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.

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