Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

SLOW COOKER STICKY CHICKEN DRUMSTICKSI bought a huge package of drumsticks when they were on sale last week, and I've totally burnt out my family on grilled BBQ drummies over the summer. So I needed something new! Hello new crockpot drumstick recipe!

*Update* As the commenters below have added, instead of using foil as the "bed" to keep the chicken out of the drippings, try thickly sliced onion, baby carrots or cut up potatoes. I have used this technique a few times, and it's great to have a side dish in the slow cooker, too!

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Drumsticks
recipe adapted from Busy Cooks

2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
4 lbs. chicken drumsticks, skinned if desired
foil for crumpling up in crockpot

In a small bowl, thoroughly combine salt and all the spices. Rinse drumsticks and pat dry with paper towel. Rub the spice mixture into the chicken.
Crumple up foil and put in the bottom of a 4 quart crockpot.

Top the foil with the spice rubbed chicken pieces.

Cook on LOW for 8-12 hours until very tender. (mine was perfect after 6 hours on Low)

The verdict?
I put crumpled foil in the bottom of the crockpot, and it really kept the chicken crunchy and not goopy. I took off the skin from the drumsticks to keep the fat down, and with the spice coating, it still created a somewhat-crunchy outer coating. And you have gotta love the convenience of the slow cooker! This is going into the routine!

I am also sharing this recipe at Crock Pot Wednesdays and What's Cooking Wednesday.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking


  1. Rita!! Wow! I never thought of putting foil in there! What a great idea. I have a recipe for Crock Pot Baked Chicken that my husband says is just ok because the chicken ends up a little mushy!! LOVE this idea!!
    Thank you!!

    I see you're a Fl blogger too!! Where in Fl are you? We are in between Deland. :-)

  2. Rita, I found a sorry bag of chicken parts in my freezer this morning and am going to try to salvage them with this recipe. Using the slow cooker works great with my schedule today -- I have a student from 6-7:30, right during dinner-prep time! For a side, I'm making romaine lettuce with roasted tomato dressing with ingredients from my very first CSA produce bag. Love the blog! xo, -ae

  3. Wow! What a great idea. I certainly be using it this winter. Thanks for sharing this for WCW.

  4. WAHOOOO I am not a chicken person I dont eat it much but I loved this recipe and will plan on using it alot thanks

  5. I am thinking of trying this recipe tomorrow but wondered why it was called "sticky" chicken when your comment says it's crunchy and not goopy. :) My husband will eat whatever is on the plate but I do like to know what results to expect so I can serve something complimentary. If it's sticky then I will serve it with rice...if it is dry and crunchy I will serve it with a saucy side dish.

  6. @ Carrie -
    The outside of the chicken is not sticky, but the whole process of eating the chicken with your fingers can be a little sticky. I've served this with homemade Mac N Cheese, and it seemed to be a good texture pairing, so I would go with the saucy side dish. Good luck!

  7. do you cover the lid all the way through or open a little to let the moisture escape?

  8. @ Anonymous -
    I leave the lid on the entire cooking time and it seems to still stay pretty non-goopy.

  9. Love the idea but mine turned out very dry. Maybe I'll leave the skin on next time!

    1. I've noticed when the chicken is dry in the crockpot it's usually over-cooked so the next time I make it, I reduce the cooking time.

  10. I am soooo glad I found this page on Pinterest!!!
    I tried this today and the result was perfect!
    I did deviate from the instructions quite a bit though....
    I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and did use the crumpled foil AND put a bed of thick sliced onions on top of the foil and the chicken on top of it all. I had some leftover sliced onions so rather than throw them in the trash, added on top of the chicken. Cooked on low and the chicken was done in 4 hours (they were smallish thighs).
    Thank you! Will def be using this method again and again!!1