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Slow Cooker Asian Orange Wings

Yummy and spicy Asian-inspired wings are sure to be a hit at your next party. Serve this appetizer right from your slow cooker!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 20 minutes
Course: Appetizers, Chicken, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chicken wings, orange chicken, slow cooker recipes
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 483kcal


  • 4-5 lbs chicken wings* remove the wing tips (I save them for making stock) and separate wings at joint to get 2 pieces. If using frozen drumettes, just defrost them.


  • 1 tbs orange zest
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 drops dark sesame oil



  • **I marinate the wings overnight because it produces a superior flavor, IMO. It's not necessary if you want to save time, but I do recommend it. If you do this step, drain marinade and pat the wings dry before beginning to cook.
  • I brown my wings before putting them in the crock pot. I just pop them under the broiler for a few minutes.
  • Place wings in slow cooker. Turn to HIGH and cook for 3-4 hours.
  • While wings are cooking, prepare the sauce by adding all sauce ingredients to a small saucepan. Stir to combine and heat over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Reduce heat and reduce the sauce by 50%. Remove from heat.
  • You can add it to the slow cooker and let the wings just cook in the sauce, read my post to see why I don't do this.
  • When wings are done, pour off any accumulated liquid from the crock. Pour the reduced sauce over the wings in the slow cooker. Turn cooker to WARM setting and let it sit for 30 minutes.


OPTIONAL MARINADE recipe Aloha Pineapple Sauce**


Serving: 1person | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg