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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Get ready for game day with these Crockpot buffalo chicken wings! They’re everyone’s favorite bar food, cooked with ease in a slow cooker.

If you’re like me, the best part of Sunday football is the food. From delicious appetizers to sweet treats, I’m all about the snacks.

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Wings with Worcestershire Sauce and Beer
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And this is my favorite wings recipe. They have all the flavor of traditional wings but whip up in a snap in the Crockpot. 

So, grab some ranch dip, and check out this recipe for these spicy Crockpot Buffalo chicken wings!

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo chicken wings are known for delectable, juicy meat fried to a crisp and smothered in spicy sauce.

There is no arguing they are delicious, but they can take a while to make. Especially if you are hoping to cook them for a crowd.

This recipe keeps the buffalo flavor you know and love, but simplifies the cooking process. This way, you’ll get your favorite food and still have time to socialize.

With garlic powder, onion salt, and a high-quality hot sauce, these wings taste out of this world!

Enjoy restaurant-quality wings in the comfort of your own home.

Ingredients

Here’s everything you need for smoky, spicy chicken wings that just fall off the bone.

  • Hot pepper sauce. The flavor backbone of this entire recipe is in the red pepper sauce. Be sure you choose a strong brand like Frank’s Hot Sauce. The entire dish depends on it!
  • Butter. Every good recipe calls for at least a stick of butter, and this sauce meets regulations. Coat your wings in buttery goodness with this recipe!
  • Worcestershire sauce. A little goes a long way with this ingredient! It may not be much, but it has a huge impact on the flavor of your wings.
  • Oregano. Add some sophistication to your sauce with a hint of oregano. The spice brings depth to an otherwise traditional buffalo sauce.
  • Onion powder. These savory wings are swimming in savory flavors. Get the taste of onion without the chunks of the vegetable. Onion powder is the perfect way to season smooth sauces.
  • Garlic powder. On the same note, garlic powder is the perfect way to add flavor to a sauce without disrupting its smooth texture.
  • Chicken wing sections. This one may be a bit obvious, but you can’t have slow cooker buffalo wings without wings. You can use fresh or frozen chicken wings in this recipe.

Tips for the Best Wings

Crockpot Buffalo chicken wings are so simple because the slow cooker does all the heavy lifting.

But if you want your wings to steal the show on game day, follow these easy tips. 

  • Use unsalted butter. This recipe can be a little salty, so make sure you’re using unsalted butter. It’s easy to add more salt as needed, but harder to remove it!
  • Fresh is best. While you can use fresh or frozen wings in this recipe, fresh is always better. You will get a better flavor from a fresh wing than a frozen one.
  • How to cut chicken wings. If you can only find whole chicken wings, cut them into pieces by using a sharp knife to separate the wing parts at the joint. 
  • Check the temperature. Uncooked chicken will ruin gameday in more ways than one. While cooking wings, you’ll want to make sure the chicken wing reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make ‘em crispy. It takes an extra step, but it’s worth it! After taking your chicken wings out of the crockpot, crisp them up with the broiler. Broil them in the oven for a few minutes until they become crispy. 
Homemade Buffalo Chicken Wings

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Wings

Wondering what to serve alongside these tasty party appetizers? Don’t worry, I have you covered. 

  • Carrots and celery. You can’t go wrong with the classics. Serving with carrots and celery adds more crunch, and helps cool your mouth down a bit!
  • Veggies. But you don’t have to stop at just carrots and celery! Add all your favorite raw veggies like broccoli, red and green peppers, cauliflower, or cucumber. They go great with ranch or bleu cheese, too!
  • Coleslaw. These wings are pretty spicy. So, cool your mouth off with a tangy and sweet coleslaw. 
  • Dips. These wings are delicious dipped in ranch dressing or bleu cheese. You could also make homemade dip by adding seasoning to mayonnaise. Easy peasy. 
  • French fries. If you feel like frying, homemade French fries would be the perfect pairing for a plate of slow cooker wings. Sweet potato fries work great, too!

Variations for Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

The possible variations are endless! Just like every wing restaurant has a variety of options, so does the home cook!

  • BBQ wings. Swap about the homemade buffalo sauce for some delicious barbecue sauce. Or, pick up a jar of chili sauce for a sweet Thai version of this recipe.
  • Kid-friendly wings. If you’re cooking for kids, you could choose a much milder hot sauce for their delicate palettes. That way it won’t be too spicy.
  • Honey garlic wings. For a more adventurous recipe, you could try coating the wings in honey and garlic butter for a sweet and savory combination.
  • Asian-inspired wings. A few dashes of sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce instead of buffalo sauce is amazing!
  • Mexican-inspired wings. For a Mexican kick, swap buffalo sauce for cumin, chili powder, and lime.

More Tasty Chicken Dishes

Buffalo Chicken Wraps
Chick-Fil-A Chicken Tortilla Soup
Coca Cola Chicken
Ritz Cracker Chicken
No-Peek Chicken

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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

4

hours 

30

minutes
Calories

386

kcal

Ingredients

  • For the Wings
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot®)

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 4 pounds frozen chicken wing sections, thawed

  • For the Sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot®)

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, bring 1 bottle hot pepper sauce, 1/2 cup butter, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Place the chicken wings in a slow cooker and cover with sauce mixture. Cook wings on high for two hours, and then on low for an additional two hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease several baking sheets.
  • Transfer the wings to prepared baking sheets and cook for half an hour.
  • While the wings are baking, melt 1/2 cup of butter and 1 bottle of hot sauce in a pan. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until thickened. Brush this sauce on the wings right before serving.
Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings”

    • Hi Lois! I adore Mexican chicken wings. Here’s my recipe:

      1. Pat 2 pounds of chicken wings dry with paper towels.
      2. Rub them in the following blend: 3 tablespoons smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon chili powder (I like ancho), 1 tablespoon cumin, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt.
      3. Cook on low in the slow cooker for 4 hours or in the air fryer for about 16 minutes, flipping halfway through.

      I prefer the air fryer for this recipe because you get a nice crispy finish! But you can broil them after slow cooking, too.

      Hope this helps!

      Reply

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