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5 Spice Soy Sauce Chicken Drumsticks in a Slow Cooker Recipe

You will need a 6 qt or larger sized slow cooker.
Author Sharon Wong


  • 3-4 stalks green onions
  • 1 piece of ginger approximately thumb sized
  • 6 cloves garlic 1 handful, vary amount depending on your preference
  • 1/2 piece Chinese brown slab sugar pian tang or peen tong or substitute 1 packed tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice blend I recommend Spicely
  • 2-3 trays chicken drumsticks approximately 12-15 pieces
  • 1 cup soy sauce Kikkoman or San-J
  • 1 cup water


  1. Wash and trim green onions, tear in half, add to slow cooker.
  2. Wash, scrape off the ginger's outer layer and slice, add to slow cooker.
  3. Add garlic, brown sugar, and Chinese 5 Spice.
  4. Arrange chicken drumsticks in 1-2 layers and add soy sauce and water.
  5. Cook on High for 4 hours for tender, fall off the bone chicken; If you are in a hurry, the chicken is cooked and safe to eat after 2.5 hours but it won't be as soft and tender.
  6. Depending on the size and shape of your slow cooker, the top layer of chicken might not braise in the sauce, so you can either serve the bottom pieces first OR rearrange the drumsticks about halfway through the cooking time.

Recipe Notes

Alternatively, you can cook this dish in a pot. Assemble in the same order, bring chicken to a boil and simmer for in a large covered pot for 30 minutes or until desired tenderness.