Cooking chicken wings in the Instant Pot was one of the top things I wanted to try in the IP and let me tell you, it works amazingly!
It’s so simple too! Fill the Instant Pot with a small amount of water and orange juice, place the trivet on top (I used the one that came with my Instant Pot), add the chicken on top, let the Instant Pot do it’s thing, remove from the pot, and then toss the wings with your favourite sauce. Then bake or broil the wings so that the sauce really sticks to the chicken!
For these wings, I’ve included a tasty recipe for scratch-made orange teriyaki sauce. It’s salty and sweet with a citrus note. The salty, umami flavour is from the soy sauce, sweet flavour from the brown sugar and mirin (a Japanese sweet rice wine), and bright, citrus flavour from the orange juice.
Combined these ingredients with a little garlic powder (for that pungent kick) and ground ginger (warming and spicy) and you’ve got an a flavourful sauce that’s perfect for wings! I like to make this sauce while the chicken cooks, which cuts back on the overall time spent in the kitchen.
The sauce for these wings is based off the teriyaki sauce that I used for my recipe for Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls with Garlicky Kale.
Once out of the Instant Pot, the chicken will be fully-cooked, fall-off-the-bone tender, and ready to toss in the sauce and eat. Since these wings are steamed and not fried, it’s a little bit healthier than its fried counterpart.
I like to place the wings in a heated oven for a short time to allow the sauce to really stick to the chicken and get all sticky and shiny. Or you can broil the chicken wings on each side to get them a little charred if you like it that way.
In addition, this recipe can easily be scaled up or down (use the same cook times)! Just make sure the wings do not go passed the “max” line on the pot and that you make enough sauce to really coat the wings.
Or you can cook the chicken wings in batches so that you have wings in the Instant Pot and in the oven at the same time. Therefore, you can make a generous amount for yourself or to feed a small crowd.
This would be awesome to make for your next game day party, stay-at-home movie night, or just to make as a snack!
To sum up, these chicken wings are:
Delicious and flavourful
Saucy, tender, fall-off-the-bone goodness
Quick and easy to prepare
A healthier alternative to fried chicken wings
Scalable: Feed yourself or a crowd
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