Hoisin and Honey Slow-Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

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Set-it-and-forget-it chicken dinner
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¼ cup Hoisin sauce
¼ cup Honey
3 tbsp Ketchup
2 tbsp Soy sauce low-sodium
2 cloves Garlic minced, about 1 tbsp
¼ tsp Chili flakes optional
8 Chicken drumsticks about 2 pounds, skin on
2 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1 tsp Kosher Salt
¼ tsp Black pepper freshly ground, or to taste
3 Scallions thinly sliced
For serving:
White rice steamed

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Hoisin and Honey Slow-Cooker Chicken Drumsticks


This Hoisin and Honey Slow-Cooker Chicken Drumsticks is a comforting set-it-and-forget-it chicken dish with a complex flavor that belies the ease of preparation. Tender chicken drumsticks cooked low and slow in a sweet, spicy and savory hoisin honey sauce. Serve this dish with rice or your favorite grains and a green salad. 

Don’t worry if you can’t find Chinese five-spice powder, you can easily blend your own. All you need is a coffee grinder or mini blender. In a cool pan, combine 1 part star anise, 1 part fennel seeds, ½ part Chinese cinnamon, ½ part Sichuan pepper, and ⅕ part cloves and toast over medium-low heat until fragrant. Remove to a plate and let cool completely. Add the toasted spices to your coffee grinder and pulse until fine. For an even consistency, sift the blended seasoning through a fine-mesh sieve.       

To make the Hoisin and Honey Slow-Cooker Chicken Drumsticks, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Hoisin and Honey Slow-Cooker Chicken Drumsticks


Combine hoisin honey sauce ingredients


In a medium bowl, whisk together ¼ cup hoisin sauce, ¼ cup honey, 3 tablespoons ketchup, 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, 2 minced garlic cloves, and ¼ teaspoon chili flakes if using.


Prepare chicken drumsticks


Sprinkle the drumsticks all over with 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.


Transfer to slow cooker


Place the chicken drumsticks in a 6-quart slow cooker and cover with the prepared sauce mixture and toss to coat.




Cover with a lid and cook on low for about 4 hours or until the chicken is very tender when pierced with a knife and the sauce is slightly thickened.



Remove the chicken drumsticks and the sauce to a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with thinly sliced scallions. Serve with rice.

This easy recipe for Hoisin and Honey Slow-Cooker Chicken Drumsticks is utterly delicious and full of flavor. Give this recipe a try, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Bethany is very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She’s trying to cut meat out of her diet as much as possible and focuses on cooking vegetarian food and fish. Bethany gets a kick from finding ways to add new twists to classic dishes. What’s more, thanks to her Asian roots, she’s great at combining different cuisines to come up with something extraordinary. Bethany’s recipes will inspire you to add new colors and flavors to your everyday meals.

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