Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings

 Easy slow cooker chicken wings tossed in a sweet and spicy honey chipotle sauce that is to die for! 

Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings

Growing up my family had a tradition called Junk Food Dinner. Stop it, it’s not what you think. Okay it might be what you think. My mom makes a whole bunch of finger foods. Pigs in a blanket, taquitos, chips and dip, pretzels and cheese sauce, popcorn, apples and oranges, and…. about a million other things. My mother cooks like she’s about to feed an army. But, in her defense, my brothers and I probably could have given a whole platoon a run for their money.

Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings

Anyways, Junk Food Dinner is the awesome, whether you’re 9 or 49 – you gotta love having a whole bunch of snacky foods for dinner.  I always loved it when my mom made bbq chicken wings. I like them bone-in or bone-out, I’m not real picky, but my husband really only likes boneless wings. This recipe works for either one and I’ve included directions on how to make super easy homemade boneless wings in the recipe.

You’re welcome.

Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings

This recipe is way too easy to throw together. Seriously, toss the sauce ingredients right into the slow cooker along with the wings, set it, forget it, then remember it, and dinner is served. We love having wings as an appetizer, or as a main dish so whatever the occasion, don’t wait to make these – put them on the menu this week!

Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings

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Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings
 
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Easy slow cooker chicken wings tossed in a sweet and spicy honey chipotle sauce that is to die for!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds chicken wings (store bought bone-in or boneless wings, OR recipe below for homemade boneless chicken wings)
  • optional: ranch dressing for dipping
sauce
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons chipotle adobo sauce (the sauce that chipotle peppers are packed adobo sauce - these can be found at most grocery stores near the canned jalapeños.)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (I used Franks)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • ⅔ cup cold water + 4 tablespoons corn starch
homemade boneless chicken wings
  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts cut into pieces (2-3 inches long, 1 inch wide)
  • ⅓ cup corn starch
  • 3 eggs + 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. In slow cooker, whisk together all sauce ingredients except for water and corn starch.
  2. Spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add half of the sauce. Add chicken wings to slow cooker and toss to coat in the sauce. (**see directions below for homemade boneless wings). Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low 6-7 hours.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together cold water and corn starch. Add reserved sauce to slow cooker and stir to combine. Stir in cold starch mixture. Cover and cook another 15-20 minutes until sauce is thickened. Serve wings with ranch dressing or other favorite dipping sauces.
  4. **For homemade boneless chicken wings: Whisk together eggs and water in a small bowl. Place bread crumbs in another bowl. Add chicken pieces and corn starch to a large bag. Seal the bag and shake to coat chicken pieces with corn starch.
  5. Remove chicken from bag, dip into egg mixture, then toss in bread crumbs to coat well. Add breaded chicken pieces to well greased slow cooker (without sauce). Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-7 hours. When fully cooked, toss in sauce and then serve. (Waiting to toss the chicken in the sauce at the end will prevent the chicken breading from getting soggy. For even crispier chicken, bake at 450 for 5-10 minutes before tossing in the sauce)

 

Slow Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings

 

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These wings look perfect! Definitely saving them for a game day!

Oh man this looks too good Chung Ah!

I am so excited to make these! Grocery day is tomorrow, and these are happening, with my homemade bread crumbs. I’ve never thought of making boneless “wings” by cutting up chicken breasts. Genius!

The sauce is really good. I used the chicken breast instead of the chicken wings. I will try it again with chicken wings

I’m not sure how it works to add the sauce ingredients to the slow cooker (and stur/mix) and then spray the cooker with cooking spray. How does the bottom of the cooker get spray?

    And then add half the sauce? Does not make sense.

I am going to try these next Saturday they sound so good! BUT… I assume you add the other half of the sauce after you add the wings? It says to spray the crockpot, add half the sauce, add the wings, and toss to coat. Or do you heat the other half of the sauce up with the combined cornstarch and water to thicken before adding? Help me out here. Thanks!

Do you have a recommendation for a store-bought brand of boneless chicken wings for this recipe? I’m new to cooking so I am not sure I want to attempt to make my own!

    Tyson is my go-to brand for store-bought chicken wings! 🙂

These were awesome! I popped them under the broiler to crisp up a bit. They caramelized beautifully and the meat fell right off the bone. Thanks for the great recipe!

    Ooh, a little bit of time under the broiler would be fantastic for these wings! Great idea Vanessa! 🙂

      Do you cook the chicken wings frozen???

We had these tonight. I made the homemade wings using gluten free panko crumbs. I LOVE this sauce and will definitely use it again. I think next time I’ll try cooking the wings for 6 hours instead of 7. They seemed dry. Overall this was a hit. Thanks 😀

    Do you cook the chicken wings frozen??? Making them today

I made these tonight and they are great. Slow cooked and the sauce is really good. However, the minute I tried to serve them the meat just fell away from the bone (which is usually a good thing), but I was left with chicken and bone mush. Any thoughts on how to get the wings to keep their shape so they can be eaten like wings?

    Michelle, I haven’t made these just yet but they are on the menu for next week. I would suggest shortening your cooking time for the next time you make them and even taking them out and putting under the broiler for about 15-20 minutes. I was searching for recipe ideas for my family for next week and that’s how I came across these. I will be posting my review after making them. Good luck.

What about using frozen wings? Or should they be fresh?

    Frozen wings work!

These look so good. Does the chipotle adobo sauce come in a bottle or do you just use the sauce from the can of chipotle peppers? Thanks.

this looks really good! But I’m trying to make them now and these instructions are extremely confusing!!! Maybe try revising it to make it a little more clear…

    I’m not sure how to make the instructions more clear. I’ve had other readers make these with great success. If you have a specific question about the directions I’d love to help you out!

I too have a question on the directions. Step 2 says to put half the sauce in, but I don’t see any direction as to what to do with the other half and when. Can you clarify? Thanks!

    Hi! I’ve updated the recipe to be more clear! 🙂

Is a slow cooker the same as a crock pot?

I think the confusion in the recipe lies in the very first step. You say to put the ingredients in a slow cooker, then to spray it, then to put only half the sauce in it? See the problem? You spray it after the ingredients are already in it, and then you are only supposed to have half the sauce in it anyways. Very unclear.

I think the first step should say “In a bowl, whisk together…” That would solve everything

    Hi Josh, thanks for the help! I’ll take a closer look at those instructions today and make an adjustment! 🙂

Can this recipe be doubled? Want to make this for a Super Bowl party tomorrow?

    Sure can!

I want to try to make the boneless version in the crockpot…it says just add them to a well greased crockpot…doesn’t there have to be a liquid/sauce to help the chicken cook and not burn? I’ve never cooked anything in the crockpot without a liquid to support it…

    Hi Holly! Step 1 says to grease the slow cooker, then add half of the sauce.

      Correct, but for the boneless ones, it says throw them in without the sauce

        Was this comment resolved? I was planning to make the boneless version too but I’m confused about when to add the sauce. Is it 1/2 in the slow cooker with the boneless/breaded chicken then half once they’re cooked??

          Hi Liz, yes you cook with half of the sauce and add the rest at the end!

I love your blog Tiffany. I have made your sweet and sour chicken and your jalapeno popper chicken taquitos and my boyfriend and I have loved them, so thank you. My question is on the bone-in recipe.. I see that I can cook them frozen, but do I need to change the time that they cook or can I just do the 3-4 on high or the 6-7 on low?

    Hi Tiffany! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying these recipes – the two you mentioned are two of my ABSOLUTE favorites! I’ve made these with frozen bone-in and they cooked up nicely in the same amount of cooking time. 🙂

Regarding boneless chicken wings….in your recipe When you use the crispier version of baking 5-10 mins, is that to finish? In other words, do I slow cook the chicken THEN finish in oven? Or just one or the other? I have been tasked to make chicken wings for 100 people…contribution to a memorial service. I am at a loss and hope that I can cook the wings at home, then serve in my 2 crock pots with the sauce at the service. If not practical would like advice how to make ahead and transport/keep warm if possible at the service. Wings were a favorite of the deceased so trying to do best possible and i loved the description of your recipe. https://m.facebook.com/home.php?src=email_notifeying

    Hi Annie, there is no need to use both the slow cooker and the oven, one or the other is fine. You could make them in the oven, then keep them warm in your slow cooker for the service. Hope that helps!

can these wings be cooked and frozen

Mmmmmmmmm mm. ..wat else can I say

Hey look absolutely delicious. I’m going to try and attempt to make them today for Super Bowl Sunday !!🏉
Is it possible to make these wings with the bone in /
skin on… In the crockpot?

I like the chicken to cook very spicy but I will try this by viewing its looking like very chewy & soft melts in the mouth.

Made these and they were cooked in my slowcooker on high within two hours. I thickened the sauce as directed and then broiled for ten minutes. They were very tasty. Will cook for slightly shorter next time. Form won’t let me select 4 stars!

Too many ingredients with too sweet a wing sauce for my family’s taste. I’m sure many will like it, though.