Crockpot Chicken Wings

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These Crockpot Chicken Wings are the easiest appetizer of all time. You only need chicken wings and some BBQ sauce. For an amazing finished product, finish them off on the grill or under the broiler. Tasty little devils.

BBQ Chicken Wings

Crockpot Chicken Wings

Today I am sharing with you a wonderfully simple Crockpot Chicken Wings recipe! So, I’m not quite sure what came over me and why I wanted to eat chicken wings so so badly the other day, but that’s the reality of my life. I’ve stopped asking questions and just go with the flow…most of the time.

Why use a Crockpot?

I pulled out my crockpot and not the deep fryer because

  1. Ew. I hate the smell that lingers in my house from deep frying
  2. Set it and forget it!!
  3. But most importantly: my thighs don’t need any help getting larger.

BBQ Chicken Wings

Crockpot Chicken Wings Ingredients

Fresh Chicken Wings – Use fresh not frozen chicken wings for this recipe. But if you only have frozen wings don’t worry, just defrost them thoroughly before cooking them in the crockpot.

BBQ Sauce – Use your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe. You could even add some hot sauce if you like things spicier. I guess technically you could skip the BBQ sauce altogether and go for the traditional hot sauce + butter combo. To each her own!

Sides – Serve with carrots, celery, blue cheese or the traditional ranch dressing.

BBQ Chicken Wings

How to make Chicken Wings in a Crockpot

  1. Toss chicken wings in salt, pepper and 1/2 cup bbq sauce.
  2. Place into the crockpot and cook 2-3 hours until fully cooked but not falling off the bone.
  3. Remove from the crockpot, baste generously and grill or broil until the skin toasts up and the bbq sauce caramelizes.
  4. Serve with celery, carrots and blue cheese dip.

Other chicken wing sauces

  • Hot Sauce + Butter – as I mentioned above, this is the classic hot wing combination. Super delicious, especially with that blue cheese dip!
  • Honey + Garlic -a simple, flavorful and mild option for wings. Extra sticky, but very delicious.
  • Teriyaki sauce/Hoisin Sauce – for a tasty Asian flair, try one of these options. Fabulous topped with sesame seeds.

Using just BBQ sauce, all of our wings got finished with zero leftovers. Even my youngest loved ’em. {He is seriously my toughest critic.}

Printable recipe below. Have a great day, friends!

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Crockpot Chicken Wings

For Crockpot Chicken Wings all you need are a few chicken wings and some BBQ sauce. Then finish them off on the grill or under the broiler!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-1 1/2 cups favorite bbq sauce
  • celery, carrots, blue cheese or ranch dressing for serving


  • Sprinkle chicken wings with salt & pepper. Place into a crockpot and toss with 1/2 cup BBQ sauce. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until thoroughly cooked through but not falling off the bone!!
  • Remove chicken wings and baste generously with remaining bbq sauce. Grill or broil wings to crisp up the skin {this is why you don't want the chicken falling off the bone!!} and then serve hot.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1190mg | Potassium: 439mg | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crockpot BBQ Chicken, Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings, Crockpot Chicken Wings

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  3. Amelie Moore

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it wonderfully flavorful! Stuck to the original recipe. Will be making this again soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Mary Garner/Lotempio

    These look so good, going marketing in about an hour. Chicken wings are on the list. Must try this recipe today!

    1. Lauren

      I used fresh! The only thing about using frozen is that there would probably be a lot more cooking liquid which might make the chicken cook quicker/get potentially soggy {for lack of a better word} making it harder to crisp up the skin.