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These Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites are my favorite healthy way to satisfy cravings for Buffalo wings. Admittedly, I crave deep fried, butter drenched wings more than I should.

Our Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites are the perfect dish to enjoy on game day, but also healthy enough to make anytime a craving hits. Our buffalo chicken bites are made with simple ingredients, yet full of delicious buffalo sauce flavor that make this the perfect appetizer!  

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Classic buffalo wings are deep fried, tossed in butter, then tossed in buffalo sauce. Even Instant Pot buffalo chicken wings are typically not the best choice for your healthy eating plan.

Chicken wings are made up almost entirely of fat, and while butter is fine in moderation, the sheer amount used in most wing recipes is not. This healthy chicken recipe hits all your favorite buffalo sauce flavors, and is more filling because you’re getting the meat, not just skin.

While this recipe is written for the Instant Pot, you can cook it in any electric pressure cooker! It takes about 15 minutes. These spicy, buttery, Buffalo Chicken Boneless Wings are a healthy homemade version alternative to traditional buffalo wings. 

Boneless buffalo chicken bites go great with a side of celery sticks, carrot sticks, turnip fries, and homemade ranch dressing dipping sauce.

Our bite-sized pieces are the perfect protein to share with family and friends. It’s an easy appetizer, and I guarantee your friends will be asking for this recipe. 

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If you’d like to skip over buffalo chicken ingredient information, the recipe tips, and healthy eating plan calculations, please simply scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find the easy to print Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites recipe card!

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites being dipped into ranch dip

Ingredients in Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites

  • Chicken breast: Chicken breasts are a healthy low carb protein source. Boneless skinless chicken breasts work great for this recipe. If you prefer dark meat you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this buffalo chicken recipe.
  • Cayenne pepper: Cayenne blends nicely with the hot sauce to create the perfect spicy flavor for your buffalo sauce. If you need to tame the spice level a bit, feel free to omit or decrease the amount of cayenne pepper. 
  • Butter: I use butter in this buffalo chicken recipe, because traditional fried chicken bites have that delicious buttery flavor. If you prefer, you can use another type of fat like avocado oil or olive oil to cook your chicken in.
  • Black pepper: Good seasoned chicken needs black pepper.
  • Franks Hot Sauce: There are a lot of different buffalo sauces available, but I prefer the original Frank’s red hot sauce. Traditional buffalo sauce has a ton of extra ingredients in it that make it less healthy. The Frank’s red hot sauce is just salt, peppers, and vinegar. This is all you need and you will still get all the buffalo flavor. You won’t miss the extra stuff, I promise!
  • (Optional) Ranch Seasoning: If you need to make some dip, our ranch seasoning is the best! Scroll down to find the recipe for our ranch dip in the recipe tips below.
ingredients needed to make Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites

How to Make Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites

Time needed: 16 minutes

  1. Slice & Sauté: First you will want to slice your chicken breasts into bite size pieces or strips, and then turn your pot to Sauté. Next melt your butter in the pot. Once the butter is melted, place the chicken, seasonings, and 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce (reserve an extra 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce to add at the end) into your pot with the melted butter. Finally, place chicken in a single layer. Make sure to avoid overlapping of the chicken pieces.  
  2. Pressure Cook: Close and lock the Instant Pot lid and set your pot to Pressure Cook on high pressure. Set the cooking time for 8 minutes.
  3. Quick Release: Once the cook time is complete, quick release the pressure and then remove the lid. The chicken is cooked when a meat thermometer reads the internal temperature of the buffalo bites to 165 degrees F. Using a slotted spoon, remove chicken and drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup of buffalo sauce on top and then eat now, or skip ahead to Step 4 for my preferred method.
  4. Optional Broil: Transfer the cooked chicken to a baking sheet and drizzle it with the remaining ¼ cup of buffalo sauce. Then broil for 2-3 minutes until the buffalo sauce is thickened and the chicken bites are golden brown. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then serve with carrots, celery, or your favorite sides like ranch or blue cheese dressing.
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Recipe Tips

  • This recipe goes perfectly with our ranch dip. If you need to make some dip, this ranch seasoning is the best! Take a small container of plain Greek yogurt, and add 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp parsley, and 1/2 tsp dill. Stir to combine.
  • If you’re making this recipe with frozen chicken breasts, increase the cook time to 16 minutes and cut into bite-sized pieces after it’s cooked. 
  • If you’re short on time you can skip broiling and just toss the cooked chicken with the remaining buffalo sauce, but broiling is the best way to get that golden brown crispy exterior.
  • Our Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites are most delicious when they are fresh. However, you may save any remaining chicken leftovers for meal prep by storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat simply warm the buffalo chicken bites in an air fryer basket on low, or in the oven at a low temperature. 
plate with Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites, ranch dip, and asparagus

Healthy Eating Plans

Weight Watchers Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites

See this post for our WW Buffalo Chicken Bites.

21 Day Fix Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites

For the entire recipe: 8 Red Containers, 6 Teaspoons. 

Per Serving: 1 Red Container, ¾ Teaspoon. 

2B Mindset Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites

Serve with 50% veggies and 25% FFC for a complete lunch. 75% veggies for a complete dinner. 

Trim Healthy Mama Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites

These buffalo chicken bites are a THM-S recipe with no changes.

Love all things buffalo chicken? Try these other healthy buffalo sauce recipes:

  • 21 Day Fix Buffalo Chicken Dip Shredded buffalo chicken dip is a classic appetizer that is always a hit at parties and gatherings. However, traditional buffalo chicken dip can be high in calories and fat. This healthy buffalo dip uses shredded chicken breasts, plus cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, instead of cream cheese, to lighten things up without sacrificing flavor.
  • Frozen Cauliflower In Air Fryer I’m always looking for a good recipe using buffalo sauce. These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are so easy to make and are the perfect appetizer, snack, or side dish.
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Buffalo sauce recipes are usually a big hit in our house, so I was excited to try out this great recipe for my family. It’s a healthy buffalo cauliflower mac and cheese recipe with shredded chicken, and is a great way to get in some extra protein and veggies!
  • Healthy Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups These Buffalo Chicken Breasts Roll Ups are a delicious quick dinner recipe! Mixing cottage cheese with buffalo sauce and ranch spices gives these roll ups a spicy and creamy center that’s a satisfying main course cuisine.
  • Buffalo Pasta with Shredded Chicken This easy buffalo chicken pasta recipe is a family favorite in my house, and is a great addition to your weekly meal rotation. This pasta dish is made with shredded chicken breasts and is topped with a protein packed spicy buffalo sauce. It’s one of my favorite Instant Pot recipes.
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Dip I add chicken breasts to this shredded chicken buffalo cauliflower dip to really get in some extra protein. It’s a healthy, game day appetizer that you can cook in the Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove top.
plate with Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites, ranch dip, and asparagus
plate with Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Bites, ranch dip, and asparagus
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Buffalo Chicken Bites

Created by: Becca Ludlum
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Approximate Serving Size: 1/4 pound of chicken
Servings 8
These spicy, buttery, Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Boneless Wings are the perfect healthy recipe. They cook right in the Instant Pot, so they’re fast and cleanup is easy.


  • Instant Pot 6 qt
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Sealing Rings


  • 2 lbs chicken breast defrosted, cut into strips (I’ve also used frozen chicken breasts, please see below)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup Frank's Original Hot Sauce not buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup Frank's Original Hot Sauce save for after chicken has been cooked


  • Slice your chicken into bite-size strips. 2 lbs chicken breast
  • Set your Instant Pot to sauté and melt your butter. Once melted, add your chicken and seasoning. Then, stir in ½ cup of Franks Hot Sauce and stir well. 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 cup Frank's Original Hot Sauce
  • Close and lock the lid and set your pot to Pressure Cook on high pressure. Set the cooking time for 8 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot. You can drizzle the remaining hot sauce on it and eat it now, or broil on a baking sheet. 1/4 cup Frank's Original Hot Sauce
  • Optional: Using tongs, remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Brush the chicken with the additional 1/4 cup hot sauce. Brown the chicken and thicken the sauce by placing under the broiler for 3 minutes. Turn the chicken over and repeat on the other side. Let the chicken cool 5 minutes before serving.



Healthy Eating Plans:  
  • 21 Day Fix/Portion Fix: For the entire recipe: 8 Red Containers, 6 Teaspoons. Per Serving: 1 Red Container, ¾ Teaspoon. 
  • 2B Mindset: Serve with 50% veggies and 25% FFC for a complete lunch. 75% veggies for a complete dinner. 
  • Trim Healthy Mama: This is a THM-S recipe with no changes.
  • Weight Watchers: See this post for the WW version.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 762mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 287IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. can you make it in the crockpot and would i have to alter any of the ingredients

    1. Hi there! I haven’t made this in the crockpot, but I would try it for sure! I can’t think of any ingredients you would have to alter :)

      1. Awesome!! How long would I cook it in the crockpot??

      2. Brooke, I can’t give you an estimate on this because I haven’t done it. I’m sorry!

  2. Do you use leftover sauce from the instant pot on the chicken, or do you use new 1/4 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce? Also, when younsay “thicken the sauce” in the last step, do you mean it will thicken when broiled?

    1. Hi there!! In the ingredient list is an extra 1/4C if sauce at the end, that’s what you use. And yes, the sauce will thicken under the broiler!

  3. Laura J Huerta says:

    Did u cook the fozen chicken on saute for 16 mins or pressure cook for 16 mins?

    1. When the chicken was frozen and I made it, I pressure cooked for 16 minutes.

      1. After the frozen, then cubing, you say to follow the rest of the steps, it says to add the sauce and then pressure cook for 7 minutes… is this in addition to the 16 minutes? Or do you add the franks and all ingredients and pressure cook for 16 minutes and then cube and baste and put in oven??

      2. That was my question too.

      3. I’ve just clarified the directions. After cooking for 16 minutes, head directly to Step #4.

      4. I’m still super confused about the steps here. If I’m using frozen chicken I’m supposed to add all the ingredients except for the butter, which means the hot sauce the pepper and the cayenne pepper and then pressure cook for 16 minutes? And then pressure cook it again for 7 to 8 minutes? I’m confused

      5. If your chicken is completely frozen and you’re using breasts, cook for 16 minutes. Skip adding the butter.

        If your chicken is partially frozen cook for 8 minutes.

        If your chicken is raw cook for 7 minutes.

  4. For Weight Watchers…what exactly counts as points?

    1. Meagen Brosius says:

      For the Freestyle program the butter in this recipe is what has points. Is that what you are asking?

  5. Can this be refrigerated? And my chicken is fresh should I just alter the time to 12?

    1. Yes, it can be. If your chicken is fresh, I’d add 1/2C of water and leave the cook time the same–it’ll just take less time to come to pressure :)

  6. Jennie Baazard says:

    What would be the oven directions if I don’t have an Instant Pot?

  7. 5 stars
    Very tasty!! I didn’t make enough! 🙃 I will have to double it next time!

  8. Kim McCarthy says:

    I’m wondering if you have an IP that crisps can you empty the sauce and put the crisper function on and proceed that way instead of putting in the oven?

  9. 5 stars
    Perfect for the football game and no guilt!
    Delicious!! Thanks Becca!

  10. I bought frank buffalo wing sauce, now I see it specifically says not buffalo sauce. Does it matter?

    1. If you’re not on a diet, it doesn’t matter. If you’re on a diet, just know that the WW and Fix counts are calculated with the original Franks, not the buffalo :)

  11. 5 stars
    This chicken was amazing! I am normally very picky about my chicken but it turned out perfectly with this recipe and it reheated beautifully. My boyfriend also loved it and agreed this would be a repeat dinner!

  12. Luke Dorozala says:

    Doesn’t the instant pot need water (liquid) to pressurize correctly? Or does the hot sauce provide a sufficient amount?

    1. Sara Anderson says:

      The hot sauce provided a sufficient amount of liquid for this recipe :)

  13. 5 stars
    I was looking for a buffalo chicken recipe using boneless breasts but did not want shredded chicken, because my son doesn’t really like that style of chicken. This fit the bill perfectly. We ate it on rolls, and it was a big hit! No leftovers! And it was easy to make! Yay! Thanks!

    1. Yay!! You could always chop the chicken in a “regular” recipe, and make it that way for him as well. Changing the method you cut up the chicken shouldn’t change the recipe outcome at all. I’m glad you guys liked these!

  14. 5 stars
    My husband now asks for these. We’ve been doing a gut protocol diet and they’re AMAZING.

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