Friday was a full day. I had things to do for work. There were things to do for family. The entire week has been nonstop. Food was a big part of that. So I decided to take a break. It’s March Madness and some big games were to be played. I opted for something easy that seems typical of watching basketball; chicken wings.
Right now you must be thinking I’m crazy. Chicken wings and easy do not seem synonymous. Have you ever made homemade Buffalo chicken wings?
I can remember as a young person living at home with my parents when my dad first heard of, ate, and then made these at home. That was when chicken wings came from the butcher as an entire chicken wing. Dad had to cut them just right. Then came the soaking, dipping, deep frying, and draining of the wings. More sauce was applied after that. Of course they were not complete without the obligatory homemade Blue Cheese dip, celery and carrot sticks.
While I still love Buffalo wings, they have a bit more kick than my family likes. Tonight I made 2 kinds of wings. Both were easy because I made them, mostly, in the pressure cooker.
The ultimate finished product requires a little baking time followed by a couple of minutes under the broiler.
The first flavor was the obligatory family favorite: barbeque. I got a little bit adventuresome with the second flavor. I made Root Beer wings. Everyone loved the bbq wings. The root beer wings looked odd. They were very pale, even after being under the broiler. I made an executive decision to re-do them. I brushed them with some barbeque sauce and baked them for a little bit longer and then broil them again. This was money. They were so amazing. The sweetness from the root beer combined with the tang and spice of the bbq – so good.
So that’s the recipe I will give you. It is so quick and easy to make that anyone with an electric pressure cooker can do it. Did I mention that I use a package of frozen chicken wings? The pre-cut kind. So, anyone really can make these!
Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings
- 1 2.5 pound bag of frozen chicken wings
- 1 cup of Root Beer
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ - ½ cup barbeque sauce
Grease the inside of an electric pressure cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Pour frozen chicken wings into pressure cooker pot. Add brown sugar and root beer. Make sure there is about 1” of liquid in the pot. If there is not, add water.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Turn pressure cooker on to the meat / chicken setting. Ensure the pressure valve is closed. Cook until timer goes off. Turn pressure cooker off and open pressure release valve.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. When pressure has released, carefully remove wings from pressure cooker and place on baking sheet. Brush tops with barbecue sauce. Bake for about 8 minutes. Turn oven broiler to high and broil for 2 minutes. Remove from oven to cool before serving. Sauce suggestions: Barbeque sauce, Ranch dressing, or sour cream.
These also pair well with beer.