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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Instant Pots are convenient for quick, easy, and healthier meals. But did you know you can make Instant Pot buffalo chicken wings? Once they’re done in the Instant Pot, just finish them off under the broiler to get a crispy finish.

You can get already-trimmed wings at the meat counter in your grocery store. However, if you want to save some money, you can buy whole wings and trim them yourself. Check out the photo below for the approximate locations of where to cut each whole wing. They are a little easier to trim AFTER they’ve been cooked.

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings - diagram of wing trimming tips

Pro Tip: Freeze the tips if you plan on making chicken stock later.

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings

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By: Rachel Freebairn
Posted in: Dinner
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
14-16 minutes
Passive Time
10 mins (time to come to pressure)


  • 4-4½ lbs chicken wings
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, , to taste
  • 1 C water
  • Celery, for serving
  • 1 C Frank’s original hot sauce
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, melted



  1. Sprinkle wings with ½ tsp. garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

  2. Place metal trivet inside Instant Pot and add one cup of water. Arrange seasoned wings on top of the trivet before securing the cover in place. Switch the vent to “Sealing” and adjust the “Manual” setting to 8 minutes.

  3. While the wings cook, whisk Frank’s original hot sauce, melted butter, and remaining garlic powder in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

  4. When done cooking, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, and then do a quick release for any remaining steam. Carefully remove lid and transfer wings to a large bowl. Set aside until just cool enough to handle.

  5. Meanwhile, position top oven rack in the top position and pre-heat broiler to high. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire cooling rack on top. Set aside.

  6. Pour 1/3 of the buffalo sauce on top of the wings and toss to coat. Transfer the wings to the wire rack on the prepared baking sheet and place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the wings start to get crispy and develop some color. Turn the wings and repeat this process.

  7. Remove baking sheet from oven and toss the wings with half of the remaining buffalo sauce. Serve immediately with sliced celery and the remaining sauce on the side for dipping. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is written for fresh or thawed wings. If using frozen wings, add 3-4 minutes to the active cook time.

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