You don't need a ton of fussy ingredients to make a great, kid-friendly dinner. In fact, it's the fussy ingredients that typically send the kids into a full-on meltdown. Leave all the hassle behind and welcome in the easiest of slow cooker recipes -- Crock Pot Chicken Legs!
This chicken dinner comes together with an effortless rub of oil and a sprinkle of savory spices. After just a few hours of slow cooking, you'll have perfectly cooked, full-flavored, juicy drumsticks ready for the taking. It's a dinner both the children and the adults are guaranteed to find simply delicious!
HOW TO COOK CHICKEN LEGS IN THE CROCK POT?
- Pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels and add to the crock pot.
- Mix seasoning.
- Drizzle the chicken with oil, sprinkle with seasoning, and rub all over to adhere.
- Cook on low for 3 ½ to 4 hours.
USE DRY HEAT FOR THE BEST SLOW COOKER DRUMSTICKS
Contrary to what some might believe, you do not need liquid to operate a slow cooker. In fact, Slow Cooker Drumsticks are better without any liquid at all.
You might have noticed there's no liquid going into the crock pot at any point in the recipe. That is because we are technically "dry slow cooking," and it's this cooking method that will prevent your chicken leg skin from becoming overly soggy and rubbery.
Rest assured, dry heat in the slow cooker does not result in dry chicken...quite the opposite, actually. You are guaranteed perfectly cooked, juicy, and tender Crock Pot Chicken Legs with this recipe.
HOW LONG DO CHICKEN LEGS TAKE TO COOK IN THE CROCK POT?
We tested these Slow Cooker Drumsticks using a probe thermometer inserted into a chicken leg during the entire duration of the cooking process. The alarm was set to go off once the chicken legs had reached 165°F, which is the internal temperature at which dark meat is ready to safely consume.
It took the drumsticks just under 4 hours to reach this temperature on the low setting. However, as you probably know, dark meat is very forgiving and if you need to leave them in an hour or longer, you can certainly get away with that.
CAN YOU COOK FROZEN CHICKEN IN THE CROCK POT?
Can you? According to the Crock-Pot company-- yes. Should you? According to the USDA -- No. It's always best to thaw chicken before adding it to any cooking vessel, as stated in their "Slow Cookers and Food Safety" write-up.
Point of the story? Safely thaw your chicken legs before adding them to the slow cooker.
The great thing about these Crock Pot Chicken Legs is you don't need a ton of ingredients, and you probably already have everything you need to make them in your pantry!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Chicken Legs
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
The spice mix that covers the chicken legs is über savory and very flavorful, and you'll find it's as pleasing to the kids as it is the grown-ups at the table!
HOW TO TURN CROCK POT CHICKEN LEGS INTO BBQ CHICKEN
We love dark meat BBQ chicken around these parts, as evidenced by our BBQ Baked Leg Quarters and this delicious Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken! If you want to turn your Slow Cooker Drumsticks into a BBQ chicken masterpiece, you're in luck -- it's crazy easy!
- Have your oven preheated to 375°F by the time the chicken legs finish cooking in the slow cooker.
- Then, transfer the drumsticks to a baking dish or sheet and brush or spoon over a generous layer of your favorite sticky-sweet BBQ sauce.
- Transfer the chicken to the oven and bake for 15 minutes, uncovered.
If you love BBQ sauce, you'll adore our easy Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken! Chicken breasts slow cooked in BBQ sauce and amped up with big flavor!
HOW LONG WILL THE CHICKEN KEEP?
You can store these Crock Pot Chicken Legs for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you'd like for them to keep any longer than that, freeze them!
To freeze cooked drumsticks, allow them to cool to room temperature, then, wrap each chicken leg in wax paper and transfer it to a freezer-safe zip-top bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze.
To dethaw, place in the refrigerator overnight. Consume within 3 months for best results.
5 MORE CROCK POT RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- BBQ Pulled Pork In the Slow Cooker
- Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas
- Crock Pot Chicken and Rice
- Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings
- Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
The best Crock Pot Chicken Legs are breeze to make! All you need is a slow cooker, a little oil, drumsticks, and a simple blend of savory spices!
- 2 - 2 ½ pounds chicken legs
- 2 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons oil (avocado, canola, or olive oil)
Pat each drumstick dry with a paper towel and transfer to a 4-6 quart crock pot.
Combine all of the dry seasoning in a small bowl and stir to combine. Drizzle the chicken with oil and rub to adhere to each leg. Then, sprinkle the seasoning evenly over the chicken and rub all over to adhere.
Cover and turn on the low setting. Cook for 3 ½ to 4 hours. Serve and enjoy!