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Instant Pot Chicken Wings – Made From Fresh or Frozen!

Instant pot chicken wings is the answer when you are looking for the easiest and best way to make wings when you are in a hurry.

Make them from frozen with only 10 minutes cooking time!  A few extra minutes under the broiler and your wings become crispy on the outside and fall off the bone tender in the inside.

instant pot chicken wings
Instant Pot Chicken Wings made from frozen with 15 minutes of cook time!

Superbowl Sunday is one of the most popular days that chicken wings are eaten. No need to spend tons of money on take out when you can make Instant Pot Chicken Wings right in your own kitchen.

Most recipes require the wings be thawed out before cooking. Unfortunately, this requires advanced planning.

Most of the time when I make wings, I am either too busy and forget to set them out to thaw, or it is a spontaneous last minute decision to make them.

That results in cooking wings that are still frozen. But no worries! This recipe takes Instant Pot Chicken Wings from frozen to fantastic with just 10 minutes of cook time!

Tips To Making Instant Pot Wings…..

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A collapsible steam rack is the perfect accessory for Instant Pot Chicken Wings

1. When making wings in the Instant Pot you need to use the trivet or steamer basket to keep the wings from being placed directly on the bottom of the pot. This allows the wings to cook evenly without being submerged in the cooking liquid.

I prefer to use a collapsible steamer basket when making Instant Pot Chicken Wings. The basket holds the wings without worry of them following through the gaps in the standard trivet.

It also makes it easier to remove the wings by lifting the entire basket out rather than using tongs to take them out individually.

2. Another tip when making the wings – use a twice-tossed method for your sauce. This method allows the wings to gain flavor both before and after broiling. Toss them in the sauce before broiling and again after. One of our favorite sauces is our Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce.

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When broiling your wings to make them crisp, be sure to use a cooking rack!

3. Don’t skip out on the cooking rack! If you place them directly on the baking sheet, the underside will become saturated and moist rather than crispy and tender.

In fact, I place the wings on the cooking rack even after the final toss in the sauce. This will allow the excess sauce to drip below leaving only the perfect amount of sauce that coats the wings.

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!

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Instant Pot Buffalo Wing Recipe

instant pot chicken wings

Fall apart chicken wings that are transformed from frozen to fantastic in under 30 minutes!


  • 1 cup water
  • 4 lbs frozen chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup hot or barbecue sauce, your choice of flavor


  1. Pour the water into the pressure cooker pot.
  2. Place the trivet in the bottom of the pot and stack wings directly on the trivet or on in a steam basket.
  3. Place the lid on the unit and turn to sealed position.
  4. Press the pressure cook/manual button and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  5. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with foil and a cooking rack. Lightly brush cooking rack with olive oil or cooking spray. Place an oven rack on the top third of the oven and turn oven on Broil.
  6. In a large bowl combine the butter and sauce, mix well.
  7. Once the cooking time has expired, carefully release the steam using Quick Pressure Release.
  8. Remove the wings from the pot and place them in the sauce in batches and coat each side.
  9. Place wings on cooking rack and broil for 3-5 minutes or until desired crispness has been reached, flip and broil the other side.
  10. Place the wings back in the sauce bowl and toss them in the remaining sauce mixture to coat.


Serve with celery, carrots, blue cheese and/or ranch dressing. Use whatever sauce that you like. Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Corrina Ferguson

Saturday 19th of January 2019

people mention 15 mins in the feedback, however recipe says 10 mins??


Sunday 20th of January 2019

Standard wings come out perfect at 10 minutes. However if you have the extra large, combo wings with tips, 15 minutes is the preferred time.


Monday 12th of November 2018

How long for 5lbs thawed wings? I have the 8qt IP and dont want to over cook them!


Monday 12th of November 2018

I have done 5 lbs of thawed wings for 6 minutes. They hold together and aren't fall off the bone so they can easily be transferred to be crisped under the broiler.


Monday 16th of July 2018

These wings are awesome. My family just raves about them whenever I make them. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!!


Thursday 31st of May 2018

Just made these for dinner and they were awesome! I used the larger wings and they were perfect in 15 minutes. Thank you for the recipe!!! It is now going to become one of my go-to's.


Sunday 3rd of June 2018

Thank you so much! We use the larger wings also and they turn out great every time!


Sunday 8th of April 2018

15 mins almost seems to long I could hardly get them in and out of the sauce without falling apart


Thursday 12th of April 2018

I would imagine it would depend on the size of the wings and how frozen they are. Mine were on the larger side and taken out of the deep freezer. I definitely would suggest for smaller wings less cooking time unless of course you want them to fall off the bone. Thanks for the feedback

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