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Pressure Cooker Hot Wings with Easy Homemade Sauce

Amazing buffalo chicken wings done in half the time as other methods. These Hot Wings in the Instant Pot are so easy to make! With a simple homemade sauce that will blow your mind you will be making these for every occasion from a weeknight dinner, to tailgating, to an easy appetizers for a party.

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A large white platter holding pressure cooker hot wings, celery and a cup of ranch dressing.

Hot Wings in the Instant Pot

I love chicken wings. I remember in college one of my go-to meals was chicken wings at one of two places. When I could afford it, the local Tav on the the Ave had amazing wings. When I was cheap (so most of the time) I loved going to Buffalo Wild Wings plus it was right in the middle of the small down town next to all the bars so it was a win-win.

Now that I am grown up and can’t eat and drink like a 20 year old anymore I enjoy making my own wings at home from time to time. I have tried many different methods like steaming them in the oven and cooking them slowly on the grill, these methods do work really well but there is one problem, they are a little labor intensive and take so so long.

The Pressure Cooker changed all of that. Chicken wings in the Pressure Cooker is a game changer.

I honestly discovered it by accident. I had chicken wings on the menu for dinner and I got stuck doing some back end website work for the blog when I noticed the time… So with some quick thinking I thought it is worth a shot trying them in the instant pot. It worked!

And just like my Pressure Cooker Baked Potato method I figured I would crisp them up in the oven. Worked like a charm.

So now I have the method, let me share with you this sauce.

The sauce is not overly complicated, but just a few additions to a classic buffalo or hot sauce will blow your mind.

This sauce is a slight adaptation of how my mom used to make her hot chicken wings. Now in the recipe you will see I use Buffalo Sauce because that is my all time favorite but you can use other hot sauces as well, growing up my mom would use classic Louisiana Hot Sauce.

So you have the wings and the sauce let’s see how easy Pressure Cooker Hot Wings are to make.

Stack of saucy hot wings on a white platter next to celery with a chicken crummier sitting front and center.

Supplies

This is a Pressure Cooker recipe so of course you will need…

  • a Pressure Cooker, this Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker is the one I own and use
  • a Trivet to go into the pressure cooker, what I like about the Mealthy Multipot is that it comes with a trivet but if you don’t have one yet they are easy to find and affordable on Amazon
  • Sheet Pan, for easy clean up you will want to cover with aluminum foil
  • Tongs
  • a Large Bowl to toss the wings
  • Sauce Pan, for making the sauce
  • typical Kitchen Accessories such as a whisk, measuring cups/spoons

Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings with the wing & drummies separated also known as “party wings” at the grocery store, you can also get full wings and separate them yourself
  • Butter – for the sauce, butter will help give that sauce the silky smoothness that you would find at a restaurant
  • Italian Seasoning – trust me on this one, it amps up the flavor, you can use store bought or homemade
  • Buffalo Sauce or Hot Sauce – So without trying to over complicate it buffalo sauce is a form of hot sauce but not all hot sauces are buffalo sauces. Buffalo sauce typically has a higher fat content making them richer than a typical hot sauce, beyond that most of the ingredients are the same. So in this recipe either buffalo or your favorite kind of hot sauce will work
  • Lemon Juice – a small dash at the end

For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.

Ingredients needed to make chicken wings in a the instant pot and ingredients needed to make the sauce.

Instructions for Pressure Cooker Hot Wings

You will start by getting the wings in the pressure cooker and then you will make the sauce while the wings are cooking.

Add a trivet and 1 cup of water to your electric pressure cooker. Carefully pile chicken wings onto trivet, ensuring none will fall into the water. 

Seal the lid, turn steam vent to sealing, and select manual/pressure cook. Set to high pressure for 5 minutes. Each pressure cooker will vary in the time it takes to come to pressure but for me it was about 12 minutes.

Collage showing the steps of adding the chicken wings to the pressure cooker and cooking them.

While the wings are coming to pressure and cooking make the sauce and prep the oven. Preheat oven, turn on to broil, you will want the oven rack in the middle position. For easy clean up line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. 

Now to make the sauce, melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted add the Italian seasoning to the butter, stir in and cook about 30 seconds to make the seasoning fragrant. Now add in the buffalo/hot sauce. Whisk until it is fully combined. Bring to a slight simmer and let simmer 1 minute, take off the heat. Stir in the lemon juice. Set aside until you are ready to toss the wings. 

A small sauce pan holding the homemade hot wing sauce.

When the timer goes off on the pressure cooker quick release the steam. Once the float has dropped carefully open the lid.

Using a tongs transfer the chicken wings to a large bowl. Add the sauce over the wings. Toss really well to combine, make sure the wings are really coated. Transfer the coated chicken wings to your sheet pan, if wanted brush additional sauce on to the top of the wings. 

Collage of the cooked wings in a large bowl and being tossed together in the hot sauce.

Transfer the chicken wings to the oven. Broil 5-6 minutes until the outside appears to become browned, timing will vary in different ovens. Remove from the oven and the wings are ready to serve. 

Side by side photos of the sauced wings before and after they go into the oven for broiling.
Tray of crispy chicken wings fresh out of the oven showing a close up of a chicken drummie.

If you still have sauce remaining feel free to coat more on after they are broiled, for an extra saucey chicken wings.

A large pile of chicken wings on a platter showing off sauces exteriors.

Tips, Tricks, & Questions

Can I use any type of sauce using this method?

Absolutely! I have used barbecue sauce many times in the exact same way.

Non-Spicy People/ Kid Tip

Maybe you have young children like me that give a big no to spicy foods, maybe you just have a sensitive family member or friend. You can do this to make a meal everyone can enjoy.

Use two sheets of aluminum foil on a single sheet pan, using the sides of the pieces of foil in the center of the sheet to make a short wall separating out two separate sides.

When wings are done cooking separate out wings into two separate bowls (as many or as few you want in each). Add your hot sauce to one bowl and toss, add to one side of the pan. Use a mild sauce for your other side (or even no sauce), I usually will do barbecue or a teriyaki for my kiddos. Add the mild wings to the other side of the pan. Continue to broil as directed!

Close up of a hot wing sitting on a large pile of sauces chicken wings made in the pressure cooker.

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Chicken wings made in the instant pot and sauced and piled up on a white platter next to a bunch of celery and a cup of ranch sauce.

Instant Pot Hot Wings

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time to Pressure: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Amazing buffalo chicken wings done in half the time as other methods. These Hot Wings in the Pressure Cooker are so easy to make! With a simple homemade sauce that will blow your mind you will be making these for every occasion from a weeknight dinner, to tailgating, to easy appetizers for a party.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken wings, wing & drummies separated (also known as 'party wings')
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce or hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Add trivet and 1 cup of water to electric pressure cooker. Carefully pile chicken wings onto trivet (ensuring none will fall into the water).
  2. Seal lid, turn steam vent to sealing, and select manual/pressure cook. Set to high pressure for 5 minutes.
  3. While the wings are coming to pressure and cooking make the sauce and prep the oven. Preheat oven, turn on to broil, you will want the oven rack in the middle position. For easy clean up line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.
  4. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted add the Italian seasoning to the butter, stir in and cook about 30 seconds to make the seasoning fragrant. Now add in the buffalo/hot sauce. Whisk until it is fully combined. Bring to a slight simmer and let simmer 1 minute before turning off the heat. Add and stir in the lemon juice. Set aside until you are ready to toss the wings.
  5. When the timer goes off on the pressure cooker quick release the steam. Once the float has dropped carefully open the lid.
  6. Using a tongs transfer the chicken wings to a large bowl. Add the sauce over the wings. Toss really well to combine, make sure the wings are really coated. Transfer the coated chicken wings to your sheet pan, if wanted brush additional sauce on to the top of the wings.
  7. Transfer the chicken wings to the oven. Broil 5-6 minutes until the outside appears to become browned, timing will vary in different ovens. Remove from the oven and the wings are ready to serve.

Notes

If you still have sauce remaining feel free to coat more on after they are broiled, for an extra saucey chicken wings.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2-3 wings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 779Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 196mgSodium: 1424mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 38g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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