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5 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Recipe

Welcome back to Smokin’ and Grillin’ wit AB. Today, I’ve got a recipe that will rock your taste buds and simplify your cooking routine: 5 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken. This dish is a lifesaver for busy days when you want a hearty meal without all the fuss. With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep time, you can have succulent, flavorful chicken that practically cooks itself. So, grab your apron and let’s dive into this mouthwatering recipe!

Now, I know what you’re thinking—another crockpot chicken recipe? But trust me, this one is a game-changer. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but the combination of honey, soy sauce, and ketchup creates a sweet and tangy sauce that perfectly coats the chicken. Plus, cooking it low and slow in the crockpot ensures that the chicken is tender and juicy every time. Whether you’re cooking for your family on a weeknight or hosting a dinner party with friends, this dish is sure to impress.

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  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Prepare your slow cooker by spraying it with nonstick spray.
  2. Place the chicken drumsticks in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, and minced garlic until well combined.
  4. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker, ensuring that each piece is coated evenly.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  6. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and serve hot.
  7. Optionally, garnish with sesame seeds, chopped green onions, or parsley for an extra pop of flavor.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For extra flavor, marinate the chicken in the sauce for a few hours before cooking.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can simmer the sauce on the stovetop for a few minutes before pouring it over the chicken.
  • Don’t overcrowd the slow cooker—make sure the chicken has enough space to cook evenly.
  • Feel free to customize the recipe by adding your favorite herbs and spices, such as ginger, red pepper flakes, or even a splash of sriracha for some heat.


  1. Swap out the chicken drumsticks for boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts.
  2. Add diced vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and carrots to the slow cooker for a complete meal.
  3. Experiment with different sauces, such as barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, or buffalo sauce.
  4. For a healthier option, use low-sodium soy sauce and reduce the amount of honey and ketchup.
  5. Try using different proteins, such as pork chops, beef ribs, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.

What to Serve It With:

  1. Steamed white rice or brown rice
  2. Mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes
  3. Garlic bread or dinner rolls
  4. Steamed vegetables or a side salad
  5. Coleslaw or potato salad
  6. Quinoa or couscous
  7. Cornbread or biscuits
  8. Roasted sweet potatoes
  9. Pasta or noodles
  10. Grilled vegetables or skewers


  1. Allow the cooked 5 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken to cool completely to room temperature.
  2. Once cooled, transfer the chicken to airtight freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the containers or bags before sealing to prevent freezer burn.
  4. Label the containers or bags with the date and contents for easy identification.
  5. Place the containers or bags in the freezer and store for up to 2-3 months.


  1. To thaw frozen 5 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken, transfer the container or bag from the freezer to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight.
  2. Once thawed, you can reheat the chicken using one of the following methods:
    • Microwave: Place the chicken in a microwave-safe dish and cover with a damp paper towel to prevent drying out. Heat on medium power in 1-minute intervals, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
    • Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Transfer the chicken to an oven-safe dish and cover with aluminum foil to prevent drying out. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through.
    • Stovetop: Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a small amount of oil or butter. Once hot, add the chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
  3. Regardless of the method used, make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) before serving.
  4. Once reheated, serve the chicken hot with your favorite sides and enjoy!

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  1. Prepare the slow cooker by spraying with nonstick spray, then arrange the chicken drumsticks at the bottom.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, ketchup, and minced garlic.

  3. Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker.

  4. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.

  5. Once cooked, remove from the slow cooker and serve.

  6. Optionally, garnish with sesame seeds, green onion, or parsley before serving. Enjoy!

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My name is Aaron Brown. You can call me “A.B.”

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