Instant Pot Chicken Wings and Drumettes

Instant pot chicken wings made with a flavorful spicy homemade BBQ sauce.  Cool each wing down by dipping them into an easy homemade blue cheese dressing.

Instant Pot Chicken Wings on a black plate with celery and blue cheese dressing #instantpot #chickenwings #appetizer |

All right football fans it’s just about time to gather around the television and hoot and holler for your favorite team!  Are you ready?!

Yay. Yippee. Hippity-hoppoty yahoo!!

Excited?  Truth be told, I could care less.  Seriously.  I’m sooo not interested in ANY game.

I know, such a pooper, but not a PARTY POOPER because I’m all about the game day EATS!

Chicken drumettes and wings in an Instant Pot with homemade BBQ sauce #chickenwings #gameday #appetizer #pressurecooker |

Gimme some munchies like these Instant Pot Chicken Wings with a beer or cocktail,

and I’ll sit for a couple of hours and watch burly built guys roll around, run, and throw a ball!

All while anxiously waiting for the half time show and new commercials to play.  Yep, that’s what I look forward to during football season!

After spending 20 million plus dollars for Super Bowl airtime you know the brand did well when the details of the commercial sticks in our heads FOREVER.

Remember Wendy’s commercial “Where’s the beef? or Budweiser’s “Lost Dog tear jerker?  Pass the tissue, please!

Chicken wings coated with a homemade BBQ sauce broiled after cooking in an Instant Pot #Instantpot #appetizer #recipe #chicken |

If you have a few minutes to spare check out the Top 10 Best Super Bowl Commercials video (2016).  Memories.

Ok, so now you know where I stand (with a napkin and fork in hand!) – haha.

It is absolutely mandatory to have lots of finger foods during the Super Bowl game, and cooking chicken wings is a super easy appetizer to make!

For this recipe I used frozen chicken wings from Trader Joe’s.  I was a little skeptical because I don’t often cook with ice glazed chicken, but it wasn’t an issue at all!  Everyone loves chicken wings!

Homemade chicken wings made in an Instant Pot on a platter with celery and blue cheese dressing #bluecheese #appetizer #chickenwings |

Chicken Wings Recipe Easy Peasy

The difference in the cook time between fresh chicken and frozen is just two minutes.  Easy peasy!

I made my own BBQ sauce for this recipe.  It is super flavorful with a tiny bit of heat that pairs perfectly with the homemade blue cheese dressing.

Although if you are in a hurry go ahead and use your favorite bottled sauce or try my other favorite sauce, finger licking good BBQ sauce!

An appetizer with celery sticks, blue cheese dressing, and Instant Pot Chicken Wings with a BBQ sauce #chickenwings #InstantPot #appetizer #gameday |

If you haven’t invested in an pressure cooker yet, then you might be interested in adding these oven cooked Honey Sriracha Wings and Mango Chicken Wings to your appetizer menu!

May the most talented team win and the referees keep their bias in check!

Instant Pot Chicken Wings appetizer coated in a BBQ sauce and served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing with a beer #chickenwings #gameday #recipe #pressure cooker
chicken wings on a tray with celery sticks

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Instant pot chicken wings made with a flavorful spicy homemade BBQ sauce. Cool each wing down by dipping them into an easy homemade blue cheese dressing. Serve as an appetizer.
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, chicken wings, instant pot
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 443kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup low sugar ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar alternative
  • 3/4 Tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot cornstarch or flour (optional)


  • Pat dry with paper towels if using fresh chicken. Place wings/drumettes in the pressure cooker. 
  • In a small bowl whisk together ketchup, vinegars, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, mustard, chili powder, cumin and cayenne powder.  Pour over chicken. 
  • Place lid on and switch vent closed. Cook in manual mode, high pressure for 10-12 minutes (see notes). Once timer beeps carefully release the pressure.  
  • Remove chicken pieces and place on a baking sheet.  
  • Reset pressure cooker to saute mode and let sauce cook down for about 10 minutes. To thicken (optional) in a small bowl whisk together arrowroot with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Whisk into sauce and cook until thickened (about 5 minutes). With a basting brush add sauce to chicken wings. Broil for about 5 minutes. Repeat on each side. Serve with blue cheese dressing.


You can use ice glazed chicken for this recipe. Cook for 12 minutes. For fresh chicken cook for 10 minutes. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g


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Instant Pot Chicken wings and drummettes ready in under 12 minutes! Easy homemade BBQ sauce and blue cheese dressing for your game day appetizer menu! #instantPot #chickenwings #appetizer |
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  1. Sandra, I love everything you make but I have to say that these Instant Pot chicken wings may be on of my favorites. Our family of growing young men can’t get enough wings and we love our Instant Pot; what a perfect match! Your recipe looks so enticing that I considered watching some old Superbowl games just so I can enjoy these wings! Fantastic job!!

  2. The sauce on these wings sounds just incredible!! I have to say, one of my very favorite game time snacks are some messy saucy wings! Love this!

  3. I always parboil chicken wings and then broil them. It’s so smart you’ve sped up/cleaned up the process with the pressure cooker – I just love mine! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try with your tasty dip, it looks delicious! Perfect game day grub!!

  4. I really need to give my Instant Pot more love! This is definitely a keeper. We love wings and this is definitely a quick no fuss recipe!