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Pressure Cooker Asian Zing Wings (From Frozen) |

Pressure Cooker Asian Zing Chicken Wings (From Frozen)

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 pounds chicken wings 1x


Pressure Cooker Asian Zing Wings (From Frozen). How to cook a batch of individually frozen chicken wings in your pressure cooker - with a sweet, spicy Asian zing sauce.


  • 2.5 pounds individually frozen chicken wing pieces
  • 1 cup water

Zing! Sauce (or a store-bought wing sauce)

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Chili-Garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar or mirin (sweetened rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cooking pot liquid (or water)


  1. Pressure cook the frozen wings for 12 minutes with a quick pressure release: Put a rack in the pressure cooker pot and pour in 1 cup of water. Pile in the frozen wings, break apart any wings that are stuck together, and lock the pressure cooker lid. Pressure cook on high pressure for 12 minutes in an electric PC (“pressure cook” or “manual” mode) or 10 minutes in a stovetop PC, and then quick release the pressure. (Pressure cook for 8 minutes if you start with thawed or unfrozen wings.)
  2. Start the zing sauce: While the wings are cooking, whisk the soy sauce, honey, chili-garlic sauce and seasoned rice vinegar in a medium bowl. Whisk in the cornstarch until smooth, then set the sauce aside.
  3. Dry the wings: Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. Use a pair of tongs to move the wings from the pot to the baking sheet, laying the wings out in a single layer. Use more paper towels to pat the wings dry. Gently transfer the wings to a large bowl - the skin will want to stick to the paper towels. Throw away the paper towels on the baking sheet.
  4. Finish the sauce and sauce the wings: Whisk 2 tablespoons of cooking liquid from the pressure cooker pot into the bowl of zing sauce. (If you have the time, thicken the zing sauce by simmering for 1 minute. See the notes section for details.) Pour the sauce over the wings and toss until coated with sauce.
  5. Broil the wings: Move the wings back to the baking sheet with tongs or a slotted spoon, letting any excess sauce drip back into the bowl. (We’ll use the sauce again later). Spread the wings out in a single loose layer on the baking sheet - they brown better if there is a little space between the wings. Set your broiler to high and broil the wings until they start to brown and the sauce is bubbling; this will take 5 to 15 minutes depending on your broiler. Keep a close eye on the wings once they start to brown; they go from brown to burned quickly under the broiler.
  6. Sauce and serve: Move the wings from the baking sheet back into the bowl, and toss them one more time to coat with the remaining sauce. Pour the wings onto a platter and serve.


  • Want traditional buffalo sauce? Cooking thawed wings? Check out my original Pressure Cooker Buffalo Chicken Wings recipe.
  • Halving or doubling the recipe? Halve or double the ingredients, but don't change the cooking time. Cooking time is determined by the thickness of each wing, not by the number of wings. 12 minutes at high pressure works no matter how many wings you add to the pot.
  • Don’t have a pressure cooker rack? Don’t worry about it. The bottom layer of wings will be more tender because they are in the boiling liquid, not steaming, but they'll be fine. Just make sure to dry them well before saucing and broiling.
  • Thickening the zing sauce: I count on two layers of sauce and the heat of the broiler to tighten the sauce. But, If you have the time, and want extra-thick wing sauce, simmer it. (Heat thickens up the cornstarch.) In the "Finish the Sauce" step, after whisking the cooking liquid into the zing sauce, discard any liquid left in the pressure cooker pot. Put the pot liner back into the pressure cooker base and set it to sauté mode. (Or put a stovetop PC back on the stove over medium heat). Pour in the zing sauce, bring to a simmer, and simmer until the sauce thickens and turns glossy, about 1 minute. Pour the sauce over the dried wings and continue with the recipe.
  • Don’t trust your broiler? Use a ripping hot oven (450°F or higher) for about 15 minutes to brown the wings.
  • Make ahead wings: Want to prep ahead of a party? Follow the recipe through the "Dry the wings" step. Then, discard the paper towels and spread the wings out on the baking sheet. Cover the sheet of wings and the bowl of sauce with plastic wrap and refrigerate. To serve, re-whisk the sauce, then continue with the “Toss wings to coat and broil” step. The wings will heat through by the time the sauce starts to bubble.


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Weeknight Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Asian