Spicy Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce {Gluten Free}

I’ve always loved my crockpot, but I feel like my love for it has been renewed lately. Especially with the baby coming (any minute — fingers crossed), I’m looking for new ways to use it so Brad and I don’t have to subsist on takeout and frozen meals.

Brad and I decided to go to Amelie’s yesterday afternoon to work.  With the baby coming, I’m trying to get ahead of the game so none of my social media clients’ accounts suffer in the interim.

I threw these chicken drumsticks in the crockpot with a spicy buffalo sauce before leaving the house for about five hours.  When I came home, dinner had practically made itself and with very very little work, we had spicy crockpot chicken drumsticks. I only had to whisk together the ranch sauce and make a quick salad and dinner was done.

Chicken legs or drumsticks have always been my favorite part of the chicken, but when you cook them in the oven or on the stove top, it’s sometimes difficult to tell if they’re cooked completely through.  I love this crockpot method, because the meat is literally falling off the bone after a few hours so you can be confident, they’re cooked through completely.

And most importantly, they’re absolutely delicious.


Spicy Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce
(Serves 3)
These chicken drumsticks cook up easy in the crockpot with a spicy kick.
Chicken Drumsticks:
6 chicken drumsticks
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup Texas Pete hot sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce:
1/2 cup fat free Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon Hidden Valley Ranch Mix
3-4 Tablespoons water

Place drumsticks in a crockpot on high heat. Sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In a small bowl, combine hot sauce and butter, mixing well. Pour evenly over the chicken. Place lid on the crockpot and allow chicken to cook for five hours.

Combine all ingredients for ranch sauce. Add more ranch mix to taste, if preferred. Add additional water (1 Tablespoon at a time) if a thinner consistency is desired.

Once chicken is completely cooked, plate and either drizzle with ranch sauce or serve on the side for dipping.

20 Responses to Spicy Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks with Greek Yogurt Ranch Sauce {Gluten Free}

  1. Meredith

    my heart just skipped a beat with this! with winter coming and not being as interested in grilling on cold nights and hoping we get our first crockpot soon these are just what i needed.

  2. I’m wondering, can you use chicken breasts with this recipe? Not a huge dark meat fan, but everything else in this recipe sounds amazing! Yay for crock pot meals!!

    • Definitely! You may have to adjust the cooking time depending on the thickness of the breasts. Just cut into them to make sure they’re done (i.e. not pink in the middle.

  3. Jayde

    Do you cook them on high or low?

  4. Katie

    How long would you guess for chicken quarters? Sounds great and I’d likemtommake it but all I have is leg quarters

  5. Nikki

    This looks delish! I let my crockpot meals cook all day when I’m at work. I’ve never make bone-in chicken in the crockpot. Do you think these would be done after 8 hours on low?

    • Yes, definitely. I always cook things on 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high depending on how much time I have. The thing I love most about cooking bone-in chicken in the crockpot is because you always know it’s done. I’ve made chicken before in the oven that I’ve had to cut up on and then cook more because it wasn’t done, but in the crockpot, it’ll fall off the bone, it’s so tender!

  6. Cathy

    I’m assuming I can de-skin the chicken, right?

  7. Cathy

    Yes, thanks! And I’m going to try it with barbecue sauce to cut down on the heat.

  8. Annie

    I’m making this tonight!!! I will be using boneless chicken breasts. I can’t wait to try it!!!

  9. Serena

    In my crock pot as we speak:) can’t wait to try it

  10. Nicole

    My family don’t like hot stuff is there anything else to use

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