Crock Pot Chicken Wings


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Crock Pot chicken wings eliminate the mess and oil of deep fried chicken wings while creating the perfect game day snack!

Using a slow cooker means these Buffalo wings come out perfectly tender, fall off the bone and are loaded with flavor!

Served up with carrots and celery sticks and cooling ranch dressing, these will be the first thing gone at your party!

Buffalo Chicken Wings in the Crock Pot

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I am so excited to have partnered with Litehouse to bring you this belly warming recipe.  

No game would be complete without a plate of Buffalo wings!

Hot wings are pretty much a game day staple and we always serve them up with celery, carrot sticks and plenty of  Litehouse Homestyle Ranch dressing to cool our taste buds!

To start, these Crock Pot chicken wings are tossed with a flavorful Buffalo sauce and cooked low and slow.

Once tender, a quick broil before serving helps to crisp the outside and caramelize the sauce.

pouring sauce over frozen slow cooker buffalo wings

I love a good chicken wing recipe but what I don’t love is deep frying and the smell and mess that oil leaves! 

I find cooking wings in the slow cooker is SO much easier than traditional deep frying (and no splatter or oil to deal with), especially if I’m serving a few other appetizers (like our favorite Jalapeno Popper Dip) during parties or on game day!

Buffalo wings are typically served with a dip for added flavor or to cool your mouth from the spice!  We love the flavor and consistency of Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing (although I do love their Chunky Blue Cheese dressing too).

Litehouse Homestyle Ranch dressing has a great fresh flavor and is loaded with fresh herbs and vegetable flavors, making it the perfect dip. It has a nice thick consistency, we use it to dip everything from hot wings to veggies (and even pizza crust)!

You can find it in the refrigerated produce section of your local grocery store.

Not only does it taste delish, it helps cool the heat of these slow cooker chicken wings and contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. I love making appetizers smothered in Buffalo sauce but always serve them with ranch to keep the heat at the perfect level!

Serving Crock Pot chicken wings with ranch dressing

When you dine out, Buffalo chicken wings are traditionally deep fried then tossed in a sauce to coat them. This recipe takes all of the deep frying out of the equation, which means less oil and less mess!

I normally just purchase a premade Buffalo sauce but you can easily create your own Buffalo sauce at home with just two ingredients.  Simply combine 2 parts hot sauce to 1 part melted butter.  Stir to combine (easy right?).

You can add whatever sauces or marinades you’d like to create things like slow cooker teriyaki chicken wings, but my all time favorite are definitely these buffalo hot wings.

How long does it take to cook chicken wings in a crock pot?

Chicken wings take a bit longer to cook in a Crock Pot than they would if you were to deep fry them, but you will end up with the most tender wings. These chicken wings take about 2.5-3 hours on high (cooked from frozen) making them perfect to put into the slow cooker before your guests arrive.

I would suggest using a meat thermometer inserted into the meaty section of the wing.  Once it reads a temperature of 165 degrees, your wings are done and ready.  Make sure your thermometer does not hit the bone when checking the temperature, as your thermometer will not read correctly.

Crock Pot Buffalo wings with ranch dressing, carrots and celery

Can you cook frozen chicken wings in a slow cooker?

The short answer is yes, a slow cooker is an easy and great way to cook chicken wings from frozen!  I almost always cook them from frozen (but you can use fresh in this recipe as well).

Cooking your chicken wings from frozen will create more liquid in your slow cooker. Once cooked, I remove them from the cooking liquid (which I discard), brush with a little bit more marinade and give them a quick broil.

After broiling, I place these crock pot chicken wings back into the slow cooker to keep warm so my guests can enjoy them throughout my party! (This is a perfect way to keep wings hot if you’re taking them to a potluck as well)!

close up of crock pot buffalo wings on a plate

These crock pot chicken wings are always gone so quickly, my family and friends couldn’t believe that they were this easy to make!

I always have trouble not eating the whole batch, they are so deliciously tangy and melt-in-your-mouth tender. Don’t forget the ranch dip!

 

4.6 from 10 votes
Review Recipe

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN WINGS

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Crock Pot chicken wings are the perfect game day snack! Tender, fall off the bone and are loaded with flavor, serve these with carrots and celery sticks and cooling ranch dressing.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs chicken wings fresh or frozen
BUFFALO WING SAUCE
  • 1 1/2 cups Buffalo sauce plus additional for finishing
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
FOR SERVING
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Celery Sticks
  • Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing and Dip
  • Chives for garnish

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Instructions

  1. Combine Buffalo wing sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Place wings in a 6qt slow cooker and cover with Buffalo wing sauce. Stir to combine.
  3. Cook on high for 2.5-3 hours for FROZEN wings or on low 3 hours for FRESH wings.
  4. Once cooked and wings have reached 165°, remove from the slow cooker and place on a foil lined pan (discard liquid).
  5. Preheat broiler to high. Brush with additional Buffalo sauce and broil until lightly browned/crisp about 5 minutes per side.
  6. Serve with celery, carrots, extra buffalo sauce and Litehouse Homestyle Ranch for dipping.

Recipe Notes

If using frozen wings, they will produce liquid while cooking. Discard liquid once wings are cooked. Brush wings with extra buffalo sauce before and after broiling if desired. Nutritional information is for Buffalo wings only.
Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Nutritional information calculated without carrots, celery or dip.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 302, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 1471mg, Potassium: 216mg, Carbohydrates: 7g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 22g, Vitamin A: 3.6%, Vitamin C: 2.2%, Calcium: 2.5%, Iron: 6.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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    1. As this is a blog, I answer as many questions as possible before the recipe to ensure the best success for my readers. If you don’t want to read the info, there is a “jump to recipe” button located at the top of each post so you can skip past. Hope that helps!

  1. Used this recipe to make barbecue wings for the release of Call of Duty – Black Ops 4. Turned out awesome! I think this is the easiest thing I’ve made in the crock pot yet!

  2. FYI in Buffalo, NY, where chicken wings originated, we never serve ranch dressing with them. Blue Cheese dressing is how it’s done. So much better than ranch.

    1. You beat me to it. This recipe is pure sacrilege. Wings with soggy skin and served with ranch? And you need to start prepping by 10am to be ready for 1pm game starts?

      I’ll keep to the 30 mins it takes to fry 1lb of wings. That includes the time it takes for the oil to heat up to 375°. While they fry, you mix hot sauce with melted butter and if you’re particularly interested in doing so, make blue cheese dressing with buttermilk, sour cream, mayo and an acid. Prep to finish for 5lbs takes about an 1 hour, most of which is prep/waiting for the oil to heat.

      1. There are many ways to cook wings and deep frying is delicious for sure! This recipe is a nice easy one where you can just toss the ingredients in and the meat comes out melt in your mouth tender. A quick crisp at the end under the broiler makes them delish! Based on the reviews, some people like them this way too! :)

  3. I’m making these for dinner tomorrow and I’m making them for a baby shower next month if they turn out okay tomorrow but I have a couple questions…

    Can I replace the brown sugar with stevia perhaps?

    I’ve recently had Gastric Sleeve done and I’d love to try them myself but I can’t have all that sugar.

    What would go good as a side dish with these since I am making them for a dinner?

    1. I haven’t tried it with stevia but I think it would work (please let us know how it goes).

      I would serve it with a salad with a creamy dressing (to counter the spice) and maybe rice or potatoes.

    1. Are your wings really big? On average, 1lb of wings should have 8-12 wings… so 4lbs would expect to have 32-48 wings (depending on size). I allow for about 1/2 lb per person as an appetizer/snack.

  4. I have a question. My husband doesn’t care for the sauce on his wings. So I have to just season the wings and fry them. Can you cook the wings in the slow cooker without the sauce?

    1. I’ve only tried this recipe as written. Please let us know how it works out if you try them without sauce!

  5. SO I’m currently making these now and I tried them once before. Both times I feel like 3 hours is not long enough time. Came out good the first time after extra time and broiling but just a forewarning to others you might need more time! 

  6. I’m making these right now and they don’t look at all like the picture. In the crock pot the sauce isn’t staying on them so they look like normal wings with sauce pooled at the bottom. Haven’t broiled them yet so hoping they actually resemble baffalo wings when they are all done.

    1. Yes if you watch the video, that’s exactly how they look when the come out of the slow cooker. Once sauce and broiled the sauce sticks and they get color.

    1. Yes you can use any sauce you like on wings. I have made wings with several different spices and/or sauces since I don’t care for hot wings much and every one of them came out tasting great.

  7. This looks like such an easy way of making chicken wings, I never thought to use the slow cooker. Is it really safe to cook them from frozen though, don’t they spend too long being ‘warm’?

    1. I’ve always cooked them from frozen. If you prefer to cook them from fresh or defrosted, there are instructions in the post.

  8. I never thought to do them in the slow cooker – great idea and perfect game day food. I am craving ranch dressing now too. 

  9. I never thought of making wings in the crock pot. Not only easier, but they’ve got to be healthier since you don’t fry them!