Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Wings


Make buffalo wings the easy way, by cooking them in the slow cooker! Made stress-free and loaded with mouthwatering finger-licking flavors, this recipe is perfect for homegating with the Crock-Pot® brand!


Are you ready for some serious homegating?  Try your buffalo wings in the slow cooker and watch how quickly they disappear!  Plus, they’re hands-off, so you can enjoy the game and your guests!

These Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Wings are sponsored by the Crock-Pot® brand. All opinions are mine alone #ad

Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Wings | Chicken wings are rubbed with spices, tossed in a sweet and spicy honey buffalo sauce, cooked in the slow cooker, then crisped up under the broiler for a finger-lickin' juicy hot wing!  Slow cooker wings are the way to go this game day season! | The Chunky Chef | #chickenwings, #hotwings #chickenwingrecipe #buffalo #honeybuffalo #slowcooker #crockpot #gamedayfood

When I think of great game day food, there’s one quintessential food that everyone loves and asks for… buffalo wings!  There’s something so tempting about those little bites of crispy, sticky, juiciness… so deliciously spicy and just waiting to be dipped in some ranch or blue cheese dressing!  Today I’ve partnered with Crock-Pot® brand to bring you this incredibly appetizer recipe!

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True, there’s no dainty way to eat buffalo wings; at least not that I’ve seen or tried.  You just have to go for it, with sticky hands and usually some sauce on your face.  It’s so worth it though!

Photo of buffalo wings sauce being poured over wings in slow cooker

I know there are a LOT of chicken wing flavor combos out there, but my all-time favorite is the honey buffalo flavor.  I love buffalo sauce, but sometimes it can be overpowering, and a bit too spicy.  The honey comes in and just mellows it out, not to mention it helps the sauce caramelize beautifully when you broil them!

Just as there are a lot of sauce flavors out there, there are also quite a few cooking methods.  There’s the classic fried, there’s broiled, baked, and my new favorite, the slow cooked method!

Buffalo wings in slow cooker

Who knew making chicken wings could be SO easy!!  I love a great appetizer that I can pop in the slow cooker and forget about for a couple of hours.  Usually when I’m hosting a homegating party (or any party for that matter), there are what seems like a million things to do, and babysitting an appetizer for hours just isn’t on my to-do list!

I can serve food right out of this slow cooker during a party… which means less dishes to wash… and it looks beautiful!  It has all the great Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker quality you’ve come to expect from their products, plus I LOVE the NFL logo.  You can also get your favorite NCAA team logo!

For a true saucy consistency to the buffalo wings, just cook in the slow cooker and serve; but if you want a truly sticky glaze, there’s a little work at the end.  No worries though, it’s not super time consuming, and once it’s done, you can pop the glazed wings back in the slow cooker on warm for the party!

Honey buffalo chicken wings on plate

As far as what to serve these honey buffalo wings with, the sky is the limit!  Traditional carrot and celery sticks, blue cheese sauce, ranch dressing, lime wedges, green onion garnish… you really can’t go wrong!  My personal favorite is blue cheese sauce, but my family is hooked on ranch dressing, so we usually end up with both.

Buffalo hot wings dipped in ranch dressing

The next time you’re hosting a game day party (homegating for the win!), give these easy slow cooker honey buffalo wings a try!  You’ll love how easy they are, plus how amazing they taste!  With this recipe and your Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, your homegating party will be a huge success!!

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5 from 9 votes
6 - 8 servings
Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Wings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
 

Make buffalo wings the easy way, by cooking them in the slow cooker! Made stress-free and loaded with mouthwatering finger-licking flavors!

Calories: 714 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
SPICE RUB:
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder or dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
HONEY BUFFALO SAUCE:
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce (Frank's Original is what I always use)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp molasses (optional but recommended)
WINGS:
  • 4 lbs fresh chicken wings, patted dry
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, add rub ingredients and stir to combine thoroughly.  Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and add chicken wings.  Sprinkle rub over the top and use hands to massage the rub into all the chicken wings.  I like to use nitrile gloves for this - easy clean up!

  2. In the empty rub mixing bowl, add sauce ingredients and whisk to combine well.  Pour over spiced wings and toss gently to coat.

  3. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 hours, or on LOW for 3-4 hours.

FOR STICKY GLAZE:
  1. Cook slow cooker recipe as directed above.  Line a baking sheet with 2 sheets of aluminum foil, then place an oven safe wire cooling rack on top.  Place cooked wings on cooling rack, then pour sauce from the slow cooker into a saucepan.  Add 2 Tbsp cornstarch and 2 Tbsp of water to a small bowl and whisk to combine well, then pour into sauce and whisk.  Cook over MED-HIGH heat until boiling, then reduce heat to MED-LOW and whisk as it cooks.  Cook about 5 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency. 

  2. Brush wings with thickened sauce, then broil on HIGH for 2-3 minutes, until the sauce caramelizes a little.  Brush with more glaze and broil another 2 minutes.  Repeat this one more time and you should have perfectly sticky wings!

Recipe Notes

Frozen wings can also be used, but the sauce in the slow cooker after cooking will be more watery, as most frozen chicken wings are ice glazed (each wing has a thin glaze of ice over it, so they don't stick together as much in the bag).  For best results, thaw frozen wings before cooking.

If cooking from frozen, cook time is 3 hours on HIGH and 4-6 hours on LOW.

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Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Wings | Chicken wings are rubbed with spices, tossed in a sweet and spicy honey buffalo sauce, cooked in the slow cooker, then crisped up under the broiler for a finger-lickin' juicy hot wing!  Slow cooker wings are the way to go this game day season! | The Chunky Chef | #chickenwings, #hotwings #chickenwingrecipe #buffalo #honeybuffalo #slowcooker #crockpot #gamedayfood

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26 comments on “Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Wings”

  1. Oh my gosh these look so good! I have got to make them for our next Football gathering!

  2. I loved that you pared the hot sauce with molasses and honey! Perfect combo!

  3. These look amazing, and they’re perfect for gameday!

  4. ooh!!! look so delicious. It’s tempting a lot. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Anything made in a slow cooker will always have a place in my cookbook. I love the pairings of flavors for the sauce.

  6. these look seriously delicious!

  7. Slow cooker is such a life saver! And I love slow cooker meals!

  8. These look yummy! I am going to try one! Thanks!

  9. So perfect for game day! Looks amazing.

  10. Do you cook the wings with sauce in slow cooker for sticky wings also?

  11. In the slow cooker now! Will post again when done. Can not wait!

  12. Do you use the sauce from the slow cooker to make the sticky glaze?

  13. Yummy!! Messy!! Definitely a keeper.

  14. In crockpot now. Will post pics when finished. Cant wait!

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  16. These wings omg!!!! Big hit in my house. Top favorite wing recipe

  17. I just made these! Doing a “trial run” for a dish to bring to the super bowl party this Sunday, I’ve never made any type of buffalo wings, I’m not even a big fan of them. Absolutely love these wings, a great mix of spicey & sweet! I did the extra part putting them in the oven on broil, highly recommend doing that. I will be doubling this recipe for Sunday’s game!

    • Did you then put them back into slow cooker to serve? I want to bring to a super bowl party as well and wondering if I can just bring the crock pot for serving so they stay warm. Thanks!

    • you are right they have to be broiled wonderful wings

  18. These wings were the hit our tail gate party. Thanks for posting.

  19. I have these in the slowncooker right now and will post later.

  20. Do you boil or cook the wings before you place them in the crockpot? I have seen recipes that call for 6 hours cooking time. 3 to 4 hours is not long. Thanks? Also would the time increase if we had more wings?

    • Nope, no pre-cooking necessary 🙂 As noted in the recipe, if you’re using frozen wings, then cooking time will be increased, up to 6 hours total. I’ve never cooked more than the amount specified, so I can’t say for sure.

  21. This is my second time making this and I must say, IT IS GREAT. I made an extra batch of the spice rub and put it in a baggy. I will try it with my chops tomorrow.
    OMG! Did I say how GREAT these wings were? The first time I made these wings, my mother was down visiting and she loved them.
    Thanks for the recipe.