pot for quick, easy, and healthier chicken wings. Once cooked, a quick trip under the broiler is all you need to get that nice crispy finish.
Now buffalo chicken wings are super-simple using your Instant Pot!
- 4 1/2 lbs. chicken wings
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder divided
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 cup water
- Sliced celery for serving
- 1 cup Frank’s original hot sauce
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Sprinkle wings with the garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Place metal trivet inside Instant Pot® and add one cup of water. Arrange seasoned wings on top of the trivet before securing the cover in place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and adjust the “Manual” setting to 8 minutes.
While the wings cook, whisk the Frank’s hot sauce, melted butter, and remaining garlic powder in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. 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 just cool enough to handle.
Meanwhile, position top oven rack in the top position and pre-heat broiler to high. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire cooling rack on top. Set aside.
Pour 1/3 of the buffalo sauce 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 and develop some color. Turn the wings and repeat this process.
Remove baking sheet from oven and toss the wings with half of the remaining buffalo sauce. Serve immediately with sliced celery and the remaining sauce on the side for dipping. Enjoy!
Note: This recipe is written for fresh or thawed wings. If using frozen wings, add 3-4 minutes to the active cook time.
We do LOVE our Instant Pot and can’t remember what we did without it! It’s such a quick and easy way to cook your favorite foods. We also love that our Instant Pot cleans up nicely even after cooking hot wings!
You can save time by purchasing already-trimmed wings. However, you can save some money by trimming them yourself. See photo for approximate location of where to cut each whole wing. Make sure you use a sharp knife to cut your wings.
Tip: They are a little easier to trim AFTER they’ve been cooked. Immediately freeze the tips to make chicken stock later.