Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Chicken

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This sweet & spicy chicken is fall off the bone delicious.

spicy barbecued chicken drumsticks

A friend requested a recipe for barbecue chicken in the slow cooker. We decided to create a recipe that’s a touch on the hot side and has a hint of sweetness. It is the perfect way to fulfill your craving for a dish that might otherwise not be all that healthy. Our slow cooker spicy barbecued chicken contains healthy ingredients and is lower in sugar and saturated fat than other barbecues. This chicken recipe is simple and delicious. We love this dish and think it’s great for an average weekday dinner or a special occasion.

Barbecue is a classic American dish. Most consider it southern, but there are versions of barbecue in various parts of the country. It pairs well with a lot of different side dishes and is a favorite meal at picnics and outdoor gatherings. The next time you are hosting a family get together or party with friends, or you are asked to bring a dish to another person’s event, this spicy barbecue chicken is a great option.

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Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Chicken

These drumsticks are made with both spicy and sweet flavors, so eat up and enjoy.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 2 drumsticks
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 8 drumsticks skin removed (optional, 3 split breasts or 6 thighs)

Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 sweet onion finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce can
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar use white balsamic vinegar for gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Red Hot Sauce 'Frank's Red Hot' was used in this recipe
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • sea salt to taste

Spice Rub

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan add canola oil, turn to medium-low heat and saute onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining barbecue sauce ingredients, stir and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. While the sauce is cooking down, combine spice rub and coat all sides of drumsticks.
  • After the sauce has cooked down and thickened, place drumsticks in the slow cooker, pour barbecue sauce over and ensure all drumsticks are covered.
  • Cover, turn to high and cook approximately 3 hours or until cooked through. Or, turn slow cooker to low and cook 5-6 hours.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2drumsticks | Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 12
Keywords dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Slow Cooker

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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12 Comments

  1. So I have a family of 4 teen boys and Bella who is 3….needless to say it is not fun trying to find food that all will eat and I refuse to make 5 meals. Anyway this was a hit with everyone!!! Plus with working all day it makes it so convenient to cook in the crockpot!!! I am really trying to cook healthier and try new things and this site has been a big help. 

  2. So I have a family of 4 teen boys and Bella who is 3….needless to say it is not fun trying to find food that all will eat and I refuse to make 5 meals. Anyway this was a hit with everyone!!! Plus with working all day it makes it so convenient to cook in the crockpot!!! I am really trying to cook healthier and try new things and this site has been a big help. 

  3. What suggestions would you make to using bone- in thighs or split chicken breasts. Perhaps double the homemade barbecue sauce. I just don’t cook drumsticks these days. Prefer the breast or thigh meat. Like the idea of my own sauce as my husband cannot find one that isn’t too sweet for him. I do like your website.

    1. Mary, Thank you! I would suggest doubling the sauce recipe and using enough to cover the chicken. You can always use the remainder of the sauce another day. 🙂

      Emjoy!

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