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Moist Drumsticks Recipe

Moist Drumsticks Recipe

“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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

shelli1542 User ID: 1525176 142875
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"This was really good! I ended up making it in the oven because I needed to make a batch larger than the slow cooker would hold but it worked out great. The leftovers were just as good reheated if not better!"

vonoepen User ID: 4967300 72334
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"I have not made this yet but was wondering what was meant in the recipe when it says: "remove chicken to serving platter and then says remove meat & vegetables to serving platter? What meat & vegetables?"

abaali3 User ID: 6015851 142871
Reviewed May. 31, 2011


Beth Ford User ID: 5785555 112500
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"I used less Soy Sauce than what this recipe called for as well per the other viewer's comments. It turned out well and it was a good, easy recipe. The sauce is really good poured over veggies like cabbage and rosemary potatoes, which is what I served with this dish. I would make it again. My picky husband really liked it."

LovestoScrapbook User ID: 5865974 64854
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"Love this as an economical, easy cook dish when I can get drumsticks for $1/lb. and cook in the slow cooker. Had 4 lbs. and did reduce the soy to 1/4 low sodium. It was very tasty and family loved it. Next time if cooking that much I think I will add a bit more soy and brown sugar."

baddiesgirl User ID: 5559799 144330
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"Unfortunately this recipe is not making it to my "keep" pile. The soy sauce overpowered everything, and we didn't care for the taste."

taniawilhelmi User ID: 5420156 64852
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"Tasty! My daughter, who is quite picky, loved it."

tracy197600 User ID: 3040337 159860
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"I made this and followed the recipe to the letter, and it was wonderful!!! My teenaged Daughter loved it! and so did my Husband! I do not think that it was to much soy sauce, and the only change I made was to remove the skin on the chicken.I would not change anything else. I will make this again! I served this with buttered egg noodles and it was Awesome!"

cookingwamy User ID: 4246463 159674
Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"I have made this recipe several times. Very good with some changes. First used low sodium soy sauce and cut it down to 1/4 c. also. Then since none of us like that soggy crockpot skin that chicken get, I removed the skin. Even with it made the way the recipe says people went nuts over it!"

jessiesoukup User ID: 2010801 144243
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"I make this all the time. Everyone loves it. I don't use drumsticks, I use chicken breasts but it turns out the same."

cholliday User ID: 4454411 144242
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"Made this last night for dinner. I thought it was "okay" but my family LOVED it and already asked when I would be making it next! And yes, the chicken does fall off the bone."

plharlan User ID: 405248 142870
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2009

"I've make this several times and my family love it.


ABRFosterMom User ID: 2321265 143213
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"This was not at all good. I cut the soy sauce to 1/4 cup as someone suggested and still the soy flavored overpowered. I did use low sodium soy, but it didn't matter--the taste was yucky. We ended up slathering on the bbq sauce to save the drumsticks.

The good thing was, the meat nearly fell off the bone. But I won't make this again. Pretty bad. Should have just used plain ol' bbq sauce from the get-go and saved myself the work of making the thickened sauce that I had to pitch."

HoJoB User ID: 419960 93010
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2009

"easy to prepare with ingredients already on hand. Only thing I wonder is the amount of soy sauce called for in this recipe -my family found the soy/salty flavor overpowering. I would cut back to 1/4 cup next time, or increase the brown sugar, which I did with the sauce."

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