Instant Pot Chicken Wings

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Chicken wings prepared in the Instant Pot are a great weeknight dinner. Cooking them in the Instant Pot takes just a few minutes, the meat remains really juicy and plump and crisping them up in the oven at the end gives them a golden and crunchy exterior.



3 lbs chicken wings

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/41/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1/21 teaspoon, each, garlic powder and onion powder

1/2 Tablespoon dry herbs, such as chives, rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, oregano, etc.

1 cup water or chicken broth

1/2 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Season the chicken wings with the salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, dry herbs and any other combination of spices and seasonings that you like. Mix to combine.
  3. Place a steaming basket inside the inner chamber of the Instant Pot. You can use the steaming rack that comes with the Instant Pot, but a steaming basket is a lot more convenient. Pour in 1 cup of water.
  4. Place the chicken wings  inside the steaming basket. Close the lid, making sure the sealing ring is inside the lid, set the valve to “Sealing”. Cook the chicken wings on Manual/Pressure Level mode, High Pressure for 5 minutes. Quick Release or Manually release the pressure.
  5. Transfer the cooked chicken wings to the prepared baking sheet, placing the chicken wings in one layer, leaving room around them. Brush generously with barbecue sauce or any sauce of your choice.
  6. Roast the chicken wings in the preheated oven for 5-15 minutes, depending on your oven and the size of your chicken wings. Keep an eye on them and take them out when they are as crisp as you like.
  7. Serve the chicken wings right away, with additional barbecue sauce. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat in the preheated 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.