Moist Drumsticks Recipe
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Moist Drumsticks Recipe

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“I found this in my mom’s recipe box years ago,” notes Lianne Felton of Riverside, California. “It’s very quick to prepare and makes the house smell wonderful while it’s cooking. My daughter, Molly, just loves it!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks, skin removed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Nutritional Facts

1/2 pound: 304 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1490mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 32g protein.


  1. Place drumsticks in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°.
  2. Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Moist Drumsticks in Simple & Delicious March/April 2007 , p47

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[email protected] User ID: 3864962 218510
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"Excellent!! The sauce was delicious, also put over mashed potatoes."

ivorykeys User ID: 7909575 160375
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2014

"Great taste! I did take the chicken off the bones and used as meat with gravy over mash potatoes. Will try with boneless/skinless chicken thighs next time."

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 97277
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"I used thighs, we really liked the sauce"

hlillis User ID: 1381495 112505
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Sauce was good. Will use chicken breast next time."

M.Corr User ID: 7172411 97276
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"Excellent recipe and so easy to make. My family loved it."

Kahall User ID: 1621036 112501
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"This is a go to recipe for me. My husband loves it. I serve it with buttered egg noodles and green salad. If there are leftovers I debone the chicken legs and toss with leftover egg noodles and mix in the thickened sauce. I use teriyaki sauce in lieu of soy sauce and also skin the chicken legs or thighs."

longtimecoug User ID: 6425295 165511
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"use thighs instead of drumsticks and remove the skin and it always comes out great"

sharlasu User ID: 6313957 93019
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"While the chicken is very moist and falls off the bone, I'm not crazy about the taste of the sauce. There's too much soy sauce. Perhaps cutting the soy sauce down would make all the difference."

Misswendy User ID: 1225440 144337
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"My kids said this was a "do over". My only question is, what vegetables?"

stacymcadams User ID: 6249218 72348
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"This was DELISH! Everyone loved it! I went with a 1/4 cup soy sauce instead of a 1/2 cup after reading some of the reviews and it was perfect! Will be making again for sure."

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