Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks

Hello!  Its early, its hot and my back hurts!  😉  Now is that any way to start your day?  Actually I got a nice cup of coffee to help me get going, the doors are open and the fans are on and I have Tylenol in the cupboard!  Its all good.  As mentioned, here’s the recipe!!

I’ve have had drumsticks in my freezer for quite a while and I refuse to turn on the oven and I don’t want to fry them on top of the stove either, so this was a great find!  Now I know that honey and I are not good friends, but oh what the heck, my tummy has been so much better these days!

I found this recipe at Eating Well and they remove the skin just like I do with a paper towel and I thought I was so clever!  (Actually, I used two washcloths, even better!)


6 servings | Active Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 2-3 hours on High or 4 hours on Low

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 12 medium chicken drumsticks (3-3 1/2 pounds), skin removed (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  1. Combine honey, orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce (or tamari), garlic, ginger, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add drumsticks, pour in the sauce and mix to coat. Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat without touching bone, 2 to 3 hours on High or 4 hours on Low.
  3. Transfer the drumsticks to a bowl. Very carefully pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a medium skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced and syrupy, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour the sauce over the drumsticks and stir to coat. Serve sprinkled with cilantro and sesame seeds.
  • To remove the skin from chicken drumsticks, grip the skin from the meaty end of the drumstick with a paper towel and pull down toward the exposed bone until it comes off completely.  (see, that’s what I do!)

Here’s my finished chicken!  Not much like the image from the recipe, because I didn’t reduce the sauce enough, but I was hungry! Oh and I forgot the sesame seeds.  I don’t think my tummy like seeds much either.  It tasted pretty good, even though I fudged a few of the ingredients.  Like I used powdered ginger and apple cider vinegar instead and omitted the cilantro.

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It’s one way to use up the chicken legs without heating up the whole condo.  Remember, get chicken legs and thighs on sale for .99 cents a pound, always, ALWAYS wait for them to go on sale!  Right now, I can’t find a chicken breast for under 3.99 and I just won’t pay that.  I have to wait for the sales.  Usually about 1.99!

Wow, its been a while since I shared a recipe, how fun!

Kiddo is still at the camp this morning until around 10:00 and its quiet.  I guess its time to putz around, start a load of laundry and do the swamp cooler thing a wonderful reader suggested, it works great!!!    I love my drying rack, hopefully it will offset the cost of the air conditioner, a little!  Also, still going thru stuff and adding to the sell pile and need to plan what to eat this week.  I just don’t know if I am going to get this thing painted.  Me and projects!  Psh!

Its so humid here.  I feel like I’m living on the east coast, where I lived for a couple of years at one point.  Its so pretty there, but the humidity can be a challenge.

Have a wonderful Sunday!




2 thoughts on “Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks

  1. Humidity? What humidity? It’s not humid – it’s just a swimming pool.

    Sadly, this weekend was a bit cool – highs in the low ’70s. I would prefer that during the workweek and a nice, hot weekend for some swimming in Walden Pond.

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