Instant Pot Hot Wings and Drummettes

Instant Pot Hot Wings or Drummettes

snack| chicken| special occasion

Because of the ingredients added to most sauces for hot wings, I haven’t had a decent one in years. Why shouldn’t we have a go-to party food that is a healthier, safe option? Photo by Imei Hsu.

Hot wings and drummettes are so popular, they have whole restaurants dedicated to these delectable, finger-lickin’ nibbles. When I began to plan a light menu for a party at my artloft that fell on Superbowl weekend, I just knew that I had to come up with an ” I can have these!” version of hot wings.

I prefer little drummettes or even small chicken drumsticks instead of wings, as it seems that for all the work it takes to eat wings, you get a big pile of chicken bones and very little chicken meat for the energy expenditure. With drummettes and drumsticks, you hold the bone with one hand and nibble around it like holding a handle, and then you’re done. Wings are a two-handed affair. I always end up with chicken juice on my nose. Ew!

Still, any food that requires moistened towelettes for clean up should be on a list of party food favorites, and if you’re like me and you can’t have any food that was poured from a bottle — well, there goes that amazing BBQ sauce, the fiery hot sauce, Sriracha sauce, soy sauce and tamari sauce (because you react to gluten AND soy), even some of you can’t have coconut aminos. You also can’t have dairy, which would make the sauce creamy if you could add butter. And you can’t have cornstarch, which would give the sauce a thickness that you miss when you imagine a rich sauce. It’s just a whole lot of NOPE.

Are you salivating yet? I was when I said, “It is time!” and committed to create a sauce that the majority of us Hungry Minions could enjoy. And I have done it! You’re welcome!

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