Slow-Cooker Sticky Sesame Chicken Drumsticks

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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
4 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skinned

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 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 1 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 ounce)

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  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 Facts (per serving)

275 Calories
9g Fat
20g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 drumsticks, 1/4 cup scallions, 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
Calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 14g
Added Sugars 13g 26%
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 519mg 23%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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