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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Hey wing lovers, get ready to take your taste buds on a flavor rollercoaster with these instant pot buffalo chicken wings! If you’re craving that classic buffalo wing kick but want them ready in a flash, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Imagine this: tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken wings bathed in that iconic buffalo sauce, made effortlessly in your trusty instant pot. It’s the ultimate combo of convenience and finger-licking deliciousness.

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Whether you’re hosting a game day bash or simply want a quick and spicy snack, these instant pot buffalo chicken wings are here to deliver that zesty, fiery punch in every bite.

Can I use frozen chicken wings for this instant pot recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen wings! Just add a few extra minutes to the cooking time in the instant pot to ensure they’re fully cooked through.

Can I make these wings crispy in the instant pot?

While the instant pot cooks the wings perfectly, it doesn’t crisp them up. To get that crispy texture, pop the wings under the broiler for a few minutes after pressure cooking.

white plate holding instant pot buffalo chicken wings and celery

What ingredients to I need to make instant pot buffalo chicken wings?

  • chicken wings
  • seasonings
  • water
  • Sliced celery, for serving
  • hot sauce
  • unsalted butter
  • garlic powder
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How long does it take to cook buffalo chicken wings in the instant pot?

Cooking time in the instant pot is relatively short, typically around 8-10 minutes under pressure, plus the time it takes for the pot to come to pressure.

Can I make a larger batch of wings in the instant pot?

Absolutely! You can double or triple the recipe ingredients as long as they fit comfortably within the instant pot’s capacity. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

What other recipes should I try?

closeup of instant pot buffalo chicken wings with celery

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes


  • 4-4½ lbs. chicken wings
  • 1 t. garlic powder, divided
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. water
  • Sliced celery, for serving
  • Buffalo Wing Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 c. Frank’s original hot sauce
  • ½ c. unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ t. garlic powder


  1. Sprinkle wings with the garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. 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.
  2. While the wings cook, whisk the Frank’s hot sauce, melted butter, and remaining garlic powder in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. When done cooking, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, 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.  
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!


You can save time by purchasing already-trimmed wings. However, you can save some money by trimming them yourself. See photo for approximate location of where to cut each whole wing. They are a little easier to trim AFTER they’ve been cooked. Immediately freeze the tips to make chicken stock later.

Note: 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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