Easy Chicken Drumstick Slow Cooker Recipe


Chicken Drumstick Recipes

My husband loves meat. If he planned our weekly menu, it would surely consist of steak with a side of ribs and any kind of grilled chicken.

When we go out to eat he inevitably orders spicy wings or drumsticks. So I set out to try Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks from in an effort to find some finger-licking good meat that would cost quite a bit less than going to our favorite BBQ restaurant.

I was so pleased at how easy the recipe was and how delighted Dan was as he reached for his fourth drumstick.

And since the Crockpot was the only tool I had to use, the clean-up was a breeze!

Step 1: Preparing Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken Drumsticks

The first thing you'll need is 10 thawed drumsticks and your Crockpot.

Crockpot Drumsticks Chicken

Cover and cook the drumsticks for 3 hours on HIGH.

Chicken Juice

Step 2: Making Crockpot Chicken Marinade

Once it is cooked, remove the chicken and pour out the juices. I like to reserve the drippings in a pint mason jar.

This is quite handy to pull out and add to Chicken Tortilla Soup or a 30 Minute Pasta Bake later in the week.

Put the chicken back into the slow cooker.

Wings Buffalo Sauce

Now you'll need a jar of your favorite wing sauce. I chose a jar from Calhoun's, a local restaurant here in Knoxville that is known for their BBQ.

Another good choice is Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce. It can be found at nearly any grocery store for a few bucks.

Buffalo Wings Sauce Recipe

Mix the sauce with a packet of ranch dressing mix. Whisk it together until it is smooth and creamy.

Chicken Drumsticks in Crockpot

Step 3: Final Cooking of Chicken Drumsticks

Pour it over the drumsticks and cook it on HIGH for another 30 minutes or until it is done.

Crockpot Drumsticks

When these Chicken drumsticks are done, the meat will practically fall off the bone! 

They are so deliciously spicy and have a contagious come-back-for-more-flavor.

I pull them out with tongs and then ladle any extra sauce all over the top. The more messy they are the better. Trust me, they are delicious!!

If you like this recipe Pin it or share it for later. It is a recipe that has come back for more taste!

Easy 3 Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Drumsticks

How happy would your husband or friends be to eat these during their favorite football game?

When I made them the other night for my hubby, his eyes lit up as soon as he walked in the back door.

He didn't even bother to change out of his work clothes; he was all about getting those chicken drumsticks in his belly!

If this recipe suits your fancy, you may want to check out my awesome 5 Ingredient Crockpot Orange Chicken or Crockpot Baby-Back Ribs

I'm a no fuss cook, so you can be sure that these recipes are delicious but foolproof

P.S. If you enjoyed this recipe please leave a comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts or ideas. Thanks for visiting!!

Easy 3 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks

Heidi Davison
These Crockpot chicken drumsticks are super easy to make and are great for gameday or your voracious meat eater!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 5


  • 10 drumsticks thawed
  • 12 oz bottle buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix


  • Cook drumsticks on HIGH for 3 hours.
  • Remove chicken and drain the juices.
  • Mix the buffalo wing sauce and the dressing until smooth and creamy.
  • Replace the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the sauce on top.
  • Cook on HIGH for another 30 minutes or until done.

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  • 5 stars
    I used Texas Pete’s. It didn’t taste right. Too harsh. Maybe I’ll add Brown sugar next time…?

    • Try Franks red hot or Sweet Baby Rays.

  • I just made this. And the liquid is very runny. I’m not sure how. I followed recipe to a T. Any suggestions how to thicken up hot sauce?

    • Did you pat the chicken dry before putting it in the Crockpot? I might add a tablespoon of cornstarch and see if that will help.

  • 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe!! I am making it now.

      • 3 hours on high? what do you put for the liquid?

        • Hi Claudio! There is no liquid needed in the first step. With the lid closed, the chicken will naturally release its own juices. Remove those after 3 hours and then add the wing sauce and other ingredients.

  • Karen Schulz says:

    4 stars
    I made this several weeks ago, it was awesome!!

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