Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Drumsticks


January 29, 2015

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Drumsticks 5 0 5 8
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 15 mins

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 15 mins

  • Yields: 8


1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger

2 teaspoons sriracha (or other hot pepper sauce)

black pepper

16 chicken drumsticks


toasted sesame seeds

cornflour, to thicken


1In a sauce pan add the honey, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sriracha and season to taste with black pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugars have dissolved and the sauce is beginning to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

2In the bowl of a slow cooker, add the chicken drumsticks and pour the sauce over. Move the chicken around a bit with tongs to coat completely. Put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours, flipping chicken a couple of times during the cooking process. Just before serving, sprinkle with shallots and sesame seeds.

3Serve with steamed white rice and your favorite veggie and devour!


5Optional: once cooked place drumsticks on a baking tray and glaze with marinade, place into a 180 degree pre-heated oven until just going slightly crispy. Put sauce into a small saucepan and thicken with cornflour, pour this on top of chicken to serve.

Submitted by Sage Harvey


12 Reviews

Lesley Smith

April 13, 2022

Great recipe, very yummy! I have a searing slow cooker so do everything in there, rather than starting the sauce in a pan, saves washing up!


July 31, 2020

Mad ethics last night but with a few alterations for what I had in the cupboard. I used Chinese cooking wine instead of vinegar, minced garlic and ginger powder. Also no Sriracha. Put them under the grill 5 mins before we wanted to eat and they came out sticky and so delicious. Family have requested I make this again. Great recipe.

Frith Palenski

July 11, 2020

This was absolutely beautiful… a new favourite, thank you for your recipe!
I followed the recipe except using golden soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce instead of “sriracha”. I used half a teaspoon of ground black pepper and 7 large drumsticks (1.2 kg). Left the lid off for the last half hour and did not thicken, the sauce was gorgeous served over the rice.
Served with rice and broccoli.
Yum yum yum! Thank you!

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 24, 2020

I think that would be fine Marg 🙂

Marg Marshall

February 21, 2020

Could I use some chilli powder or hot paprika in place of sriracha? Thanks in advance 😀


October 14, 2017

Omg cooked this and everyone lived it.. im not a good cook but every slow cokkrr has been a winner 😎😎😎

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Tania Jackson

June 8, 2017

Hi. I tried this tonight and although it tasted very good the sauce ended up very watery and the chicken was falling off the bones. I often have the problem of watery sauces rather than the thick sticky or creamy looking ones in the recipes. What am I doing wrong? My slow cooker is very very old (Sunbeam) and has only Low and High. Nothing fancy at all. Thanks.

Karen Kyne

June 7, 2017

Winner winner, chickens dinner!

Liz K

December 28, 2016

This was really good. Next time i will thicken the sauce at the end to pour over the chicken, but it was really tasty.


June 23, 2016

Absolutely lovely


March 21, 2016

I loved this recipe. The drumsticks were absolutely delicious!

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