Slow Cooker Lemongrass and Coconut Chicken Drumsticks

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Since I had leftover lemongrass from making Bo Kho and I always have coconut milk in the pantry, I decided to make a slow cooker chicken drumstick dish with these ingredients. After scouring my Asian cookbooks and the interwebs, I came across this recipe for Roasted Lemongrass Chicken. I Paleo-ized the recipe, added some five-spice powder, and threw the ingredients in the slow cooker instead of the oven. Super easy and delicious!

The recipe and step-by-step photos, after the jump!

Here’s what I gathered to feed 4-6 people: 

  • 10 drumsticks, skin removed
  • 1 thick stalk fresh lemongrass, papery outer skins and rough bottom removed, trimmed to the bottom 5 inches
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb-size piece of ginger, microplaned
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons Red Boat fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos 
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Here’s how I made it:

I gathered and prepped my ingredients.

I placed the drumsticks in a large bowl and seasoned them with salt and pepper.

(I always rip the skin off drumsticks with the aid of a paper towel because it makes the slippery skin easier to grab.)

I placed the lemongrass, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, fish sauce, coconut aminos, and five spice powder into the Vitamix blender and blitzed until a smooth sauce formed.

I poured the marinade onto the chicken and mixed it well.

I dumped the onion into the bottom of the slow cooker and put the drumsticks and marinade on top. I set the slow cooker on low and cooked it for about 4-5 hours.

When it was done cooking, I transferred it to a storage container to chill in the fridge for a couple days.

When I reheated the drumsticks, I placed it in a pot and brought it up to a simmer. Then, I tasted for seasoning and plated it.

As a final touch, I sprinkled on some chopped fresh cilantro.

Remember — don’t cook it on HIGH and don’t go over 5 hours or you’ll end up with a big pot of BLECH. 


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