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. These chicken legs, made with soy sauce, require almost no effort – dinner is done in 10 minutes!

Easy 5 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Legs Recipe

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 10 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. These chicken legs, made with soy sauce, require almost no effort – dinner is done in 10 minutes!


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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
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457.9 Fat: 9.6g Cholesterol: 206.3mg Sodium: 1,341mg Carbohydrates: 44.6g Sugars: 31.5g Protein: 45.4g Vitamin A: 62.7µg Vitamin C: 6.6mg

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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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Emily N
Emily N

Have you ever made this without the skin? It’s not too calorie friendly but I want to try it tomorrow night! I’m thinking I should probably just cook it with the skin on and remove it before we eat?

sarahbwyse@gmail.com
sarahbwyse@gmail.com

Can I mix chick leg and breast together for this recipe? Different family members like dark and white meat.

Rob
Rob

High there.. does anyone know if I should take the skin off the legs first?

Rose Martine

YUMMY!!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I’ve heard about your blog a couple of times and will now spend my afternoon reading 🙂

Linda
Linda

Thank You for the recipe Melissa 🙂 I was wondering if you think subbing fresh fruit such as pineapple, peaches or even apples for the jelly or jam would be acceptable. I could sprinkle a little sugar with it. I usually dont eat jelly or jams. Maybe I could freeze the leftover jelly? Thank you for any advice and even a guess or two. TIA Linda

Sarah
Sarah

Does raspberry jam work with this? Sounds awesome

Gary Turberville
Gary Turberville

This looks and sounds so delicious! Whould grape jelly work as well?

Lorraine
Lorraine

You’re 100% correct! My family loved this! I used pineapple preserves and added a little cayenne pepper. Even my 21-year old picky eater grandson came back for seconds! Thank you, loved the ease of it too.

Liz
Liz

Everyone at home loves this recipe and I love cooking easy meals 🙂 The first time I made this I only had red chili spread in my pantry that is like jelly and it turned out delicious!, Thanks for the recipe! I have made this several times now and using different jellys and every time I get a yummy meal easy to make.

Jessica Cloutier
Jessica Cloutier

Do you usually remove the skin?

Julie

Our oven just broke 🙁 So my crockpot is about to get used like never before. I had already taken leg quarters out. I made Smothered chicken last night with my thighs in the crockpot. Easy. But had no Idea what to do with the legs other then BBQ sause. Currently making this Recipe. Just added a little Montreal steak seasoning and onion powder. Smells very strong of soy sauce. This is the 1st time Ive tried an online recipe EVER. Praying for the best lol I’ll give you an update later. Thanks for having this available for dinner ideas.

samuel
samuel

Update on your first internet recipe?

Laurie
Laurie

Just bought my first slow cooker and this was the first thing I made. It’s really good — can I freeze the leftovers?

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