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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 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 672kcal


  • 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


  • 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.



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.


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