Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe

Slow cooker sticky chicken wings recipe gives you the best sweet and tangy wings! Throw the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, a few other things, and let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting to get the perfect summer dinner.
Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe

Our slow cooker sticky chicken wings recipe is the best chicken wings recipe that you can make in your slow cooker. I love an easy meal during the week, and this is just that. You can also use this as an easy appetizer recipe. 

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings on a plate with dip

My family loves these slow cooker chicken wings, so I bet yours will too! I don’t know what my kids love more, how delicious these are, or how messy they get. 

But that’s okay, nothing a few baby wipes can’t handle. I know what youre thinking, but yes, we still keep those handy with kids in our house. These wings are worth the little bit of mess, we just say they are finger licking good!

If chicken wings are your thing, you need to try our Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken WIngs Recipe, Garlic Paresan Chicken Wings in an Air Fryer, or these amazing Slow Cooker Thai Chili Chicken Wings.   

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe

Ingredients Needed For Our Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe:

  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Minced garlic 
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Chicken wings
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Fresh cilantro 
  • Sesame seeds

How To Make Our Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe:

Begin by adding honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, sriracha sauce, and add black pepper to taste in a saucepan. 

Sauce Ingredients and a saucepan

Bring all of the ingredients in the pan to a boil, and then lower the temperature down and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken up.

Sticky wing sauce in saucepan

Once it is done simmering, remove the sauce from heat and let the sauce cool down slightly. 

Now, get the slow cooker out and spray it down with nonstick cooking spray to avoid the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the slow cooker. 

Then, place the chicken wings in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour the sauce over top of the chicken wings. Do your best to make sure they are all completely covered. 

Next, place the lid on the slow cooker and turn it on high and set the timer for 4 hours. 

Slow Cooker Sticky Wings in Slow Cooker

While the chicken is cooking, remove the lid and flip the chicken a few times while it is cooking. 

After the chicken is done cooking, remove the chicken wings from the slow cooker and place them on a plate. 

Then, in a small bowl, mix together the water and cornstarch. 

When the cornstarch mixture is combined, pour it into the sauce in the slow cooker and mix it together well. 

Now, place the chicken back into the slow cooker with the sauce, and let it cook for another 10 minutes, or until the sauce thickens up. 

When that is done, remove the chicken from the slow cooker, top it with chopped fresh cilantro and sesame seeds and serve them hot! 

Slow Cooker Sticky Wings in Slow Cooker

To Make The Best Chicken Wing Recipe You Will Need:

  1. Medium saucepan
  2. Slow cooker (THIS is a great one!) 
  3. Nonstick cooking spray
  4. Plate/platter
  5. Spatula
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Cornstach Subtitutes

The purpose of cornstarch in the recipe is to help thicken up the sauce for the chicken wings. So, I would say it is kind of important to the recipe. 

If you can get some for this recipe that would be ideal. However, if you are trying to work with what you already have in your pantry, take a look at Healthline’s article for the 11 best substitutes for cornstarch, and see if you have anything that will work!

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Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings Recipe

I had a bag of chicken wings in my freezer and decided that I would try something new . . . these Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings ended up being a huge hit!
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time
4 hours 40 minutes

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  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • black pepper
  • 20 chicken wings
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • fresh cilantro
  • sesame seeds


  • In a sauce pan add the honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sriracha and season to taste with black pepper. Bring the mix to a boil, then lower the temperature and simmer for 5 minutes (until the sugars have dissolved and the sauce is beginning to thicken). Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Spray the crock pot with nonstick cooking spray and place the chicken inside. Pour the sauce over the chicken and move the chicken around a bit with tongs so that it is completely coated with sauce. Put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours, flipping chicken a couple of times during the cooking process.
  • Once finished cooking, remove the chicken pieces and place on a plate. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water, then pour into the crock pot with the leftover sauce. Mix together well, place chicken back into the slow cooker, and let cook for about 10 minutes (or until the sauce starts to thicken up*). Just before serving, sprinkle with torn cilantro leaves and sesame seeds.


*If you want to speed up this process, pour the sauce into a saucepan and cook on the stovetop for just a couple of minutes, until the sauce thickens.



Calories: 540 kcal
Carbohydrates: 46 g
Protein: 31 g
Fat: 26 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 123 mg
Sodium: 865 mg
Potassium: 344 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 43 g
Vitamin A: 237 IU
Vitamin C: 2 mg
Calcium: 46 mg
Iron: 2 mg


  • Saucepan
  • Slow Cooker
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Recipe Details

Main Course

Recipe slightly adapted from Farm Girl Gourmet

Slow Cooker Sticky Wings  on a plate with dip

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