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Sep 2, 2020

Hot Honey Chicken Wings with Buttermilk Chive Dressing (Instant Pot)

These hot honey chicken wings are absolutely delicious. They are cooked in the Instant Pot in a combination of ketchup, hot honey, soy sauce, and lots of other tasty ingredients.

Hot Honey Chicken Wings (Instant Pot)

Once you cook the wings in the pressure cooker, finish them by broiling them on both sides to get nice and crispy.

Serve these wings with a side of the reduced sauce along with a cooling better-than-ranch buttermilk chive dressing, some extra hot honey, and sliced fresh vegetables for dipping.

Serve these wings along with chorizo nachos and spicy pigs in a blanket for the perfect game day spread.

Hot Honey Chicken Wings with sauces

Or just serve them for lunch or dinner! I use them as bait to get my chicken loving high-schooler grandson to come see me. I just text him a photo and the next thing you know, he's on my doorstep!

What is hot honey?

Hot honey is honey that has been infused with chilies. You can buy prepared hot honey, such as Mike's (affiliate link), or you can make it yourself. It's the latest thing for drizzling on biscuits or fried chicken.

To make it yourself, simmer two Thai chilies in a cup of honey over low heat for about an hour. Remove the chilies, cover, and keep in the refrigerator for up to three months. (Source: Bon Appétit).

For a quick way to make hot honey yourself, combine 1/4 cup of honey with 2 teaspoons of hot sauce and microwave for one minute. (Source: A Couple Cooks).

Even though this recipe includes hot honey, the sauce is not overly spicy at all. The main ingredient is ketchup, which is doctored up with the honey, soy sauce, mustard, and smoked paprika.

Hot Honey Chicken Wings with sauces and veggies

Sauces for these wings:

While these wings are delicious on their own, they are even better with a side of the sauce in which they were simmered. After removing the wings from the sauce, bring the sauce to a simmer for 10 minutes to let it thicken.

I also made a cooling buttermilk-chive dressing to go with these wings, along with some sliced red bell peppers, celery, and carrot sticks. All of the contrasty flavors were so good. P.S. the dressing was also amazing on salads.

How to cook these chicken wings in the Instant Pot - Step-by-step:

First, add the chicken wings to an Instant Pot or multi-cooker. Mix the sauce ingredients and pour them over the the wings and stir.

Next, cook the wings on high pressure for 25 minutes, and then let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.

After that, remove the wings from the pressure cooker and broil them about 3 to 4 minutes a side.

Finally, bring the remaining sauce to a simmer in the Instant Pot for about 10 minutes, until it has thickened.

Serve with the sauces, sliced veggies, and extra hot honey.

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Hot Honey Chicken Wings with sauces made in the Instant Pot

Do you have more wings recipes?

Oh yes! Most definitely! Here are just a few:

There are many more (because I'm kind of wing obsessed)! 

Hot Honey Chicken Wings (Instant Pot) Recipe

Hot Honey Chicken Wings (Instant Pot) Recipe
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Karen Kerr
These hot honey chicken wings are absolutely delicious. They are cooked in the Instant Pot in a combination of ketchup, hot honey, soy sauce, and lots of other tasty ingredients.


For the Chicken Wings
  • 3 pounds party wings (chicken wings that have been pre-separated with the tips removed)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup hot honey, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika
  • Freshly chopped chives to garnish
For the Buttermilk Chive Dressing
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


For the Chicken Wings
  1. In the Instant Pot or a multi-cooker, toss the wings and the salt. 
  2. In a bowl, combine the ketchup, hot honey, soy sauce, vinegar, Dijon, and paprika, Pour the ingredients over the wings and stir. 
  3. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, and then manually release the pressure. 
  4. Heat the oven to broil and transfer all of the wings to a half sheet pan/rimmed baking sheet. Broil the wings for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, until browned. 
  5. In the meantime, change the setting on the pressure cooker to sauté and cook the sauce for 10 minutes. 
  6. Drizzle some of the extra sauce plus more hot honey over the wings. 
For the Buttermilk-Chive Dressing
  1. Whisk together the chopped shallot, vinegar, and salt. Let sit for 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the buttermilk, mayonnaise, chives, and pepper and whisk. 
  3. Serve with the wings with the reduced sauce, the dressing, plus extra hot honey for drizzling, as well as some fresh sliced vegetables. 
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This recipe was adapted from Cook Real Food Every Day Magazine (July/August, 2018)

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Would you like to comment?

  1. Those wings are stunnninnnggg - I would really, really like to have a plateful right now... wings are ok for breakfast, right?

  2. Hot honey is right up my alley. I could eat it on all the things but your wings are to DIE for, Karen!

  3. These would be great for a party appetizer!


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