Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Wings


These tandoori chicken wings are finger-licking good! The instant pot makes these wings fall-off-the-bone tender and helps to reduce the cook time. Finish them up in the oven to help the skin crisp up a bit and you’ve got the perfect party appetizer!

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Wings

These instant pot tandoori chicken wings are most tender wings you’ll ever eat!

How does the meat get to be so tender? Steaming the wings is key and makes them nearly fall-off-the-bone!

There are three steps to cooking these wings:

  1. Steam the chicken wings in an instant pot. This will cook them through and make them tender.
  2. Coat them in a flavorful spiced yogurt sauce with (my homemade) tandoori seasoning.
  3. Pop them in the oven for a quick roast.

You can easily adapt this recipe and change the flavor of the wings!

I like to first cook the wings THEN add sauce right before putting them in the oven to crisp up. The reason for this is so that the coating/sauce doesn’t all melt off the wings and sink to the bottom of the instant pot. That would result in wasted sauce and wasted flavor and that would be sad.

This post is really more of a recipe for how to cook chicken wings in an instant pot – because once you follow my method, you can make any flavor you’d like by using a different sauce or spice blend.

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Wings

You don’t want to skip the final roast in the oven – that’ll give you that baked wing crispiness and help the sauce really stick to the wings.

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Wings

Tandoori Wings Make the Perfect Party App or Game Day Snack!

What makes for a great party appetizer? Lip-smacking finger food of course! That’s exactly what these tandoori wings are. They’re obviously perfect for game days as well.

Speaking of game days, my alma mater, UVA, recently won the NCAA men’s bball championship! My husband has been on cloud nine since it happened. My toddler is on board too – wahoowa!!

Hoos in a good mood?! These guys!

Enjoy these tandoori spiced wings!

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Tandoori Chicken Wings

These tandoori chicken wings are so tasty and easy to make! You just steam the wings in the pressure cooker, coat them in a flavorful spiced yogurt sauce and then pop them in the oven so they develop a nice crust. You can do this with any sauce!
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Servings 4
Cuisine Indian


  • 25 wings approx 2.5 pounds

Tandoori Wing Sauce

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne adjust to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground fennel
  • Pinch ground cloves


  • Place 2 cups of water into the steel inner pot, then place a steamer basket inside. Place the wings in the steamer basket. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure. Quick release. Use tongs to place the wings on a paper- towel lined plate and pat them dry.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Prepare a large foil-lined pan and then place a wire rack on top of the pan. Set aside.
  • Prepare the tandoori wing sauce by combining all of the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Put the wings in the large bowl with the wing sauce and toss, then place them onto the wire rack sitting on top of the foil-lined sheet pan.
  • Bake the wings at 425°F for 5 minutes. Then take the wings out of the oven. Using a basting brush, add more sauce onto the wings. Place the wings back into the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until the skin is crisp to your liking.
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  1. Rajinder says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley, made chicken wings today and they were very tasty….spiced it up and enjoyed them, will make them again😊

  2. Sam says

    5 stars
    These wings turned out amazing, made them tonight for super bowl. This was the first time I ever made wings. They came out moist, perfectly cooked and well coated with homemade tandoori masala sauce. Can you please clarify if we should do a quick pressure release ? After how many minutes? It wasn’t clear from instructions above. I let it do a natural release but it took over 30 minutes after 10 minutes of pressure cook time. I didn’t put them for too long in the oven afraid it would over cook. Next time I would like to keep them longer in the oven and broil for a few minutes to get a more crispy coating.

  3. Clint says

    5 stars
    I used frozen wings, used the same amount of time, everything came out great. I may leave them in a little longer in the oven to get them crispier the next time I make them but no complaints the first time.

  4. A R says

    Hi! If I wanted to just bake the chicken wings and not use the IP, what temp and length of time would you recommend?

  5. Maya Aras says

    Hi! Can’t wait to try this. Can I throw a frozen bag of wings into the IP or do the wings need to be thawed before going into the IP? If I use a frozen bag would you do anything different with IP time? Thanks!

      • Maya aras says

        Tried it with a frozen bag of wings and just increased the time to 14 minutes high pressure in the IP. Everything else I followed your directions. It turned out great! Thanks for all the great recipes, I tell all my friends about this website. =)

  6. Maneesha says

    5 stars
    Soo delicious! My family devoured these!! I definitely agree with you about first cooking the wings and then adding the sauce! It makes such a difference!