Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings Recipe
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Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings Recipe

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This slow cooker recipe is perfect for parties. Put the wings in before you prepare for the party, and in a few hours, you'll have wonderful appetizers! —Ida Tuey, Kokomo, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 3 pounds chicken wingettes (about 30)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Dash pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
  • Sesame seeds, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 116 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Sprinkle chicken with a dash of salt and pepper. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 5-10 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, liquid smoke if desired and remaining salt; pour over wings. Toss to coat.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 hours or until chicken juices run clear. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled fully-cooked wings in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Reheat wings in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan in a preheated 325° oven until heated through, covering if necessary to prevent browning. Serve as directed.
    Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings in Simple & Delicious March/April 2008, p62

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 249966
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2016

"I used chicken breasts instead of wings. I tasted the sauce and ended up adding additional seasoning to hide the ketchup flavor a little. I would make again."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 147659
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"The sauce was very tasty, but I was disappointed that it didn't thicken up well at all. I used drumsticks since they were cheaper and there's more meat on them. I should have removed the skin from these because they got a little slimy. Taste was awesome though!"

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 162158
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"They were very good. I used the suggested method of broiling for 10 minutes on each side and removing extra grease with paper towels. The sauce was not soupy or greasy."

Kanalepa User ID: 6956673 162398
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"Literally tasted like ketchup wings. Yuck!"

cre8tivstacey User ID: 6302233 168251
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"Saw many posts that the sauce was to Ketchupy so I substituted 1/2 cup chilli sauce for 1/2 cup of the ketchup. I also added an extra Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. I also broild my wings about 15 minutes making them somewhat crispy. Itasted the sauce as I was making it tasted very Yummy to me."

Luvcookinmamma User ID: 6836930 94361
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"This was a hit! I made them for a neighborhood gathering and they were gone in a flash. The meat was tender and the sauce was perfect!"

Coryskitchen User ID: 6228848 147435
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"Tasted like ketchup wings...a disappointment for us. Too bad, the picture makes them look so good!"

Beckyjgb User ID: 5657782 168111
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"These were awful. The meat was falling off the bones, but it was overcooked and dry. Even though the sauce had good flavor, I expected a sticky, gooey consistency, but that was not the case.

I was highly disappointed."

Nytbookreview User ID: 6480717 208527
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"Plenty of sweet tangy sauce, fall apart chicken all makes for a great meal for our sports loving sons and their friends. I cut the wing tips off and halved the 'wing' to have 'more' smaller pieces for finger food. Napkins necessary!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 163457
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"I made these for a catering I did and everyone raved about the sauce. I cooked the wings in the oven all the way and then mixed with the sauce in the slow cooker. They were on low for about 3+ hours so the meat was still were falling off the bone, but everyone thought that was great!"

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