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crockpot chicken drumsticks piled on a white plate with lime and sesame seeds

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks are easy, 5-ingredient crockpot chicken drumsticks cooked in a spicy sweet chili sauce!

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  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger minced*
  • 5 lbs. chicken drumsticks
  • Freshly chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • Lime wedges for serving (optional)
  • Sesame seeds for serving (optional)


  • Place the chicken in a large baking dish or resealable bag.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, chili sauce, fish sauce, and minced ginger until combined. Pour over the chicken and toss well to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or seal the bag and marinate for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight.
  • When you're ready to cook the chicken, place it in a 6-quart slow cooker with the marinade and cook it on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Preheat the broiler and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place the drumsticks on the baking sheet and brush well with the marinade. Broil for 3 minutes per side, flipping once and coating with more sauce. Remove from the oven and place on a serving dish with cilantro, lime, and sesame seeds, if desired. Enjoy!


  • *I store my ginger in the freezer and grate it peel and all with a Microplane grater.
  • I cooked my drumsticks on high and they were done in 3 hours flat.
  • Broiling helps to add crispiness to the drumsticks and seal in the flavors, but you can skip this step if desired.
  • Recipe adapted from The Asian Slow Cooker cookbook by Kelly Kwok.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 606kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 71g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 360mg, Sodium: 1171mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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