Slow-Cooker Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

Slow-Cooker Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

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From: Everyday Slow Cooker

Skip the takeout and make amazing Chinese food at home! Broiling the drumsticks after they slow-cook caramelizes their glaze and gives them their satisfying sticky, sweet quality. To make these slow-cooker chicken drumsticks gluten-free, use gluten-free soy sauce.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skinned
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 bunches scallions, green parts only, cut into 1½-inch pieces (about 1 ounce)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


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  1. Rub the chicken with the sesame oil; sprinkle with the pepper and salt. Place in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Whisk together the stock, honey, soy sauce, and garlic in a small bowl; pour over the chicken in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until the chicken is tender, about 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the broiler to high with the rack 6 inches from the heat. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Transfer the chicken from the slow cooker to the baking sheet, reserving the cooking liquid in the slow cooker. Broil the chicken, turning once, until lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter.
  3. Pour the reserved cooking liquid from the slow cooker into a small saucepan. Whisk together the vinegar and cornstarch in a small bowl; whisk the cornstarch mixture into the cooking liquid. Bring to a boil over medium-high, whisking often, and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Drizzle the sauce over the chicken; sprinkle with the scallions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 drumsticks, ¼ cup scallions, ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Per serving: 275 calories; 9 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 14 g sugars; 13 g added sugars; 519 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

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