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Nothing beats the convenience of a pressure cooker 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. Bonus is less time heating up your kitchen!
Making Buffalo Chicken Wings in a Pressure Cooker
To make these Buffalo Chicken Wings you can use any style pressure cooker. However, the recipe is written for an electric pressure cooker (e.g. Instant Pot® .) However, you can easily adapt it to a pressure cooker on the stove top as well.
This recipe is written for fresh or thawed wings. If using frozen wings, add 3-4 minutes to the active cook time.
Prepping Your Own Wings
You can save time by purchasing already-trimmed wings. However, you can save some money by trimming them yourself.
See photo for the approximate location of where to cut each whole wing.
They are a little easier to trim AFTER they’ve been cooked. Immediately freeze the tips to make chicken stock later.
Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe
Make tasty Buffalo Wings more easily using an electric pressure cooker.
- 4-4½ lbs. chicken wings
- 1 t. garlic powder, divided
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 c. water
- Sliced celery, for serving
- Buffalo Wing Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 c. Frank’s original hot sauce
- ½ c. unsalted butter, melted
- ½ t. garlic powder
1. Sprinkle wings with the garlic powder and season with
salt and black pepper, to taste. Place metal trivet inside 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 “Sealing” and adjust the “Manual”
setting to 8 minutes.
2. 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.
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 just cool enough to handle.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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!
If you don't want to heat up the house, you can do the final crisping on the grill. Just watch carefully!
More Recipes Using a Pressure Cooker
I love to use my pressure cookers to get meals done quickly. Some are written for electric pressure cookers and others talk about using a stove top one.