This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken is the perfect appetizer for game days. And the beauty of making it in the Instant Pot is that it's far less messy than traditional buffalo wings.
For complete transparency, I'm not much of a football fan. We do host an annual Super Bowl party though because as a former advertising executive, I love the commercials.
Plus, we pretty much take every opportunity we can to host parties. Cleaning my house for company is apparently my primary motivation for cleaning because those are the only times I actually do a good job of it!
While I appreciate the motivation to get the house spic and span and I love having friends over, slaving away in the kitchen on party food is not my idea of a good time.
That's why, like my dinner recipes, most of my party food consists of easy appetizers. Thanks to my Instant Pot, I have a whole new array of easy finger foods I can make. This Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken is one I'm planning on serving at our next Super Bowl party.
How to Make Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
My family LOVES buffalo wings. Unfortunately, I hate making them. I'm not a super neat freak but I really dislike the messy process of dipping each piece of chicken in sauce before cooking them.
I thought I might be able to skip the messiest parts of this process by throwing everything in the Instant Pot, and sure enough, I got tasty buffalo chicken without the tedious step of dipping each piece!
I hope you enjoy this Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken too!
Step 1 – Brown the Chicken Legs
Turn on your Instant Pot and select “Saute.” Add oil to the pot and let it heat up for several minutes.
When the pot is hot, add the chicken legs and brown them on each side. You can also use wings, but I had a whole bag of legs on hand when I finally decided to take pictures for this post so that's what you'll see in all of the images.
Step 2 – Make the Sauce
Combine butter and brown sugar in a microwaveable bowl.
Microwave on high until the butter is melted (should take less than a minute). Then, add buffalo hot sauce and worcestershire sauce to the brown sugar butter mixture.
Step 3 – Pressure Cook
Next, pour the sauce over the browned chicken legs.
Secure the lid on the Instant Pot. Select the “Poultry” setting and set the time for 8 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
You're Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Legs are ready to serve! Use tongs to remove them to a plate.
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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Recipe
Ready to make this Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken? Here's the recipe card with the exact measurements.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup buffalo hot sauce
- 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4-6 Chicken legs skin-on
- 1-2 Tablespoon oil of choice
Place oil in the Instant Pot and select saute.
When the hot is hot, add the chicken legs and brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes, then turn.
Meanwhile, combine the butter, brown sugar and salt in a medium-sized bowl and microwave until the butter melts, about 45 seconds.
Stir the hot sauce and worcestershire sauce into the melted butter mixture.
When the chicken legs are done browning, pour the hot sauce mixture over them and secure the lid.
Cook on poultry setting for 8 minutes. Natural release.
Weight Watchers Freestyle = 24 Points per serving for 3 servings. Could be lower with different butter options and chicken breast.
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