Super Quick Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings is a super quick, amazingly tender, fall-off-the-bone Buffalo Wings recipe. Packed with game day flavors you love, and healthier than fried wings. It’s a super easy wings recipe everyone loves.

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings on a White Plate with Carrots, Celery and Ranch Dressing

And… they’re ready in less than 30 minutes!

Perfect for Super Bowl, football food, or even Friday night treats

The first time I made these for my husband, his comments were swift. “They almost melt in your mouth.”

And that pretty much sums it up. They’re easy and quick to make, and… they almost melt in your mouth.

Your people will love you for making these buffalo chicken wings.

What to Love About These Chicken Wings

  • They take less than 30 minutes to cook.
  • You can make them with fresh or frozen chicken wings. They’re a last-minute life-saver (from personal experience).
  • The chicken wings are crispy after a 2 to 3-minute broil in the oven.
  • The homemade buffalo sauce is packed with flavor.

Top view of Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings with Red Pepper Flakes and Ranch Dressing

Buffalo Chicken Wings Ingredients

Chicken Wings: 
Use fresh or frozen chicken wings or chicken drumettes. Be sure to remove the tips and separate the drummettes from the wings if not done already.

Seasonings:
Paprika, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, and Worcestershire sauce bring amazing flavor to these wings. 

Buffalo Sauce:
Yes, you can use a store-bought buffalo sauce, and these wings will still be fall-apart tender and delicious. By adding additional seasoning, it takes the wings from delicious to amazingly delicious. And it’s so simple to do!

One more note: If you’re fresh out of hot sauce (like Frank’s), or if you like a milder, sweeter chicken wing, swap the hot sauce for your favorite BBQ sauce. It’s yummy too!

Side view of Buffalo Chicken Wings with Ranch Dressing

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT CHICKEN WINGS

Toss chicken wings with salt and paprika.

Pour 1 cup water into the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot. Place the trivet or rack into the inner pot, and place the seasoned wings on top of the trivet or rack. Lock the lid into place, and set the valve to “sealing.”

Cook the Wings: For fresh wings, select manual high pressure and cook for 10 minutes. For frozen wings, cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Once cooked, let the Instant Pot naturally release for 5 minutes before quickly releasing any remaining pressure.

Transfer the chicken wings to a large bowl, preheat the oven to broil, and line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.

For the Buffalo Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the hot sauce, honey, garlic powder, cayenne, Worcestershire, and butter. Bring to a simmer (or microwave) until the butter is melted. Divide the sauce in half. Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the chicken wings, and gently toss to coat. Transfer the wings to the foil-lined baking sheet and broil for 2 to 3 minutes per side. This will crisp up the wings.

Remove the wings from the oven, brush the remaining Buffalo sauce over the wings, and serve!

What to Serve with Buffalo Wings

There are so many delicious pairings. Here are some ideas.

I always serve wings with the classic cut celery and carrots, in addition to a Ranch dressing dip.

Other foods that pair well for game day eats are Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Greek Yogurt Dip, Hot Spinach and Bacon Dip, Instant Pot Baked Beans, a cheeseboard, and hummus.

More Game Day Foods and Ideas

Buffalo Chicken Wings with the Instant Pot in the Background

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings on a White Plate with Carrots, Celery and Ranch Dressing

Super Quick Instant Pot Buffalo Wings

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings is a super quick, amazingly tender, fall-off-the-bone Buffalo Wings recipe. Packed with game day flavors you love, and healthier than fried wings. It's a super easy wings recipe everyone loves.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs chicken wings or drumettes wings
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup water

Buffalo Chicken Wing Sauce

  • 1 cup hot sauce (like Frank's)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Toss chicken wings with salt and paprika.
  2. Pour 1 cup water into the bottom of a 6-quart Instant Pot. Place the trivet or rack into the inner pot, and place the seasoned wings on top of the trivet or rack. Lock the lid into place, and set the valve to "sealing."
  3. Cook the Wings: For fresh wings, select manual high pressure and cook for 10 minutes. For frozen wings, cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Once cooked, let the Instant Pot naturally release for 5 minutes before quickly releasing any remaining pressure.
  4. Transfer the chicken wings to a large bowl, preheat the oven to broil, and line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
  5. For the Buffalo Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the hot sauce, honey, garlic powder, cayenne, Worcestershire, and butter. Bring to a simmer (or microwave) until the butter is melted. Divide the sauce in half. Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the chicken wings, and gently toss to coat. Transfer the wings to the foil-lined baking sheet and broil for 2 to 3 minutes per side. This will crisp up the wings.
  6. Remove the wings from the oven, brush the remaining Buffalo sauce over the wings, and serve!

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Saturated Fat: 23gCarbohydrates: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 22g

Did you make this recipe?

Follow me on Pinterest for more and use the "Pin" button at the top of the recipe card.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.