Friday, April 3, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

Saucing the wings in spicy Buffalo wing sauce
I recently discovered an excellent alternative to deep fried or baked chicken wings when doing a "wing night" at home or for a party -- slow cooker chicken wings.

These are very easy to do and come out moist and delicious.

First, take your split wings and season them. I like to buy the chicken wings already split, but if you want to save some money, you can split them yourself.

For this batch I seasoned the wings using President's Choice Smokin' Stampede Barbecue Seasoning. Montreal Chicken Spice works well too, but you can use anything. Cajun seasoning, Italian Seasoning, etc. Simply toss the wings in the seasoning until well coated or coated to your liking. I often do this in a large freezer bag.

Place the seasoned wings in the slow cooker
Then put the seasoned wings in your slow cooker, set to low, cover and cook for 3-4 hours. (In case you need to be told this, do NOT uncover at any point while cooking).

When the wings have finished cooking, take them out, discard any liquid, transfer them to a bowl and toss them in a sauce of your choosing or making. I did half of this batch in a spicy buffalo style wing sauce and half in a sweet BBQ  sauce for the kids.

You can use literally any sauce you like of course, from jerk to Indian to whatever you are in the mood for.

BBQ sauce wings after broiling! 

While saucing the wings, put your oven rack to the highest level and set your oven to broil. Take the sauced wings and transfer them to an oven tray. I advise lining it with foil. Broil the wings around 5 minutes a side (10 minutes total) to get that nice seared texture and flavour.

These wings are perfect with some ice cold beer, friends and a sporting event as an excuse to get together!


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