As a busy mom, with two small businesses, I am always looking for easy but nutritious dinners for my family! I think many of our readers can relate, right? This recipe for sticky chicken drumsticks fits the bill and has found its way into our regular dinner rotation!
This recipe was inspired by my friend, Monica. She brought it to a potluck at my daughter's school and it was a hit with all of the adults and kids! It was such a hit, that the teacher sent the recipe home for all the families to enjoy.
I love the flavors and the ease of preparation in the crockpot. Set it and forget it!
Plus, from my farmer, a package of pastured chicken legs are pretty inexpensive, so this is a great budget meal too!
Paired with some sauteed veggies and rice and this is a simple, healthful and delicious complete meal!
Sticky Chicken Drumsticks
Makes 10 drumsticks (about 5 servings)
- 10 chicken drumsticks (from pastured chickens is always best)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (I like Shoyu – naturally fermented soy sauce)
- 3 tbsp grated ginger
- 2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a saucepan, add everything but the chicken.
- Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer for about 5 minutes. The sauce should begin to thicken.
- Remove from heat.
- In the bowl of the slow cooker, add the chicken drumsticks and pour sauce on top.
- Stir to coat.
- Put lid on and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6.
How easy peasy is that?
And if you want you can make ahead and freeze! Here are two techniques for that:
1. Make sauce in pan. Combine sauce and chicken legs in a freezer bag. Freeze. When ready to cook, place (frozen) in crockpot. Add 1/3 cup chicken bone broth or water. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
2. Pour all ingredients in freezer bag and freeze. When ready to cook, place (frozen) in crockpot. Add 1/3 cup chicken bone broth or water. Cook on low 6-8 hours. This will be a little bit of a less ‘sticky' chicken as you aren't cooking the sauce beforehand. But it still tastes amazing!
You can purchase bone broth from Wise Choice Market if you don't want to make it yourself!