Best Instant Pot Chicken Wings From Fresh or Frozen [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 36 reviews

Best Instant Pot Chicken Wings made with either fresh or frozen wings. Covered in a delicious, sticky honey garlic sauce and broiled to crispy perfection.

Instant Pot recipes are a staple around here, I love the convenience and that I can make most of the meals in a fraction of the time. The best part is that you can make meals using frozen meat. Learn How to Cook Frozen Chicken in the Instant Pot and also How to Cook Frozen Beef in the Instant Pot, and below you will learn How to Cook Frozen Chicken Wings in the Instant Pot.

image of instant pot chicken wings in sticky honey garlic sauce

Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe

Instant Pot Chicken Wings are one of the easiest recipes you can make in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot. The best part of the recipe is that you don’t have to thaw the wings, it works great with fresh and with frozen chicken wings. This is probably the best thing about a pressure cooker because you don’t have to worry anymore about forgetting to thaw a bag of chicken wings right before the guests show up.

This is a very easy recipe and is perfect for a quick dinner, or for an appetizer, it is great to serve at a party. The recipe is no fuss at all, and after cooking the wings, you can choose your favorite sauce to toss them in and broil before serving.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, with recipes like this, anyone can become a super hostess. I choose to coat the wings in the most amazing honey garlic sauce because everyone went crazy for my One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice recipe. That sauce is the bomb, everyone will lick their fingers clean.

What do you need to make instant pot chicken wings?

  • Chicken wings – fresh or frozen, both work
  • Water
  • Instant Pot trivet with handles
  • Your favorite sauce for the wings
  • A baking sheet and a baking rack to broil the wings

How do you cook chicken wings in the instant pot?

Cooking wings in the Instant Pot or any other pressure cooker is very easy and it involves just a few steps:

  1. All you have to do is add either fresh or frozen wings to the Instant Pot, add water and cook on High Pressure per recipe directions.
  2. Release pressure, remove wings from the Instant Pot and toss in your favorite sauce.
  3. Broil for a few minutes, checking often so the wings don’t burn. Flip once during broiling in order to ensure even browning.

picture of instant pot chicken wings broiled and topped with honey garlic sauce

Instant Pot Chicken Wings Recipe Guidelines:

  • Make sure you use a trivet with handles or a steamer basket. This way the wings won’t touch the water, and won’t be overcooked. Also, it makes removing the chicken wings from the Instant Pot very easy.
  • Be very gentle when handling the cooked chicken wings, as the Instant Pot does a very good job and making them soft and juicy. So handle with care. This way you will avoid meat falling off the bone or losing the delicious skin that covers the chicken wings.
  • You can use a homemade sauce to toss the chicken wings in, or you can use your favorite store-bought sauce. Like BBQ or Buffalo, just handle with care with you toss the wings into the sauce.
  • The Instant Pot can’t really produce crispy chicken wings, as the meat is cooked under the pressure of very hot steam. In order to get them crispy on the outside, you have to use the broiler. Its just one easy step, that is totally worth it.

If you are wondering why making chicken wings in the pressure cooker, I can tell you that there will be one of the best Chicken Wings you have ever had. First, you can’t beat the convenience of being able to cook frozen wings in just about 30 minutes.

This includes the coming to pressure time, cooking time and natural pressure release. Regardless if you are using fresh or frozen chicken wings, the meat will be so tender and juicy, so much better than the oven version.

Looking for more Instant Pot Chicken Recipes? Here are my most popular ones:

How long do you cook frozen chicken wings in the Instant Pot?

You cook frozen chicken wings for 12 minutes on High Pressure, followed by a 5 minutes Natural Pressure Release.

How long do you cook fresh or thawed chicken wings in the Instant Pot?

You cook fresh or thawed chicken wings for 8 minutes on High Pressure, followed by a 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release.

image of frozen chicken wings cooked in the instant pot before and after cooking

How do you make Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Wings?

Cook the fresh or frozen chicken wings per recipe directions. Once cooked, simply toss the chicken wings in your favorite barbecue sauce and broil.

How do you make Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings?

Cook the fresh or frozen chicken wings per recipe directions. Once cooked, simply toss the chicken wings in your favorite Buffalo sauce and broil.

What is Natural Pressure Release?

A Natural Pressure Release means that the pressure is released gradually. For a Natural Pressure Release, you click on Keep Warm and wait 10-15 minutes (or based on what the recipe says). After this, you open the valve and let any leftover pressure to release. Another option is to Turn Off/Unplug the pressure cooker. Then, wait 10-15 minutes (or based on what the recipe says) and after that open the valve.

A natural release is usually used when cooking soups, meat in a large amount of sauce, pasta or steel-cut oats. This method prevents any foam from the dish to shoot out through the valve, which can happen during a Quick Pressure Release.

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5 from 36 reviews

Best Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Best Instant Pot Chicken Wings made with either fresh or frozen wings. Covered in a delicious, sticky honey garlic sauce and broiled to crispy perfection.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins


Honey Garlic Sauce:

Cornstarch Slurry:


Pressure Cook Chicken Wings:

Prep Work While Wings Are Cooking:

Honey Garlic Sauce:

Broiling the Chicken Wings:

Nutrition information

Calories: 725 Carbohydrates: 47 Protein: 47 Fat: 49 Saturated Fat: 12 Cholesterol: 188 Sodium: 1544 Potassium: 451 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 38 Vitamin A: 395 Vitamin C: 2.6 Calcium: 40 Iron: 3
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Scot H

These are easy to make and yum, will def try on sunday to watch the games!!!


Anaisa M

yum these look great and easy to make. I am trying them tonight, love IP and how easy it does its thing!



What is 3 tablespoons of Mirin? I am not familiar with that.


Mirin is an essential condiment used in Japanese cuisine. It is a type of rice wine similar to sake, but with a lower alcohol content and higher sugar content. You can find in the Asian section of most grocery stores. You can also skip it.



The kids and I love wings! Making these tonight :)



I love this idea and they look so tasty!!


Jasmine Boyd

Wow these are just perfect looks like another IP winner!


Dan Zehr

Love this recipe! Looks yummy. Thank you


Melanie Bauer

This looks awesome! Looks like a fabulous dinner, craving for this!


Sharan Gulek

Can’t believe how easy to use IP is, and how tasty they came out, delicious!!! 



Thanks a lot. These came out tender and delicious. Easy to make :)


Alex Castra

Made them yesterday for a picnic with my girlfriend, it was an amazing day! Thank you :)



So do you let them naturally release for 5 or 10 minutes for fresh wings? Sorry think I saw it mentioned two different times. 


for 5 minutes



Perfect for gamedays! Love how quickly they come together in the IP.



I love cooking chicken wings in my IP! They always come out perfect!



Like you IP ribs, I tried this wings and they are also delicious and easy to make! Came out tender and juicy and great to host a party!


Sandy Miron

these came out delicious and tender. love how easy are they to make, and love your blog! great job!


Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

This looks SO good! A sure hit in my house!



I love them, they came out nice and tender and easy to make!!! Perfect for quick meal!


Kim Spruck

perfect dish for family gathering. I used ranch for dipping, its just perfect combo, and very easy to make. thanks!


Joana Van Ness

Tasty wings and great looking! A must try and easy to make!!!



Yuummy and easy to make. Great dish for family and kids loved them. 



Yummy!! Love chicken wings and these came out perfect!



Great and tender wings, easy to make


Manuel lopez

Tender wings with the help of IP) love them!)))



these are perfect. Since I got my IP i started exploring all foods, and this is def. the one to go with the IP. The wings come out tender and super tasty. Some ranch is a must!



Great wings and tender, this recipe is really yummy!



Easy and delicius meal. Ip does its magic as always, just love it!



Nicely done! No reason to preheat the broiler more than a minute or two, though.



What is the dipping sauce you have pictured? I’d love to make that ad well! 


its just Thousand Islands sauce with some Buffalo sauce on top :)



When pressing pressure, is the temperature supposed to be low, medium, or high when putting the time for 12 minutes?





Hey there! Does the pressure time change if you are only doing half of the 4lb bag?


no, it doesn't change.



I made these last night for the Super Bowl and they were very good!


We made these again too and they were a huge success!



This is a great recipe! Quick and delicious and made a great family dinner that my husband, kiddo, and I enjoyed. An added bonus was that I put the "drippings" from inside the pot in the fridge (without the trivet, of course), and the next morning found a beautiful gelatined light broth with the schmaltz solidified on top. I scraped the schmaltz and am saving it for roasted potatoes later this month. To the broth, I added fresh ginger and powdered turmeric and simmered for 15 minutes and made a nourishing broth for my mom, who's fighting a cold. Thanks so much for sharing!


Thanks for visiting! We are glad you have enjoyed it!


Tonya V

I did your IP Wing's and I was Shocking to say the Least. After I soaked them in my Hot Sauce and Home Honey I was Amazed ♡ Wonderful Thank You for the IP institution's and I did them Frozen! Next batch I have to do with a DROP of water as I had to much from the Wing's ♡♡Tonya V



Can we use the air fryer instead of the broiler?


I have not used it personally, but I do not see why not. It should work as well.



If I only use 2 pounds of wings should I cut the water amount, cook time and NR time all in half?


Everything stays the same, the amount of water, cook time and NPR.



Easy to make and your sauce rocks!



Just an observation on my first batch. I used megamart brand wings with up to 12% "solution". This extra fluid came out and raised the liquid level in my pot during cook. No big deal, just a few on the bottom got damp and I used some of the juice to supplement my sauce and the rest for chicken stock! But, if you care if they are dry adjust accordingly.. Thanks for the easy recipe.


Thank you, Michelle, for your note!



I'm assuming these wings will be layered in the instant pot(?). Also could you double this. I'm feeding a crowd and wonder how many pounds can be put in. Thanks.


Yes, they will be layered and that it's fine, because you will broil them after. You can double the recipe if you have the 8qt IP.


Ruth Z

Fall off the bone chicken! I accidentally let them “naturally release” for 15 minutes instead of 5 before broiling, but my oh my, the meat fell RIGHT off of he bone. So delicious!


Leonard M

Gotta say those were gangster wings, so tender. I cooked the whole bag frozen according to the recipe times, but I deep fried mine afterward and they were better than wing stop wings! Glad I found your page!


Thank you Leonard for your review! So happy you enjoyed these!



This cooking method is perfect! We made our own sauce & everyone loved them. We did broil our wings twice. Once for 5 minutes, added a 2nd layer of sauce, then broiled again for 3 minutes.


Thank you for the feedback, so happy that you enjoyed this recipe!



I got my IP a few months ago. My 1st thing I tried were fat, juicy pork ribs in some apple juice and liquid smoke. 22 ribs took only 40 minutes. Next, I cooked a big Angus beef roast-65 minutes. Halloween is approaching and I'm going to make some bat wings. It's just wings that have been left whole. When you place the wings with the underside of them facing up with two drumsticks touching side by side, they look like bat wings. I usually make homemade BBQ sauce but for the wings, we love Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce. Since I make pineapple BBQ sauce, I use the original JD's BBQ sauce. Using the honey or brown sugar versions and the crushed pineapple is a bit too sweet. Niw, I can make a huge batch of wings. I have an 8 qt. IP. I can brush on the BBQ sauce and broil them until I see some charred bits. They look more bat like that way. Thanks to your recipe I now know how long to cook them. And, I will be trying your sauce on ½ the wings. The ingredients sound delish!! Add some homemade Ranch for dipping. Perfect!



Great wings. I made two different sauces a buffalo butter sauce sprinkled with blue cheese and a sweet chili sauce and the broth left behind is amazing as I added some seasoning to the raw chicken wings as well.


Adrianna Pinon

What size instant pot is this recipe for?


I have a 6qt


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