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Thai Sweet Chili Chicken

Slow Cooker Thai Sweet Chili Chicken

Chicken drumsticks cook up tender and flavorful in the slow cooker, with a Thai-inspired sweet chili marinade and a tangy chili-lime dipping sauce.
Course Chicken
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Crock-Pot sweet chili chicken, sweet chili chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 drumsticks
Calories 101kcal
Author Marsha Maxwell


  • Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 6 Quart, 14 One-Touch Programs
  • Bastig Brush - Grilling BBQ Baking, Pastry, and Oil Stainless Steel Brushes
  • Kitchen Knives
  • OXO 11155800 Good Grips Small Citrus Juicer with Built-In Measuring Cup and Strainer,Yellow


For the drumsticks:

  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks
  • ½ cup Thai sweet chili sauce store-bought or homemade
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce optional
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili oil or chili paste optional
  • Additional sweet chili sauce for brushing on drumsticks
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

For the dipping sauce:

  • ½ cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed garlic optional
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili oil or chili paste optional


  • Rinse the drumsticks and dry on paper towels. Whisk together the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, grated ginger and hot chili oil in a mixing bowl or large measuring cup.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks in a large plastic bag and pour on the marinade. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • Remove the drumsticks from the marinade, and stretch the chicken skin to cover the meat. Place drumsticks skin-side up in the crock pot, and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours
  • Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce by whisking together all the ingredients. Set aside.
  • When the drumsticks are cooked, preheat broiler. Remove drumsticks from crock pot and place skin side up on broiler pan. Broil until browned. This will take 2-5 minutes depending on heat.
  • Brush the drumsticks with a little additional sweet chili sauce, so the garnishes will adhere to the chicken. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro. Serve the drumsticks with dipping sauce.