Slow cooker garlic parmesan chicken wings are an easy and delicious treat! Tender, juicy, and fall-off-the-bone wings that will disappear as fast as you can make them!
There are a lot of different ways to make chicken wings. But, slow cooker wings are in a category all their own. They are juicy, tender, and full of flavor.
The best results (in my opinion) come when you finish them off under a broiler or air fryer. This marries the juicy deliciousness of crock pot chicken with a satisfying crispy crunch.
This delicious wing recipe was born because I got a new toy! It is a special lid that literally turns your slow cooker into an air fryer. There are so many slow-cooked dishes that could be made even better by adding a little bit of crisp or crunch - this gadget was calling my name!
This gadget let me make this great appetizer without having to move the wings. Tender, juicy, crunchy, and less mess! Less mess = extra laziness!
Even if you don't have an air fryer lid, this is a super easy chicken wing recipe. And regardless of how you finish it off, you can use your slow cooker to keep your garlic parmesan wings warm while serving.
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To make crock pot chicken wings you will need:
Chicken wing pieces - drummettes and wingettes
Butter - melted
Parmesan cheese - grated
Garlic - minced
Chives - dried or fresh
Cooking spray - or nonstick spray of choice
🥣How to make amazing wings
Start by spraying your slow cooker with a non-stick spray of choice. Next, place raw chicken wings into your slow cooker.
Put aside some parmesan cheese to be added at the end. Add the remaining ingredients on top of your wings and stir to coat.
Cover and cook on low for about 4 hours.
If you want, you can stop here! This is a great alternative that will produce show-stoppingly delicious wings!
However, to take your wings to the next level, go for crispy skin! If you have an air fryer lid, just cover your slow cooker and go!
Otherwise, place cooked wings in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place pan in preheated oven under the broiler OR in an air fryer. The key is to expose them to high heat for a short period of time. This will make them crispy, but keep them juicy and perfect.
Broil chicken wings for 2 or so minutes per side or air fry for about 8-10 minutes. Be sure to watch broiled wings carefully, they can go from done to burned very quickly.
With my new gadget, I air-fried one side for 8 minutes and then turned the wings and did the other side for 5.
Lazy Tip: For easy clean-up, cover baking sheet with aluminum foil prior to cooking. For air fryer clean-up, I love these pre-cut parchment paper liners
These wings are a dream snack all by themselves. I like to serve them with carrot and celery sticks for a cool, complementary crunch.
When serving for the super bowl or other game day gatherings, Hot Dog Pull-Aparts are always a favorite addition. Homemade baba ghanoush, buffalo chicken dip and tortilla chips are also always on my celebration food list.
Are you a fan of spicy food? Serve some hot sauce on the side for sprinkling or dipping. Buffalo sauce, Buffalo Wild Wings sauce, or barbecue sauce can all be served on the side for additional dipping.
Do you have a different favorite sauce? This parmesan wings recipe complements almost everything. If you have a complimenary sauce you serve with these, please let me know about it in the comment section below!
Leftover chicken wings can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They will last for 3-4 days and can be easily reheated.
😉Hints & hacks
- I have not tried this easy recipe with boneless chicken wings yet. If you do, please let me know how it goes in the comment section below.
- You can buy wings already split into their various parts. However, buying them as whole wings and cutting them up can be a more economical option.
- Slow cooker liners are an optional but helpful hack whenever using a crockpot. They allow you to cook with little to no cleanup. I like to buy mine in bulk for a better per-piece price.
- Not a fan of slow cooker liners? Parchment paper also works with this recipe and will leave you with virtually zero slow cooker clean up.
- In the market for a new slow cooker? I love mine!
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Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
- oven, toaster oven, or air fryer (optional)
- slow cooker liner or parchment paper (optional)
- 1.5 - 2 lbs chicken wings separated into drumettes and wingettes
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 1½ cups parmesan cheese grated, divided
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon chives dried
- separate wing parts and place into slow cooker1.5 - 2 lbs chicken wings
- melt butter¼ cup butter
- sprinkle 1 cup of parmesan cheese and all remaining ingredients over wings.¼ cup butter, 1 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon chives, 1½ cups parmesan cheese
- stir wings to fully coat
- cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours
- top with additional parmesan cheese1½ cups parmesan cheese
- If you want crispy wings, place them in an air fryer or under the broiler. If you chose the broiler, you just need a few minutes on each side. My air fryer took about 8 minutes on one side and 5 on the second.