Yesterday I got the call! My camera is back home, save and sound…..and working which is the best part of all. I got the call late yesterday and my wonderful husband stopped by the camera store to pick it up. It was music to my ears to hear the shutter click like it’s suppose to. I missed my camera so much that when it got home I threw it a little welcome home party. I made a welcome home banner , put up streamers and made cupcakes. Ok maybe I didn’t do that in the true physical sense but I totally did it in my head. The camera made it home a little to late to take pics of this post but she will be back to work soon.
Earlier this week I started the laboring project of scrubbing the baseboards around my house. It really is a fun and thrilling project….really, really it is….at least that is what I tell myself. I should make the dogs scrub the baseboards but since they have no opposable thumbs I am on my own. Since I was a little tired from being on my hands and knees scrubbing baseboards I wanted to make something easy for dinner. Obed had been asking for chicken wings and I though I would give them a try in the slow cooker. Just another reminder that the slow cooker isn’t just for pot roast.
I decided that something sweet, spicy and Asian would do the trick. A little bit of sweet and a little bit of spicy, is a combination that almost everyone can love an appreciate.
The great thing about these wings is that they come together in the slow cooker relatively quickly. If you set it to LOW you will cook them for 2 1/2 hours and if you cook them on HIGH they should be done in just over an hour. These are great to make for any party or get together.
When they were done I thought that the wings were just a little too wet. I am not a huge fan of the wet wing but I have always thought that fried wings can be a little dry. The slow cooker is a great alternative to the standard fried wing and the meat falls right of the bone.
I decided to bake the wings in the oven on a cooling grid for a few minutes to dry them up a bit and they came out perfect. I love my baking sheet with the cooling grid, it is perfect for cooking bacon, french fries or….well wings in the oven. If you don’t have a baking sheet with a cooling grid don’t work just spray the baking sheet with some non-stick spray.
I gave myself a pat on the back for these, they were extremely tender, a little sticky and deliciously spicy and sweet. Then to make my life even simpler I called Obed to pick up some Chinese fried rice to accompany the wings. Dinner was ready!
Slowcooker Sweet n’ Spicy Asian Chicken Wings
- 4 lbs of chicken wings, cut into joints, discard bony wing tips or freeze to make stock
- 1 tbs sesame seed oil
- 3/4 cup apricot preserves
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated
- 2 Tbs soy sauce
- 1 Tbs fish sauce
- 1 Tbs sarachi sauce
- juice from 1 lime
Heat skillet at medium-high heat with sesame seed oil, brown chicken wings in batches for about 5 to 8 minutes. Place into slow cooker.
Blend remaining ingredients together in electric blender. Pour mixture over chicken wings. Cook wings in slow cooker on LOW for 2 1/2 hours.
Serve them wet straight out of the slow cooker or bake on baking sheet with cooling grid in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees, basting them with the sauce once.