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!

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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. Slow cooker chicken drumsticks are going to be a super easy kid friendly meal that makes it onto your meal rotation in no time!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken legs or drumsticks: I love using this cut of meat, it’s inexpensive and easy to fine, plus it’s fun to eat! You can always use chicken thighs too.
  • Jam or jelly: I like something without seeds like a peach, apricot, apple or other light jam
  • Ketchup: this adds a tomato base to the sauce
  • Soy sauce: this adds so much great salt and flavor to the dish
  • Minced garlic or garlic powder: this is the flavor of the dish

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

  1. This is so easy! Just pop the chicken in the slow cooker.
  2. Mix all your sauce ingredients together and pour it over the chicken.
  3. Let it cook! Serve and Enjoy.
  4. Don’t waste the sauce, serve it over rice and cooked veggies. It’s very flavorful and good to eat!
slow cookers in a black crock pot with lots of sauce

Tips and Tricks for Making Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

  • You can add so many things to these crock pot 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
cooked chicken legs with red sauce on white plate

Frequently Asked Questions

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, or mashed potatoes to soak up that yummy sauce with steamed veggies.

Storing Leftovers

Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. These reheat well in the air-fryer or the microwave.

Bowl of slow cooker chicken legs

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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.

Bowl of slow cooker chicken legs
5 from 60 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Legs

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!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6

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)
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Instructions 

  • Place the chicken legs in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl add the jam or jelly, ketchup, soy sauce, and garlic. Mix to combine well.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken legs.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 6 servings, Calories: 464kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 120mg, Sodium: 1028mg, Potassium: 394mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 222IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 2mg
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180 Comments

  1. Edwin Lomans says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was the bomb I used a spicy ketchup instead of regular had just the right amount of heat

    1. Melissa says:

      Where have I been living, under a rock?! I didn’t even know they made spicy ketchup! Sounds amazing!!

    2. Amanda says:

      I made this for my husband and I so I cut everything to a 1/4 of the recipe except I did use a lb of chicken. It seems like it might get too dry in the crockpot, do you have any suggestions?

    3. Melissa says:

      I think it all depends on the SIZE of your slow cooker! If you have a smaller slow cooker, it should work great. I do think it might get dry if you have one that’s like a 6 quart, 3 quart might be better. That being said, you can back this in a 9×9 dish for maybe 1 hour to 1.5 hours and it’ll work the same. ENJOY!

    4. Melissa Grice says:

      I’m going to make this and serve it with rice. But I only have 1 1/2 pounds of chicken legs. How much sauce will it make? I’m curious if I should halve the recipe or leave it as is?

    5. Melissa says:

      It’ll be fine as is with that much chicken or you can reduce the sauce a bit if needed. I normally don’t adjust it much for the slow cooker as it’s not too fussy!

  2. Michael says:

    5 stars
    Looking forward to making this tomorrow

  3. Lauralee McClain says:

    Just finished putting it in
    the Crock-Pot, can’t wait!!!!

  4. Tammy says:

    5 stars
    Made this the first time with black raspberry. Yummy! Trying it tonight with grape! Great recipe and so versatile!

    1. Melissa says:

      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.

  5. Melissa Martinez says:

    Yay, I can see it now!!! Trying it out tonight..thanks!!

    1. Melissa says:

      Thank you again for saying something! That really helped us get that figured out!

  6. Melissa says:

    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.

  7. Melissa says:

    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 Martinez says:

      Yay, I can see it now!!! Trying it out tonight..thanks!!

    2. Manny says:

      Would using strawberry jam be a bad idea?

    3. Melissa says:

      I probably would not use it, I think it’ll be too fruity. It’s worth a try though! If you do will you let us know?!

    4. Hope E says:

      5 stars
      I used strawberry jam because it was all I had the first time I tried this recipe and it came out delicious! It wasn’t fruity at all. Very savory and tender. Now I am looking at the comments to see if thighs would work this time around.

    5. Melissa says:

      A friend just texted me a picture of her making thighs with it! She said it worked great and her 4 teens LOVED it!

  8. Melissa says:

    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.

  9. Ash says:

    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 says:

      It’ll be fine all the way full too. I bet that many chicken legs will fill it most of the way up!

  10. Bonny Berg says:

    5 stars
    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.

    1. Melissa says:

      Sweet chili sauce is such a great idea!!! Thank you for sharing!