Are you ready for some football?
My husband is super excited that his team made it to the big game this year. Of course we’ll be attending a big game time bash, so he can cheer his team on!
And with a big game time bash comes game time food. My plan is to bring the wings!
Traditional wings can be a little labor-intensive, though. You have to bake them, then turn them, then bake them some more. Then add some sauce. You basically have to babysit the wings for 45 minutes – longer if you deep fry them!
Who has time for that?
On the day of the big game, we’ll go to church, then I’ll attend a brief meeting. When I get home, I’ll need to get the food ready, get changed, get my five-year-old ready, and get my family out the door.
I don’t have time to babysit my food.
The Pressure Cooker Saves the Day
For Christmas this year, I received an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Let me tell you, it’s a huge time saver!
But not in the way you might think.
When you account for the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, the time it takes to cook the food, and the time it takes for the pressure to naturally release, many times the pressure cooker doesn’t save cook time.
But, the pressure cooker is truly a set it and forget it small appliance.
For this recipe, I used frozen chicken wings, and they were fully cooked in 40 minutes.
In that 40 minutes, I have time to change my clothes, pack a bag of toys for my youngest, and sit down to talk with my husband.
When I use my Instant Pot to cook dinner on busy weekday evenings, it really takes the pressure off the dinner hour. “Pressure off,” get it? Ba-dum!
But seriously, it is nice to throw everything into the Instant Pot, hit a few buttons, and forget about dinner until it’s ready.
If you’d like to check it out, Walmart sells the latest model Instant Pot for $125.18.
Back to the Wings
You’re not here to learn about my family dinner hour. You’re here because of the wings!
I have always been a huge fan of buffalo wings. Who isn’t? They’re the ultimate football food!
But my blood sugar issues prevent me from eating too much in the way of deep fried food. So this recipe contains all the yummy goodness of chicken wings, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese dip without the carbs and calories that come with deep fried wings.
If you don’t want to mess with cutting your chicken wings at the joint, Walmart sells a 4 lb. bag of pre-cut Great Value frozen wing sections for just $10.42 (at my store….prices may vary at other stores).
My family just loves them! And I know you will too.
And don’t worry. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, I’ve got you covered. I’ve included alternate oven instructions for you.
Ready for the recipe?
And if you’d like more great game-day recipes, be sure to check out the following:
Pressure Cooker Buffalo Style Chicken Wings Recipe
- 2 lbs chicken wings, cut at the joint
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ¼ cup hot sauce
- ⅛ tsp. paprika
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 1 dash garlic powder
- ½ full fat plain yogurt
- ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- juice of ½ lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pour 1 cup water into bottom of pressure cooker. Insert a stainless steel or silicone steamer basket.
- Place chicken wings in a single layer in steamer basket, standing them up on end if necessary. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and set to 10 minutes on high pressure. Note: pressure cooker will take about 20 minutes to come to pressure.
- When the time is up, turn off the pressure cooker and do a natural pressure release for 10-15 minutes before removing chicken.
- While chicken is cooking prepare the blue cheese dip (instructions below) and the buffalo sauce.
- For buffalo sauce, combine butter, hot sauce, paprika, salt, cayenne, black pepper, and garlic powder.
- Remove chicken from pressure cooker to a large bowl. Pour buffalo sauce over chicken and toss with a wooden spoon to combine.
- Spread chicken on a foil lined pan and place under the broiler for about 5 minutes until chicken begins to brown. Serve immediately with Blue Cheese Dip.
- *Alternate Oven Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°. Place defrosted chicken wings in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, turning halfway through bake time. Continue at step 4 above.
- Combine yogurt, blue cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, lemon, and salt and pepper. Refrigerate until time to serve.