This recipe is sooo good and incredibly easy! Spicy, sweet and sticky chicken legs that have been slow cooking for hours for fall of the bone, tender goodness that basically just melt in your mouth! This is truly a dish that the whole family will enjoy eating together. I made this during a very hot spell we had last week whenever I wanted a grilled chicken taste without having to go outside in the heat and sit by a hot grill.
You may ask, what's the crumpled foil for? Well, it keeps the drumsticks more crispy and "dry-rubbed", rather than the usual braised crock pot meat. (I love braised, but maybe not for this recipe.) I heard about this trick, and I decided to try it here for the first time. It worked out great! They had more of the look and taste of bbq or smoked chicken legs. I made these with some baby potatoes that I also put in the crock pot and delicious molasses baked beans--my mouth is watering as I speak--they are that good!
For an easy family meal, please try these finger lickin' good, crock pot drumsticks and don't forget to wash it down with some fresh lemonade or sweet tea!
Sticky Slow Cooker Drumsticks
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
(I skinned mine)
1/2 c. chicken broth or stock
(Or use can just use water if you don't have this on hand.)
foil for crumpling up in crockpot
Mix the spice ingredients together in a small bowl.
Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. When hot, place the chicken in the skillet to sear on all sides, for a crispy crust. You don't want to cook it through, just brown the meat.
Place the foil in the bottom of your crock pot. Pour the water and chicken broth (or like I said, just water if that's all you have) in the bottom of the crock pot, underneath the foil. This will allow more steam to come up and keep the chicken moist.
Place the chicken legs on the foil.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, until very tender.
(Mine were just right after about about 7.)