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My recipe for Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken Wings all started with a conversation between my husband and me at our favorite wing joint. We both prefer boneless wings, and it occurred to us we could probably make the same thing at home using our crock-pot, a bag of chicken bites, and a bottle of BBQ sauce.
A few months later, I was getting tired of Friday night feeling like every other night. I had a strong desire to do something on Friday nights that would set it apart from the rest of the week and make it something to look forward to again like I did when I was much much younger (like before children ).
Out of that desire, crock-pot boneless BBQ chicken wings and a Redbox movie night was born.
The kids, don’t typically join us. First, they don’t want to wait that long for dinner since my husband isn’t home until 8 pm most Fridays, and second, they don’t want to see their parents snuggling and kissing. I eat a generous snack at 4 pm so I can hold out until 8 pm, and it is always worth the wait. My hubby and I both look forward to wing and movie night now.
Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken Wings
This recipe for crock-pot boneless BBQ chicken wings is more processed than a lot of my recipes, but our family follows an 80/20 diet of whole foods to processed foods. This balance allows me to feel like I am not always in the kitchen and helps me avoid takeout which saves money.
I dump the bag of frozen chicken bites (mine is 1 lb 8 0z) in my crock-pot and cover them with Honey BBQ sauce. I use a smaller crock-pot (ours is similar to this one), but a larger sized one would work just fine. You can use whatever kind of BBQ sauce you want. Personally, I like one with a bit more kick, but my husband likes the honey one.
Here is a tip for getting out the last of the BBQ sauce.
Step One: Use a fork to pry off the lid.
Step two: add about a 1/4 cup of white vinegar.
Step 3: place the cap back firmly on the bottle, and shake until the sides of the container no longer have sauce on them.
Step 4: pour the contents over the chicken bites.
Turn your crock-pot on high for 2 hours and then turn it down to low for one additional hour.
These babies come out tender and dripping in sauce. WARNING eating them with your fingers is incredibly messy, so I prefer to eat them with a fork. Leftovers make great salad toppings. And yes, you can find chicken bites in the freezer section that already come in BBQ flavor, but I find that doing it yourself with plain chicken bites and a bottle of BBQ sauce tastes much more like the boneless chicken wings you get in restaurants.
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Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken WingsIngredients
- 1 bag boneless chicken bites (1lb 8oz )
- 1 standard sized bottle of BBQ sauce (any flavor)
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- place chicken in crock-pot
- cover in BBQ sauce
- pour vinegar into BBQ sauce bottle and swish until inside of sides of bottle are clean
- pour the vinegar and BBQ sauce mixture over chicken
- turn crock pot on high 2 hours
- turn crock pot on low 1 hour
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