Superbowl Sunday: Easy Slow Cooked Tailgate Thai Wings


I run from adversity.

I shriek at the mere thought of obstacles, trepidacious territory, or people who I think might yell or not like me.

I do not like it.

Hard things and grown up things and people who might look me in the face and tell me something that I don’t want to hear, with red faces, jagged teeth, and wild eyes.

It’s a horrible, horrible truth about myself. I AM A FEAR MONGER WHO RUNS AWAY AT EVERY WHIM EVEN from THE REMOTEST OF OBSTACLES.

Children who won’t listen.

Vegetable Gardens full of weeds.

Softball teams that should have my child on them but don’t.

Basketball teams that have my child on them even though the child seems confused.

No plans for dinner.

Husbands who think that I enable bad behavior in un-named children.

These are the things I am currently running away from.

Avoidance is the key. That, and always handing the phone to your husband, keeping the mantra ‘ask your father’ and clearing your mind and ignoring your children when their voices become scratchy and whiney.

You might think I’m crazy, BUT. . .it’s a genius philosophy actually. BECAUSE it ALWAYS WORKS OUT IN THE END.

So, whether I worry or not, whether I do anything about it or not, IT ALWAYS, ALWAYS WORKS OUT.


Yesterday was a hell of a day. I won’t even get into it. You don’t even want to know. I’m saving you from my misery.

And in the midst of this chaos (that I was ignoring, per my motto) my husband came up to me and said, “What’s for dinner?”  And I wanted to slap him.

And as I contemplated doing such a misdeed to the love of my life, I looked to my left, and there sitting at my front door was a box, with a ridiculously wonderful tool in it. . .A Slow Cooker to rival all Slow Cookers.

And so I did not have to slap my husband.

Instead, I smiled and said, “Wings. Thai Chicken Wings.”

I gingerlly pulled out the heavenly tool from where it sat ( 3 in 1 Ninja Home Cooking System – – Super Ridiculously Wonderful Slow Cooker, Steamer, Searer, Baker) plugged it in. . .and prepped this recipe in like 10 minutes. . .and left it alone take care of itself while I  continued worrying about not worrying about my problems that will resolve themselves anyway.


Genius. I am a genius.

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I’m being silly, but it’s totally true. Don’t worry about it. Whatever it is. It’ll work out.

And this recipe.

Seriously! Good! And you should definitely NOT WORRY ABOUT IT.

You couldn’t possibly mess it up. So good and so easy.  I’m sure you could come up with a million different sauce combinations to whip up your fave chicken wing recipe using this recipe as a procedural guide. But before you do that, try this one out, it’s really tasty.

I made them with my NEW Ninja Cooking System, but if you don’t have one you could definitely adapt whatever tools you have on hand. BUT! If you’re thinking about getting a new slow cooker, the Ninja makes the job easier because it allows you to brown the chicken in the same pot that you slow cook it in ( it’s great for steam roasting, baking, searing, AND slow cooking).


It comes with a recipe booklet that gives loads of ideas for dinner, snacks, appetizers and baked goods, offering lots of healthy options for one-pot meals in 30 minutes or less. AND it uses an advanced steam technology (the same that is used in fine restaurants) and prepares meals up to 50% faster than a conventional oven, all while cooking with 30% less fat.


It’s amazing.

I’m amazing.

You’re amazing.

Have a Happy Superbowl! Now let’s eat!


Tailgate Thai Wings (using the

Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes

Servings 4*


2 pounds chicken wings, tips removed

1 1/2 cups prepared Sweet Chili Sauce divided (can be found in the international section of any grocery store)

1. Marinate wings for 2 hours to overnight in refrigerator in 3/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce.

2. Set Ninja Cooking System pot to STOVETOP HIGH. Add chicken to pot, discard marinade. Cook uncovered 7 minutes on each side or until chicken is browned on both sides.



20140131-074020.jpg3. Pour remaining 3/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce over chicken and toss to coat. Set to SLOW COOK LOW for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Cover and cook until chicken is tender and cooked through.


20140131-074055.jpg4. To serve, garnish with scallions.

*I doubled the recipe (cooking 5 lbs of wings — – though using the same amount of sauce) and everything fit well into the slow cooker (with room for more).


NOTE: No monetary compensation was given for this post. All opinions are mine, as they should be because this is my blog and it’s really the only place in the world where that matters. And so does your opinion. Your opinion always matters on my blog too.

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