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Crockpot Chicken with Dry Rub Recipe


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Crockpot Chicken with Spice Rub Recipe

© Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
This version of crockpot chicken uses a dry rub rather than a liquid barbecue sauce. Unlike many crockpot chicken recipes which produce a pale result, this one results in chicken drumsticks and thighs with a gorgeous browned finish, perfect for these less expensive cuts. Designed for the new Versaware™ Crock-Pot®, you can still use your old slow cooker. Simply brown on the stove-top before adding to the crockpot.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


  • Dry Rub:
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • .
  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 3 chicken drumsticks


Whisk together paprika, thyme, sage, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, and lemon pepper.

Sprinkle dry rub evenly over both sides of the chicken thighs and legs. Pat gently to adhere dry rub to the meat.

Remove the 6-quart heat-proof stone crock from the Versaware™ Crock-Pot® base and rub with vegetable oil or spray with vegetable oil. (See Notes.) Place the chicken legs and thighs into the crock, skin-side down. Place the crock on the metal rack for use on a cold glass-top stove. Turn heat to low, then increase to medium heat, and cook until the bottom is browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn chicken pieces and brown an additional 5 minutes.

Return the crock to the Crock-Pot® base. Cover with the lid and set to High. Cook for 2 hours. (May cook on the Low setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours.)

Yield: 3 to 4 servings

Notes: This recipe was developed for the Versaware™ Crock-Pot® product line which allows stove-top sauteing directly in the stone crock. Do not use this method with a standard Crock-Pot® crock or other slow cooker crock. Instead, brown the chicken in a standard heavy skillet before placing in the slow cooker.

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