5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

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This 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Legs recipe is flavor-packed and easy to prepare with a few simple ingredients. Dinner is done in 10 minutes!

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

This meal is super simple and a major crowd pleaser, and it all comes together with 10 minutes of prep time, 5 ingredients, and a slow cooker. I’ve made this at least a million times, maybe more, and it’s a hit. Every. Single. Time. It’s basically a slow cooker version of my very favorite (and sort of internet famous) baked chicken legs recipe, but it takes jam instead of honey. (Both are delicious, by the way, and add a nice touch of sweetness to an otherwise savory dish!)

The best part about this recipe? You hardly have to do a thing. Seriously! The slow cooker does practically ALL the heavy lifting — all you do is place the chicken legs in the slow cooker, mix up the other 4 ingredients, and pour it over the top. Turn on the ol’ slow cooker, and let it go to town! The sauce that the ingredients create is pure heaven, too… I recommend serving it over some rice with steamed vegetables.

The sauce created from the juices is delicious. Feel free to serve it over rice with your meal.

Flavor-packed slow cooker chicken legs take 10 minutes to put together, are easy to make, and only have 5 ingredients you already have in your pantry!

What do you need to make slow cooker chicken legs?

This recipe to make chicken legs in the slow cooker is a joy because you only need FIVE ingredients: 3-or-so pounds of chicken legs or drumsticks, 1 cup of jam or jelly, 1/2 cup of ketchup, 1/3 cup of soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons minced garlic.

How long do the chicken legs last?

If you have leftover chicken legs, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can cut the leftover chicken from the bone and use it in a stir fry and a salad to remix the meal. Store leftover sauce separately in an airtight container for up to 5 days, as well.

How can you customize slow cooker chicken legs?

There are PLENTY of ways to make this recipe your own! You can use all kinds of jams and jellies in the recipe, but I particularly like grape, apple, apricot, and peach. They add a really nice flavor without being too fruity or seedy (I usually avoid seedy ones, like blackberry or strawberry).

You can also add a couple tablespoons of Sriracha or another favorite hot sauce to amp up the spice levels, or throw in some smoky seasonings to make it even richer. It’s super versatile, so add whatever flavors you love!

You can pair this with just about any sides that you like! It’s pretty rich and so very delicious, so even a nice and simple side salad would go well, or some steamed rice to soak up that yummy sauce with steamed veggies.

Flavor-packed slow cooker chicken legs take 10 minutes to put together, are easy to make, and only have 5 ingredients you already have in your pantry!

Tips and Tricks for Making Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

  • You can use all kinds of jams and jellies for this recipe. My favorites are grape, apple, apricot, or peach. They have a nice flavor and sweetness without being too fruity. I normally avoid jams with seeds such as blackberry.
  • You can add so many things to these chicken legs! Add a tablespoon or three of Siracha or other favorite hot sauce for some spice, add a teaspoon of Montreal Steak Seasoning for a little bit of smokiness, or throw in some favorite spices like onion powder, cumin, or ginger. It’s very flexible and very versatile.
  • The sauce that the cooking chicken creates is delicious. Feel free to serve it over rice. Add a side of steamed veggies and you have yourself a complete meal.
  • I normally plan on two chicken legs per person as a serving size. This is a great recipe for a crowd and scales up and down really nicely.
  • If you like your chicken legs a little crispy on the outside, you can remove them from the slow cooker after they’re finished cooking and put them on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush them with additional sauce left in the slow cooker. Broil them in the oven for around 5 minutes until you reach your desired crispiness.
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5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Legs


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x

Description

This 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Legs recipe is flavor-packed and easy to prepare with a few simple ingredients. Dinner is done in 10 minutes!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 3 to 3.5 pound chicken legs or drumsticks
  • 1 cup jam or jelly, see notes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken legs in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl add the jam or jelly, ketchup, soy sauce, and garlic. Mix to combine well.
  3. Pour the sauce over the chicken legs.
  4. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 5-6 or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Enjoy the chicken hot.

Notes

  • You can use all kinds of jams and jellies for this recipe. My favorites are grape, apple, apricot, or peach. They have a nice flavor and sweetness without being too fruity. I normally avoid jams with seeds such as blackberry.
  • You can add so many things to these chicken legs! Add a tablespoon or three of Siracha or other favorite hot sauce for some spice, add a teaspoon of Montreal Steak Seasoning for a little bit of smokiness, or throw in some favorite spices like onion powder, cumin, or ginger. It’s very flexible and very versatile.
  • The sauce that the cooking chicken creates is delicious. Feel free to serve it over rice. Add a side of steamed veggies and you have yourself a complete meal.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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Other chicken leg recipes you’ll love

So many great chicken and slow cooker recipes! I hope you have time to make this one because it’s a keeper. You’ll love making crock pot chicken drumsticks because they are so easy to make and your whole family will love them too.

Flavor-packed slow cooker chicken legs take 10 minutes to put together, are easy to make, and only have 5 ingredients you already have in your pantry!
Flavor-packed slow cooker chicken legs take 10 minutes to put together, are easy to make, and only have 5 ingredients you already have in your pantry!

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46 Responses
  1. Amy

    While the flavor was very good my husband didn’t care for the chicken legs. I was wondering what your thoughts are on maybe using chicken breast instead.

    1. Melissa

      I just don’t love chicken breast in the slow cooker, but that’s me. I think it’s totally worth trying if you like chicken breast because you’ll get a similar result. I’d check them for doneness with a thermometer few hours in and not over cook them though.

  2. Jeffrey

    I used thighs, homemade peach jelly, Worcestershire instead of soy sauce, and shook in some chipotle hot sauce I saw in the cabinet. My wife was amazed, she loved it. Thanks.

  3. Jim

    This was tasty. I used grape jelly, ketchup, twice the garlic, and Worcestershire sauce (because my soy sauce hadn’t been opened yet). Six hours on low did the trick. They looked just like the ones in Melissa’s photo. Served over baby potatoes that were cooked in the microwave. Next time I may toss the taters right into the crock pot.

    Looking forward to also serving it with rice. Seems like it would be great with the canned yams that are languishing in the back of the cupboard. Can of whole-berry cranberry sauce could be used up too. Thanks Melissa.

      1. Jim

        PS… Melissa’s recipe tastes just as good cold as it does hot. So put some in the fridge for a snack, picnic or football game.

  4. LaDonna

    Thank you so much. I love to cook for my big sister and mother. My sister called me from work and said it was the bomb. Lol!

  5. Zoe

    I have a family of 6 and for everyone to like it was sooooo awsome no making alternative dinners for toddlers or picky 9yos. But I didn’t have any jam whatsoever so I made applesauce and used that instead and turned out great thanks so much

    1. Melissa

      I would be AMAZING! I’m a huge fan of pepper jelly! I make a homemade hot pepper and peach jam and use it for this recipe often and it’s great. So a traditional hot pepper would be so good.

  6. Bonny Berg

    I did this last night and it was beautiful. I used Sweet chili sauce instead of jam and a tea spoon of green curry paste with a bit of Worchester Sauce. Served it over rice with steamed veges and everyone loved it.

  7. Ash

    So I’ve got a small crockpot. (I’m new to the crockpot game) How high do you fill the pot with chicken legs? Like halfway?

    1. Melissa

      It was totally an error on my end! Thank you for letting me know so that I could fix it! It’s all showing up again and ready for you.

    1. Melissa

      That’s super odd. I can see it on mobile and desktop. Do you mind telling me what you are on and what browser you are using? That will help me trouble shoot, I’ve never had this issue before.

    2. Melissa

      No, it was totally an error on my end. All fixed, thank you for leaving a comment so that I knew something was up or we never would have found the issue! I really appreciate that!

    1. Melissa

      Ohhhh that raspberry sounds so good! I do it a ton with apricot too (since my kids didn’t love the jam I made last year!) so it’s nice to have a flexible recipe that can accommodate things that might other wise get tossed. Thank you for leaving a review too, I really appreciate that.

  8. Ashley R.

    Making this for tonight, although I am using orange marmalade, a lil exta sprinkle of garlic and put a bit of onion powder in it as well. Fingers crossed hubby will like it.

  9. Tiffany LeClaire

    Just put this in the crock pot. I doubled the recipe and used apricot-pineapple preserves and about 1/2 tsp extra of minced garlic. It smells so good already. Can’t wait to try it. I also love how you put the nutrition facts on here.

  10. Christina

    I marinated the defrosted chicken drumsticks overnight with my mom’s homemade marinade (Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, vinegar, salt, pepper, ginger, brown sugar, minced garlic, and water) and made this recipe. It turned out wonderful! I did place the drumsticks on a “bed” of sliced onions before topping with the sauce. Thank you so much for this recipe, it is a keeper. Wonder if you could use apple butter instead of apple jelly/jam? I may try that next time.

    1. Melissa

      Yesssss that sounds amazing! I love the chicken on a bed of onions trick too! I do that often with my pork loins too. Thank you for sharing!

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