Slow-Cooker Asian-Style Drumsticks

Assemble this in the morning, and when you return for dinner you'll be rewarded with sweet, sticky drumsticks with an irresistible sauce that thickens and concentrates as the drumsticks cook.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1/4 cup honey

3 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

1/4 teaspoon chile flakes, optional

8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds), skin on 

2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 scallions, thinly sliced

Steamed white rice, for serving


  1. Whisk together the hoisin, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic and chile flakes if using in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the drumsticks all over with the five-spice powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Place the chicken in a 6-quart slow cooker and cover with the hoisin mixture, then toss the drumsticks to coat. Cook on low until the chicken is very tender when pierced with a knife and the sauce is thickened slightly, about 4 hours. Remove the drumsticks and sauce to a bowl, top with the scallions and serve with rice.