Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken (with Frozen Chicken)

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Make this delicious instant pot buffalo chicken using just a few ingredients and frozen chicken breasts. The best part? This instant pot chicken breast recipe is ready in under an hour! Make sure to check out our full list of buffalo recipes, too!

Shredded buffalo chicken on a white platter next to bowl of rice and bowl of corn.

New to the instant pot? Check out our instant pot guide here.

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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken is easier than buffalo wings with all the flavor!

I love making instant pot buffalo chicken because it gives me that spicy buffalo flavor I’m craving, but it takes way less effort than making buffalo wings. I have made crockpot buffalo chicken for years and finally adapted the recipe for my pressure cooker. I don’t think I’ll be going back to my crockpot ways anytime soon. This one has been added to my list of favorite instant pot chicken breast recipes. If you love buffalo chicken, than you may want to try our recipe for buffalo chicken roll-ups, too.

White serving dish with shredded buffalo chicken with bowl of corn in the background.

Types of Hot Sauce

This recipe calls for a mild hot sauce. If you like a spicier dish, feel free to use a spicier hot sauce. Another great alternative is this buffalo wing sauce. I’ve made this instant pot chicken recipe with both hot sauce and wing sauce and love them both. Either way, you will still want to include the other sauce ingredients.

Using Thawed Chicken

If using thawed chicken, simply cut down the pressurized cook time down to 15 minutes from 25 minutes.

You may also like: Instant Pot Crack Chicken, Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken or Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Shredded buffalo chicken on a white platter next to bowl of rice and bowl of corn.

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

Aileen Clark
A delicious spin on traditional buffalo wings made quickly in the instant pot. This recipe includes directions for cooking with both fresh and frozen chicken breast.
4.45 from 70 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine Amer
Servings 6
Calories 245 kcal


  • 2 ` pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups mild hot sauce
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Place chicken breasts in the bowl of the instant pot.
  • In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the hot sauce, melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, and red wine vinegar.
  • Pour buffalo sauce over the frozen chicken.
  • Close lid and set to sealing. 
  • Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. 
  • Natural pressure release.
  • Remove chicken from instant pot and shred. 
  • Set the instant pot to saute. Whisk in the cornstarch. 
  • Add the chicken back into the sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened. 


Calories: 245kcal
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