the best instant pot chicken wings

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CREDIT:  VERONIKA’S KITCHEN 

This is the best Chicken Wings recipe made with dry rub seasoning and delicious BBQ sauce! The best part is you can make it in your Instant Pot in just 30 minutes! It will be a great easy appetizer for Super Bowl party or a Summer cookout!

These Chicken Wings are my new favorite party recipe! First of all, it’s super easy to make. Second, I love the dry rub seasoning that makes these classic BBQ wings spicy and aromatic.

If you are having a party or a Summer cookout, this recipe will be perfect for it!

Thanks to the Pressure Cooker, the cooking time is so much quicker than when you bake it. All it takes is 6 minutes to cook on high pressure, then naturally release the pressure for about 10 minutes. I also like to broil the wings after mixing them with BBQ sauce to get the perfect crispiness.

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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 won’t 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 doesn’t dry out!

how to make dry rub

This is my favorite homemade seasoning mix, which I also use in for Oven Baked Buffalo Wings and Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs.

You really can play around with the flavors. If you like it spicy, add more cayenne pepper. For more aroma, add more oregano. Also, I like to use smoked paprika in this recipe for extra smoky touch.

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Here are 8 spices I use for the dry rub:

  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne
  • Oregano
  • Thyme

Just mix it all together and it’s ready for the next step 

how to make chicken wings in instant pot

Rinse and pat dry the wings, using paper towels.

When it’s done, add the seasoning to the meat and toss well, so the spices are evenly distributed

Process photos of how to make chicken wings in Instant Pot.

Now we can use the Pressure Cooker. Add 1 cup of water and put the trivet in the pot 

Place the seasoned wings on top of the trivet, so the chicken doesn’t sit in the water. Close the top and set it to Manual High Pressure for 6 minutes. Then naturally release pressure for 10 minutes 

Process photos of how to make chicken wings in Instant Pot.

When done, take the meat out to a large mixing bowl, add BBQ sauce and mix well

Process photos of how to make chicken wings in Instant Pot.

Transfer the BBQ chicken wings to a baking sheet with a wire rack. If you have some remaining BBQ sauce left in the mixing bowl, brush it over the wings with a baking brush.

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Broil for 5-10 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and has the char.

Process photos of how to make chicken wings in Instant Pot.

don’t’ have pressure cooker? bake them in the oven!

If you don’t have a Pressure Cooker but still want to make this recipe, you can still bake it in the oven. It just will take more time than making them in Instant Pot.

The first two steps will be the same, prepare the seasoning, rinse and pat dry the wings, and mix it together.

Then place the meat on a baking sheet with a wire rack and bake at 400°F for about 45 minutes. Make sure it’s cooked through and there is no pink color in the center.

Transfer the meat to a mixing bowl and toss with BBQ sauce. Then transfer back to a baking sheet with a wire rack and broil for 5-7 minutes.

BBQ chicken wings on a serving board.

tips for best results

  1. Use fresh or defrosted chicken wings and not frozen ones. The reason is, we need to mix meat with the spices, so they are evenly coated. If your meat if frozen, I would advise to defrost it before cooking.
  2. Make sure you use a trivet or a steamer basket. You don’t want the meat to sit in the liquid. Otherwise, it will be soggy and watery.
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options and substitutions

  1. Seasoning. You can easily play around with the seasoning and add your favorite spices.
  2. Sauce. If you want to make Buffalo sauce instead, just use 1/3 cup Frank’s hot sauce, 3 tbsp melted butter, and 1 tbsp honey. Mix with the wings and it’s ready! No need to broil!
BBQ chicken wings on a serving board.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long to cook?

You only need 6 minutes to cook 2 pounds of wings. If you double the recipe, you can cook for 7-8 minutes.

How long to broil?

After the chicken is cooked, place it on a baking sheet with a wire rack and broil for about 5-7 minutes or until the skin is crispy and has beautiful char.

How can you tell if the chicken is undercooked?

Here are a few tips to make sure your chicken is fully cooked:

  1. Make sure that the internal temperature is higher than 165°F (I prefer to have at least 175°F).
  2. If you see that the meat on the bones have pinkish color, the chicken probably needs to be cooked longer.
  3. Make sure that the juices from the meat run out clear without any pink color.
Dipping BBQ chicken wing in a ranch sauce.

Did you make this recipe?!? I’d love to know how it turned out! leave a comment below. Thank you.

The Best Instant Pot Chicken Wings

This is the best Chicken Wings recipe made with dry rub seasoning and delicious BBQ sauce! The best part is you can make it in your Instant Pot in just 30 minutes! It will be a great easy appetizer for Super Bowl party or a Summer cookout!Prep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 minsCourse: Appetizer, Main CourseCuisine: American Servings: 2 people Calories: 672kcal 

Author: Veronika’s Kitchen

Ingredients

  • ▢1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • ▢1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • ▢1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • ▢1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • ▢2 pounds chicken wings
  • ▢1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, mix all the seasoning together (1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp  black pepper, 1/4 tsp  garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/8 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp thyme).
  • Rinse and pat dry 2 pounds of chicken wings. Add the seasoning and toss well until it evenly covered.
  • In the Pressure Cooker, add 1 cup water and place the trivet in the pot.
  • Put the seasoned meat on top of the trivet.
  • Close the pot with the lid and set it to Manual High Pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When done, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Then, take the wings out to a large mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and mix well.
  • Transfer the BBQ chicken wings to a baking sheet with a wire rack. If you have some remaining BBQ sauce left in the mixing bowl, brush it over the wings with a baking brush.
  • Broil for 5-10 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and has char.
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Notes

1. Use fresh or defrosted wings and not frozen ones. The reason is, we need to mix meat with the spices, so they are evenly coated. If your meat if frozen, I would advise to defrost it before cooking.2. Make sure you use a trivet or a steamer basket. You don’t want the meat to sit in the liquid. Otherwise, it will be soggy and watery.3. Seasoning. You can easily play around with the seasoning and add your favorite spices.4. Sauce. If you want to make Buffalo sauce instead, just use 1/3 cup Frank’s hot sauce, 3 tbsp melted butter, and 1 tbsp honey. Mix with the wings and it’s ready! No need to broil!How long to cook? You only need 6 minutes to cook 2 pounds of chicken wings. If you double the recipe, you can cook for 7-8 minutes.How long to broil? After the chicken is cooked, place it on a baking sheet with a wire rack and broil for about 5-7 minutes or until the skin is crispy and has beautiful char.How can you tell if the chicken is undercooked? Here are a few tips to make sure your chicken is fully cooked:

  1. Make sure that the internal temperature is higher than 165°F (I prefer to have at least 175°F).
  2. If you see that the meat on the bones have pinkish color, the chicken probably needs to be cooked longer.
  3. Make sure that the juices from the meat run out clear without any pink color.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 672kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 1495mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg

Tried this recipe?If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pictures of your creation on Instagram! Tag me @VeronikasKitchen!

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