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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

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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.

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And how can you have game day without chicken wings?

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Wings with Worcestershire Sauce and Beer

This is my favorite wings recipe. They have all the flavor of traditional wings but whip up in a snap in the slow cooker. 

Cheer your team on to a victory over a platter of these irresistible buffalo wings. Grab some ranch and blue cheese, as they are definitely spicy!

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo chicken wings are known for delectable, juicy meat that’s fried to a crisp and then 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

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.

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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. Enjoy the flavors of garlic, without the texture of garlic cloves or minced garlic swimming around your wings.

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

This recipe can be a little salty, so make sure you’re using the unsalted version of many of the ingredients, especially the butter!

You can also opt for lower sodium options of Worcestershire sauce to cut back on salt even further.

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.

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.

You’ll also want to remove the tip of the wing.

While cooking wings, you’ll want to make sure the chicken wing reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

When you check the temperature of the wings, make sure you are measuring from the center of the thickest past.

These areas will cook more slowly than thinner parts of the wings.

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Wings

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Wings

The combinations are needless when it comes to serving these slow cooker wings. I always recommend some fresh carrot and celery slices.

The veggies help to cool your mouth off while eating spicy wings. You could also try some homemade coleslaw!

You can’t forget the dip! These wings are delicious dipped in ranch dressing or bleu cheese. You could also make your own dip by adding seasoning to mayonnaise.

If you feel like frying, homemade French fries would be the perfect pairing for a plate of slow cooker wings.

These wings could also benefit from being paired with a portion of good comfort food. Make this a meal with a scoop of mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.

You could also pair these wings with any kind of potato. We mention fried and mashed, but baked is another good option!

The subtle starchiness of the potato takes on whichever flavor you pair it with.

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!

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.

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.

For a more adventurous recipe, you could try coating the wings in honey and garlic butter for a sweet and savory combination.

These chicken wings are so good, you could even just enjoy them plain! The crispy skin and juicy meat are satisfying all by themselves.

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

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

4

hours 

30

minutes
Calories

386

kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

  • 1 (4 pound) frozen chicken wing sections, thawed

  • 1/2 cup butter

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

Directions

  • 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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