Optional garnish: Sliced green onions, sesame seeds
Mix the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper together. Rub the seasoning mixture all over the chicken wings. Use the Slow Cookeroption or Instant Pot option below to cook the wings.
Slow Cooker Option:
In a 6-quart slow cooker, cook the seasoned wings on HIGH for 2 hours, and then on LOW for 2 more hours. When the wings are done cooking, they will have released a lot of liquid. Just take out the wings with tongs when you are ready to Bake the wings.
Instant Pot Option:
Place the steamer insert inside the Instant Pot. Add 1/2 cup water. Gently place the seasoned wings on top of the steamer insert. Put the lid on and turn the valve to sealing. Cook on manual setting on high pressure for 5 minutes. Use the natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes, then you can quick release if needed.
Make the sauce:
While the wings are cooking, prepare the sauce: In a small/medium saucepan, combine the soy sauce, orange juice, honey, grated garlic cloves, grated ginger, and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring a few times to make sure the honey is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the corn starch, stirring constantly so it doesn't clump together. Continue to cook the sauce for another minute, until it thickens to the desired consistency.
Bake the wings (after cooking them in the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker):
Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil (for minimal clean-up )and spray the foil with non-stick spray. Place the cooked wings on the baking dish, and brush the wings with the sauce. Flip each wing over, and brush the other side with the sauce.
Bake the wings at 350F for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the wings - if the sauce starts burning on the foil, lower the temperature to 325F. It's OK if the sauce burns a little on the foil - the sauce on the wings won't burn and will turn into a delicious sticky sauce.
Remove the wings from the oven and brush them with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with sliced green onions or sesame seeds.
The liquid that remains after cooking the wings in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot is a delicious, healthy bone broth!! Don't throw it out - use it as a broth for soup or to cook quinoa, rice, or pasta in it.Don't overcrowd the instant pot - be mindful of the maximum fill line. Cook the chicken wings in 2 batches in the instant pot if they don't safely fit into a 6-quart instant pot.