Instant Pot Buffalo Wings

instant pot buffalo wings
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Pressure Build/Release: 13 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings (40 pieces)

Chicken wings are always a popular party food and these Instant Pot Buffalo wings are sure to be a big hit. The spicy wings, which originated in Buffalo, New York's Anchor Bar, have long been a popular appetizer for parties and Super Bowl or game day gatherings. The wings cook quickly in the Instant Pot before being briefly broiled to golden brown perfection. It's an easy recipe and a great way to use the Instant Pot.

The sauce mixture can be as spicy or mild as you like. Leave out the cayenne pepper or add more for extra heat. For milder wings, replace part of the hot sauce with tomato sauce.

Allow about 6 to 8 pieces (drumettes and flats) per person if they are the only appetizer or if you are serving them as part of a more substantial meal with sides. If there are several appetizer choices, allow about 4 to 6 pieces per person. Serve the chicken wings with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing for dipping.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chicken stock (or water)
  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more)
  • Optional: Celery sticks, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ingredients for instant pot buffalo wings
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  2. Place a trivet in the Instant Pot inner pot and add 3/4 cup of water or stock.

    instant pot with trivet for buffalo wings
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  3. If the chicken wings are whole, cut them at the joint and cut off the wing tips. Discard the wing tips or freeze them to use in stock. Sprinkle the chicken wings with kosher salt and arrange them on the trivet.

    chicken wings in the instant pot
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  4. Lock the lid in place and turn the steam release knob to the sealing position. Choose the manual or pressure cook button (high pressure) and set the timer for 10 minutes. When the time is up, let the pressure come down for 5 minutes and then carefully turn the knob to the venting position to release the remaining pressure.

    While the wings cook, preheat the broiler and line rimmed baking sheets with foil. Spray the foil with nonstick spray.

    instant pot lid
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  5. In a saucepan, combine the hot sauce, butter, vinegar, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (if using). Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute.

    hot sauce for buffalo wings
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  6. Drain the wings and transfer them to a bowl. Add about half of the sauce mixture and toss them gently.

    wings in a bowl with sauce
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  7. Arrange the wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Broil about 4 to 6 inches from the heat source for 5 minutes. Turn the wings and continue to broil the other side for 4 to 5 minutes longer, or until golden brown.

    buffalo wings on a baking sheet
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  8. Remove the wings to a bowl and drizzle with the remaining sauce mixture.

    buffalo wings in a serving bowl
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  9. Serve Buffalo wings with celery and carrot sticks along with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.

    buffalo wings with ranch dressing
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