Creamy Chicken Drumsticks In A Crockpot Recipe

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Tired of the usual fried chicken? Here’s an easy dish that you can add to your list of go-to chicken leg recipes. This creamy crock pot chicken drumsticks dish features mushrooms, cheese, chicken soup, and parmesan cheese combined into a hearty chicken-and-sauce kind of meal that you can serve for lunch or dinner. It’s kid friendly, too! Enjoy your creamy slow cooker chicken on its own or with sauteed green beans and mashed potatoes.

Tips on Making Crock Pot Chicken Drumsticks

Slow cooker recipes, coupled with slow cooker liners for easy clean up, are a busy mom’s savior. The slow cooking gives the ingredients time to really meld making each bite of the dish extra flavorful. Plus, slow cooked recipes with chicken drumsticks don’t easily dry out as compared to making oven baked chicken. That’s why it’s perfect for beginners, too! Check out these tips about cooking chicken legs in crock pot:

  • First and foremost, use fresh chicken. When buying poultry, pick ones that have a firm pink flesh, white streaks of fat, and a fresh smell. Avoid those that are slimy and have a grayish or green discoloration.
  • Do not remove the skin of the chicken. The skin adds flavor. It also acts as a barrier to help prevent the chicken from drying out.
  • You can use other parts of chicken for this recipe. Feel free to make crockpot chicken thighs, wings, or a whole chicken cut up. You can also use all chicken breast filet and turn it into creamy shredded chicken soup.
  • Make a big batch of crock pot chicken legs ahead. Divide them into your desired serving portions in zip lock bags, freeze them, and you have them ready to reheat in the microwave the next time you need a quick meal.

Upgrade Your Crock Pot Chicken Drumsticks to the Next Level

This crock pot chicken drumsticks recipe is already great as it is. But if you want to make it extra rich and even more flavorful, you can add chopped bacon or crumbled sausage into the mix. The fat of these ingredients will render and add a richness and subtle smoky flavor into the dish. You can also add baby potatoes or chopped corn on the cob into the crockpot to make this low-carb dish more filling.

Aside from that, you can actually make your crockpot drumsticks crispy! Simply put them on a wire rack in a single layer and broil them for 3 to 8 minutes until the skin crisps up and develops a beautiful brown color. You can also top them with shredded mozzarella cheese prior to boiling, and it will give your chicken drumsticks a delicious crispy blanket of grilled cheese. Enjoy your perfectly juicy crispy chicken dipped in the chicken mushroom crock pot sauce and with rice.

Creamy Chicken Drumsticks In A Crockpot Recipe

How To Make Creamy Chicken Drumsticks In A Crockpot

Whip up this mouthwatering crock pot chicken drumsticks with mushrooms, cream of chicken soup, parmesan cheese, and vegetables for a fuss free dinner.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 lb chicken drumsticks
  • cups chicken broth
  • cups button mushrooms, canned, drained
  • 2 cups cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small red onion, diced, roughly 4½ oz
  • ¼ cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, powdered or shredded

To serve:

  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Combine chicken drumsticks, broth, mushrooms, cream of chicken soup, celery, onion, carrot and garlic in a crock pot.

  2. Cover and cook on High for 4 to 5 hours.

  3. Set to Low and remove chicken drumsticks, reserving vegetable mixture in the cooker.

  4. In a small skillet, melt the butter and add the flour and stir constantly until smooth.

  5. Remove 1 cup of chicken liquid from crock pot and slowly stir into the roux mixture.

  6. Add back to the crock pot and stir until incorporated and thickened. Add chicken back to cooker and keep on Low until ready to serve.

  7. Sprinkle each serving with cheese, serve, and enjoy!


  • Sugar: 4g
  • :
  • Calcium: 411mg
  • Calories: 811kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Cholesterol: 219mg
  • Fat: 61g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 18g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Potassium: 790mg
  • Protein: 37g
  • Saturated Fat: 32g
  • Sodium: 2331mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 3403IU
  • Vitamin C: 19mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you put frozen chicken drumsticks in a crock pot?

Yes! Just add an extra hour to the total cooking time of the chicken so it has time to thaw. Other than the timing, the same procedures apply whether you use frozen chicken or not.

How long does it take to cook chicken drumsticks in a slow cooker?

It’ll take about 4 hours on High and at least 6 hours on Low to fully cook chicken drumsticks in the crock pot, plus 1 hour if you’re using frozen chicken. A visual indicator would be if you poke the thickest part of the chicken to the bones, the juices should run clear. For a more accurate measure, use an instant read thermometer. The chicken is cooked if it reaches 165 degrees F.

Why is my crockpot chicken dry?

Your creamy crock pot chicken drumsticks will come out dry if left cooking for too long, especially if you used lean chicken breast parts. While slow cooking gives you a wider leeway for overcooking, it’s not advisable to leave anything in it an hour beyond the recommended time.



With a rich creamy sauce, mushrooms, and lots of cheese, a batch of this creamy crock pot chicken drumsticks will surely satisfy your tastebuds and fill you up after a long day.
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