In my hubby’s words: “These are the best game day wings ever!”

January 31, 2024


There’s something so heartwarming about walking through the door at the end of a long day to the heavenly scent of slow-cooked turkey wings. This dish isn’t just another meal; it’s comfort in the form of fall-off-the-bone meat with savory flavors that remind you of family gatherings and holiday cheer, any day of the week. And let me tell you, on a blustery Midwestern evening, these turkey wings are the culinary equivalent of your favorite cozy blanket. Whether you’re looking to switch up your typical chicken dinner routine, planning for a smaller Thanksgiving-inspired meal, or simply needing something satisfying without the fuss, slow cooker turkey wings are a must-try.
When it comes to pairing sides with these succulent turkey wings, think about balance and comfort. A fluffy mound of garlic mashed potatoes or a wild rice pilaf can soak up all the glorious juices. If you’re looking to keep things light, a crisp green salad with a vinaigrette dressing or some steamed green beans can add a fresh contrast to the rich flavors of the turkey. And don’t forget the classic: a side of cranberry sauce for a little tart zing!

Slow Cooker Turkey Wings

Servings: 4-6
– 4 large turkey wings, split at the joint
– 2 teaspoons kosher salt
– 1 teaspoon black pepper
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
– 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 cup chicken or turkey broth
– 1 onion, sliced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional, for thickening sauce)
1. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, and dried thyme. Rub this spice mixture all over the turkey wings to ensure they’re well-seasoned.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the turkey wings for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until they’re golden brown. This step isn’t about cooking them through; it’s about locking in those flavors with a good crust!
3. Transfer the browned turkey wings to the slow cooker. In the same skillet, sauté the sliced onion and minced garlic just until fragrant and tender, which should take about 2 minutes. Scatter the onions and garlic over the wings in the slow cooker.
4. Pour the chicken or turkey broth into the slow cooker, cover, and set to cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. When the meat is tender and almost falling off the bone, they’re done.
5. If you desire a thicker sauce, mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water to create a slurry. Stir this into the cooking liquid during the last 30 minutes of cooking. It’ll thicken up into a nice gravy as it simmers away.
Optional Broil: If you want that browning look to the wings, put in broiler at the very end to crisp up!
Variations & Tips:
– For an even cozier touch, add some root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, or parsnips to the slow cooker alongside the turkey wings. They’ll braise beautifully in the cooking liquids!
– If you’re a fan of a little sweetness with your savory, try brushing the wings with a mix of maple syrup and Dijon mustard during the last hour of cooking for a glossy, flavorful glaze.
– Always let the turkey wings rest for a few minutes after cooking; this lets the juices redistribute, ensuring every bite is moist and delicious.

– And remember, this is your meal, your masterpiece, so don’t be afraid to experiment with your own favorite herbs and spices!

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