Thursday, November 11, 2021

Cranberry Glazed Sticky Wings and the Weekly Menu #ImprovCookingChallenge

These wings couldn't be easier nor more delicious.  Starting off in the slow cooker and then finished under the broiler for a wonderful holiday appetizer that is mostly hands off leaving you plenty of time for other preparations.

Cranberry Glazed Sticky Wings

It's time for the Improv Cooking Challenge.......
Each month Nichole of Cookaholic Wife invites us to join her in a fun little game of Improv where we are all given the same 2 ingredients and are sent forth to create a dish from them.  This month we were given Cranberries and Meat.  Let's see what everyone cooked up........

 Improv Cooking Challenge

Cranberries & Meat

Cranberry Glazed Sticky Wings

These wings start out smothered in a wonderful sweet and spicy sauce in the slow cooker. 

chicken wings

A half an hour before you are ready to serve them, remove them to a rack over a broiling pan that has been covered with aluminum foil and set aside.

cranberry glaze sauce

Pour the sauce from the slow cooker into a skillet and bring to a boil.  Cook, stirring occasionally until reduced and thickened to a glaze consistency.

Welcome your guests who have arrived and prepare cocktails.  Visit while you brush the wings with the glaze and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes.  While the wings broil place the remaining glaze into a small bowl and place it on a platter.  Remove the wings from the broiler and place on the platter with the sauce for dipping.  Serve it up and start noshing with your guests.

Cranberry Glazed Sticky Wings

Realize when the wings are nearly gone that you completely forgot to take photos and bunch the remaining wings on the platter into a pile.  Take a quick shot and then another of the wings that are on your plate.  

Make yourself another cocktail and's only a blog.

My niece is arriving from Traverse City this afternoon for a long weekend.  I'm very excited, we don't get to see each other near enough.  We are going over to see Amy and Doug's new house and then having dinner out.  I am moving tonight's dinner to Saturday night when we will be having family dinner here.

Sunday we will have a large breakfast before she leaves to head back north so dinner will be light.  Tuedsday night we are meeting our friends, the Luth's, for dinner at Coopershawk winery.

So I am sharing my Weekly Menu and getting ready for the countdown before the Thanksgiving craziness begins.

Crackers and Cobb Dip
Chicken Marsala
Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Acorn Squash
Garlicky Green Beans
Carrot Cake 

French Potato Omelette
Citrus Fruit Salad

Chicken Noodle Soup

Meatless Monday
Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Dinner out with Friends

Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Leftovers before Painting Class

Fish Friday
Sheet Pan Paella

appetizers, wings, chicken, cranberries, slow cooker, crock pot,
Appetizers, Chicken
Yield: 10 appetizer servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Cranberry Glazed Sticky Wings

Cranberry Glazed Sticky Wings

These wings couldn't be easier nor more delicious. Starting off in the slow cooker and then finished under the broiler for a wonderful holiday appetizer that is mostly hands off leaving you plenty of time for other preparations.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 4 HourTotal time: 4 H & 30 M


  • 1 (14 oz) can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 2 T. chili garlic paste
  • 2 T. tamari sauce
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 T. packed brown sugar
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 24 chicken wings
  • salt to taste
  • 4 t. cornstarch
  • 2 T. cold water


  1. Whisk together the cranberry sauce, orange juice, chili garlic paste, tamari, honey, brown sugar, mustard and garlic.
  2. Separate the wings, discarding the tips or freezing for stock.
  3. Place the wings into the crock of a slow cooker and season with salt. Pour the cranberry mixture over the wings, cover and turn on low for 3-4 hrs.
  4. Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil and place a rack on top. Remove the wings from the slow cooker onto the rack of the broiler pan and set aside.
  5. Pour the contents of the slow cooker into a large skillet and bring to a boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes until liquid is reduced by half. Make a slurry of the cornstarch and water, then whisk this into the juices in the skillet. Continue to cook at a boil for a couple of minutes, until mixture is thickened and shiny. Remove from heat.
  6. Brush some of the glaze over the wings and place them under the broiler for a few minutes until glaze is set and wings are lightly browned. Brush again with glaze and place onto a platter with remaining glaze for dipping.


Adapted from a recipe found at Taste of Home

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