Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Sweet and Sour, fall off bone, delicious Chicken Wings prepared in Instant Pot.
Posted By Savita
Perfect crowd-pleaser Instant Pot Chicken Wings with made-from-scratch Sweet and Sour Barbecue Sauce. With only 10 minutes of prep, this delicious wings recipe is easy, needs no oil and makes fall off bone juicy wings. You will love the flavors.
I'm sharing, a simple step to seal-in moisture, render skin-fat and still cook wings in Instant Pot. Plus a delicious sweet and sour Barbecue Sauce (made-from-scratch) cooked with wings for a deep-delicious flavor.
Before cooking wings in Instant Pot, I like to crisp wing's skin, while doing so also render some fat off. Instant Pot cooks food in pressure and moisture. When cooking meat/chicken with fat/skin-on, it is best to first rendered the fat by searing or broiling. This helps get rid of cooked-boiled fat flavor in food. This is a quintessential step to making tasty wings in Instant Pot.
Searing the skin:
1) Makes skin crisp.
2) Seals in flavor and juices.
3) Resulting wings don't have soft, gooey skin fat but soft, and even texture.
1) Oven Broiler: After a lot of tries, I found oven-broiling as one of the best method to get crispy skin and also to render some fat too. Broiling is fast, gives consistent crisp results and is healthier. Just an oil spray on baking sheet is fine and after 6-8 minutes wings are ready to go to Instant Pot. No much prep needed.
2) Instant Pot Saute Setting: You can also crisp wings in Instant Pot on saute setting. It saves from pre-cooking in oven but honestly it is not my favorite method. It takes multiple batches to cook wings without overcrowding. (Overcrowding will release steam and resulting wings won't brown well.) In 6 quart Instant Pot, it takes about 2-3 batches to sear 24 wings.
Note: If time-pressed, you can also sear wings in non-stick wide saute pan or cast iron pan.
Once wings are broiler/seared. Instant Pot does everything rest. From cooking a flavorful BBQ sauce to making bone-tender, juicy chicken wings at same time, Instant Pot does both beautifully.
This wing's recipe is also special because:
1) It doesn't need even a teaspoon of oil to cook 2 dozen delicious wings.
2) BBQ sauce recipe is a keeper. Replace wings with seared bone-in chicken for BBQ chicken dinner for weeknights.
3) Instant Pot wings are perfect to carry for potluck or serve a large crowd.
Do this: 30 minutes before starting, broil wings, add to instant pot with sauce ingredients. In 12-15 minutes wings are ready to serve. That's it! It is THAT easy.
More Sweet and Sour Wings Recipes:
All of the above recipes can be cooked in Instant Pot. Use your favorite flavor and follow the Instant Pot cooking method from Recipe Card below.
Enjoy! -Savita x
Instant Pot Chicken Wings
- 2.5 lbs Chicken (Wings and Drummets, about 24-26)
- 1.25 Cup Tomato Ketchup
- 1.5 tbsp Mustard (dijon)
- 1/2 tbsp Garlic (2-3 cloves, minced)
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Soy Sauce (gluten free Tamari soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp Sambal Chili Paste (adjust to taste)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Oil Spray
- Black Pepper (to taste)
- Red Onion (small diced)
Sweet and Sour Wings
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1. Brown in Oven: Set oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. Place wings on sheet in single layer. Sprinkle salt. Broil for 6-7 minutes until skin is slightly brown/blotchy. Brown more for more crispy texture. I look to render some skin fat and also make'em little crispy. OR
2. Brown in Instant Pot: You can also skip-step 1 and instead brown wings in Instant Pot directly. Heat Instant Pot to saute setting. When pot is hot, spray with cooking oil spay. Season wings with salt. Add to pot and sear in 2-3 batches until outer skin starts getting brown and crispy. Repeat until all wings are brown. Remove wings in a plate. Wipe pot to get rid of extra fat/moisture.
3. Add all sauce ingredients in Instant Pot and mix to combine. Add broiled (or browned in IP) chicken wings with generous pinch of salt and black pepper. Coat wings in sauce.4. Place lid of instant pot, make sure steam went is sealed. Quick Wings: Cook on High Pressure for 10 minutes. Instant Pot Slow Cooker: Cook on low slow cooker setting for 2 hrs.
5. One done, switch off Instant Pot. Open Instant Pot with Quick Release (QR). Transfer wings to serving bowl with all *sauce from pot. If desired, top with chopped red onion, sliced jalapeno before serving. Enjoy!
*If sauce appear thin. Remove wings from pot, and leave suace in pot and switch on on saute setting. Simmer until sauce is reduced to your liking. For more flavor, add 1/2 tbsp butter right at the end. Pour over wings and enjoy!
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