Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

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I usually cook wings on my Char-Broil Big Easy or on my charcoal grill using the Vortex. I have to admit, I was pretty pessimistic about the idea of cooking wings in a slow cooker. Would I like the texture? Would they taste as great as wings off the grill?

One thing’s for sure, making Buffalo Ranch wings in a slow cooker really couldn’t get any easier. It was the perfect recipe for my working-from-home lunch. Toss everything in first thing in the morning and at lunch, enjoy some wings!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

So how were they? Well, mighty tasty for starters. In fact, I loved the flavor. Big time. Texture-wise, they got barely crispy but the meat was oh-so-tender and juicy. For truly crispy skin you’ll have to leave them under the broiler for a good bit of time, but keep an eye on them. I found the skin to be melt-in-my-mouth tender and I didn’t actually miss not having super-crunchy wings. In fact, it was a nice change. I loved them!

Although not traditional Buffalo wings to a purist, I still enjoyed these slow cooker Buffalo Ranch wings more than I actually thought I would. No mess, no fuss and very tasty. Certainly much easier than firing up a grill or even deep fryer to make a batch of the wings you normally expect.

Meijer makes a fantastic Buffalo wild sauce that is great for this recipe. My BBQ Ranch wings are also absolutely yummy!

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

One thing’s for sure, making Buffalo Ranch wings in a slow cooker really couldn’t get any easier. It was the perfect recipe for my working-from-home lunch. Toss everything in first thing in the morning and at lunch, enjoy some wings!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Buffalo wings, crockpot, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 291kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the wings into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Combine the wing sauce, Ranch dressing mix and salt and pepper and pour over the wings.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours – 3 hours until the meat is starting to pull back from the bones.
  • Carefully transfer the wings to a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Place under the broiler and broil until just starting to crisp.
  • Let cool slightly then serve with Ranch dressing for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Meijer Sweet Chili Wing Sauce

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“Blown away” were the first words that crossed my mind when I took my first bite of chicken wings (cooked using a Vortex) tossed in Meijer’s Sweet Chili wing sauce. With no artificial flavors, I found the sauce to be nothing but pure goodness.

The sauce has a nice heat level, not too much and not too little. A little sweetness and the perfect consistency. Not too gloppy, but perfect for sticking to wings and your fingers. Better than many top shelf wing sauces and a whole lot cheaper.

Meijer Sweet Chili Wing Sauce

My wife’s favorite eat-out wings are the Thai’R Cracker wings from Quaker Steak and Lube. She said that the Meijer sweet chili wing sauce is at least as good and maybe a bit better. That’s saying a lot.

Also try Meijer’s Medium Buffalo wing sauce. Not too spicy, but just right!

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Meijer Wing Sauces

I picked up a bottle each of all of the wing sauces from Meijer. Stay tuned for my results with each!

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Meijer Sweet Chili Wing Sauce

“Blown away” were the first words that crossed my mind when I took my first bite of chicken wings tossed in Meijer’s Sweet Chili wing sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Asian wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 312kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

Notes

Nutritional values do not include the wing sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic Wings

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Ok, time to fess up. If I was forced to choose my favorite wing sauce at Buffalo Wild Wings, spicy garlic would be it. The BW3 website says the sauce is ‘spicy and garlicky’ and that’s exactly what this copycat of the restaurant sauce is. Same great flavors, same great heat. Lick-your-fingers good. These copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic wings are nothing but good!

Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic Wings

I so love this copycat Buffalo Wild Wings spicy garlic wings sauce. It’s still Buffalo-sauce like, but with a nice twist making it just different enough but still familiar. The sauce keeps for a bit, so I didn’t hesitate to double the recipe. This sauce is good on grilled chicken or pork wings too.

I store my leftover homemade sauces in squeeze bottles. If refrigerated, I set them out an hour before using so they come to room temperature. You don’t want to put cold sauce on hot wings!

Also try my copycat of Buffalo Wild Wing’s Parmesan garlic and Thai curry wings.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic Wings
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Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic Wings

The BW3 website says the sauce is ‘spicy and garlicky’ and that’s exactly what this copycat of the restaurant sauce is. Same great flavors, same great heat. Lick-your-fingers good.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Buffalo wings, copycat
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 434kcal

Ingredients

For the Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic Sauce

Instructions

For the Buffalo Wild Wings Spicy Garlic Sauce

  • Combine all but the yolk, water and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk together the egg yolk and water. Whisk in the cornstarch until dissolved.
  • Slowly whisk the mixture into the saucepan.

Nutrition

Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1323mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Roasted Red Chile Wings

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One of the things I love about being addicted to cooking and eating chicken wings is that 99 times out of 100, every new recipe I try is just absolutely fantastic. I dream about chicken wings. A lot. And these roasted red chile wings, well, they were crazy good and certainly dream-worthy.

Roasted Red Chile Wings

I love chile peppers for the pepper flavor. And although I also love spicy, my number one love is that great pepper flavor, and the roasted red chile jelly from Albukirky Seasonings brings that and then some without scary spiciness. The Albukirky Seasonings red chile BBQ rub (and also the green chile BBQ rub) has quickly become my go-to wing rub. It’s just perfect on wings (and other things, too, but I really, really enjoy it on wings). Combined with the red chile jelly (which I thinned just a bit) the roasted red chile wings made for a lunch that I won’t soon forget, but I will soon make again.

Also try my Anchonero wings, made with Alburkirky Seasonings Anchonero mix.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

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Roasted Red Chile Wings

 dream about chicken wings. A lot. And these roasted red chile wings, well, they were crazy good and certainly dream-worthy.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 354kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

Notes

Nutritional values do not include seasoning or sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

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I’m usually a crispy, grilled or fried chicken wing kind-of-guy. But I am open to other ideas, and I can’t pass up a tasty wing no matter what. So I went into the idea of cooking wings in my slow cooker with an open mind and empty stomach. What resulted were very tasty, very tender wings covered in a fantastic homemade Buffalo wing sauce. Slow cooker chicken wings made a believer out of me.

Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

Cooking the wings in Buffalo sauce in the slow cooker before transferring them to the oven ensured that each and every bite was packed with that great traditional wing flavor. These wings aren’t just covered in sauce, there’s sauce all the way through.

The sauce is what makes these slow cooker chicken wings great. It’s the perfect traditional Buffalo wing sauce. I make a big batch and keep it on hand. I like to fill a squirt bottle with wing sauce and squirt it on macaroni and cheese. Yep, try it. It’s good.

You can get a bit of a char and crisp on these wings if you put them under the broiler for a bit just before serving. Keep an eye on them, though. You don’t want to burn them.

Also try my slow cooker chili dogs.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Slow Cooker Chicken Wings
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Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

Cooking the wings in Buffalo sauce in the slow cooker before transferring them to the oven ensured that each and every bite was packed with that great traditional wing flavor. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot, slow cooker, wings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4
Calories 540kcal
Author Mike

Equipment

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded
  • Buffalo wing sauce from below or use 1 cup store-bought

For the Buffalo wing sauce

Instructions

For the wings

  • Place the wings into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Add HALF of the sauce.
  • Cook on high for one hour.
  • Heat your oven to 400 F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick spray.
  • Add the wings and brush with some of the remaining sauce, reserving the rest for dipping if desired.
  • Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Optionally, turn on the broiler for the last 10 minutes to get a little color and crisp on the wings.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and extra wing sauce for dipping if desired.

For the Buffalo wing sauce

  • Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted add the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and let cool before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 2487mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1308IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Anchonero Hot BBQ Wings

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One thing that I love about chicken wings is that there isn’t just one perfect combination of rub. Or sauce. There are an infinite number of great wings. These Anchonero Hot BBQ wings are just another example of a perfect combination of a spicy southwestern rub and sauce.

A little heat and a little sweet, you’d think I hadn’t eaten in a month when I devoured these Anchonero hot BBQ wings. ‘Anchonero’  is a combination of ‘ancho’ and ‘habenero’ chiles. You get great chile pepper flavor in every bite, that’s for sure. I found the spice level to be great, not too hot but definitely not mild either.

Anchonero Hot BBQ Wings

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The Anchonero rub and BBQ sauce i used on these wings comes from AlbuKirky Seasonings, in yep, you guessed it, Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have lots of southwestern-flavored rubs and sauces and jellies. Check them out, you’ll love them all! I’ve also made some amazing red chile wings using their red chile rub.

I cooked these wings on my Weber Jumbo Joe using the Vortex insert but you can use a deep fryer, oven, gas grill, Char-Broil Big Easy, or whatever you prefer!

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Anchonero Hot BBQ Wings
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Anchonero Hot BBQ Wings

hese Anchonero Hot BBQ wings are just another example of a perfect combination of a spicy southwestern rub and sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword spicy, wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 354kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

Notes

Nutritional values do not include the rub or sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Harissa Chicken Wings

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After making roasted harissa cauliflower the other day (my first encounter with harissa) I knew after the first bite that the next thing I was going to make with the spicy red pepper paste would be Harissa chicken wings. There was no doubt in my mind that I was in for a wonderful treat. You get a nice kick, but don’t be afraid. Harissa is not crazy spicy, not at all. It has a wonderful earthy flavor to it. I could eat it all day, On wings I could eat it all week.

Harissa Chicken Wings

The paste for making these harissa chicken wings can be found in the Mediterranean section of your local grocery store. I haven’t tried making it home yet, but I will. The consistency reminds me a bit of hummus, though it’s certainly not hummus. But, oh…. it just hit me… harissa sure would be great in hummus! I’m off to try that now!

I store my leftover homemade sauces in squeeze bottles. If refrigerated, I set them out an hour before using so they come to room temperature. You don’t want to put cold sauce on hot wings!

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Harissa Chicken Wings
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Harissa Chicken Wings

These have a nice kick, but don’t be afraid. Harissa is not crazy spicy, not at all. It has a wonderful earthy flavor to it. I could eat it all day, On wings I could eat it all week.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Asian wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 408kcal

Ingredients

For the wings

For the sauce

  • ½ cup Harissa paste
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested

Instructions

For the wings

For the sauce

  • Place all ingredients into a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally until the butter has melted and the sauce is combined.

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Fried Smoked Wings

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Wonderfully smoky, tender meat with a lightly crispy skin, these smoked and then fried chicken wings were a thing of beauty. These are one of most dangerous things you could ever put in front of me. I don’t even need any sauce to toss or dunk them in, either. Just give me a big basket of them and get out of the way!

Fried Smoked Wings

Smoke ’em

The process is simple. Season your wings, and place them onto your smoker. No messing around with them either. Just smoke for 2 hours.

Fried Smoked Wings

Fry ’em

When the wings are done you toss them into a deep fryer for a minute or so, until golden brown and lightly crispy. You can also make a big huge batch and freeze the smoked wings (before frying). All you have to do is thaw them and deep fry them when you’re ready to serve them at a later time. I was worried that making them from the frozen smoked wings would result in over-cooked, tough wings, but oh no, they were fantastic!

Fried Smoked Wings

Grill ’em (optional)

There’s a brewpub by our house that makes crazy-good chicken wings. They smoke them first over a mix of mesquite and cherry woods, then flash fry them. They sauce them then place them over a hot flame to finish them off. My approach is similar, but I don’t always put them onto the grill at the end. They are fantastic either way, but grilling them real quick does help set the sauce.

For smoked wings that seem like they were fried, but weren’t, try my almost-fried smoked wings. Same great crunch and flavor without the oil.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Fried Smoked Wings
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Fried Smoked Wings

Wonderfully smoky, tender meat with a lightly crispy skin, these smoked and then fried chicken wings were a thing of beauty. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword deep-fried, smoked, wings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 2 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 272kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for 225 F. Use any wood you like. I used Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel chunks because I wanted a good, noticeable smoke flavor. Use a lighter wood if you want your wings to be a little less smoky.
  • Toss the wings in the seasoning.
  • Place the wings onto the smoker and smoke for 2 hours. No need to rotate or flip them.
  • When done, remove from the smoker. You can deep fry them immediately or freeze them for thawing and frying later.
  • To fry, heat canola oil to 350 F.
  • Working in batches, add the wings and fry for 1-2 minutes or until they are the desired color.
  • Let cool slightly. Serve tossed with your favorite sauce and your favorite dipping sauce on the side.
  • Optional: Toss the wings onto a hot grill for 1 minute after saucing them to set the sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Red Chile BBQ Wings

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Boy was I ever happy that I bought a sampling of the seasonings, sauces, and jellies from AlbuKirky Seasonings. Everything in the online store looked and sounded so good. I anxiously awaited the day my package arrived (which was very soon after I clicked ‘Check out’). I knew exactly what I was going to do first: chicken wings made with Kirk’s red chile rub and sauced with his red chile BBQ sauce. The perfect combination of southwestern flavors and a little kick of heat, the rub and sauce made for fantastic wings.

Red Chile BBQ Wings

I’ve used the red chicle rub and BBQ sauce on many things since making these wings. Ribs, burgers, chicken, you name it, all came out great. But, oh, how I do love these red chile BBQ wings. There’s no flavor like it to be found in any wing place around here, that’s for sure. There should be.

Also try my spicy chicken wings with apple dipping sauce.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Red Chile BBQ Wings
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Red Chile BBQ Wings

The perfect combination of southwestern flavors and a little kick of heat, the rub and sauce made for fantastic wings.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ, spicy, wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 354kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

Notes

Nutritional values do not include seasoning or sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 191mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Enchilada Chicken Wings

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Oh yum! Mexican-inspired chicken wings with kicked up easy Ranch dressing! I loved these enchilada chicken wings so much I had to make them two days in a row. The wings by themselves are fantastic. You could serve them dry, without the sauce but the sauce will remind you of traditional wing sauce with a great south-of-the-border twist.

Enchilada Chicken Wings

I prefer to make my own taco seasoning mix, but you can of course use pre-made. For these enchilada chicken wings you’ll want to use a seasoning that is fairly fine in texture. You don’t want any big chunks of spice on your wings. First, it might burn when you cook the wings. Second, no one wants to bite into a big chunk of… .something.

I store my leftover homemade sauces in squeeze bottles. If refrigerated, I set them out an hour before using so they come to room temperature. You don’t want to put cold sauce on hot wings!

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Enchilada Chicken Wings
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Enchilada Chicken Wings

Oh yum! Mexican-inspired chicken wings with kicked up easy Ranch dressing! I loved these enchilada chicken wings so much I had to make them two days in a row. The wings by themselves are fantastic.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword southwestern, wings
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 501kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

Nutrition

Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.