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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

How to make slow cooker chicken legs. Tender and tasty you just throw them in with some seasonings and enjoy for dinner.

slow cooker chicken legs

Slow cooker chicken legs actually come out so good. If you haven’t tried this easy Crock pot recipe I encourage you to do so. You and your kids will love it for sure.

We make a lot of simple chicken recipes in our house. Legs and thighs are quite inexpensive, packed with protein, and my kids love it too.

It can be kinda’ boring to cook each one the same time over and over again, so I love trying something new. This is our latest creation.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Crockpot Chicken Legs

I have made air fryer fried chicken with a light breading. These are simple with some some seasoning. You could easily crisp the skins in your Ninja Foodi when they’re done if you wanted too.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for these. Keep in mind the seasonings are really up to you but suggestions of what was used are here.

  1. Drumsticks
  2. Olive oil
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. Garlic powder
  5. Onion powder
  6. Paprika

You could easily rub some minced garlic on the outside too.

crockpot chicken legs

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Legs

If you wanted to brush your favorite homemade teriyaki sauce with soy sauce, or bbq sauce on the skin you could too.

OR wait until they’re done, add some to the outsides and throw into your Cosori air fryer to really get a nice crisp.

Can you cook raw chicken in a Crockpot on low?

Absolutely. you can even cook Crockpot frozen chicken if you’re forgetful, like me. These drumsticks only take about 4 hours and come out fork tender.

Why do chicken legs take so long to cook?

Bone in meat does take quite a while longer than if it were boneless. You need to ensure that the thickest part of the leg meat reaches 165 degrees F before consuming to be safe.

8 were cooked at a time as you can see. Ideally you don’t want them to overlap too much but if you were to double I’d suggest rotating them halfway thru. More would need more tim to reach proper internal temperature.

crockpot bbq chicken legs

Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

You can print recipe below in the recipe card but here is a quick step by step to give you an idea of how to make this slow cooker recipe.

Time needed: 4 hours.

Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

  1. Prepare

    Spray non stick spray inside Crock. Brush all sides of legs with olive oil. Then mix spices together in a bowl and sprinkle all over well.

    Put into slow cooker trying to overlap the least amount possible.

  2. Cook

    Set pot to low for 3.5-4 hours or until internal temperature of thickest part of drumsticks reaches 160 degrees F.

  3. Crisp

    You could remove from pot and preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F. Spray basket with cooking spray and lay them inside. Brush with barbecue sauce if desired and close drawer.

    Crisp for 3-5 minutes until it’s as crunchy as you’d like.

This chicken drumstick recipe is the best kid friendly dinner recipe. I wouldn’t suggest cooking on high, I never do.

crockpot chicken recipe

Crock Pot Chicken Drumsticks

You can use a broiler too if you don’t have a hot air machine. A few minutes will do it. I would use some sort of sauce on top though to amp up the flavors.

I love using the brown sugar hoisin sauce in our Instant Pot spicy teriyaki chicken recipe too. If you need directions for frozen drumsticks in Instant Pot we have that too.

What should I serve with chicken legs?

There are tons of side dishes to choose from really. A few favorites are:

  1. Pull apart rolls
  2. Air fryer vegetables are healthy and delish
  3. Or if you have more than one pot, make slow cooker baked potatoes

I mean I’d serve all of these with chicken breasts too.

chicken drumsticks

Chicken Leg and Thigh Recipes

We have a bunch that we make on a regular basis. Depending on what small kitchen appliances you have at home, try a few and see which you love best like:

Our newest creation has the two combined. You can find these super cheap at the store. Often overlooked, you’ve gotta’ try these air fryer chicken leg quarters and let us know what you think.

Chicken Leg Quarters

I don’t know why these cost next to nothing, but I guess most people want a whole chicken cut into pieces for them.

You really get the best of both worlds though this way. Give both of these a whirl for sure.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

How to make slow cooker chicken legs. Tender and tasty you just throw them in with some seasonings and enjoy for dinner.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, chicken, chicken legs, crockpot, drumsticks, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 8
Calories 310kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray non stick spray inside Crock.
  • Brush all sides of legs with olive oil. Then mix spices together in a bowl and sprinkle all over well.
  • Put into slow cooker trying to overlap the least amount possible.
  • Cook on low for 3.5-4 hours or until internal temperature of thickest part of drumsticks reaches 160 degrees F.

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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Legs
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 690mg30%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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