Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Drumsticks start with a simple marinade of soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, and ginger then effortlessly cook in the crock pot!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like me, you spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen over the past few days putting a lot of effort into a number of holiday dishes. So after all of that hard work — and after all of the leftovers are gone — here’s an easy-peasy, crock pot dinner recipe from my friend Kelly’s amazing, brand-new cookbook, The Asian Slow Cooker!
In deciding which recipe from the cookbook to try first, these Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks immediately jumped out at me. Sticky, savory-sweet glazes always go over well with my family, and my kids inevitably fight over the drumsticks when I cook chicken. I’m no math whiz, but two drumsticks divided between three kids equals a fight every time. So an entire recipe of kid-friendly drumsticks?! I couldn’t whip up this recipe fast enough.
And fast it was! Well, other than the slow cooking part…but that part handled itself with no effort from me, so it doesn’t exactly count. 😉 I actually started this recipe as soon as I got up by tossing the chicken into a gallon-sized plastic baggie with a quick marinade of four simple ingredients. Then, after soaking up those flavors all morning, around noon I poured the drumsticks and marinade straight into the slow cooker, set it, and walked away. Finally, just before dinnertime, I transferred the drumsticks to a sheet pan, glazed ’em with the golden liquid from the slow cooker, and popped them under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. So little work for a main dish that was eagerly gobbled up by my entire family…I’d call that a screaming success!
These Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks were delicious as made per the recipe, but would be easy to customize, too. If you prefer a marinade and glaze that’s slightly more sweet than savory, you could increase the Thai sweet chili sauce a tad while simultaneously decreasing the soy sauce. You could boost the fresh ginger or even toss in some minced garlic. You could add a splash of sriracha for even more spicy kick. And if you’d like a thicker glaze to serve alongside your drumsticks, you could always mix a cornstarch slurry into the slow cooker liquids once the drumsticks come out. Simply increase the heat to high and cover with the lid to allow the glaze to thicken while the chicken is under the broiler.
I am extremely excited to have so many easy, home-cooked, Asian recipes at my fingertips thanks to this fabulous new cookbook. Hopefully you already had a chance to enter Kelly’s cookbook launch giveaway (and if not, hop over now for your chance to win a multi-cooker, a slow cooker, $100 PayPal cash, or a copy of the cookbook!). But in case you missed that post and you’re not already familiar with this cookbook, allow me give you a quick sneak peek.
Kelly is a busy mom of two little ones and she is the talented lady behind the gorgeous, scrumptious food blog, Life Made Sweeter. She’s taken her favorite childhood recipes and adapted them to fit the needs of the busy home cook in her new cookbook, The Asian Slow Cooker, which features 80 recipes that can be made in the slow cooker (or just one pot)! If you typically satisfy your Asian food cravings with take-out because you’re intimidated by the thought of preparing Asian cuisine at home — but you’d love to save money while simultaneously eating healthier — then this cookbook is for you!
And the recipes? Simply mouthwatering, with a stunning, full-color photo for each and every one. Just take a gander at the chapters and some of the recipes in the cookbook!
Ditch The Takeout – Chicken Lo Mein, General Tso’s Chicken, Beef & Broccoli
5 Ingredients or Less – Chinese Five-Spice Pork Tenderloin, Sriracha Chicken Chili Wings, Thai Pumpkin Curry Soup
One Pot & Skillet Meals – Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Teriyaki Honey Shrimp Soba Noodle Bowls, Pineapple Cashew Chicken Fried Rice
Skip the Stovetop – Bánh Mì Sandwiches, Hoisin Chili Chicken Tacos, Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders, Mango Asian Turkey Wraps
Fiery Favorites – Chili Hoisin Glazed Meatballs, Firecracker Chicken Nachos, Szechuan Beef
Meatless Mondays – General Tso’s Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes, Mango Sesame Lentil Lettuce Wraps, Teriyaki Pineapple Portobello Burgers
Sensational Soups – Chinese Hot and Sour Soup, Korean Pork Bone Soup (Gamjatang), Vietnamese Pho Beef Rice Noodle Soup
Delectable Desserts – Black Sesame Brownies, Mandarin Orange Cheesecake, Mango Coconut Tapioca Pudding
Plus, the cookbook includes a variety of slow cooker tips, tricks and tools, as well as how to stock a pantry for Asian cooking!
You can find The Asian Slow Cooker on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or wherever books are sold. And if you’d like to preview more of the cookbook’s recipes as made by other food bloggers, be sure to check out this yummy recipe round-up!
But above all, don’t forget to try these tasty Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks! Because turkey is so yesterday…and who needs take-out anyway? 😉
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