With Football Season gearing up, I thought it would be fun to start sharing more appetizers and snacks. These Instant Pot Chicken Wings 3 Ways are so easy, delicious, and don’t take long at all!
Instant Pot Chicken Wings 3 Ways
Chicken wings these days are a lot different than what my mom cooked up. She was all about fried chicken, and let me tell you, hers was the best! She loved the wings, and I loved the drumsticks! These days wings have become so elevated, and you have probably even visited one of those restaurants that specializes in different flavored chicken wings. I sure have!
We took the family to a place in Kirkland, WA, a city near me (also the namesake of Costco’s family of products). The boys decided it would be fun to see who could eat the hottest wing. Bryen, being the youngest, wanted to see if he could play with the big boys. So they ordered wings in varying degrees (pun intended) of heat. They ranged from 1 star to 7 stars. So guess who ordered a 7 star? Bryen did! As his mom I was concerned, but let him do it. I’m maybe a bit of a sadist. No, just kidding!
I laugh every time I think about that day. Poor Bryen. He was sweating from every pore on his body! He had tears rolling down his face and his breath was hitching! Hahahaha, it was hysterical! We were all laughing at him, but there was an admiration too. He ate that thing, drank a gallon of milk, and showed us all! He even got his picture up on their board of champs! He earned more respect from his older brothers that day. Boys. By the way, it sounds mean because we were laughing, but it was all in good fun. Bryen was actually having a great time. Again, Boys!
Aside from the theatrical HOT wings like that, we enjoy having different flavors of chicken wings at parties, and definitely on game days! Thank goodness for my Instant Pot, as it is fast and I can make a few pounds at a time, and keep them coming. I have 3 sauces that I like to make: Buffalo (of course!), Teriyaki, and Barbecue (the easiest).
If you don’t use an Instant Pot, you can make them in the oven, but I like making them this way. I have the option of broiling them after they cook in the Instant Pot if I want to caramelize the sauce and crisp them up, and sometimes I do. Usually I don’t bother.
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Teriyaki Chicken Wings
Barbecue Chicken Wings
Buffalo Wings, Teriyaki Wings, and Barbecue Wings.
- 1 cup Water
- 2 1/2 lbs Chicken Wings cut into flat and drumette pieces
- 1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce original version
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter melted
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce low sodium
- 1/8 cup Dry Sherry
- 1/8 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 tsp Rice Vinegar
- 2 tsp Orange Juice
- 1 tsp Fish Sauce
- 1 tsp Hoisin Sauce
- 1 Clove Garlic pressed
- 2 tsp Fresh Ginger grated
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 3 tsp Corn Starch
- 1 cup Barbecue Sauce
Add 1 cup of water to the inner liner of the Instant Pot.
Put the wing pieces in a steamer basket, vertically, and set on the trivet/rack in the Instant Pot.
Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press the Manual button, then the + or - button to choose 5 minutes.
After cooking cycle ends, let Naturally Release the steam for 10 minutes. Then manually release the remaining steam. Open the lid after the pin drops and it is safe to do so.
Spread the wings on a baking sheet and let air dry for a few minutes.
Add the sauce ingredients for the flavor you are making into a bowl, and whisk well (if making barbecue wings, just put the barbecue sauce into the bowl).
Add the wings to the bowl and stir them around to coat with the sauce.
You can serve them at this point, but they are even better if you broil them in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes per side.
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