This recipe for Instant Pot Duo Crisp Chicken Wings is what now has me completely in love with my Duo Crisp. It is also a great recipe for Ninja Foodi chicken wings. Plus it is the perfect recipe if you have a Mealthy Crisp Lid for your Instant Pot. Read my Duo Crisp Review and see my Duo Crisp v. Ninja Foodi Comparison Chart for more.
If you have made regular Instant Pot chicken wings before, you know that you have to put them under a broiler or in an air fryer if you want them really crispy. Well, now making Instant Pot crispy chicken wings is super easy! I pair these up with a classic”real deal” Buffalo wing sauce for some great Instant Pot Duo Crisp buffalo wings.
Don’t have a new Instant Pot Duo Crisp, Mealthy Crisp Lid, of Ninja Foodi? Well, no worries, you can still make buffalo chicken wings in the pressure cooker crispy. But it will require popping them under a broiler, or better yet, in an air fryer such as the Instant Vortex Plus or Instant Omni. See my Instant Vortex v. Instant Omni comparison chart and links to full reviews for more.
I give directions here for making Instant Pot chicken wings three ways: In the Duo Crisp or with the Mealthy, or by pressure cooking paired with the broiler or with the air fryer. This recipe is Keto and low carb!
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Chicken Wings
You can make wonderfully crispy chicken wings in the Duo Crisp or a Ninja Foodi that are still nice and juicy, because you can first pressure cook and then air fry in the same pot. This post focuses on Instant Pot buffalo chicken wings, but you can serve these with any sauce that you like or even with no sauce.
Instant Pot Buffalo Wings
Buffalo wings have an interesting history. Regardless of differences of opinion about their origin, the original recipe is generally intended to be crispy! Basically, the the wings are deep-fried and then coated with a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce that is made with melted butter.
Unfortunately, you will often see Instant Pot buffalo chicken wing recipes that skip the crispy step and I find that, even in restaurants, many skip that step. So many times my bar wings are not crispy at all! But crispy is what makes them especially good!
Making Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings Crispy
Making these Instant Pot chicken wings crispy is super easy, especially if you have a Duo Crisp, Ninja Foodi, Mealthy Crisp Lid, or an air fryer.
Further, you can make frozen chicken wings in the Instant Pot Duo or Ninja Foodi. The recipe works from either frozen or thawed. You simply pressure cook a bit longer for frozen wings.
I started with a basic pack of party chicken wings. This will make 10-12 wings. You can double the amount of wings if you wish and still have plenty of sauce.
Put a cup of broth or water in the pot and put the wings into the air fry basket of the Duo Crisp or Ninja Foodi.
If using a standard Instant Pot, put them on the trivet or in a steamer basket. Then pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes if fresh and 12 if frozen.
I just dumped the frozen block of wings in. It is better if you can break them up a bit, but mine were frozen solid. If you have a frozen block and find them still not cooked through after pressure cooking, bring the pot back to pressure and given them about 2 more minutes.
After pressure cooking, quick release, drain the liquid, and lightly spray or coat the wings with oil and add a bit of Seasoned Salt or salt and pepper to taste. I like to use a spray avocado oil that has no additives. Avocado oil is healthy and holds up well to high heat from the air fryer.
Then, air fry at 400 for up to 20 minutes until the wings reach the desired level of crispiness. In the Instant Pot Duo Crisp, or if using the Mealthy lid, stop every five minutes and toss the wings.
If using a separate air fryer, such as the Instant Omni, you can put the wings in the basket or on a rack and turn them. The rotating basket in the Instant Vortex Plus works great for this! With that, you don’t have to bother to turn the wings.
If using your oven, place the wings on baking sheet and broil until crispy. turning several times.
The oven does not always get them as nicely crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside the way an air fryer does though. But it still works!
When done, simply coat the wings with sauce and serve. Here they are before adding sauce. They taste great without sauce too!
Buffalo Wing Sauce
A lot of buffalo wing recipes will do a cheater version of the sauce in which they simply mix a hot sauce (usually Frank’s Red Hot) with melted butter. That will suffice, but it is not quite a match for the original recipe.
To get that extra tang and authentic flavor of a true Buffalo sauce, you should add vinegar, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and some cayenne pepper.
Buffalo Sauce Alternatives
Don’t want to use Buffalo Sauce? Try something like one of these instead:
- Nothing! Plain lightly seasoned crispy wings are still super tasty!
- BBQ sauce for Instant Pot BBQ wings
- Asian sweet chili sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
- Honey mustard
- Parmesan wings: coat the wings with Parmesan before air frying.
Serving Instant Pot Crispy Chicken Wings
Traditionally Buffalo wings are served with blue cheese dressing and celery or other vegetables. Often, ranch dressing is substituted for the blue cheese.
Buffalo wings or any crispy chicken wings make a great appetizer, especially for football game day, tailgating, or parties. Try serving them with a few other tasty bar-food type appetizers such as:
- Chicken nacho bites (from my Snack Rules site)
- Bacon chorizo dates (from my Snack Rules site, these are seriously amazing!)
- Potato skins
- Beer battered deep fried mushrooms
- Pretzel bites with olives and Parmesan
- 12-24 party style chicken wings (frozen or thawed)
- 1 T Oil of choice (I use a spray avocado oil)
- 1 cup chicken broth (can substitute water)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
- 1/4 t Worcestershire sauce
- 1 T white vinegar
- 1/4 t cayenne pepper
- 1/8 t garlic powder
- Seasoned salt to taste
- Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing for dipping
- Celery for garnish
- Pour broth or water into the Instant Pot
- Place the chicken wings into the air fryer basket and set the basket in the pot
- Pressure cook on high pressure for 10 minutes for thawed wings and 12 minutes for frozen
- While the wings are cooking, place the butter, Franks Red Hot Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder in a small saucepan
- Heat and whisk the ingredients over medium high heat until the butter melts and the mix starts to barely bubble at the edge of the pot
- Remove the sauce from heat and set aside
- Quick release the pressure
- Remove the air fryer basket and discard the liquid in the pot
- Spray the wings with oil and toss. Spray and toss again to coat. Or toss the wings in 1 T oil to coat
- Season the wings with seasoned salt or salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat
- Using the air fryer lid, air fry for 20 minutes at 400, tossing the wings every five minutes
- During the last five minutes reheat the sauce on low
- Remove the wings from the pot to a serving dish and coat with the sauce
- Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing and celery
If using a Mealthy lid, you may need to toss the wings a bit more often.
If using an air fryer,place the wings in the basket or on a tray and turn or toss as needed for even cooking.
If crisping in the oven, place the wings on a tray under the broiler on high heat 450+ and turn as needed until browned.
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Instant Pot Duo Crisp
Ninja OP401 Foodi 8-Quart Pressure, Steamer, Air Fryer All-in-One Multi-Cooker, Black/Gray
Mealthy CrispLid for Pressure Cooker - Turns your Pressure Cooker into an Air Fryer - Air fry, Crisp or Broil fits 6 & 8 Q Pot Basket, Trivet, Silicone Mat, Tongs plus Instant access Free Recipe App
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463 Total Fat: 40g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 21g Cholesterol: 105mg Sodium: 1647mg Carbohydrates: 10g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 16g
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