Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Wings

When I’m craving wings, but need to keep it light, this is the recipe I turn to. Cilantro Lime Wings are full of flavor, healthy and easy to clean up. And they couldn’t be easier to make thanks to the Instant Pot (get yours here:

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Need a quick appetizer? These cilantro lime wings are packed with flavor and are perfect for game day, party day, picnic day or just….Tuesday. They are on the table in only 30 minutes.

This low-carb recipe is perfect for your picky eaters and foodies friends alike. You won’t believe how delicious and simple this one-pot dish can be!

Pro Tip: Use pre-butchered drumettes and wingettes available in most grocery stores. There’s less work and less waste than using whole chicken wings.

This low-carb recipe is perfect for your picky eaters and foodies friends alike.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2  – 2 lbs chicken wingettes
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • Additional chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Add olive oil to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  2. When oil gets hot, brown the chicken on 2 sides, 3-4 minutes per side. Meat will not be cooked through. Do not crowd the pot–you may have to work in batches.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Return  all chicken to the pot. Add broth and lime juice to the pot and deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Sprinkle cayenne, salt and cilantro over the top. Do not stir.
  6. Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  7. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 5 minutes.
  8. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  9. Carefully remove the meat from the pot to a foil-lined baking sheet and set under a broiler until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  10. Serve warm sprinkled with additional cilantro. 

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.