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Slow-Cooker Honey-Orange Chicken Drumsticks

From: EatingWell Magazine, M/J 2014 By: Carolyn Malcoun EatingWell Senior Food Editor

This slow-cooker chicken recipe makes a perfect alternative to standard tomato-based barbecued chicken. Both kids and adults will devour these drumsticks, doused in a honey-sweetened sauce spiked with orange, ginger and garlic.

Ingredients for 6 Servings

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1½ tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 12 medium chicken drumsticks (3-3½ pounds), skin removed (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  • Active 45 minutes

  • Ready In 2 hours

  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.

  • Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker

  • 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.

  • For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 drumsticks

  • Per serving: 252 calories; 7 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 150 mg cholesterol; 16 g sugars; 15 g added sugars; 91 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 30 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 416 mg sodium; 352 mg potassium

  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1

  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 6 lean meat

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