In a medium sized bowl, rinse the cranberries with cool water, and remove any stems or blemished berries. Drain the cranberries in a colander.
Heat water and sugar to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
Continue boiling 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cranberries. Add in the orange juice, chunks and ginger. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if every single cranberry does not completely pop.
When the sauce is cooked, spoon out the orange pieces and the ginger sliver. Pour sauce into bowl or container.
Preheat oven to 275F. Using paper towels, pat wings dry and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with oil, thyme, salt and pepper, and transfer to a large roasting pan. Pour broth into pan and cover snugly with foil. Roast until meat is very tender, about 2 1/2-3 hours.
Remove pan from oven and preheat broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Use tongs to arrange wings on it in a single layer and broil, watching closely, until crisp with bits of char, 6 to 8 minutes. You could spread the cranberry sauce on the wings during the last couple of minutes. Keep on eye on it so it doesn’t get too brown. (Depending on size of broiler and baking sheet, work in batches if needed.)