Instant Pot Chicken Wings

a bowl filled with Instant Pot buffalo chicken wings, carrots, celery, and a small dish of ranch dressing sitting on a gray background

These Instant Pot chicken wings are perfectly crisp and ready faster than traditional wings!



For the wings:

  • 1.52 pounds chicken wings
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the sauce:

Honey BBQ:

  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/21 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)

Lemon Pepper:

  • 1.5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)



  1. Place the wire trivet (or steamer basket, if you have one) in your Instant Pot and pour in 1 cup of water.
  2. Toss the wings with salt and pepper, then place them on top of the steamer. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  3. Once the timer goes off, immediately release the pressure on the Instant Pot. Remove the chicken wings and trivet from the pot, then pour out the water.
  4. Air Fryer Method: Place the air fryer basket in the pot (inside the steel insert) and line with a parchment paper insert, if needed. Place the chicken wings in the basket and place the air fryer lid on the pot. Set to cook at 400°F for 15-20 minutes, flipping the wings about halfway through cooking when the pot beeps at you, until crisp.
  5. Oven Method: Transfer the wings to a rimmed baking sheet (lined with parchment paper, if you like) and bake at 450°F for about 15 minutes, or for crispier wings, bake at 450°F for 25 minutes.
  6. While the wings cook, make the sauce by mixing together all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  7. Toss the finished wings in the sauce and serve!

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