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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings Recipe
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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings Recipe

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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:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 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


  1. Cut wings into three 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 for 5-6 hours or until chicken juices run clear. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.
Originally published as Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings in Simple & Delicious December/January 2012, p23

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed 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!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"I used chicken legs instead of wings, but still turned out great! My fiance liked this more than me, but I'll still make it again! Check out my full review:"

Reviewed 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."

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