Slow cooker chicken legs and potatoes

This slow cooker chicken legs and potatoes recipe is easy, and one that the whole family will love. It’s a hearty and savory dish that’s made with tender chicken legs cooked in a rich and flavorful gravy.

chicken legs and potatoes in a serving dish

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Set it and forget it meals are the best! Especially when it’s an easy slow cooker recipe like this one. All that needs to be done is add the ingredients to your slow cooker and hours later a healthy homemade dinner is ready; perfect for busy nights!

If you like crock pot recipes, you will also love this recipe for easy honey garlic pork chops.

What you will love about this recipe

  • Easy! This recipe is so easy to prepare with simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
  • Economical! Chicken legs are economical, and they are flavorful.

Here is what you will need

Overhead view of slow cooker chicken legs ingredients

Ingredient List

  • Chicken legs (chicken drumsticks)
  • Potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • White wine
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Bay leaf
  • Water or chicken broth
  • Flour (optional)

Equipment

How to make slow cooker chicken legs and potatoes

Prepare: Slice the onion, chop the garlic, and clean the potatoes. If using larger-sized potatoes, cut them into quarters that are similar in size.

chicken legs browing in a skillet

Step 1. Brown the chicken

Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat and cook until they start to turn golden on the outside – about 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

Step 2. Brown the potatoes

Add the potatoes to a hot skillet and toss them around until they begin to soften remove them from the heat

pouring broth into chicken legs in crock pot

Step 3. Add to crockpot

Add the onions and garlic in a single layer on the bottom of the slow cooker and place the chicken legs on top, then the herbs, and pour the wine over the top.

Slow cooker chicken leg ingredients in a slow cooker ready to be cooked

Step 4. Top with potatoes

Place the potatoes on top, set to the low setting, and cook for 3 1/2 hours.

Slow cooker chicken legs cooked in a crockpot

Step 5. Serve

Remove the bay leaf and serve. The sauce will be thin, you can serve it as is, or mix together a tablespoon of flour and water to form a slurry and whisk it into the sauce to make a delicious gravy.

NOTE: For a smooth sauce, pour the sauce through a strainer to remove the onion garlic, and herb pieces before serving.

Ingredient notes and substitutions

The full list of ingredients to make this crockpot chicken drumsticks recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients, along with ideas for substitutes.

Chicken legs – You can substitute chicken thighs for chicken legs or use a mixture of both. You can also use bone-in chicken breasts, and increase the cooking time by 30 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees f.

Potatoes – Baby potatoes, fingerling potatoes or regular-sized yukon gold potatoes, new potatoes or red potatoes work in this recipe. If you use regular-sized potatoes, be sure to cut them into chunks that are similar in size.

Serving suggestions

Serve slow cooker chicken legs with a side dish of green beans, asparagus, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash or a simple green salad.

overhead view of slow cooker chicken legs in a serving bowl

How to store and use leftovers

Leftover chicken legs will last in the refrigerator for up to three days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Reheat chicken legs in the oven or on top of the stove.

Leftover serving suggestion – Remove the chicken from the bones, shred it and serve it in the gravy over mashed potatoes, rice or toast for a quick dinner.

Variations

Dishes like these crockpot chicken legs are so easy to customize and make your own. Here are some suggestions:

Add Vegetables – Make this recipe a complete meal in one pot, and add some root vegetables such as baby carrots, parsnips or turnips.

Fresh Herbs – Add a fresh flavor with any combination of herbs such as fresh parsley, oregano, basil, dill, chives or tarragon.

Mediterranean Chicken Legs – Add sliced kalamata olives, a few sprigs of fresh oregano and a splash of lemon juice.

Italian Chicken Legs – Add diced tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon basil, and 1/2 teaspon oregano or one teaspoon Italian seasoning. Top with shredded parmesan cheese just before serving.

Mexican Chicken Legs – Add 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, chopped jalapeno pepper, and fresh cilantro.

Asian Chicken Legs – Stir in a tablespoon or two of soy sauce and a teaspoon or two of freshly grated ginger. Garnish with sliced green onions.

chicken legs and potatoes in a serving dish

Tips and Questions

  • If you are in a hurry, cook the chicken legs on high heat for 2 hours.
  • Keep any extra gravy (it freezes well) to flavor other meals.
  • To prevent the potatoes from becoming soggy, place them on top of all of the ingredients with nothing on top of the potatoes.
Can I make slow-cooker chicken legs and potatoes in the oven?

Yes, you can. Once the chicken and onions have been browned on to of the stove, layer the ingredients in a dutch oven or casserole dish. Cover and cook at 325, for approximately 2 hours.

Can you use boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs to make this recipe?

You can use boneless chicken thighs to make this recipe, and reduce the cooking time by about 30 minutes. Since white meat is leaner than dark meat, boneless chicken breasts won’t be as tender as chicken thighs, but it can be done. I’ve tried it and shredded the chicken, turned the crockpot to warm and let it absorb the flavorful gravy.

Can I make chicken legs with potatoes with sweet potatoes?

Yes, you can. Swap out white potatoes with chunks of sweet potatoes.

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Close up picture of slow cooker chicken legs in a white serving dish with a spoon

Slow Chicken Legs and Potatoes

A delicious and comforting slow cooker chicken dinner that takes very little time to prepare!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker chicken legs and potatoes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 480kcal
Scale this Recipe 4 People

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken legs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup water or low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1.5 pounds potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon flour Optional to thicken sauce

Instructions

  • Prepare the ingredients; slice the onion, chop the garlic and clean the potatoes. If using larger sized potatoes, cut them into quarters. Pat the chicken legs dry with a paper towel.
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet. Once the skillet and oil are hot, add the chicken legs and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on one side, flip them over and cook for a few minutes longer and remove them from the pan.
  • Add the potatoes to the hot skillet and cook for a few minutes, and turn off the heat.
  • Place the onions and garlic in the bottom of a slow cooker, and layer the chicken legs on top.
  • Place the herbs on top of the chicken legs, and pour in the wine and water or broth.
  • Place the potatoes on top of the chicken; cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Notes

 
Whisk together 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon flour and stir it into the sauce for a thicker sauce.
Store leftover chicken legs in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Leftover serving suggestion – Remove the chicken from the bones, shred it and serve it in the gravy over mashed potatoes, rice or toast for a quick dinner.
See the article above for tips, variations, and more!

Nutrition

Serving: 2chicken legs | Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 234mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 1354mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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