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I’m usually a meat-off-the-bones kind of girl, but an easy slow cooker chicken wings recipe (or some crispy chicken thighs!) can convert even me. And, these garlic parmesan chicken wings definitely did – no sauce needed!
The Trick to the Best, Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe
I like to make low carb slow cooker recipes year round – the convenience is just impossible to beat. A couple of my favorites are creamy Tuscan garlic chicken, low carb pot roast, and beef barbacoa. I’ve even modified my popular broccoli cheese soup recipe for the slow cooker after people started asking for it.
But, there’s something about fall that makes me want to bring out the slow cooker even more often.
The concept of an easy slow cooker chicken wings recipe was new to me until recently. I never really thought about making Crock Pot chicken wings, because making wings crispy usually requires a higher temperature.
The good news is, there is a way to make crispy chicken wings in the slow cooker! This garlic parmesan chicken wings recipe was my first test of that, and the method works.
So, how do you make garlic parmesan chicken wings crispy in the slow cooker?
The trick is to broil them in the oven at the end. That gets you the perfect combination of tender, juicy meat and crispy skin on top.
How To Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
The process for how to make garlic parmesan chicken wings in a slow cooker is super easy.
Arrange the wings at the bottom of the Crock Pot in an even layer. Then, stir together melted butter and minced garlic. The stove or microwave works fine for melting.
In fact, if you are using the stove, take advantage of it and saute the garlic in the butter while you’re at it. The flavor is even better that way!
Pour the garlic butter over the wings. Set the Crock Pot to High and let it do all the work for 3 hours.
Toward the end, when the slow cooker chicken wings are almost done, set the oven to Broil to let it preheat. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease it very well. Note that the garlic Parmesan chicken wings will very likely stick anyway, but greasing does help.
Take the wings out of the slow cooker and arrange them on the pan in a single layer. Broil ’em for five minutes on each side, until crispy and golden.
You get the best of both worlds. They’re crispy baked garlic Parmesan chicken wings, but they’re also more tender from the slow cooker step earlier on.
Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside… that’s what makes it the best garlic Parmesan chicken wings recipe, right?!
The final step is the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle it on top and return the slow cooker chicken wings to the oven until it melts. Garnish with some chives or green onions, if you’d like. Yum!
Can You Use Frozen Chicken Wings in the Slow Cooker?
Yes, but not directly.
Do not place frozen wings right into the slow cooker. There are two problems with this:
- There’s some controversy around whether this is safe. The USDA recommends against it, and while they tend to be conservative, in this case there is no reason to risk it. The reason is that placing frozen chicken wings in the slow cooker may leave them in the “danger zone” temperature (between 40 and 140 degrees F), where bacteria can breed, for too long. So even though the risk of food borne illness probably isn’t huge, it’s best not to risk it.
- The ice crystals will melt and water things down. This isn’t a good thing anyway, since we are going for crispy chicken wings and want the garlic butter sauce to stick.
So, what to do instead? How to make garlic Parmesan chicken wings if all you have is frozen wings?
Simply thaw the frozen chicken wings first. Pat them dry before using in the recipe.
The easiest way to do it is in the fridge overnight, but a few hours in the morning is fine, too. Alternatively, if you’re in a hurry, you can use the defrost function on the microwave.
How To Make Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Ahead
You may be wondering, why is this easy slow cooker chicken wings recipe better than just baking ’em? I already mentioned that they’re juicier inside while being crispy on the outside. The tender meat is a huge advantage of slow cooker chicken wing recipes.
But, there’s another reason to do it this way.
The best part is these garlic Parmesan chicken wings can be made in advance – perfect for meal prep!
Go ahead and do everything in the slow cooker when you have the time, and arrange the wings in a pan. From there, you can cover the pan and refrigerate it if you’re not serving right away.
When you’re ready to eat your delicious slow cooker chicken wings, turn on the broiler and finish the remaining steps. On the day of, they’ll take just 10 minutes in the oven set to broil – 5 minutes on each side, then 2 minutes to melt the cheese. It’s low carb dinner for the busiest of weeknights!
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Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings Recipe
Learn how to make garlic parmesan chicken wings that are SO CRISPY! This easy slow cooker chicken wings recipe needs just 4 ingredients (+ S&P) and quick prep.
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Place the chicken wings in the bottom of a slow cooker. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
In a small bowl or saucepan, stir together the melted butter and minced garlic. You can melt it on the stove or in the microwave. If melting on the stove, saute the garlic for about a minute before removing from heat.
Pour the garlic butter mixture evenly over the chicken wings. Stir to coat.
Cook the wings in the slow cooker on High for 3 hours.
Toward the end, preheat the oven to Broil. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and grease well. (Wings will probably stick anyway, but it helps.)
Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer on the pan. Broil for about 5 minutes on each side, until crispy and golden.
Remove the garlic chicken wings from the oven. Top with shredded parmesan cheese. Return to the oven for 1-2 minutes, until melted.
Garnish with green onions or chives, if desired.
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Serving size: 5 chicken wing pieces (drumettes and flats counted separately)
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