Easy Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks

I had some chicken drumsticks in the freezer from a few Butcherbox shipments ago and decided it was time for them to go so I can have more room in my freezer. I unthawed and decided to cook in the Crockpot. I wanted to come up with a recipe that does not include BBQ sauce. Mission accomplished!! These chicken drumsticks are Whole30, Paleo, and delicious.

My ONLY issue with these drumsticks is that they don’t get dark brown and that’s because the crockpot cooks so slowly. If cooked on the grill, the skin would get dark and burnt. But don’t let that fool you, these drumsticks are juicy and will not disappoint. I used Cholula hot sauce but you could use any Whole30 approved hot sauce. 

For dinner, I sautéed some asparagus and topped with some salted chopped almonds – so good and super easy! In case you can’t tell, I am all about easy, simple dinners lately. These puppies take up so much time; we are always running after them making sure they aren’t eating our house.

Also, I am not in the habit of starting to make dinner before 6pm which presents a conflict with our December Challenge of eating before 7pm. Therefore, I’ve been trying to make easy, simple recipes to try and have dinner on the table earlier to allow time to enjoy the food before it’s time to start fasting. Enjoy!


  • 5-6 chicken drumsticks with skin
  • 3 teaspoons avocado oil
  • Several shakes of Cholula (or other Whole30 compliant hot sauce)
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of dried Basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Place drumsticks into the crockpot. Rub chicken with avocado oil, Cholula, and Salt & Pepper to taste. Add water to crockpot
  2. Cook on high for about 2 hours or the chicken temperature is above 165 degree Fahrenheit
  3. Remove from crockpot. Sprinkle with basil and more hot sauce. Serve immediately & enjoy!

Serving Note: One other thing about these drumsticks is that all the seasoning goes on the skin. If you’re like me, I always remove the skin before eating… so that means no seasoning on what is going in my mouth. Put the seasoning and hot sauce on the table so once the skin is peeled off you can add more to the chicken.

easy crockpot chicken drumsticks

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