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Slow Cooker Crockpot Turkey Wings

Cooking turkey wings in the Crockpot doesn’t get much easier! A slow cooker is the best way to achieve juicy fall off the bone wings. Smother these in our gravy recipe if you wish!

slow cooker turkey wings on a plate with white rice

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I have a lot of different turkey wings recipes, but I will say the Crockpot method of slow cooking them is my favorite! It’s the easiest way to get fall off the bone turkey. Simply dump a few ingredients along with your wings into your slow cooker, and come back to tender juicy turkey.

turkey wings rub in a white bowl

Why We Eat Turkey Wings

A lot of us don’t like to make a whole turkey. There are also many of us that do not eat all of the meat on the turkey. We all have our favorites! A recipe like this is perfect for smaller groups. A lot of people also complain turkey is dry! We all know wings aren’t. So these are absolutely perfect for any spread.

Where to Buy Turkey Wings

Some standard grocers will keep brands like Butterball and Jenni-O on hand year-round. Many retailers only carry them seasonally around fall. A local butcher is usually really helpful.

raw whole turkey wings on a pan

Do You Use Whole Wings or Split?

This is up to you. Split wings (split into drums and flats) will cook at a more even temperature. This is also better for even browning of the skin.

The wing is made up of 3 parts: the drumette, the wingette, and the wing tip. The drumette looks like a small drumstick and usually has more meat.  It’s mostly dark meat, is slightly juicier than the wingette.

The wingette is often called the flat, is the middle section that is made of two bones running horizontally through the middle of it with meat in the middle.  Because it’s thinner, this part normally crisps up easier when cooking them with the thicker drumette portions.

The wing tip doesn’t have much flavor, but you can save it if you plan to make homemade broth.

You can separate the wings yourself by cutting at the elbow joint to separate the drum from the wingette. From there you can remove the wing tip to display a flat if you wish.

raw split turkey wings on a pan

How to Make Slow Cooker Turkey Wings

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Pat the turkey legs wings and rub both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle the spices throughout.
  2. Pour broth into the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the seasoned turkey wings over the broth.
  3. Slow cook.
chicken broth in a slow cooker Crockpot

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

These wings follow the standard slow cooker time frame, 8 hours on Low or 3-4 hours on High.

raw seasoned turkey wings in a Crockpot slow cooker

How to Tell When the Turkey is Done

You will need to use a meat thermometer. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of one the turkey wings. According to the USDA, Poultry must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.

How to Smother the Wings in Gravy

You will need to keep the turkey drippings from the Crockpot. This will add so much flavor to the gravy. You combine butter, olive oil, flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, turkey drippings, broth, and heavy cream to make the best gravy. It’s super thick, rich, and comforting.

turkey wings in a Crockpot slow cooker

More Ideas on How to Season Them

turkey wings in a Crockpot slow cooker

Can You Use Turkey Legs or Drumsticks?

Check out my Slow Cooker Turkey Legs recipe.

Can You Use Chicken Wings?

Absolutely. You can also use chicken drumsticks. Be sure to test if the chicken is done by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest parts of one of the pieces of chicken. Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.

fall off the bone slow cooker turkey wings on a plate with rice

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Stuffed Turkey Legs
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Slow Cooker Crockpot Turkey Wings

Cooking turkey wings in the Crockpot doesn't get much easier! A slow cooker is the best way to achieve juicy fall off the bone wings. Smother these in our gravy recipe if you wish!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Crockpot Turkey wings, slow cooker turkey wings, turkey wings recipe slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 585kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pat the turkey legs wings dry and rub both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle the spices throughout. Rub the spices into both sides of the wings. Ensure the spices completely cover both sides of the drumsticks. Add more spices if necessary.
  • Pour the broth into the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the seasoned turkey wings over the broth.
  • Cook on High for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. (I prefer to cook them on Low for really tender turkey). Ensure the turkey reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Remove the turkey wings from the slow cooker. (Be careful! They will be tender and may fall off the bone.)
  • For crispy skin, you can use either the air fryer (3-4 minutes on 400 degrees) or Broil in the oven for about 3-5 minutes.

Notes

You can use turkey legs in this recipe with no adjustment to cook time. Ensure the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Season the turkey however you wish. Feel free to use your favorite rubs!
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 0.5wing | Calories: 585kcal | Protein: 60g | Fat: 24g
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