Food: Instant Pot- Buffalo Wings (um drumsticks)

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Ok- let’s face it.  We are all busy.  Some of you not so much- but you like to say you are- and that’s ok- you can still sit at our table.

This is my first food post!  **crowd screaming**

Ok calm it down- or as Steve, my hubs, likes to say “Calm your titties!”

I digress.

This past Black Friday- which I typically do not care for- I was sitting in my big comfy cozy leather chair – browsing Amazon on my phone- um my favorite way to shop- when I stumbled across an Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi  for about $80 (reg $129.99). “Hmmm” I thought “I could definitely use that for all the canning I do.”  Hahaha no- I have only canned a few times.  “Well, I could try it and if I don’t like it, I’ll return it.”


I literally had that thing in my cart all day.  To buy or not to buy?  Is it just going to sit in the closet with the two crockpots?

I bought it- and giiiiiirl (or guy) let me tell you.  I haven’t used my stovetop since.

This thing does it all. Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer.  Yes.  You can make yogurt.


With all the hype, there are sooooo many recipe blogs, but you have to dig for the real people food.  I mean, I love curry and all, but not my everyday sort of thing.

I started taking people’s recipes and switching them up a bit.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that, definitely none of that (you’ll hear about the fish sauce in chili fiasco later).  None of the sites really have captured the ease of this magical cauldron of mystery.  I mean, the pulled pork that would’ve taken me 8-10 hours took only 1 and a half.  YES. My sort of game.

You see, I’m the type that waits till the last minute.  Yes Steve, here it is in writing.  I’ll forget to thaw meat, or to put something in the crockpot.  I am forgetful.  This Instant Pot is a game changer.  My Stevie has been a happy hubby with some delicious food lately (minus the fish sauce chili).   So, I’ve decided that I’m going to document my recipes- so that I don’t have to go digging and inventing- but also to share with all you busy bodies.

OK OK I hate when people gab and just don’t get to the point.  Here it is, my first food post, fitting for a spicy Mexican American like me: Buffalo Wings (um legs… drumsticks)

Buffalo Wings (um drumsticks)

Here’s what you’re going to need- you probably have some of this stuff in your pantry:

  • An Instant Pot
  • Baking Dish or Cookie Sheet
  • We will use your oven to broil the chicken
  • 4lbs of either drumsticks or wings (I went with drumsticks, more meat)
  • 2/3 cup Franks RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter (salted or unsalted you choose)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey (or you can use light brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (I used onion salt)
  • 1 1/2 cup of water (I used chicken broth- infuse some more flavor in there)
  • makes 6 servings- or 3 if you live in my house

Get out that Instant Pot!  Put your steamer/trivet in there.  Here we go!  This should take about 45 mins at most!  Hot damn.

Arrange the drumsticks or the wings in your Instant Pot.  I stood them up so that they would fit better.  Not sure if it made any difference.
Next, I poured the chicken broth in.  I made sure that I was coating all the chicken as I poured.
For my next trick, I poured a bit of Frank’s on the chicken.  I figured this would help soak that spicy flavor in while it cooks.
Alternatively, you can mix in a bit of Frank’s with your chicken broth.  Up to you!  Just go with it
Lock on that lid, it’s time for the magic!  Turn the venting knob to seal. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.  Now remember, it will take sometime to reach the temperature for the pressure cooking magic to happen, about 5-10 minutes it will just show ON- then you’ll see the 6 pop up on the screen and the countdown will begin.
While the wings are cooking, prepare the sauce.  Mix together the Frank’s, Worcestershire, honey (or brown sugar), salt (or onion salt), and butter.
Microwave until the butter is melted.  This took about a minute but in 15 sec intervals.
When your Instant Pot beeps you can either let it naturally release pressure for 5 minutes OR do what I did and crank that pressure release to vent!  Be careful- but don’t be skurred.

Now, you’ll want to arrange your wings/drumsticks on a cookie sheet or a baking dish.  I went the baking dish route so that none of the juices spilled.  I do not have time to clean that mess and no one likes a smokey kitchen.

Brush on that delicious sauce, generously.  You’ll need to re-coat so save some sauce for that.  Oh! And make sure to save a little for plating.

Place in the center of the oven.
Turn your stove to broil at 500 degrees.  Set your timer for 5 minutes but keep an eye on your yumminess.  Once the first 5 minutes is up, rotate and brush on more sauce.  Pop them back in and set for another 5 minutes.  If you want them crispier.  Repeat.
Now you’re ready for one last coat of sauce.  This shouldn’t be too spicy for most of you.  If you want to crank up the heat- drizzle some extra Frank’s.
Serve it up!  I paired this with a nice spring mix cranberry and walnut salad with raspberry walnut vinaigrette.  I used the celery to act as a barrier.  On the side, blue cheese of course!   This was a perfect blend of sweet and spicy.

Ummm and I totally had the leftovers the next day for lunch.  I added more Frank’s and it was so super yummy.  Enjoy!


Can we all just agree: I have the cutest helper ever.

If you make this recipe, be sure to take a photo and hashtag it



9 thoughts on “Food: Instant Pot- Buffalo Wings (um drumsticks)

  1. I am so excited to try this chicken recipe and to follow your blog! Can you share that adorable helper of yours? I’m stuck here with all men! Lol!

    1. Yay! Thank you Jeanne! I’m excited to post more recipes. Feel free to share some this way as well. I’m gonna have to fight ya for my helper though- you can keep your men hehehe.

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