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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Wings

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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Wings are made easy with the Instant Pot. Brushed with BBQ sauce and finished in the broiler for added flavor.

bbq chicken wings spread out on a white plate

Making chicken wings in the Instant Pot doesn’t get too much easier than this. You don’t need any special accessories, just the trivet that comes with your Instant Pot.

These Instant Pot BBQ wings can be cooked fresh, or frozen straight from the freezer. Once the wings are cooked, they are lightly tossed in some spices and BBQ sauce, then broiled in the oven. 

They turn out so flavorful and they make a great family meal. Add these Instant Pot BBQ chicken wings to your dinner rotation!

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Made easy with the Instant Pot
  • Makes a great family meal
  • Pairs well with your favorite side dish
bbq chicken wings spread out on a white plate

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Raw chicken wings (fresh or frozen)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • BBQ sauce
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How to make this recipe

1 – Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot and place trivet in the pot. Place the wings on top of the trivet.

2 – Close the lid and make sure the valve points to sealed.

3 – Pressure cook on High Pressure for 15 minutes for frozen wings, or 8 minutes for thawed wings. Naturally release for 10 minutes, then Quick Release to let out any remaining steam.

4 – Carefully transfer the wings to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the wings with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Lightly toss.

5 – Add 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce and gently toss the wings again. 

6 – Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Place the wings on the sheet.

7 – With the remaining BBQ sauce, brush the wings with more BBQ sauce.

8 – Broil the wings for 10 minutes on high, flipping them halfway through.

When the wings are done, transfer to a serving platter.

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How do I store cooked chicken wings?

Placed cooled wings in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

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Can I freeze cooked chicken wings?

Yes! Place the wings in a freezer safe bag. Remove as much air as possible before you seal it. Keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Calories per serving (1/2 pound): 363

You can also find my FREE Instant Pot cheat sheets here.

Yield: 4 Servings

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Wings

bbq chicken wings spread out on a white plate

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Wings are made easy with the Instant Pot. Brushed with BBQ sauce and finished in the broiler for added flavor.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, divided into 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot and place trivet in the pot. Place the wings on top of the trivet. Close the lid and make sure the valve points to sealed.
  2. Pressure cook on High Pressure for 15 minutes for frozen wings, or 8 minutes for thawed wings. Naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release to let out any remaining steam.
  3. Carefully transfer the wings to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the wings with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Lightly toss.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce and gently toss the wings again. 
  5. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Place the wings on the sheet.
  6. With the remaining BBQ sauce, brush the wings with more BBQ sauce. Broil the wings for 10 minutes on high, flipping them halfway through.

Notes

The internal temperature of the chicken should be at least 165°. Measure this at the thickest part of the chicken near the bone. Continue cooking until chicken reaches temperature.

The Instant Pot needs to come to pressure before the cooking time starts, similar to an oven that needs to preheat. The cooking time doesn't actually start until pressure builds, which can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes, sometimes longer depending on how full the pot is and how much liquid there is inside. Once it reaches pressure the Instant Pot will beep, and the cook time will begin to count down. Please, make sure to consider that extra time when planning your meal.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 810mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 24g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Gail Montero

Saturday 1st of August 2020

I love the idea of using the instant pot for making these very tasty wings! These delicious wings are perfect to serve on my family get-togethers!

simplylowcal

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

Thanks Gail! :)

Uma Srinivas

Friday 31st of July 2020

Instant Pot made everything easy now a days. I rarely use my stovetop :) This recipe simple and pictures are great too!

simplylowcal

Saturday 1st of August 2020

Thanks, Uma! :)

Sharon

Friday 31st of July 2020

The Instant Pot just makes everything easier, doesn't it? Great tips on freezing too. These worked great.

simplylowcal

Saturday 1st of August 2020

Thanks, Sharon. :)

Jacque Hastert

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

I love that you add these chicken wings to the broiler to help bake the sauce on them. I can't wait to give these a try this week.

simplylowcal

Thursday 30th of July 2020

Thanks, Jacque. I hope you enjoy them. :)

SHANIKA

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

I can't believe that these BBQ wings were made in an Instant Pot! They look perfectly crisp on the outside and nicely cooked on the inside.

simplylowcal

Thursday 30th of July 2020

Thanks, Shanika. :)

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