How Long To Cook Chicken Wings In Instant Pot

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Does It Have To Be Bbq Sauce

How to Cook Frozen Chicken Wings in the Instant Pot

I used BBQ sauce but make sure you just use the sauce or marinade you want, have, fancy or crave….

Or a dry rub.

Or even just salt and pepper and a bit of lemon.

What will you choose?

Oh and if you do choose BBQ sauce and have some left over, make these ribs!

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Instant Pot Duo Crisp Chicken Wings

This recipe for Instant Pot Duo Crisp Chicken Wings is what now has me completely in love with my Duo Crisp. It is also a great recipe for Ninja Foodi chicken wings. Plus it is the perfect recipe if you have a Mealthy Crisp Lid for your Instant Pot. Read my Duo Crisp Review and see my Duo Crisp v. Ninja Foodi Comparison Chart for more.

If you have made regular Instant Pot chicken wings before, you know that you have to put them under a broiler or in an air fryer if you want them really crispy. Well, now making Instant Pot crispy chicken wings is super easy! I pair these up with a classicreal deal Buffalo wing sauce for some great Instant Pot Duo Crisp buffalo wings.

Dont have a new Instant Pot Duo Crisp, Mealthy Crisp Lid, of Ninja Foodi? Well, no worries, you can still make buffalo chicken wings in the pressure cooker crispy. But it will require popping them under a broiler, or better yet, in an air fryer such as the Instant Vortex Plus or Instant Omni. See my Instant Vortex v. Instant Omni comparison chart and links to full reviews for more.

I give directions here for making Instant Pot chicken wings three ways: In the Duo Crisp or with the Mealthy, or by pressure cooking paired with the broiler or with the air fryer. This recipe is Keto and low carb!

Can You Make Instant Pot Chicken Wings Ahead

Yes, you can make Instant Pot chicken wings ahead of time. You can do all of the prep in your Instant Pot and store them.

The only thing you have to do is brush them with your favorite sauce and broil underneath the grill in your oven or Air Fryer.

Prepare a big batch and you have always some available when you are short on time or get unexpected guests.

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Wings

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Cook frozen chicken wings in the Instant Pot! Chicken Wings from frozen chicken are simple to make and taste amazing. These frozen wings cook in the pressure cooker for 11 minutes then get basted with more sauce and broiled to crispy perfection!

I dont know about your family but my kids LOVE chicken wings. My son got to the point where he would only order chicken wings at restaurants and it would be his top request for dinnerevery night. I finally decided it was time to create a tasty wing recipe that would satisfy his taste buds.

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Wings are ready to be dipped in your favorite dipping sauce in 16 minutes crazy right?! My son now says this is his new favorite recipe because I am quicker than the drive-thru.

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It is a winner in my book because I dont have to defrost the chicken prior to cooking. Plus, I get to use my Instant Pot, which if you have been following the site, you know that its my new favorite kitchen tool.

I cant wait to hear what you think of this flavor bursting frozen chicken wings recipe!

I highly recommend this recipe whether you are an Instant Pot pro or yours is still sealed in the box.

How Long Does It Take To Cook Chicken In A Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Boneless chicken breasts and thighs cook in the same amount of timejust 10 minutes at high pressure will do it! Just be sure to arrange the meat in a single, even layer in the pot, as it cooks more evenly that way. It should reach about halfway up the chicken.

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How To Bake Frozen Wings:

I use to think frozen breaded chicken wings were the only way to enjoy a crispy wing. Boy, was I wrong. The wire rack is the key to crispy chicken wings.

Place on the bottom of the Instant Pot before adding the chicken. The purpose of the rack is to elevate the chicken in the Instant Pot so that it does not touch the bottom of the pot. This prevents the wings from soaking in the sauce and getting soggy.

INSTANT POT TIP: Use the wire rack in your Instant Pot if you are steaming vegetables to prevent the veggies from soaking in the water and becoming soggy.

Arrange chicken wings onto the wire rack in the instant pot.

I will buy fresh chicken wings when they are on sale and separate the wings before placing in the freezer. This allows me to arrange the wings in the instant pot so they can look prettier when cooked.

However, the recipe will work perfectly fine if you buy your chicken wings pre-frozen or do not feel like separating the wings.

If you had remaining sauce in the bottom of the large bowl with the chicken, pour into the instant pot. Remember to keep the other 1/4 of the sauce to the side.

Cover the Instant Pot with the lid, set to sealing, and cook on high pressure.

Equipment Needed To Make Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings

You will need the following:

  • A Pressure Cooker
  • A trivet, or a trivet with handles or a steamer basket . Any of these work well, although the steamer basket is probably the best for the job. Instant pot wings become very tender and lifting them with the help of the steamer basket makes it easier.
  • A baking sheet with a wire rack to broil the buffalo chicken wings!

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How To Cook Chicken Legs In The Instant Pot

Youll need the trivet that came with the Instant Pot. If you dont have one, you can set the chicken directly in the pot. I like the texture of the chicken more when its on the trivet. Its more tender and less water-logged, for lack of a better descriptor.

Seasoning the chicken legs before cooking adds a ton of flavor. I season almost everything with my homemade dry rub. You can find the recipe at that link. Its fine to season with seasoning salt or just salt and pepper.

Pour a cup of hot chicken broth into the base of the pot. Add the trivet. Then place the legs evenly on the trivet. This recipe is for just 2 servings, but you can make as many chicken legs as you need, just stack them up.

Close the lid and seal the vent. Press the pressure cook button and set the time to 10 minutes. After this, allow natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.

You can cook frozen chicken legs in the Instant Pot, if youve forgotten or havent had time to thaw in advance. If youre cooking these chicken legs from frozen, youll need to give them 14 minutes of cook time, and I also sometimes extend the pressure release to 8 minutes.

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At this point, you can serve the chicken legs as is. They are nicely seasoned and tasty. Or you can brush them with BBQ sauce , buffalo sauce, or a glaze, like this delicious honey sriracha sauce.

How To Make Buffalo Sauce

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I must admit, Buffalo sauce is my favorite chicken wing sauce. Although I have other favorites like these Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Wings, I always go back to my first love Buffalo Wild Wing Sauce!!

This Buffalo Sauce recipe is simple and easy to make. It only has 3 ingredients:

  • Hot Sauce, my favorite sauce for hot wings is Franks Red Hot
  • Butter
  • Honey

To make this Buffalo Sauce recipe, melt the butter in a sauce pan, stir in the hot sauce and honey and simmer for a few minutes.

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How To Cook Chicken From Frozen In The Instant Pot

Cooking times are based on 1-2 pounds of frozen medium-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

We found frozen chicken breasts are at a safe cooking temperature at 15-20 minutes using a quick release method. We always use the manual function . When cooking food from frozen in the Instant Pot, we recommend starting at the shorter end of the time range and then adding more minutes if its not done.

The only variation to this cooking time is when chicken is in a soup. We found that because it takes so much longer for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, the chicken takes LESS time to cook. Likely 5-6 minutes. It feels a bit counter intuitive since there is more in the pot when cooking a soup recipe but we consistently found that chicken was done quicker this way.

Instant Pot Chicken Breast

Holy cow or maybe I should say holy chicken this was the one that gave me the biggest headache. So first I tested three 10-oz breasts at 4 minutes, 5 minutes and 6 minutes. After 4 and 5 minutes, it didnt make it to 165F in the resting period but the 6 minutes one was at 155F after opening and within 4 minutes resting time made it to 165F internal temperature.

My conclusion then was approx. 2 minutes per 3.5 oz , right? WRONG! If you cook a 3.5 oz tiny chicken breast for 2 minutes its totally overcooked . Also, Ive cooked two same weight but different thickness breasts at the same time but they had different internal temperatures after cooking.

Naturally, the next experiment was the thickness. A 1.2-inch thick breast cooked to 165F in 4 minutes.

My conclusion then was 50 seconds for every 1/4 inch OR 1 minute for every 3/4cm, right? WRONG! Because a 1/2-inch chicken escalope was completely overcooked after 2 minutes .

It doesnt make much sense to me BUT Ive got a table for you and we can all just not care about the formula, I would probably have to include surface and distance to heat source and all kinds of complicated things nobody would want to calculate each time they made a breast anyway, so here is a handy bullet list instead:

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Why This Recipe Works

This recipe is all about the flavor! Thanks to the herbs and spices, you will have a beautifully aromatic meal. Once you try this recipe, you wont do it any other way!

There are so many reasons why this is the best recipe and why you should make it! Here are a few:

  • You can make it in 30 minutes from start to finish!
  • The meat is super flavorful thanks to the herbs and spices!
  • The meat stays juicy and doesnt dry out!

You Will Need A Pressure Cooker For This Easy Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

I am using an 8 quart Instant pot but you can use a 6 quart. I personally have an Instant Pot and so far I am loving it.

You can find the Instant pot on sale here. Its really changed dinner time around here.

If you have been putting off trying an instant pot, I highly recommend going ahead and biting the bullet. I love using the pressure cooker when I dont have much time.

It is perfect for frozen food or meals that normally take a while. You can toss everything in and have dinner ready in no time at all.

Those days when you forget to take something out of the freezer or wait until the last minute for dinner, the instant pot is your saving grace.

I am not exaggerating when I say it truly has changed meal time around here. We love ours and it makes soup recipes even easier.

You can also these Instant Pot Accessories to make cooking a breeze.

No worries if you dont have one yet. Try this Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe.

Everyone will love this recipe no matter how you decide to fix them.

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What To Serve With Instant Pot Chicken Wings

You can serve these crispy chicken wings as a main dish, or as an appetizer.

If you want to serve them as a part of appetizer table for game day, here are some other appetizers to serve with them: Healthy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, Pumpkin Spice Toasted Pepitas Recipe, Blistered Shishito Peppers, Fried Eggplant Appetizer With Tomatoes and Goat Cheese, Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer, How To Make Hummus.

An Instant Pot For Buffalo Wings

Ive made Buffalo Wings so many times, in so many ways, despite the fact that theyve never been a great love of mine.

Back to methods I have tried all. of. the. ways. Deep-fried? Done it. Oven baked? Been there. Boiled, then broiled? Been there too. Grilled? Close, but no cigar. Ive also worked in various restaurants ranging from the pub to the kitschy cafe to the celebrity chef. Most served some form of wings, though some were fancier than others. The #1 customer request/complaint/feedback? Can I get my wings extra crispy?

Heres the thing with wings. If you ask for extra crispy wings in a restaurant, youre going to get quite a bit of crunch on the outside, but some stringy, tough grossness in the middle. Because the only way to make them extra crispy is to keep em in the deep fryer longer. If you make no such special requests, youll probably get a pile of well-cooked wings with skin that can be, from time to time, a bit slimy.

So, this is the conundrum, right? Everyone wants a wing that is perfectly crispy on the outside, because hot damn its delicious that way, that is also moist and tender on the inside. The closest Ive tasted to perfect was a low-and-slow smoked chicken wing that took *wait for it* 5 hours.

Enter the INSTANT POT. Its the magical solution we never knew we needed to achieve that perfect texture combination that makes our mouths drool and out bellies clamor for more, more, more!

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Cooking Chart For Chicken Thighs In Instant Pot

Wondering how long to cook chicken thighs in Instant Pot? Well, check out this easy guide. This recipe calls for thawed, bone-in chicken thighs and 10 minutes at high pressure is the perfect cooking time. Note that larger thighs nay need a little more time.

If you want to use frozen chicken thighs, you will skip the browning step and add a few minutes to the cooking time, increasing it to 13-16 minutes. Do make sure the frozen chicken thighs are separated, not in a bunch.

If you have boneless chicken thighs, you will only need to cook them for 8-9 minutes or 10-12 minutes if cooking from frozen, again skipping the browning step.

  • Bone in thawed chicken thighs: 10 12 minutes depending on size.
  • Bone in frozen chicken thighs: 13-16 minutes separated not in a lump.
  • Boneless thawed chicken thighs: 8-9 minutes depending on size.

How Long To Cook Frozen Chicken In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

There are a few different variables that can affect how long frozen chicken takes in an Instant Pot. It depends on the size of your Instant Pot, the cut of meat, the size of your chicken pieces, and the recipe youre using.

Chicken pieces like breasts, thighs, and wings will take considerably less time to cook, says Summer Yule, MS, RDN.

You can use Instant Pots cooking time tables as a guideline. Frozen meat requires a few extra minutes of cooking and may also prolong the time it takes to pressurize before the actual cooking time begins.

That means the actual time from freezer to table will be a bit longer than the cook time but dont worry, its worth the wait.

Yule recommends the following cooking times as a starting point. Your mileage may vary, so always check the internal temperature of your chicken to make sure it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here are a few guidelines that can help you figure out how long you need to cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot.

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What Kinds Of Wings Should You Use

When it comes to what kind of wings to use to make chicken wings in the Instant Pot, you have a lot of options.

First, decide if you want to use whole wings or cut wings. You can either buy the wings already cut or buy whole wings and cut them yourself, using this handy guide on how to cut chicken wings.

You can also use either fresh wings or frozen wings. Fresh wings cook a little faster, but I love keeping a bag of frozen wings around so I can whip up a batch any time a craving strikes.

If youre using a 6-quart Instant Pot, youll be able to make about 2 dozen cut wings or 1 dozen whole wings at a time.

Instant Pot Buffalo Wings

Buffalo wings have an interesting history. Regardless of differences of opinion about their origin, the original recipe is generally intended to be crispy! Basically, the the wings are deep-fried and then coated with a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce that is made with melted butter.

Unfortunately, you will often see Instant Pot buffalo chicken wing recipes that skip the crispy step and I find that, even in restaurants, many skip that step. So many times my bar wings are not crispy at all! But crispy is what makes them especially good!

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