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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings

The meat literally falls off the bones of these wings! Spice lovers will get a kick out of the big sprinkling of red pepper flakes. —Sue Bayless, Prior Lake, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen


  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Ranch dressing and celery stalks, optional


  • Cut wings into 3 sections; discard wing tip sections. Place chicken in a 4-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over chicken; stir until coated. Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or until chicken juices run clear. If desired, serve with ranch dressing and celery stalks.
Editor's Note
Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 95 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • s_pants
    Jan 11, 2020

    These were good, but hardly spicy at all. I used frozen wing sections and cooked on high for about 5-6 hours and then low until they reached 180 degrees. The sauce just seemed to run off of them, so I broiled them for a few minutes as well. Maybe it was because most of the sauce stayed in the slow cooker instead of the wings! ;)

  • meaganteal
    Jan 4, 2016

    What a surprise! I made these for New year Eve, but forgot about them in the crockpot. I spooned them out, and the next day, we broiled them. Loved them.! A little worried that they would be to sweet or soupy, but they turned out great!!!

  • SewsomeCooksome
    Feb 3, 2015

    I 've made this 3 times in 1 month! My family & friends love it!

  • karenandcharlie
    Feb 2, 2015

    I'd rate 3-I too overcooked a bit, but they are kind of soupy so I took out of the sauce and under the broiler for a few to make not quite so messy.

  • nancybarth
    Jul 11, 2012

    No comment left

  • Hannah0418
    Dec 27, 2011

    good flavor. i broiled the wings first, 3" from heat - just to give them a bit of crispness, then transfered to crock pot. the wings were very tender; however, i overcooked mine a bit - should've cut back on cooking time since i broiled them.