• Serves 6
  • 10 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 4 Ingredients


This Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks recipe is perfect for those weeknights when you run in the door at the last minute and all the kids are starving!

We love this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks because you can do a quick prep in the morning before work, switch it on as you’re leaving the house, and dinner will be ready when you get in!

Slow Cookers are a great solution to having little time to cook. Ironically, they take so long to cook something that it saves you time! If you don’t have a slow cooker and you’re thinking that leaving something on the stove all day is a bad idea, you’re right. It is a bad idea. But slow cookers have been designed so you can safely leave them unattended for many hours. Slow cookers cook at a relatively low temperature, which make it amazing for those delectable winter dishes that should be cooked on low for a few hours. Classic pot roasts, pork shoulders, lamb shanks and this slow cooker chicken drumsticks all do well in slow cookers. Despite this, on the internet the slow cooker favourites all point towards soups!

According to this article by Hamilton Beach, a small slow cooker uses roughly about the same power as one and a half 100 watt light bulbs. Slow cookers use less energy because it cooks with contained heat! So slow cookers save energy on two fronts; your home’s electricity bill, and on you, the cook.

This recipe for slow cooker chicken drumsticks can be served with pretty much anything – rice, beans, roast veg or salad! If you liked this recipe you should have a go at making this delicious apricot chicken in a slow cooker. We also have a whole forum of MoMs sharing their favourite slow cooker recipes – check these out and add your own!

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1kg Chicken Drumsticks
  • 3 tbsp Mexican Seasoning
  • 400g Tin crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large Brown Onion finely sliced


  1. Place the chicken drumsticks into the base of your slow cooker - preferably just one layer of drumsticks.
  2. Sprinkle the mexican seasoning over the drumsticks followed by the onion.
  3. Pour the tin of tomatoes over the top of everything and stir/move slightly to get good coverage.
  4. Set your slow cooker on the LOW setting and cook for 6 - 8 hours.


Serve with pretty much anything ... corn cobs, green veges, an avocado salsa. In this version I've served with brown rice and some corn chips. A lovely dollop of sour cream would be nice too!

  • yum….this would go down a treat in my home


  • These look amazing ! Rice and salad and there’s dinner done :)


  • These look so tasty, I need more slow cooker ideas


  • I often make this for fried rice.


  • Ooh, the one thing I have never tried in the slow cooker. A great idea.


  • So simple! I love it – try adding some black beans or kidney beans and capsicum – yum!


  • Sounds yummy. Never did drumsticks in slowcooker.


  • Looks good and recipe as well so will be trying this again as I like to cook slow cooking meals.


  • This looks so heavenly and tasty.


  • I need to get myself a slow cooker, there are so many good recipes like this Chicken Drumsticks recipe out there for me to try,


  • This sound like a good recipe! Thanks


  • This sounds like the flavour will be so good. Imagine it is tender too. Thanks.


  • Guess what I’m having for tea tomorrow – so simple and looks delicious.


  • Just made this for dinner last night – delicious – I added peas, finely diced carrots, red/green/yellow capsicums and baked it in the oven in a casserole dish with the lid on for 1 hr 20 mins on 150 degrees! Served with boiled rice. Of course removed the skin from chicken. Next time I will add corn kernels too.


  • I’ve tried this recipe and it’s so easy and everyone loved it. The great thing is it has a lot of flavour but is healthy too.


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