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cranberry sweet hot wings by noreen

(8 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Nor Mac
Northern, MA

This is one of my own recipes I created and a family favorite. I bring them to a lot of parties. You can make them as hot or not as hot as you like. They taste awesome either way. No one would ever guess what ingredients are used. Grab a napkin and dig in!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Sweet, tangy, moist, and tender, these are fantastic chicken wings. They're perfect for a potluck, game night, or a tailgate. Just make sure to have lots of napkins!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(8 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 55 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For cranberry sweet hot wings by noreen

  • 3-4 lb
    chicken wings
  • 1 can
    jellied cranberry sauce (14 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp
    Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 c
    orange juice (not fresh squeezed)
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 clove
    garlic, grated or chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    dried onion
  • 4-10 Tbsp
    mild to medium hot sauce (I use Texas Pete's Buffalo sauce. If using Frank's hot sauce, you must taste after each tablespoon, since it is stronger)
  • chopped jalapeno pepper, optional

How To Make cranberry sweet hot wings by noreen

  • Setting up the slow cooker.
    Set a slow cooker to high. Heat the broiler in the oven to high.
  • Prepared wings in a colander.
    Cut the tips off the chicken wings and discard them. Cut the joint in half. The wings should be in 2 pieces per wing to cook. Set aside.
  • Sauce ingredients stirred together in the slow cooker.
    Add the cranberry sauce to the slow cooker. Chop up the sauce until it is very mashed looking. Add the remaining ingredients except for the chicken. Stir to combine.
  • Chicken wings baking on a foil-lined pan.
    Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the chicken on the sheet and broil about 15-20 minutes until browned nicely, turning after 5-10 minutes. It also helps get rid of some of the grease in it.
  • Wings tossed in the slow cooker.
    Transfer the wings to the slow cooker. Toss in the sauce. Cover and cook for 1-2 hours on high or 2 hours on low. Check them and stir once during cooking. (If you stir too much the wings will fall apart.)
  • Chicken wings under the broiler.
    Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and return to the baking sheet. Pour some of the sauce from the slow cooker over the wings. Place under the broiler to brown and make the sauce stick. Discard the remaining sauce or save for dipping. Keep warm in the clean slow cooker uncovered.