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Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings

Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings made with a homemade sweet and sticky sauce, cooked in the Instant Pot, and made crispy in the oven.

These chicken wings are great as the main dish or as a party appetizer.

Platter of sweet and sticky chicken wings topped with toasted sesame seeds and scallions.

These soy garlic wings is crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside and is easily made in the oven.

These sweet and sticky chicken wings are great to serve for celebrations just like this Traeger Chicken Wings recipe, a flavorful smoker recipe for wings.

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Homemade Chicken Wing Sauce

Bottled wing sauce isn't found in this recipe. Instead, this recipe is made from scratch and it boasts sweet and tangy flavors. The combination of brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and red wine vinegar creates a unique but very pleasant flavor to the tastebuds.

Instant Pot Chicken Wings

If done right, chicken wings in the Instant Pot are incredibly tender and juicy. Also, these wings are made from frozen - no need to allow for thawing time!

Using the Instant Pot is perfect when cooking for a crowd or preparing for Game Day!

Flat lay of chicken wings covered in a sweet and sticky sauce and garnished with toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions.

That's what makes the Instant Pot so great, it can cook anything from frozen is less time than on the stove or oven.

Some other great Instant Pot recipes that are great for Game Day are is this Instant Pot BBQ Beef Brisket. It's tender, flavorful, and makes enough to make sandwiches for a crowd.

Instant Pot Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork is a crowd-pleaser and there's no need to make pulled pork in a slow cooker. In under an hour, this beautifully seasoned and flavored pulled pork is ready to be served.

Sweet & sticky chicken wings stacked on white decorative plate.

Making Instant Pot Chicken Wings

The first step to making chicken wings in the Instant Pot is to add the water to the bottom of the liner so that the pot can pressurize. Using the trivet on in the pot and placing the frozen chicken wings on top prevents the chicken wings from laying in the water while pressure cooking.

Adding a bit of salt and pepper to the chicken before pressure cooking tenderizes the wings and adds a bit more flavor to the chicken itself.

When pressure cooking frozen chicken wings, the cooking time is 12 minutes. However, when using fresh chicken wings, it only takes 5 minutes. Remember, when cooking frozen meats, it takes longer for the pot to pressurize.

Once the pressure cooker is done, allow it to sit for 10 minutes before releasing any additional pressure and removing the lid.

At this time, it's time to prepare the sauce for the chicken wings. Once it has been mixed together well, reserve ¾ cup of the sauce to cover the wings in after broiling.

Stir in the chicken into the sauce and place the chicken in a single layer onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.

Broil the Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings for 5 minutes on each side. After removing them from the broiler, sprinkle with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Saucy chicken wings garnished with sesame seeds and scallions.


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Yield: 8 servings

Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings

Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings

Sweet & Sticky Chicken Wings made with a homemade sweet and sticky sauce, cooked in the Instant Pot, and made crispy in the oven.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


  • 2 ½ lbs frozen chicken wings*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • sliced green onions
  • ½ cup water


  1. Add ½ cup to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  2. Place the trivet inside the liner.
  3. Add the frozen* chicken wings to the pot.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  5. Close the lid and pressure cook on MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK for 12 minutes.
  6. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid after releasing the remaining pressure.
  8. In a large bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Worchestershire, Dijon mustard, garlic, and liquid smoke.
  9. Mix together well and reserve ¾ cup of the sauce.
  10. Add the chicken wings into the remaining sauce and mix well.
  11. Add the chicken wings to an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and BROIL for 5 minutes on each side.
  12. Remove from the oven and toss in the remaining sauce.
  13. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
  14. Serve immediately so that the wings retain their crispiness.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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