Instant Pot air fryer chicken wings turn out great! Crispy wings with dry rub or rolled in parmesan garlic coating makes a great appetizer. You’re in for a real treat here!
Are you new to air frying? We are here to help. There are tons of different brands out there but if you specifically want Instant Pot air fryer chicken wings we will explain how they are done. Just one easy air fryer recipe you can now use with your new appliance. (affiliate links present)
Chicken Wings in Instant Pot Air Fryer
Especially if you are new to this type of cooking you probably want to start with the most popular one first. Yes, that would be a batch of wings for sure. You may have “the other one” and made Instant Pot buffalo wings pressure cooker style, but now you’re ready to cook and make them the crispiest ever.
If you want to add the delicious coating we share below, your meat will need to be fresh or defrosted. You can cook Instant Pot air fryer frozen wings under high pressure instead but you’ll only be able to add seasonings to that. Unless you have the air fryer lid. I suggest that you try both methods and see which you like best.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings Garlic Parm
These are the flavors we chose to add because, well they are our favorites. If you wanted to soak in teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes before or use our lemon pepper marinade you could do that instead.
If you have never made airfryer wings before there is a trick to getting the crispy chicken wing skin and have the toppings stick really well. Do NOT skip the step where you lay your pieces on a few paper towels and press down gently to absorb the moisture on the outside. This is a must for more reasons than one.
If you were to skip this step for one batch, and do it to another you would be able to tell the difference between the two. You see in order to get especially breadcrumbs (if you wanted that) and seasonings to stick really well you just want olive oil to be adhered to the skins. Water will make it slide right off.
Instant Pot Chicken Wings Crispy
You see how all those bits of garlic and parmesan cheese are all over the drumettes and wingettes? That is what you want. This would work just as well with whole chicken wings in air fryer vs. the disconnected type, but you’d need to add more timing since those are larger obviously.
There will always be a slight variation depending on how large your pieces are but typically it will take 18-23 minutes to get crispy. You always want to check the internal temperature too, safe is 165 F. in the thickest part.
If you wanted to double or triple this recipe you could, you would just need to cook them in batches. They need to lay in a single layer like you see here or else the outsides won’t get browned evenly. Once the first batch is done remove and set on a baking sheet covered with foil, cook the second, and so on.
Now if you are using your pressure cooking pot with an air fryer lid like a CrispLid on the top your batches will need to be a lot smaller. Be careful when you remove wings from that metal basket as it will be very hot.
Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Wings Frozen
Like I said above, if yours are frozen you would only be able to add seasonings halfway thru once they are partially thawed in the basket. You can also follow our directions on how to thaw chicken in the microwave first, and then proceed with steps below.
- The toppings will coat about 1 pound of chicken wings, thawed
- Grated parmesan
- Salt and pepper if you’d like
- Olive oil
- Minced garlic
- Garlic powder
Toss with buffalo sauce at the end if you want them spicy for game day or drizzle some on right out of the air fryer basket if you like. There are tons of sauces you can choose from really. Smothered or served on the side of your air fryer hot wings, this part is half the fun so don’t skimp on the spicy wing sauce!!
Seriously once you try these you’ll never go back to the pressure cooker you once used and then had to turn on the oven after that. The texture is out of this world, like deep fried but without all that added fat and calories.
Instant Pot Duo Crisp Chicken Wings
These directions are for the air fryer machine made by IP, not the pressure cooker. I do have directions to cook chicken in pressure cooker how long it takes to get to tender here. Then you would need their new lid to crisp.
- I usually rinse the wings (you can skip if you want) and either way make sure you pat dry with paper towels to remove all the excess moisture on the outside skins.
- Toss them in a bowl and drizzle with some olive oil. Then sprinkle on salt, garlic, grated parmesan, garlic powder and any other spices you wish. Toss gently so pcs. are coated.
- Preheat your IP air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- Once heated lay them in the basket in one single layer
- Do not overlap them
- Air fry for 10 minutes.
- Flip the wings to the other side and bake for another 10-12 minutes or so until they are as crispy as you’d like.
- Serve the wings hot, with fresh vegetables, chicken wing sauces, herbs.
How to save leftover cooked chicken wings
For Ninja Foodi wings I have specific directions for that machine too since it is a bit different. If you have leftovers they save well and can be enjoyed the next day for lunch. Here are directions on how to reheat wings in air fryer for best results. Keep extra sauce on the side and toss when they are warmed again.
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Instant Pot Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- 1 lb chicken wings thawed
- 3 tbsp parmesan
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Rinse the wings and pat dry with paper towels to remove all the excess moisture on the outside of the skin.
- Put them in a bowl and toss with olive oil. Then sprinkle on salt, garlic, grated parmesan, garlic powder and any other spices you wish. Toss gently so pcs. are coated.
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Once heated lay them in the basket in one single layer without them overlapping for 10 minutes.
- Flip the wings to the other side and bake for another 10-12 minutes or until they are as crispy as you'd like. Serve the wings hot, with fresh vegetables, sauce, herbs.