How To Make Slow-Cooked Chicken Drumsticks

Posted on Feb 28 2016 - 11:10pm by Christine Kudra

You might not have considered making chicken drumsticks in the crockpot before but why not? They come out succulent and tender and you can leave them alone while they cook; that means no more sweating over a hot stove!

Some recipes will tell you to cook the drumsticks in seasoned flour and then add some liquid and others will tell you to add everything to the slow cooker, perhaps browning the poultry first, and then leave it all to cook. The skin does not go crispy in a crockpot so remove it before you begin.

Barbecue flavor drumsticks are really good and you can make these by combining half a cup of soy sauce with a couple of minced garlic cloves, eight ounces of tomato sauce and quarter of a cup of brown sugar.

Mix this sauce with twelve skinless drumsticks and cook on low for eight hours. This is a really simple recipe and the results are great. You can serve this at a buffet or even as a hot appetizer.

Recipe For Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

This recipe gives your poultry an authentic Asian flavor and you can use this sauce for pork instead of chicken if you prefer. These are nice served hot from the slow cooker or chilled. When they finish cooking the meat is falling off the bone so giving them half an hour in the refrigerator might be a good idea if you are serving them as finger food, as the meat will hold on to the bone better when they are cold.

What You Need:

  • 25 skinless chicken drumsticks
  • 1 bottle thick teriyaki sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

How To Make It:

Stir the spices together, then roll the chicken in the mixture and add them to the slow cooker. Cook for six hours on low. Add six tablespoons of the teriyaki sauce over the top, then cook for an hour more. Transfer the cooked chicken on to a serving platter and drizzle some more sauce over the top.

Recipe For Slow Cooker Cacciatore Drumsticks

This Italian style recipe serves four people and you will love the combination of tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, herbs, and other wonderful ingredients. Serve this meal with rice or any kind of potatoes.

What You Need:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 15 oz Italian style tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper

How To Make It:

Sprinkle the flour over the poultry, and then brown it in the olive oil in a skillet for a few minutes. Transfer it to the crockpot. Stir in everything else except the cornstarch and water.

Cover the slow cooker and cook for about seven hours on low. Stir the cornstarch and water together, and then stir this into the crockpot mixture. Cook on high for twenty minutes or until thick.

Christine Szalay-Kudra is an author, food expert and mom of four boys. She is the owner of the Recipe Publishing Network, a group of sites dedicated to fine food and information for cooks. When not busy with her business you can find her sharing on one of these social networks at her own URL:

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