Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Chicken (9 points +)

Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Chicken (9 points +)

A friend requested a recipe for barbecue chicken in the slow cooker.  We decided to create a recipe that’s a touch on the hot side and has a hint of sweetness. It is the perfect way to fulfill your craving for a dish that might otherwise not be all that healthy. Our slow cooker barbecue contains healthy ingredients and is lower in sugar and saturated fat than other barbecues. This spicy barbecue chicken recipe is simple and delicious. We love this slow cooker recipe and think it’s great for an average weekday dinner or a special occasion.

Yields: 4 | Serving size: 2 drumsticks | Calories: 365 | Previous Points: 8 | Points Plus: 9 | Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fats: 3 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 107 mg | Sodium: 140 mg | Carbohydrates: 28 g | Dietary fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 24 g | Protein: 32 g


  • 8 drumsticks, skin removed (optional, 3 split breasts or 6 thighs)
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (use white balsamic vinegar for gluten free)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Red Hot Sauce, ‘Frank’s Red Hot’ was used in this recipe
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Spice Rub
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sea Salt to taste


In a medium sauce pan add canola oil, turn to medium-low heat and saute onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining barbecue sauce ingredients, stir and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. While the sauce is cooking down, combine spice rub and coat all sides of drumsticks.

After sauce has cooked down and thickened, place drumsticks in the slow cooker, pour barbecue sauce over and ensure all drumsticks are covered. Cover, turn to high and cook approximately 3 hours or until cooked through. Or, turn slow cooker to low and cook 5-6 hours.

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