Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe (2024)

Slow cooker sticky chicken wings recipe gives you the best sweet and tangy wings! Throw the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, a few other things, and let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting to get the perfect summer dinner.

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Our slow cooker sticky chicken wings recipe is the best chicken wings recipe that you can make in your slow cooker. I love an easy meal during the week, and this is just that. You can also use this as an easy appetizer recipe.

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My family loves these slow cooker chicken wings, so I bet yours will too! I don’t know what my kids love more, how delicious these are, or how messy they get.

But that’s okay, nothing a few baby wipes can’t handle. I know what youre thinking, but yes, we still keep those handy with kids in our house. 😉 These wings are worth the little bit of mess, we just say they are finger licking good!

If chicken wings are your thing, you need to try our Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken WIngs Recipe, Garlic Paresan Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer, or these amazing Slow Cooker Thai Chili Chicken Wings.

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Ingredients Needed For Our Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe:

  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Minced garlic
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Chicken wings
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sesame seeds

How To Make Our Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe:

Begin by adding honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, sriracha sauce, and add black pepper to taste in a saucepan.

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Bring all of the ingredients in the pan to a boil, and then lower the temperature down and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken up.

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Once it is done simmering, remove the sauce from heat and let the sauce cool down slightly.

Now, get the slow cooker out and spray it down with nonstick cooking spray to avoid the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the slow cooker.

Then, place the chicken wings in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the sauce over top of the chicken wings. Do your best to make sure they are all completely covered.

Next, place the lid on the slow cooker and turn it on high and set the timer for 4 hours.

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While the chicken is cooking, remove the lid and flip the chicken a few times while it is cooking.

After the chicken is done cooking, remove the chicken wings from the slow cooker and place them on a plate.

Then, in a small bowl, mix together the water and cornstarch.

When the cornstarch mixture is combined, pour it into the sauce in the slow cooker and mix it together well.

Now, place the chicken back into the slow cooker with the sauce, and let it cook for another 10 minutes, or until the sauce thickens up.

When that is done, remove the chicken from the slow cooker, top it with chopped fresh cilantro and sesame seeds and serve them hot!

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To Make The Best Chicken Wing Recipe You Will Need:

  1. Medium saucepan
  2. Slow cooker (THIS is a great one!)
  3. Nonstick cooking spray
  4. Plate/platter
  5. Spatula

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Cornstach Subtitutes

The purpose of cornstarch in the recipe is to help thicken up the sauce for the chicken wings. So, I would say it is kind of important to the recipe.

If you can get some for this recipe that would be ideal. However, if you are trying to work with what you already have in your pantry, take a look at Healthline’s article for the 11 best substitutes for cornstarch, and see if you have anything that will work!

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Serves: 6

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe

5 from 1 vote

I had a bag of chicken wings in my freezer and decided that I would try something new . . . these Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings ended up being a huge hit!

Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 4 hours hrs 30 minutes mins

Total Time 4 hours hrs 40 minutes mins



  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • black pepper
  • 20 chicken wings
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • fresh cilantro
  • sesame seeds


  • In a sauce pan add the honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sriracha and season to taste with black pepper. Bring the mix to a boil, then lower the temperature and simmer for 5 minutes (until the sugars have dissolved and the sauce is beginning to thicken). Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

  • Spray the crock pot with nonstick cooking spray and place the chicken inside. Pour the sauce over the chicken and move the chicken around a bit with tongs so that it is completely coated with sauce. Put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours, flipping chicken a couple of times during the cooking process.

  • Once finished cooking, remove the chicken pieces and place on a plate. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water, then pour into the crock pot with the leftover sauce. Mix together well, place chicken back into the slow cooker, and let cook for about 10 minutes (or until the sauce starts to thicken up*). Just before serving, sprinkle with torn cilantro leaves and sesame seeds.


*If you want to speed up this process, pour the sauce into a saucepan and cook on the stovetop for just a couple of minutes, until the sauce thickens.


Calories: 540 kcal · Carbohydrates: 46 g · Protein: 31 g · Fat: 26 g · Saturated Fat: 7 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 123 mg · Sodium: 865 mg · Potassium: 344 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 43 g · Vitamin A: 237 IU · Vitamin C: 2 mg · Calcium: 46 mg · Iron: 2 mg


  • Saucepan

  • Slow Cooker

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Recipe Details

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Recipe slightly adapted from Farm Girl Gourmet

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  1. Nichi says:

    I love your new ABOUT US page. So fun to read about each one of you. You are all a great inspiration. Thanks for a great blog and fun easy recipes!!

  2. Julie says:

    I have all of these ingredients on hand to make this so guess what dinner is going to be tomorrow night? Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    These would be gone in a MINUTE.

  4. Rhonda says:

    My sister is always trying to show off her recipes to me. She just got a new app today for sharing recipes and she emailed me this fancy peanut Thai chicken dinner she made. (I got the free version so I could try it, and it actually let me import the recipe straight into the app with no typing or anything, which was pretty cool you guys would probably like it if you have iPhones or iPads I think I'm going to start using it: Anyway I'm going to put this slow cooker chicken wing recipe in it and send it back to her (so there!) and I'm going to use this photo cause mine didn't look this pretty so thanks for the help showing off back LOL!!!

  5. Kassie Lowe says:

    This looks you think I could use chicken breasts instead of wings?

  6. Cyd says:

    We have only made it with chicken wings. You could use chicken breasts. Maybe even slice it into strips. Not sure what the exact cooking times would be. You'll have to watch it closely. Let us know how it works.

  7. Angela says:

    Made these last night. They were delicious but I think 4 hours on high is too long. The meat was falling off the wings! I think it would be great with drum sticks!

  8. Annelise says:

    Sounds & looks delicious! Do you use frozen or thawed chicken wings?

  9. Christine McLaughlin says:

    This was excellent! My entire family loved it!

  10. Kelly Johnson says:

    These look delicious!! Is there a way to bake them in oven rather than a crock-pot? What temp?

  11. Cyd says:

    I'm sure you could cook them in the crock pot. We have only cooked them in the oven. So not sure the temp and how long.

  12. Michelle Green says:

    This chicken was fantastic!! I have made it with wings, thighs and breasts, we even did boneless chicken bites which we floured and fried so they were crispy, I get lip smacking reviews everytime I serve it, I tell them it was my own recipe, haha sure hope they don't follow this site... :)

  13. Sam Davis says:

    Any chance the cook time could be longer? What about 8 hours on low? Any thoughts?

  14. Cyd says:

    I think that would work. Hopefully someone will be home to check it periodically. Some viewers have used chicken breasts and that is yummy too!

  15. Crystal says:

    No I thought if you put it on low it would take longer no by hour 4the meat was falling off

  16. Cheri says:

    Has anyone else had trouble with the sauce not thickening up? Still tasted ok but I'm not sure what I did wrong - I didn't change the recipe at all besides omitting the cilantro and seeds bc the sauce was too runny for it to stick to the chicken...

  17. Karen says:

    My family loves this recipe! I like it because I have all the ingredients on hand.

  18. Allie says:

    Anyone have ideas for sides with this dish? I was thinking rice but that seems kinda boring.

  19. Debbie Jennings says:

    Maybe some fried rice or asparagus wrapped in bacon grilled

  20. Bobbie Jo says:

    Thanks, I have all those ingredients so I think ill make this for dinner tonight! :)

  21. Rebekah says:

    wondering if anyone has made a really big batch of these and if that has changed the cooking times. I am making this for 2 big families so I need lots.

  22. Melia says:

    Could I use this for my 30 days of freezer meals? Would I just make the sauce, let it cool then toss it all in with the raw chicken? Then freeze?

  23. Cyd says:

    That should work. Then just thaw and put it all together in the slow cooker.

  24. Linda says:

    not drumsticks, but drummies from the wing..

  25. Melissa says:

    Would the cooking time be the same if I use frozen drummies and wings?

  26. Sophie says:

    Hi, love the sound of this... I don't have an actual slow cooker, just a good heavy (Le crueset copy) casserole dish with lid, can you advise me on how long I could cook it with drumsticks for and at which temp to get the same effect? And oven or hob? I have plenty of time ... So love slow cooking ... Can't wait to try it!

  27. Cyd says:

    Hi Sophie, We have only made this in the crock pot. I did some research for you though. The low setting on a crock pot is around 190 to 200 degrees. The high setting is around 250 degrees. I think the drumsticks would cook about the same length of time as the chicken wings. Just be sure they are cooked all the way through before eating. I hope this helps as you try to convert this recipe over to your casserole dish and bake it in the oven. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by our blog!

  28. Bari says:

    This recipe sounds wonderful. What size crockpot did you use?

  29. Cyd says:

    All of the sisters have different sizes and brands of crock pots. But the majority of us have 6 quart crock pots. Hope this helps! Have a great day! :)

  30. Megan says:

    add some more cornstarch and cook it on the stovetop.

  31. Sandy says:

    I've made similar in the oven -- have to use a disposable foil pan as they are very messy from the oven. Cook long enough and the sauce thickens and they do indeed fall off the bone. My recipe uses maple syrup and I am a maple syrup freak so I'm looking forward to adding it to this recipe and using the crock pot.

  32. Laura says:

    Made these for supper tonight!!! They were very good! My husband said could use a little more heat so maybe next time(because he is already asking for me to make them again!) i will do a TBSP of sriracha sauce!I love your site and have had success with all the recipes we have tried, especially the classic peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!!Thanks :)

  33. Chris says:

    Can I prepare the night before and marinate overnight??? then cook the next day?Thanks! Sounds yummy

  34. Cyd says:

    That will work fine to prepare the night before. :)

  35. Samantha says:

    My husband and I don't like dark meat and I accidentally bought chicken legs from our local butcher (I know, I does one "accidentally" buy chicken legs). I was looking for a recipe that may help to mask that dark meat flavor we don't care for. I made this for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS! We literally couldn't get enough! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe, we may just like dark meat after all!

  36. Chris says:

    I think this looks yummy. What would the time and increased ingredients be to serve 50 people? Thank you.

  37. Cyd says:

    This recipe makes about 20 chicken wings. You could use wings or drumsticks. Just depends on how many pieces of chicken everyone will eat. You will just need to adjust to that. You will need to use a couple of slow cookers. To load them all in one slow cooker would be too many.

  38. Courtney says:

    What if I use chicken breast? Does the amount of time change?

  39. BetsyD says:

    I made this last night for dinner for my husband and four boys....they were licking their plates! I used drumsticks instead of wings and the meat was literally falling off the bone. The only change I made was to pierce the chicken with a fork when it was thaw, so the sauce would marinate it as it cooked and seep into the meat. Delicious! Thank you for a fantastic recipe!

  40. Chasity Underdahl says:

    Suggestions on if I need a dipping sauce?

  41. Cyd says:

    You really don't need a sauce because they are covered in sticky delicous sauce. You could dip them in ranch dressing.

  42. Sara says:

    If you double the wings, do all the ingredients double?

  43. Cyd says:

    Yes, double all the other ingredients if you are doubling the wings. You don't want them to be too dry. We love good Sticky Chicken Wings!

  44. Renee says:

    I came across this recipe while looking for an easy dinner to make tonight for 7 people. So glad we brought the extra large crockpot for our long weekend holiday!

  45. Jaden says:

    Skin on or off?

  46. Cyd says:

    Hi Jaden. We left the skin on when making these. But you can take it off if you prefer.

  47. Linsey says:

    Sorry. I meant does this use frozen or **thawed wings? Thanks!

  48. Momma Cyd says:

    We have done both. If frozen it may need a little more cooking time. Some are saying the cooking time was too long. Just depends our your slow cooker. So just watch it.

  49. Tilki says:


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