Chicken drumsticks and potatoes are given a tasty new twist with this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken and Ranch Potatoes recipe. Drumsticks are coated in pantry-staple seasonings just before being smothered in Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce. Red potatoes are quartered and covered in olive oil and ranch seasoning before being slow cooked together for an amazing one-pot meal.
If you want to cook drumsticks by themselves, you’ll love my Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks.
Why this chicken drumsticks and potatoes recipe works
Chicken legs always make a good meal choice, but there only seem to be just a few ways to cook them. In this recipe, a seasoning mixture is applied to give it a flavor similar to roasted chicken drumsticks. And since red potatoes are similar to baby potatoes, they provide just enough servings to feed a small family.
The drumsticks and potatoes are cooked in the same crock pot dish; however, separated by a glass bowl. Everything will cook evenly and maintain great flavor at the same time. If you’re looking for a chicken and potatoes meal to cook on busy nights, this is the one to try. The prep time is quick and the cooking time is reasonable. It’s also versatile and can pair great with different veggies.
- Chicken Drumsticks: This recipe calls for about 2 pounds of raw drumsticks; however, you can use as many that will fit. Keep in mind that if you want to add many more, you’ll need to use a bigger slow cooker.
- Red Potatoes: These are always one of the go-to potato types for slow cooking. Instead of adding them into the crock pot with the chicken, they’ll be placed inside a glass bowl to cook separately (but together).
- Seasonings: Salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, ranch seasoning, and olive oil are used to season the chicken and potatoes.
- Water: Water is added to the potatoes to create steam-like cooking.
Step One – Place the quartered cut red potatoes into a large Ziploc bag along with the oil and ranch mix seasoning. Shake until well combined.
Step Two – Place the potatoes in an oven-safe glass bowl with 1/4 cup of water and put the bowl with the potatoes into the slow cooker. Then add the drumsticks around the glass bowl. Season them with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
Step Three – Pour the barbecue sauce on top of the chicken and add another 1/4 cup of water to the slow cooker with the chicken.
Step Four – Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours. Do not open the lid during cooking time. Before serving, stir up the potatoes a bit. Serve with extra barbecue sauce and enjoy!
How to serve
- This meal is perfect to serve as-is. Simply add a drumstick or two to a plate along with a scoop of potatoes.
- You can also tweak the potatoes by adding a little butter, sour cream, and shredded cheese.
- If you want to add more veggies, consider adding steamed carrots or green beans.
I use a one-quart pyrex or a pampered chef quart large glass measuring bowl works well too.
Sure! You can swap out the potatoes for sweet potatoes to add sweetness to the meal. If you want to stick with “white” potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes or russet potatoes work just fine.
If you’d like to add another veggie, you can add onions with the potatoes.
Chicken thighs could work, but you’ll want to make sure the crock pot is big enough for them to fit. The chicken legs are small enough to evenly distribute along with the glass dish.
You can’t go wrong with adding fresh rosemary, smoked paprika, onion powder, and lemon juice.
Place any remaining chicken and potatoes in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the leftovers on a sheet pan or baking sheet and reheat in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed throughout.
You can make a “bowl” out of foil.
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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken and Ranch Potatoes
- 1 quart oven safe glass bowl such as pyrex or pampered chef
For the Ranch Potatoes
- 1 ½ pounds red potatoes 1/2 inch dice
- 2 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
- 1 oz. packet ranch dressing dry mix
- ¼ cup water
For the Chicken
- 2 lbs. raw chicken drumsticks about 6 drumsticks, though you can use as many will fit.
- 1 cup sweet baby rays bbq sauce (not need to measure, just eyeball it!)
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder (or onion powder)
- 1 tsp. paprika
- ¼ cup water
- Add the potatoes, oil and ranch mix to a large ziplock bag, shake until well combined. Add the potatoes to an oven safe glass bowl, I use a one quart pyrex or a pampered chef quart glass measuring cup works well too. Place bowl with the potatoes into slow cooker. Add a 1/4 cup of water to the bowl of potatoes. If you don't have a bowl that will fit in your slow cooker with the chicken, don't fret; just make a bowl out of foil.
- Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Place the chicken next to the potatoes in the slow cooker (next to the bowl), add the bbq sauce on top of the chicken, and a 1/4 cup of water to the slow cooker with the chicken.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker.
- Set the slow cooker to HIGH for 4 hours.
- Do not open the lid during the cooking time.
- After cooking time is up, stir up the potatoes a bit.
- When serving, spoon the extra bbq sauce liquid from the crockpot onto the chicken.
- You can use any type of potato in this recipe.
- Be sure your glass bowl is oven safe; a too thin bowl may crack and ruin your meal.
- If you want crispy skin chicken, simply put your chicken on a sheet tray and broil for a few minutes in the oven.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.
Kristy McArthur says
Can the chicken only be cooked on low? And how long?
Sarah Olson says
I would try 6 hours on low.
The only mistake I made is I put the water in the bag with the potatoes etc. and then I still added the 1/4 cup of water on the bottom of the bowl. I hope that was OK?
Sarah Olson says
Yes, water in both is right.
Easy enough however….a 1 qt Pyrex glass measuring container DID NOT WORK in my 6-qt crockpot. It fit but could not secure the lid. I used (2) 2-cup glass Pyrex measuring cups. Both did fit along with the chicken….a bit of a tight fit, but all came out great.
If your lid to your slow cooker does not fit well, you can use foil tightly to cover your cooker. I have had to do that sometimes and it works well.
Jo Beth Cain says
This recipe sounds delicious! And great after a long day at work! My question is–would you be able to use chicken breasts instead of legs (either bone in or boneless)? Thank you in advance, and I love your recipes!
Sarah Olson says
I don’t see why not!
Super easy and quick meal on the run! Tastes great too. I’ve made this several times following the recipe exactly and family all enjoy it.
Dena Callahan says
Question: if I put a small amount of diced onion on n with the potatoes will they get done as well or should they go directly into the crock pot with the chicken?? Thanks
Sarah Olson says
I think they would be better with the chicken. You could do the potatoes, but I think they would cook better with the chicken.
So easy! I had my 10-year-old do the potatoes. We put them in the crockpot in a metal bowl and it was just fine. I LOVE the idea of a crockpot meal that is not one dish, if you know what I mean! Thanks! And the chicken was amazing! I usually don’t like drumsticks because they’re a hassle for me but the chicken fell right off the bone…and of course they’re cheaper!