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Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

Want a meal that’s guaranteed to have your kids finishing their food instead of complaining again about what’s for dinner? Try these Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Drumsticks! They will love them and you will love how quick and easy they are to make!

slow cooker chicken drumsticks on cookie sheet with sesame seeds and cilantro

Sure you could do a bunch of work, turn on the oven on a hot day or stand outside at the BBQ… OR you could make a super easy dinner using your slow cooker and give yourself a little pat on the back for being so smart and making these Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Drumsticks instead. They are so very easy to make, require little cleanup and will give your mouth some new and unusual flavor combinations to enjoy.

These would be great served up with your leftover mashed potatoes or for something different you could steam up a little white rice. Spend a couple extra minutes to thicken up the sauce (right in the crock pot – no boiling on the stove!!) before you serve them and you will have a delicious drizzle to add over your side dish.

slow cooker sticky chicken drumsticks on parchment paper on cookie sheet

How do you cook drumsticks in a slow cooker?

  • I don’t have to many fancy tips for you here… it’s basically throwing them in the slow cooker, pouring sauce over them and turning it on!
  • As an option, you can always brown up the drumsticks a bit before you slow cook them, especially easy if you have a multi-cooker because then you don’t even dirty up another pan.
  • You can also add cornstarch during cooking time to thicken the sauce or, again, if you have a multi-cooker it’s easy to turn it to stovetop and thicken at the end.

The thing I love about making chicken drumsticks is that they are so inexpensive but it’s so easy to “fancy” them up just a little. We sometimes dig into these as a snack at our house but they are filling enough for dinner too. You could also bring them along to a pot luck since they make a perfect finger food. That was my teenager’s favorite part…picking them up and eating them with his hands getting all messy! Go ahead, give it a try! It’s fun to get food all over your face every now and then!

More ideas for making drumsticks in the slow cooker:

3 Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks served on black plate

Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

Jennifer Draper
Chicken drumsticks in the slow cooker are lick-your-fingers-good! This recipe combines BBQ sauce and berry preserves to create a delicious, sticky sauce that easily transforms basic drumsticks into a uniquely flavored dish. Keep the cleanup to a minimum and try something new!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 289 kcal


  • slow cooker or multicooker


  • 1 1/2 pounds drumsticks about 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup seedless blackberry preserves
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch for later


  • Place drumsticks in slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle drumsticks with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • In a small bowl, mix together BBQ sauce and blackberry preserves.
  • Pour mixture over chicken.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • When chicken is done, spoon out 2 tablespoons of liquid from the slow cooker into a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and mix until smooth.
  • Add cornstarch slurry back to slow cooker and give it a stir. Let it sit for about 30 minutes so sauce will thicken and stick well to chicken.


  • Store leftover drumsticks in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • If you prefer, brown the drumsticks in a multicooker or skillet for a few minutes before slow-cooking.
  • Customize the flavors with different flavors of BBQ sauce and preserves.


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 20gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 371mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 113IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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