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Slow Cooker Asian Style Wings

Slow Cooker Asian Style Wings with ginger, soy sauce, and Sriracha are a fantastic appetizer for any occasion from a football tailgate to an after ski gathering. And, best of all, the slow cooker takes care of all the cooking after only 5 minutes of hands-on prep time!

I had an incredible craving for wings recently! And since I already have a great baked buffalo wings recipe on the blog, I thought I’d take these wings in a little different direction and give them an Asian flair with soy sauce, honey, Sriracha, and ginger. Yum!

Finished wings in a white serving dish.

To make these Asian style wings (also known as sticky wings), all you’ll do is broil the wings for a few minutes, mix up the sauce, and combine everything in a slow cooker. So easy! Taking those few minutes to broil the wings helps the skin keep its texture during the long, slow cooking.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe


  • It’s largely hands-off. You only need 5 minutes of ingredient prep before the slow cooker takes over and finishes up. No frying required!
  • Versatile. They’re just as good for a lunch or dinner main course as they are for appetizers.
  • Warm and satisfying. I make these a lot in the winter, and the flavors in the sauce (ginger, garlic, and Sriracha) are lovely for cold weather.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING …

I made these for the Super Bowl today, and they were phenomenal! Everyone loved them. I think I’ll use the sauce for drumsticks at dinner soon!
— Lisa K.

🥘 About The Ingredients


All ingredients needed to make sticky wings.

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  • Chicken Wing Pieces – For best results, the chicken should be thawed. If you only have frozen chicken, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using it in the recipe. 
  • Olive Oil, Salt, and Black Pepper – The quick prep ingredients needed for broiling the wings.
  • Soy Sauce – Use your favorite. I usually choose Kikkoman because it’s readily available.
  • Ground Ginger – A common ingredient for bringing Asian influence to any recipe. The McCormick brand is perfectly fine.
  • Garlic – Make sure it’s very finely minced.
  • Green Onions – Use both the green and white parts, making sure they’re very thinly sliced.
  • Honey – Lends a subtle sweetness to the sauce. If you have local honey, that’s perfect. However, any brand works.
  • Sriracha (or other hot chili sauce) – Start with a tablespoon and adjust the heat to your preferred level by increasing or decreasing the amount. 
  • Sesame Oil – Adds a distinctive Asian flair. 
  • Canola Oil – The recipe needs a certain amount of oil but using all sesame oil would be overpowering. Canola oil is a fairly neutral flavor and is used to complete the volume of oil without added flavors.
  • Garnishes of Sesame Seeds and Green Onions – To emphasize the Asian style flavor of these wings.

The complete ingredient list with detailed measurements is included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How To Make Slow Cooker Asian Style Wings


  1. Preheat the broiler to its highest setting.
  1. Arrange the wing pieces on a baking sheet. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lightly toss the wings to distribute the oil and seasonings.
  2. Broil on the top oven rack for 10 minutes. Turn the wings over and broil for an additional 10 minutes on the second side.
  3. While the wings are broiling, prepare the sauce.
  4. In a small bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients except garnish. Stir until well combined.
  5. Place the wing pieces in a slow cooker and pour over the sauce.
  6. Cook for 4-5 hours on low heat. Gently stir occasionally during the cooking time to distribute the sauce throughout the wings.
Finished wings in a white serving dish.
  1. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

🔀 Recipe Variations


  • Experiment with hot sauces. Substitute any hot chili sauce that you prefer for the Sriracha.
  • Add more herbs, spices, and seasonings. While I find this recipe perfect as is, it’s always interesting to make changes to suit your own tastes. Try adding flavors such as thyme, smoked paprika, and cayenne.
  • Ramp up the garnishes. In addition to green onions and sesame seeds, sticky wings are great served with fresh cilantro and sliced fresh chili peppers.

💡 Pro Tips


  • Make sure the wings are fully cooked at the end of the cooking time. Never assume! Use a meat thermometer to check for 165°F in the thickest part of the wings.
  • Substitute 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder for the fresh garlic.
  • Substitute 3 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger for the ginger powder. 
Close up of finished wings.

🍚 Storage and Reheating


In an airtight container, these slow cooker Asian style wings will keep in the fridge for 4 days…if there are any leftovers! They’re hard to resist! You can also freeze sticky wings for 6 months. To reheat, allow the frozen wings to thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or in a very low oven.

🍽️ Serving Suggestions


Wings are everyone’s classic “game day” or get-together treat. Serve them as a snack alongside other appetizers like sweet and spicy peanuts, air fryer onion rings, or spicy cheese crackers.

As a meal, Asian style wings pair well with sides like salads, steamed veggies, and rice. (Or all three!) Egg drop or miso soup is particularly good with them!

❓ Questions About Slow Cooker Asian Wings


Can I make this recipe with frozen wings?

If you have frozen wings, I highly recommend you allow time for the wings to thaw before making this recipe. Adding frozen meats to a slow cooker runs the risk of food-borne diseases. It also greatly lengthens the cooking time and makes the sauce quite watery. 

I’d like the sauce to be thicker. What can I do?

If you want a thicker sauce, you’ll need to add a cornstarch slurry near the end of the cooking time. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Slowly pour the cornstarch into the crockpot around the sides. Stir gently to combine. Cook an additional 30 minutes.

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Finished wings in a white serving dish.

Slow Cooker Asian Style Wings

Slow Cooker Asian Style Wings with ginger, soy sauce, and Sriracha are a fantastic appetizer needing only 5 minutes of hands-on prep time!
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 36 chicken wing pieces
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 green onions white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili sauce such as Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • Garnish: sesame seeds and sliced green onions

Instructions

  • Preheat the broiler to its highest setting.
  • Arrange the wing pieces on a baking sheet. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lightly toss the wings to distribute the oil and seasonings.
  • Broil on the top oven rack for 10 minutes. Turn the wings over and broil for an additional 10 minutes on the second side.
  • While the wings are broiling, prepare the sauce.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients except garnish. Stir until well combined.
  • Place the wing pieces in a slow cooker and pour over the sauce.
  • Cook for 4-5 hours on low heat. Gently stir occasionally during the cooking time to distribute the sauce throughout the wings.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Notes

  • For a thicker sauce, add a cornstarch slurry near the end of the cooking time. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Slowly pour the cornstarch into the crockpot around the sides. Stir gently to combine. Cook an additional 30 minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. May also be frozen for 6 months. To reheat, allow the frozen wings to thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave or in a very low oven.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 145kcal | Carbohydrates 2g | Protein 9g | Fat 11g | Saturated Fat 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat 2g | Monounsaturated Fat 5g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 37mg | Sodium 295mg | Potassium 92mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 1g | Vitamin A 85IU | Vitamin C 1mg | Calcium 8mg | Iron 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on January 27, 2015. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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40 Comments

  1. I made these for the Super Bowl today, and they were phenomenal! Everyone loved them. I think I’ll use the sauce for drumsticks at dinner soon!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I’m so glad you liked them!

  2. These wings look so delicious that am going to make them for Super bowl Sunday.

  3. Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    I just pinned these Lana. I can’t believe how good they look. Wait. I can believe it! You made them!

  4. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I have never made wings in the slow cooker before but I love the idea. It takes all the work out of game day prep.

  5. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says:

    These look amazing!! I love wings, but never thought to finish them in the slow cooker. Plus, that sauce!!!

  6. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says:

    Slow cooker chicken wings- I’m in!!

  7. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen says:

    I love my crockpot! I’ve never tried making wings in there!

  8. Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom says:

    Love that you made these in the slow cooker, they look fabulous!

  9. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    Weekend ski party is such a theme. Y’all are creative. :) And these wings look great! I’ve made something similar but with chicken thighs and they’re sooo good!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Great idea, Erin. This sauce would be great with thighs for a weeknight dinner.

  10. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says:

    Asian style wings are my most favorite. Love that these are slow cooker!

  11. Ginny McMeans says:

    I’m picking up my skis and I’ll be right there. Your progressive lineup looks fantastic. Your flavors sound so good too!

  12. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says:

    These wings are finger licking good!

  13. susan // the wimpy vegetarian says:

    When I get finished skiing tomorrow, I would love to come home to these!!! What a great technique of broiling them first and finishing in the slow cooker. Great idea for next weekend’s game day too!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Definitely a dual purpose recipe, Susan! Ski party, football party…any occasion really.

  14. Jane, The Heritage Cook says:

    I absolutely love chicken wings and these look amazing Lana. I love the trick of broiling them and of course anything in a slow cooker makes my life so easy ;-) These may make an appearance at this weekend’s Super Bowl party!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      The broiling really keeps the skin from going “flabby” in the slow cooker, Jane. And it only takes a few minutes to do. Then just dump and cook!

  15. I think you’ve totally succeed in your quest for a snowy weekend in Georgia! Go play outside while these cook all day.

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Snowy weekends in Georgia are very, very rare, Susan, but when we do get one we all really enjoy it!

  16. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says:

    These are perfect for a ski weekend, especially since they can be made in the slow cooker.

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Thanks, Jeanette!

  17. Nikki @ Nik Snacks says:

    I so totally want to join your for a weekend ski party! ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE MAKING THESE LITTLE BEAUTIES!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Please do, Nikki! Come right on over!

  18. Heather // girlichef says:

    Slow cooker wings are my favorite right now, and these sound delicious – I love these flavors!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Thanks, Heather, and they couldn’t be simpler. Basically mix, dump, and cook.

  19. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    I’ve got to pick up some wings now! Looks ah-mazing Lana.

  20. Cookin Canuck says:

    Now I want to host a ski party! We have been skiing every Sunday and always crave something hearty like these wings when we get home.

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      I’ve never been skiing, Dara, but I can imagine that you’d need something warm and comforting coming off the slopes!

  21. My neighbor use to make wings similar to these for every block party. They were so amazing! I can’t wait to try these!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Hope you like them, Angie. They’re great for any party occasion.

  22. Martha@A Family Feast says:

    I’m loving the progressive dinner party menu! These wings look great and I love that they are made in the crockpot!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Gotta love a slow cooker, right? It really frees up the cook from kitchen duty!

  23. I’d eat these delicious gems anytime, anywhere! Perfect for any gathering :)

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Thanks, Liz! They really are delicious.

  24. I am gonna sit and eat the wings and watch everyone slush down the slopes. When they come over for wings, I will say “what wings” wiping my mouth to hide the asian sauce :D The flavors in these wings are great. I won’t be inclined to share .

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      We’ll put back an extra recipe of them in the kitchen, Ansh, just for you and me to share :-) Shhh…don’t tell the others!

  25. I have been skiing exactly 1 1/2 times, Lana, so I was right there with you. I’d happily eat these wings with you while everyone else is shushing down the slopes. =)

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      1 1/2 times? So you have waayyy more experience than me!