These stewed chicken wings are full of flavor and they are perfect to serve on any day of the week. This recipe is very easy to make and it doesn’t take too much attention from you. You will get juicy chicken wings that were simmered in a stew of fresh vegetables. Hearty comfort food that you will fall in love with.
Looking for a stew of chicken wings? Give it a try with this mini stewed chicken wings with vegetables. This stew is one of our family favorites and it may become a favorite of your family too.
Even kids adore it.
For those who have a great recipe for a chicken dish but want to kick it up a notch, this stew chicken wings recipe is the way to go.
Begin by ensuring your chicken pieces, including those tempting drumettes, are well-cleaned. The chicken skin provides added flavor to the gravy that forms during the cooking process.
While the slow cooker is indeed an excellent way to ensure the chicken is fully cooked, those without one need not fret.
It can easily be replicated on the stovetop or in the oven.
The main point to remember is to not overcook the chicken, lest it loses its mouthwatering tenderness.
This chicken recipe, reminiscent of southern stewed chicken and traditional stewed chicken, is bound to become a staple in your household.
No matter how big I make the portion, it will be eaten anyway. I prefer serving the chicken stew on a large soup plate so everybody can enjoy the sauce by soaking a few slices of toast in it.
Even if it will take two hours you can put it on the table, it doesn’t require too much attention. All you will need is to wash and clean the chicken wings and chop all the vegetables.
After that, the slow cooker will do its thing and you can do other activities around the house. The chicken meat will simmer slowly in the sauce left by the vegetables.
Even if this is considered winter comfort food for the cold period of the year, you can enjoy it all year round.
Just experiment with the vegetables and the spices you will add to it.
Whether it’s the slow-cooked essence or the tender, fully cooked, boneless or bone-in chicken pieces, this chicken wings recipe is bound to impress.
Let’s get started!
👩🍳How to Make the Stewed Chicken Wings?
- Clean well the chicken wings and vegetables.
- Chop the vegetables into cubes.
- Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Cook everything on medium heat for about 1.5-2 hours.
- Decorate with freshly chopped parsley.
🥰 Why You Will Love This Recipe?
- It is a recipe that doesn’t require too much attention from you. You just have to chop and slice all the ingredients, put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and give it the necessary time to cook while you can do other things around the house.
- You will obtain a delicious and balanced dinner by using only a few simple and accessible ingredients.
- You can easily adjust the chicken stew to your family’s taste. You can easily add/remove or replace the used ingredients.
🥘 Ingredients and Substitutes
- Chicken meat. I chose the wings because they have bone and skin. Thus, in the end, the meat will be juicier and more flavorful. But of course, you can use other parts of the chicken such as chicken thighs, drumsticks, and chicken breast, or you can use a whole chicken and portion it whatever you like.
- Carrots. I used carrots in this recipe because they give extra color and a sweeter taste to the dish. But, you can easily replace them with other roots, such as parsnips.
- Hot peppers. You can substitute them with bell peppers or replace them with chili flakes.
- Garlic. I used garlic in this recipe for the extra flavor. If you don’t like the strong garlic taste you can use dried granulated garlic because it doesn’t have such a pronounced taste, or you can omit it altogether.
- Celery Stalk. I added it to this recipe for its crunchiness and of course, for its taste fits perfectly in any type of stew.
- Tomatoes. I used tomatoes for the extra color, acidity, and juiciness. If you want to make the plate even more colorful, you could pick tomatoes that have different colors.
- Onions. What kind of stew we can make without onions in it? The onions, after cooking, give a sweet and extra texture of creaminess to the stew because the onions the cooking transforms into almost a jam.
- Parsley. I used it at the end for decoration, color, and for an extra fresh aroma.
- Spices. I used a simple mix of salt and black pepper because I wanted to offer a light taste of spring to this stew by emphasizing the taste of vegetables. But of course, you can add other spices or aromatic herbs that you prefer to combine with chicken such as rosemary, sage, turmeric, or a curry mixture.
👩🍳 Step-by-step Directions
Wash the meat well and remove any excesses you don’t like. After that, wash the vegetables and cut them into cubes.
Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, add salt, olive oil, and black pepper to your taste.
Mix everything well and cook on medium mode (190°F / 88°C) for about 1.5-2 hours.
Quick Note: There is no need to add water to the stew because the vegetables and meat will leave juice during the cooking and the stew, in the end, will be juicy enough.
In the end, you will get a juicy stew with soft meat that will fall off the bone and melt in your mouth.
Quick note: In this case, we don’t need a meat thermometer, because if you try to remove a bone from the chicken wings, it will come out absolutely clean without any effort.
I recommend serving it immediately while it is still hot in a deep soup bowl that will allow you to enjoy the delicious sauce.
Optionally, you can add some chopped parsley for extra color, flavor, and freshness.
🍽️ Serving Suggestions
Because this type of food has a very large amount of sauce, you recommend serving it with a garnish that absorbs the sauce well. A few examples will be to serve the stewed chicken wings with rice, mashed potatoes, or a slice of toast made from delicious homemade bread.
🏆 Expert Tips. What to Pay Attention To?
- Clean carefully the wings before you start cooking them. Nobody will appreciate it if they find a feather or a fluff on their plate.
- Cut the edges of the chicken wings because they don’t look too appetizing on the plate. Don’t rush to throw them away, you can keep them in the freezer and when you need to prepare a delicious homemade broth, you can use them for that.
After cooking, allow the stewed chicken wings to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the leftovers to an airtight container or a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.
Store the stewed chicken wings in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure the container is sealed properly to prevent moisture loss and maintain freshness.
If you don’t plan to consume the leftovers within a few days, you can freeze them for longer storage.
Here’s how to freeze:
- Wait until the stewed chicken wings have cooled down completely.
- Divide the stew into individual servings, placing each portion in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.
- Label the containers or bags with the date for reference.
- Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheating on the Stove
- Place the frozen or refrigerated stewed chicken wings in a saucepan or pot.
- Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Cover the saucepan to help retain moisture and prevent the stew from drying out.
- Heat until the chicken is heated through, usually for about 5-10 minutes for refrigerated leftovers or slightly longer for frozen portions.
Reheating in the Microwave
- If you’re in a hurry, you can use the microwave to reheat smaller portions.
- Place the stewed chicken wings in a microwave-safe dish.
- Cover with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap, leaving a small vent for steam to escape.
- Heat on medium power (50-70% power) in short intervals, typically 1-2 minutes at a time, stirring or checking for doneness between intervals.
- Continue until the chicken is heated through.
Quick Note: Remember to use a microwave-safe container if using the microwave, and always exercise caution when handling hot food to avoid burns.
Stirring and Adding Liquid
When reheating, you may need to add a bit of liquid (e.g., chicken broth or water) to maintain the desired consistency, as the stew may thicken upon cooling.
Check for Doneness
Ensure that the stewed chicken wings are piping hot and reach a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before serving.
🌶️ Recipe Variations
- Spicy Stewed Chicken Wings: Add more chili peppers or chili flakes to the stew for a spicier kick. Consider using different types of hot peppers for a unique flavor profile.
- Creamy Stewed Chicken Wings: Stir in a bit of heavy cream or coconut milk towards the end of cooking to create a creamy sauce. Add grated Parmesan cheese for extra richness and flavor.
- Lemon Herb Stewed Chicken Wings: Include fresh lemon zest and lemon juice for a bright, citrusy flavor. Add fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or basil to infuse the stew with aromatic notes.
- Mediterranean Stewed Chicken Wings: Replace some of the vegetables with Mediterranean favorites like bell peppers, olives, and artichoke hearts. Season with Mediterranean spices like oregano and cumin.
- Asian-Inspired Stewed Chicken Wings: Use soy sauce, ginger, and garlic for an Asian twist. Add vegetables like bok choy, bamboo shoots, or water chestnuts for an extra crunch.
- Indian Spiced Stewed Chicken Wings: Create a flavorful curry by adding curry powder, turmeric, and cumin. Incorporate coconut milk and garnish with fresh cilantro.
- Spanish-Inspired Stewed Chicken Wings: Use saffron and smoked paprika for a Spanish flair. Add chopped chorizo sausage for a smoky, spicy kick.
- Healthy Stewed Chicken Wings: Opt for skinless chicken wings to reduce the fat content. Load up on a variety of colorful vegetables for added nutrition.
- Sweet and Tangy Stewed Chicken Wings: Mix in a sweet and tangy sauce made from honey, soy sauce, and vinegar. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions for added flavor.
- Vegetarian Stewed Vegetable Medley: Skip the chicken and make a hearty stew with a variety of vegetables like potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and bell peppers. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version.
♻️ Make Ahead, Storage and Heating:
What Can I Use if I Don’t Have a Slow Cooker for This Recipe?
If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can still make this recipe using alternative methods. You can use the oven or let all the ingredients simmer on the stove over the lowest heat setting available. Follow the same ingredient and seasoning instructions, adjusting the cooking time accordingly.
Can I Adjust the Ingredients to Suit My Family’s Preferences?
Absolutely! The recipe is flexible, and you can adjust the ingredients to match your family’s taste. You can use different cuts of chicken (thighs, drumsticks, breast) or even a whole chicken, and you can vary the vegetables and spices to create a custom flavor profile that your family will love.
Is It Necessary to Add Water to the Stew?
No, it’s not necessary to add water to the stew. The vegetables and meat will release enough moisture during cooking, resulting in a juicy stew. Adding water can dilute the flavors, so there’s no need for extra liquid.
Can I Prepare the Stewed Chicken Wings Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can prepare the stewed chicken wings ahead of time. You can make them in advance and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days without any significant change in taste or texture. This is convenient for meal planning.
📋 Recipe Card:
Easy Stewed Chicken Wings
- Wash well and clean the chicken wings well from all excesses that you do not like.2 lb Chicken Wings
- Wash the vegetables and cut them all into cubes.2 lb Chicken Wings, 2 Tomato, 2 Carrot, 3 Cloves Garlic, 1 Chili Pepper Flakes, 1 Celery Stalk, 3 Onion
- Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker and sprinkle over them salt and pepper to taste.1 teaspoon Salt, ½ teaspoon Black Pepper, 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- Cook everything for about 1.5-2 hours on medium heat at 190°F / 88°C.
- Optionally, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley over the stew for extra color and freshness.1 Parsley
I highly recommend reading the entire recipe to find more tips and notes about this recipe. Read Full Recipe ⇑
- As this is a stew, there is no exact quantity of the ingredients. You can adjust the amount to your liking.
- There is no need to add extra water to the recipe. The liquid that will be left by vegetables and meat will be more than enough to get juicy chicken wings in the end.
- You can make this recipe even in the oven or on the stove on the lowest heat you have.
- Don’t hesitate to experiment with different vegetables based on what you have on hand or your personal preferences. Zucchini, bell peppers, or green beans can also work well in this stew.
- If you’re cooking on the stovetop, stir the stew occasionally to ensure even cooking and prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Serving the stew with slices of crusty bread or toasted homemade bread is an excellent way to soak up the flavorful sauce.