Party Essentials: Tangy, Slow-Cooker-to-Oven Wings

Andy Anderson !


These wings are not overly hot, but they have a very distinctive tang to them. This is achieved by using Frank’s “original” hot sauce, and the two tablespoons of vinegar. I played about with a few “other” ingredients, until I got the sauce the way I wanted it.

After that, it was simply a question of how I wanted to cook them. I choose the slow cooker (instant pot), because I wanted to give them a long cooking time in the sauce.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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20 Min
30 Min



  • 3 - 4 lb
    chicken wings

  • 12 oz
    frank’s "original" hot sauce (1 small bottle)
  • 8 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted (1 stick)
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce, homemade if possible
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried greek oregano
  • 1 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions, crushed to a powder
  • 1 tsp
    dried parsley flakes
  • 1 Tbsp
    rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    champagne vinegar

  • 4 oz
    frank's "original" hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    rice wine vinegar

How to Make Party Essentials: Tangy, Slow-Cooker-to-Oven Wings


  2. In my opinion, Frank’s “original” Hot sauce is the only one that works for this recipe. I tried several others, and they just did not give me the “tang” I was going for.
  3. If you are not a fan of Worcestershire sauce, it is probably because of the anchovies they put in it. I promise you that if you try this recipe, you will NEVER buy store-bought Worcestershire again.
    DIY Essentials: Homemade Worcestershire Sauce
  4. I am using rice wine, and champagne vinegar because I like the flavor they impart from the sauce; however, if all you have if regular vinegar, use it.
  5. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  7. Add the ingredients to a saucepan, over medium heat.
  8. Bring up to the boil, and allow to cook for 3 – 5 minutes.
  9. While the sauce is cooking, remove the tips from the chicken wings, then freeze and reserve them for making stocks.
  10. Chef’s Note: You can choose to separate the wings, from the drumettes, or you can leave them connected. Separated or connected, makes no difference to the recipe.
  11. Add the chicken to the bowl of your slow cooker.
  12. Pour the hot sauce in, and toss to combine.
  13. Cook on high for 2 hours, or until the wings are cooked through.
  14. Chef’s Note: If you cook the wings too long they will begin to fall apart. You do not want that; you want firm (cooked) wings; not mushy wings. I will admit that it might take a few tries with your individual slow cooker, to get it right. But, I found that two hours on high worked perfectly.
  15. Place a rack in the bottom position, and preheat the oven to 375f (190c).
  16. Place the wings on a parchment-lined baking sheet with a wire rack.
  17. Bake in the preheated oven, until the wings become crispy, and begin to turn a golden brown, from 15 to 30 minutes.
  18. Chef’s Tip: All ovens are different; make sure to keep an eye on the wings so they do not burn. I HATE it when that happens.
  20. I wish I had photos for this, but the process is rather straightforward:
    After you have removed the wings from the slow cooker, take the sauce and put it into a de-fatter.
    Chef’s Note: The sauce will have a ton of fat, so you need to get rid of it. You could use a de-fatter, or you could put the sauce in a bowl, and spoon off the fat.
    Take the defatted sauce, and place it into a saucepan over medium heat.
    Add 4 ounces of Frank’s “original” hot sauce, and 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar.
    Allow the sauce to boil until it is reduced by over half, and begins to thicken.
    Taste the sauce, and add a bit more Frank’s or some vinegar, if necessary.
  22. Serve while nice and hot with the sauce. Enjoy.
  23. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Party Essentials: Tangy, Slow-Cooker-to-Oven Wings

Course/Dish: Poultry Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Wheat Free Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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