Slow Cooker Recipe for Turkey Wings
Even on Thanksgiving day, my favorite part of the turkey and likely the only part I eat is the wing, for some reason. I like how it locks in flavor.
During other times of the year, I don't have much of an appetite for turkey except for a good turkey wing.
They are huge and one can be shared among a few people but to achieve that, you have to cut adequate meat off the bone and not let any be wasted.
Because turkey wings are so big, it can be tricky to cook them evenly. You might end up with the meat seeming tough instead of tender and if that is the case, indeed some might stay on the bone and be wasted.
I think that the best way to cook a turkey wing is in the slow cooker. If you are someone that eats meat and likes it to be very tender and juicy, falling off the bone, then a slow cooker is a good investment.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
- Two fresh or thawed turkey wings
- Seasonings (see below)
- Chicken or turkey stock (optional)
- Take the turkey wings, rinse them well with water, and pat dry.
- Season very generously with a variety of seasonings. I never use just salt and pepper but rather a multitude of seasonings for very flavorful meat. (Hey, if Kentucky Fried Chicken aka KFC can use 13 special herbs and spices, why not me?)
- If you have time, let the wings sit and absorb the spices. Place them in a bowl covered with plastic wrap and keep it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator a couple of hours before cooking. This can aid with attaining the most flavorful results.
- After the turkey has been washed, seasoned, and possibly marinated, place the turkey wings side by side into the slow cooker.
- Add a cup of water or canned soup for reduction. Note that in a slow cooker, you will need less liquid than you will for the stove top. In the slow cooker, the water does not evaporate as readily.
- Cover the slow cooker, plug it in, and set it on high for two to three hours. Reduce it to low for an additional five to six hours.
- When the time is up, take the wings out and enjoy!
Yes, the total cooking time is seven to nine hours. Slow cookers allow for easy clean up and minimal supervision so you can leave your meal cooking and go about doing other things.
There is no need to be on constant watch for burning or scorching or to be stirring frequently. The meat comes out extremely succulent and tender and just a few meals that good are worth the $20 paid for the slow cooker. I give slow cookers two thumbs up!
How to Season
I suggest using a combination of a least six of the following seasonings:
- Black pepper
- Red pepper
I use all of these seasonings with black pepper, garlic, and parsley in the greatest abundance. I've also enjoyed working with fresh seasonings and suggest you add some fresh chopped raw onion and fresh minced raw garlic cloves three quarters of the way through the cooking process. You will yield even better results.
Additionally, when all is complete, the fully cooked turkey wings will taste great with a topping such as a turkey gravy or pesto, yes pesto. I typically prepare turkey gravy only around Thanksgiving day or New Year's Day and I do so using the turkey giblets from a whole raw turkey that I am preparing.
At other times during the year however, (when I am preparing turkey wings only and not a whole turkey), I might just use pesto for a quick and easy topping.
Pesto is so delicious and the Classico brand makes a great store-bought option when you don't have time to make your own.
Made with basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese and yeast among other ingredients, pesto is often a suggested topping for chicken. I love to eat chicken with pesto and it tastes great with other meats too, including this turkey.
Cooking With Slow Cookers
We are behind the times, I know, but I was delighted when my husband randomly brought home a slow cooker the other day. Not so random, I guess. We had been talking about purchasing one for a while now.
The thing with these type of appliances, is that if you wait a while, when they are no longer new on the market (when they are new is the time when everyone wants to grab one up), then the price goes way down later. Our slow cooker was purchased for just $20.
This turkey meal is the first I prepared with it, the first of many meals to come.
If you too are using a slow cooker for the first time, it is important to read your instruction manual carefully.
Here are some tips:
- Keep the slow cooker on a heat resistant surface when in use and far away from the stove, gas oven or other heated kitchen appliances that might be in use.
- Remove the ceramic container inside, rinse thoroughly with soapy water, dry well and place back into the unit before you begin.
- Do not put any frozen or very cold food into the slow cooker, and when the meal is complete, do not store leftovers in the refrigerator in the slow cooker itself.
- After you remove all food, wash and dry the inner ceramic container and store the leftover food in a plastic container or tupperware.