Chinese Chicken Wings
The Instant Pot® lends a tenderness to the inside of the wings, and the oven gives a crispness to the skin. In addition, the sweet, spicy, and umami flavors from the remaining ingredients take these wings over the top. The toasted sesame seed garnish provides the final texture element that sets each bite apart from all other recipes. And by making this quick and homemade sauce, you are avoiding those gluten fillers that are hidden in so many processed condiments.
Servings Prep Time
6serving 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6serving 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 1/4cup tamari
  • 1/4cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1tsp sriracha
  • 2tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1tbsp light brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlicpeeled and minced
  • 2tbsp sesame oil
  • 5 scallionssliced and separated into whites and greens
  • 3lbs chicken wingsseparated at the joint
  • 1cup Water
  • 1/4cup toasted sesame seeds
  1. In a large bowl, combine tamari, apple cider vinegar, sriracha, Chinese five-spice powder, brown sugar, garlic, sesame oil, and whites of scallions. Transfer 2 tablespoons of sauce to a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Add wings to sauce in large bowl and toss. Refrigerate covered at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  3. Add water to the Instant Pot® and insert steamer basket. Place chicken wings in basket, arranging them so they aren’t sitting on top of one another; place them standing up if necessary. Lock lid.
  4. Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button and adjust cook time to 10 minutes. When timer beeps, let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Quick-release any additional pressure until float valve drops and then unlock lid.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer wings to a baking sheet. Brush with 2 tablespoons of reserved sauce. Broil wings 3 minutes on each side to crisp the chicken.
  6. Transfer wings to a serving dish and garnish with sesame seeds and greens of scallions.
Recipe Notes

This spice blend is a mixture typically consisting of cinnamon, cloves, star anise, peppercorns, and fennel seeds. Variations can include ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, and a number of other combinations depending on the brand, region, and even the dish being prepared.