Instant Pot Crispy Barbecue Chicken Wings


Save time by making chicken wings in an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. These Instant Pot crispy chicken wings turn out great with your favorite barbecue sauce and frozen or thawed chicken wings.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 cup water

  • 2 ½ pounds frozen chicken wings

  • 1 cup barbeque sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select manual function. Place the trivet in the pot and add water. Place wings on the trivet. Close and lock the lid and seal the vent. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set the timer for 12 minutes. Allow 20 to 25 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  3. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.

  4. Remove wings from the pressure cooker and pat dry with paper towels. Mix barbecue sauce and melted butter together in a bowl. Place wings on the prepared pan and baste with barbecue sauce mixture.

  5. Cook wings under the hot broiler, turning once, until desired crispness is reached, 5 to 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If you use thawed wings, allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

If you use an air fryer, set it to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and cook for 20 minutes, turning halfway to ensure even browning until desired caramelization and crispness is reached. Baste again with barbecue sauce if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
19g Fat
30g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 948mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 229mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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