Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Legs

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Legs are a quick and easy crockpot meal. The result is fall off the bone chicken with a delicious coating of sticky sweet honey garlic sauce.

chicken legs in a slow cooker with text

While I love the ease and convenience of a great slow cooker recipe all year long, it’s this time of year that my crockpot really gets a workout. With every meal ready when I walk in the door after a long day, I’m reminded why the slow cooker is the most used small appliance in my home.

Our calendars are getting more packed with tasks and the days are becoming chillier, so the comfort of a slow cooked meal is more than welcome. It’s a good thing most of my easy recipes are made in the crock pot. Let’s just call this month Crocktober!

chicken legs in a crockpot

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

Some of my favorite recipes are crock pot recipes, and specifically a slow cooker chicken recipe. A couple of examples are our Slow Cooker Butter Chicken and Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken and Potatoes.

I have so many of these in our recipe box, because it’s an easy meal that the whole family enjoys. Yes, even that picky eater.

While I choose skinless boneless chicken so often, I love this recipe for being the best slow cooker drumsticks recipe. They are so good, that whenever I pass by this area of the grocer, I think of these crock pot chicken legs, and I start craving that delicious honey garlic sauce.

Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

Yet this particular Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken recipe really stands out for its outstanding flavour. This delicious meal quickly become one a favourite for the whole family.

You’ll probably have most of the simple ingredients for this great recipe in your pantry already, possibly with only a few to get from the grocery store. This makes this recipe a simple and inexpensive meal to make. With just 15 minutes of prep time, it’s a recipe you can fit into your morning routine before you leave for the day.

chicken legs in a slow cooker with spoon

My tip is to prepare the crockpot in the morning while the kids are eating breakfast and packing their lunches. In just minutes your dinner is prepped and starting to cook.

Then, there’s really is nothing like coming home to the most intoxicating smell that is honey garlic sauce and a meal ready and waiting for you to devour. I think I love this crock pot honey garlic chicken recipe best, for the delicious sauce.

Best of all, this crockpot chicken drumsticks recipe yields enough of that sticky sweet sauce that you’ll want to spoon over everything! There’ll even be plenty of extra sauce when enjoying leftover chicken the next day.

chicken legs and rice on a plate

How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken

For this recipe you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • dark meat chicken; Chicken Drumsticks/Legs
  • salt and pepper
  • water
  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • garlic cloves (garlic powder if preferred)
  • green onions
  • corn starch
  • optional: sesame seeds and green onion

To Make: Add some water to a crock pot and then place the chicken in, adding salt and pepper if desired. Add the sauce ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until combined. Pour over the chicken and cook.

After cooking, if you want to thicken the sauce, add in the cornstarch slurry, whisk, and then cook for an additional 30 minutes with the lid off.

What do you serve with Honey Garlic Chicken?

I love white rice as a side with this meal, it completes that asian taste. I love basmati rice, though you could use instant, brown rice or Jasmine or even cauliflower rice if you’d like. To get more vegetables in there, I like a crisp green salad or steamed vegetables such as green beans. Choose whatever side dishes you’d like to accompany this meal, even if it’s Red Potatoes.

How do you thicken the sauce?

In my recipe card, you’ll see ingredients and instructions on thickening the honey garlic sauce. Completely optional, yet most would prefer a sticky thick sauce. It’s a simple step to take 30 minutes before eating. Just remove the chicken, set the slow cooker to high, add in the corn starch slurry, add back in the chicken and allow it to simmer until it’s thickened.

Can I use chicken thighs for this recipe?

Yes, you absolutely can! If you choose to make this recipe with boneless skinless chicken thighs, cook on low for 5 hours. If you’re trying it with boneless chicken breasts, it might take 6-7 hours. Either way, make sure the internal temperature of the bonesless chicken thighs is 165 degrees. If you want to use boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, just cut into large slices before adding into the crock pot.

plated chicken legs and rice with tongs

Want more Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes to try?

chicken leg picked up by tongs

Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

While it’s optional to use chicken legs/drumsticks or thighs for this crockpot honey garlic chicken recipe, there’s one particular kind that you should be reaching for when at the grocer.

Always look for that Raised By a Chicken Farmer Logo, and know that you’re choosing a healthy choice that is grain-fed and free of added hormones and steroids. If you can’t find chicken with this logo, make sure to ask your grocer.

What does this logo tell you? That it’s raised right here in Canada according to nationally-set, high food safety and animal care standards.

It’s your way of knowing that you’re supporting local farmers, and feeding your family with quality you can trust. Taking it one step farther, Chicken Farmers of Canada consistently work to help those most in need. Every year they make regular donations of food and money to local food banks too.

slow cooker chicken legs text
chicken legs on a bed of rice on a plate

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Legs

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

SLOW COOKER HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN LEGS are a quick and easy crockpot meal. The result is fall off the bone chicken with a delicious coating of sticky sweet honey garlic sauce.


  • 2.5 lbs Chicken Drumsticks/Legs
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • optional: sesame seeds and chopped green onion for garnish


  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 4 tbsp water


  1. Spray the inside of the slow cooker and turn on to low setting
  2. Salt and pepper the chicken as desired
  3. Place water into the crockpot and then add the chicken making a layer on the bottom.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic and onion.
  5. Pour over the chicken, place the lid on and cook for 4.5 hours.
  6. If you want to thicken the sauce: remove chicken after 4.5 hours and make the slurry with the corn starch and water. Whisk into the liquid inside the crockpot, and turn onto high setting. Place the chicken back into the slow cooker and cook, lid off, for about another 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!


- serve over rice with your choice of vegetable side or salad.

- top with sesame seeds and chopped green onion for garnish, optional yet recommended

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 240mgSodium: 1060mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 48g

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  1. I need a slow cooker so I can make Thai-Style Sweet Chili Chicken. I wonder if I could adapt to my Instant pot.. hmm.

  2. My favourite slow cooker chicken recipe would have to be chicken stew with dumpling…..comfort food at its best!

  3. I love making easy chicken cacciatore. Throw chicken (of any kind) with chopped veggies and marinara sauce all together let slow cook and serve over pasta or rice.

    1. with the honey garlic chicken do u broil it first to get a bit of it crunchy? usually when. I put chicken. in crock pot it has a tendency to fet soggy.

  4. I would Love to try making of My Jerk Chicken in the Instapot! I hear everyone Singing The praises. I need to get on the train. Thanks foe the chance. So many things I would be excited to make!

  5. We love making bbq chicken in the slowcooker, we pull it apart when it’s done and make chicken subs with it.

  6. I don’t have a slow cooker yet but the Slow Cooker Chicken Al Pastor Tacos seems amazing

  7. Chicken is definitely our favourite meat to cook with because everyone in the house enjoys it. Some of our favourite recipes are chicken alfredo, chicken stir fry and butter chicken.

  8. I don’t have a favourite but I will be trying these honey garlic chicken legs and I have a feeling that these may become a family favourite.

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