Are you ready for a mouthwatering feast? Look no further than these delectable Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot smothered turkey wings! With a thick and flavorful gravy that’s impossible to resist, this one-pot dish will leave you wanting more. Plus, these wings are a Southern favorite, made entirely from scratch. The best part? The pressure cooker speeds up the cooking process and guarantees amazing results. Say goodbye to a pile of dishes to wash at the end, thanks to the wonders of these kitchen appliances.
How to Make Pressure Cooker Smothered Turkey Wings
Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of creating this tantalizing dish. Follow these instructions and get ready to impress your friends and family with your culinary skills.
Browning and Sautéing
Start by rinsing the turkey wings with cold water, ensuring they’re clean and ready for cooking. Then, turn on the SAUTE function on your pressure cooker. Pat dry the wings with paper towels and place them into the greased, hot inner pot of the pressure cooker. Brown the wings for approximately 5 minutes on each side, but be careful of splashing oil.
Next, finely chop an onion and add it to the pot along with garlic and a piece of butter. Continue sautéing the turkey, stirring the ingredients in the pot until everything is well browned and fragrant. This process will take about another 5 minutes. However, be cautious not to burn the garlic. If you can’t stir it constantly, add the garlic towards the end to avoid any unpleasant flavors.
Once your kitchen is filled with the magnificent aroma, it’s time to elevate it even further. Season your turkey wings with paprika, salt, pepper, and cumin. The recipe card below provides the recommended proportions, but feel free to adjust the spices according to your taste preferences. After all, everyone’s taste buds are unique!
Pressure Cook It
Seal the pressure cooker’s lid and cook the wings under pressure for 20 minutes. This cooking time allows the wings to cook perfectly without falling apart. Afterward, do a quick release of the pressure and carefully open the lid. Remove the wings from the pot, placing them on a separate plate. Now, it’s time to make the gravy (or sauce, whichever you prefer to call it).
Mix cornstarch with cold water in equal proportions in a cup and pour it into the pot with the turkey juices. Turn on the SAUTE function again and keep stirring for a few minutes until the mixture thickens. Once the desired consistency is reached, turn off the pressure cooker and stir in some cream. Return the turkey wings to the pot, give them a gentle stir, and voila! Your smothered turkey wings are ready to be served.
Ninja Foodi Turkey Wings Directions
If you’re using a Ninja Foodi, you can follow the same directions mentioned above until the turkey wings are ready. However, the Ninja Foodi has the incredible AIRCRISP function, which allows you to achieve perfectly broiled skin. Even though the skin will be soaked in sauce and won’t become crispy, you can still brown it to your desired level. Simply close the air fryer lid, turn on the BROIL button, and cook for approximately 3-5 minutes. This will result in evenly browned and delicious-looking skin – a benefit you can enjoy when cooking smothered turkey wings in the Ninja Foodi compared to the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Turkey Wings
For those using an Instant Pot, fear not! The recipe remains the same as stated in the recipe card. No adjustments are needed. Whether you have an 8-quart or 6-quart Instant Pot, you can confidently follow the recipe and indulge in the mouthwatering flavors. Get ready to experience culinary bliss.
Can You Make It Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! You can prepare the dish ahead of time and store it in the pot, covered with plastic wrap or foil, or placed on a large flat plate. Keep it in the fridge until needed, and then simply return the inner pot to the pressure cooker. Turn on the SAUTE function to heat it up, stirring until the gravy becomes liquid again. Be cautious not to let it sauté for too long, as the gravy may stick to the bottom if not stirred enough.
Can I Make It with Other Parts of Turkey?
Indeed! If you prefer, you can use turkey thighs or legs instead of wings. The cooking time under pressure will remain the same. To ensure they are thoroughly cooked, check the internal temperature with an instant meat thermometer. It should read at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, guaranteeing a safe and savory experience.
When it comes to serving, I love pairing these smothered turkey wings with a steamy bowl of white rice. The gravy soaks into the rice, creating an extra special and delicious combination. Alternatively, you can serve the wings atop creamy mashed potatoes – a favorite among many.
If you find yourself with leftovers, don’t worry. Simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, reheat them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. It’s like having a second helping of heaven.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
To perfect your smothered turkey wings, here are some additional tips and tricks to consider:
- Don’t add too much butter to the pot. While it can add creaminess, turkey wings are already naturally fatty. To save on calories, you can omit the butter entirely.
- Feel free to add your favorite hot sauce to the pot after browning if you enjoy a spicy kick. However, it’s important to note that the recipe doesn’t include it since it may not be suitable for everyone’s palate.
- Want to try the recipe with chicken wings instead? Go ahead! Chicken wings cook much faster than turkey wings. It will likely take around 10 minutes under pressure for them to reach the fall-off-the-bone stage. Share your experience in the comments if you decide to give it a go.
- Whether you prefer whole wings or wing pieces, the choice is yours. The wings used in this recipe were cut into pieces by a butcher in the store.
- For an extra burst of flavor, try marinating the turkey wings overnight with your favorite spices. This allows the meat to absorb the flavors, making it even more tantalizing the next day.
More Turkey Recipes
If you’re craving more turkey-based dishes, here are some delicious recipes to explore:
- Instant Pot Turkey Thighs
- Instant Pot Turkey Legs
- Air Fryer Cajun Turkey Wings
- Oven-Baked Turkey Wings
- Air Fryer Turkey Thighs
- Baked Turkey Tenderloin
Ninja Foodi Recipes to Try
If you’re the proud owner of a Ninja Foodi, here are some other recipes worth experimenting with:
- Ninja Foodi Butternut Squash Soup
- Ninja Foodi Broccoli Cheese Soup
- Ninja Foodi Cornish Hen
- Ninja Foodi Steamed Broccoli
Get ready to savor every bite of these incredible smothered turkey wings. With the help of your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi, you’ll create a masterpiece that guarantees to delight your taste buds. Enjoy the cooking process, and remember to share your culinary triumphs with friends and family. Bon appétit!