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!

turkey wings, rinsed
turkey wings, rinsed
turkey wings, seasoned
turkey wings, seasoned

How to Season

I suggest using a combination of a least six of the following seasonings:

  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Ginger
  • Black pepper
  • Red pepper
  • Paprika
  • Salt

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.

turkey wings, ready for serving
turkey wings, ready for serving | Source

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.

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Journey * 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Charmaine, thanks so much for stopping by and posting your question. I don't usually work with smoked meats but I think you would be able to add less seasoning because the smoked meat will be more flavorful. For example, you can probably reduce added salt significantly. I think that you can use less of all the various herbs and spices to suit your taste.

Charmaine 4 years ago

If I use thawed SMOKED turkey wings do I need to use the same amount of seasoning? (Herbs & Spices)

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Journey * 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi applejuic3, :-) thanks for your enthusiastic comment. I'm glad you like the sound of this recipe.

Hi maya, thanks for generously sharing your advice for making larger quantities of the recipe.


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maya 4 years ago

This is in response to the person who asked about of you can make more wings if you get one of the larger slowcookers you should be able to get more in it the bigger slowcookers hold a lot more my mom uses one all the time and we are a family of 6 and we always have more then enough food for everyone plus whoever has decided to show up

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applejuic3 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

sounds soosososo good. all i have to say is yummy!

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Journey * 4 years ago from USA Author

You're welcome carolinemoon. Thanks so much for posting your nice comment.

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carolinemoon 4 years ago

I love it, thanks for the recipes.

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Journey * 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks to everyone who posted the most recent comments since I last stopped by to moderate. Sorry, I've been away so long.

Linda, I'm glad my hub showed up close to the top in the google search. That's awesome. I'm glad you like this hub. I hope it's helpful to you.

You're welcome Hamilton...I think you will enjoy it.

Monique, unfortunately one slow cooker will not hold that many wings but many people use slow cookers so frequently and for so many dishes, they have two or three working side by side on their kitchen countertops right next to the toaster and the microwave oven. :-) If you are thinking about it, you might try having 2 slow cookers/crockpots instead of just one.

Speaking of so many dishes, I have not yet tried cake baked in the crock pot but I have heard about it. Thanks for reminding me Blair Rockefeller. Good luck with your diet and thanks for complimenting this article. :-)

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Blair Rockefeller 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I'm a big fan of the slow cooker (crock pot)

I even make a great cake in one. I'm dieting now so I'm not eating that now. But I will make one soon for everyone else. Nice article.

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MoniqueAttinger 6 years ago from Georgetown, ON

Very interesting recipe! I'm wondering (since I'm cooking for a family of four) if you have suggestions on how to modify this recipe for probably 4-8 turkey wings? Thanks!

Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker 6 years ago

Never cooked Turkey before in a crock-pot, I will see how it compares to a Smoked Turkey or Deep-Fried Turkey. Thanks for the recipe.

Linda 6 years ago

I love it when you just type 'turkey wing slow cooker' in google search and it comes up with just what you want, meaning this recipe. Thanks, it's cooking now, and I hope it turns out well. I'll let you know!

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Journey * 6 years ago from USA Author

Hi li7218 and christine, thanks for leaving comments!

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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

Sounds good. My fav part of the turkey is the wings. I've tried chicken wings in the slow cooker but had the problem of the meat falling right off the bone. I might have cooked them too long.

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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

That's great Peggy, glad you liked it.

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Just checked out the other recipe. Sounds good also. Thanks!

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Journey * 7 years ago from USA Author

Hi Peggy W, thanks for posting my first comment on this hub! I sure do use chicken wings at times. I use my slow cooker most of the time now, for various types of meats. Here's an oven baked chicken recipe from before getting a slow cooker. I still like to prepare the chicken this way too:

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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

This sounds good. Have you ever tried substituting chicken wings? Just curious...

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