A simple and easy game day appetizer – these Whole30 slow cooker Thai chicken wings are the perfect ‘set and forget’ football snack. Made with rich almond butter and Thai-inspired flavors, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Crisp fall air, ESPN in the background while making coffee, planning out which color jersey to wear (home or away?). It’s almost FOOTBALL SEASON!!! And I’m just a little jacked about it.
Yep, we’re crazy football people. It’s that magical time of year that means lounging at home, making some grub, and rooting on our favorite team (or fantasy players) all day long. Unless you get into a brawl with your husband, then game day can be taxing on a marriage…
Let me explain – it’s all in good fun (sorta). I don’t know how to say this to mitigate the blow, but my husband and I…..we….we’re fans of rival teams. GAAAASP!
Awful right?! I don’t know how we missed this massive default when we decided to get married. How did we not compromise this football-fanning situation and write it in our vows?! Because we were in the ‘love conquers all’ feeling of butterflies and rainbows. But love doesn’t conquer my Green Bay Packers honey. Nothing does…
We’re working it out. And actually, it’s not that bad unless those teams face each other. So twice a year of marital anguish isn’t SO bad, but it’s gotten a little complicated since having kids. Mommy is always the one up with them first thing in the morning, so naturally I dress them in green and gold (duh). But anytime I need to sneak out to grab something (let’s be honest, it’s usually running to Trader Joe’s for snacks), my husband changes them into threads with an awful shade of purple. And all of a sudden are NATO-like relationship has turned into the Cold War. At least we agree on one thing – football food.
What football grub guru doesn’t love making a finger-licking-worthy dish you can throw into a slow cooker during pregame and have ready by halftime? It’s too simple, too glorious, too tasty for words. These Whole30 slow cooker Thai chicken wings are my latest football obsession, and it’s easy to see why.
Whole30 Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Wings
Here’s what you’ll need: almond butter, lime, coconut aminos, fish sauce (I use Red Boat since it’s Whole30 compliant), coconut milk, cumin, grated ginger (frozen ginger knobs work best for grating), and of course CHICKEN WINGS!
If you’re using frozen chicken wings, I strongly suggest partially thawing the chicken wings. Cooking the wings completely frozen will yield a runny, watery sauce, which dilute the big Thai flavors from the wings.
After the wings are thoroughly cooked, you can ‘crisp’ them up a bit by placing them on a cooling rack over a flat baking sheet. Set your oven broiler to high and place the wings in the oven for 5-7 minutes. Remove the wings from the oven and add the sauce from the slow cooker to top. Garnish with plenty of fresh cilantro and devour these Whole30 slow cooker Thai chicken wings!
Here are some other game-day inspired eats to make your football season memorable (and delicious): Whole30 Bacon Enchilada Jalapeño Poppers, Skinny Paleo Lemon Artichoke Dip, Thai Chicken Sweet Potato Flatbread, Paleo Plantain Pizza Crust, Honey Tequila Lime Chicken Wings, Paleo Plantain Pinwheels, and the classic favorite, Whole30 Sloppy Joe Bowls.
- 2 pounds chicken wings
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1 lime, juiced
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 2 heaping tablespoons grated ginger
- cilantro to garnish
- For best results, partially thaw the chicken wings if using frozen
- Place the chicken wings into the bottom of a slow cooker
- Combine the almond butter, lime juice, coconut aminos, fish sauce, coconut milk, cumin, and grated ginger (frozen ginger works best to grate). Mix well
- Pour the sauce over the chicken wings and cook on low for 4-6 hours
- Optional: once the wings are done cooking, place each one on a cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath and broil on high for 5-7 minutes, watching carefully to avoid burning
- Top the wings with sauce from the slow cooker and garnish with fresh cilantro
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