Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Drumsticks {Freezer Meal Friendly}


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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Drumsticks is an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

orange chicken drumsticks on rice on a plate
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Hi again! I have this month’s Freezer Slow Cooker meal of the month. This Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Drumsticks has the flavors of take-out but costs much less!

I start with orange marmalade, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, fresh garlic and fresh ginger. If you have never used fresh ginger in a recipe (it’s the beige root that is pictured below) don’t worry, it’s so easy to peel and mince ginger. Ginger root is very cheap, but you don’t need to waste the excess, I often put the ginger root in a ziplock bag and freeze it for later.

orange marmalade, chicken drumsticks, crushed red pepper, garlic, onion, soy sauce and ginger.

You can put this into a freezer bag for later in the month, or put it directly into the slow cooker.

plastic gallon bag with drum sticks, orange marmalade and onion in it.
chicken drumsticks raw in a slow cooker with orange marmalade.

I served this with steamed brown rice and sugar snap peas.

2 drumsticks on rice with sugar snap peas

Did you have a great holiday? I did, but I am glad to be back to my routine. I should have another recipe for you up on the blog of Friday. Have a great week!

2 drumsticks on rice

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Drumsticks {Freezer Meal Friendly}

4 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Tender drumsticks in a sticky orange glaze.


  • 2 lbs. chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger root
  • 1 garlic clove minced, about 1 tsp.
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion


(note, if making into a freezer meal please follow instructions down further)

  • In a small bowl add the marmalade, soy sauce, red pepper flake, ginger root and garlic. Stir until smooth. Add the chicken and onion to the slow cooker. Pour over the sauce.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3.5 hours.

Freezer Meal Instructions:

  • Make the sauce as written above. Add the chicken and onion to a large ziplock bag and add the sauce, squeeze out the excess air. Place in freezer for up to a month. Thaw for about 24 hours before adding to the slow cooker. To cook, add the contents of the bag into the slow cooker, cook as directed above.

Sarah’s Notes

If you want to a thicker sauce, at the end of the cooking time mix together a tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of cornstarch and stir into the sauce, add the lid back on and cook for 20 minutes more.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 186IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    1 star
    Watery and bland despite following the recipe exactly.

  2. Bobby says:

    5 stars
    This has become a favorite. Easy & sooo tasty

  3. William H says:

    5 stars
    This was a Great, choice fora dinner! meal