Crockpot Maple Dijon Drumsticks with a kick!

Summer is done and dusted, Fall is on its way out the door and the dreaded winter months lurk around the corner.  I’m not a winter weather person at all, I grew up in warmer climes, I did not experience snow nor frigid temperatures till I was in my mid-twenties.  As a result, I do not really look forward to winter at all.  Heck I tried skiing and skating, but felt clumsy and awkward trying to master it at a later stage in life.  Like learning another language, it is good to start at a younger age.  As I age, my bones feel creaky, I moan and whine, I complain about the cold, I long for island vacations, or a get-away in the colder months.

What I do enjoy about the cooler weather though is enjoying all the comfort foods I prepare in the kitchen.  There’s nothing like the aroma of soup simmering on the stove, hearing a stew bubbling away in a crock pot, curries every week, baking breads and muffins, heating up the kitchen and staying warm.  I’ll have to say winter cooking is probably by far my most favorite time in the kitchen, so all’s not lost.  Today I tried a recipe from Skinnytaste’s website.  I enjoy the simplicity of her meals, together with all the other information provided on her site. My daughter had brought me a bottle of spicy salsa from her trip to Mexico which I hadn’t used till now.  The addition of this surprise twist at the end gave the dish an intense explosion of flavors in your mouth.  I will probably try this with chicken bone-in thighs the next time.  Crock pots are great in the winter, you just add it all in, go about your day and what awaits you at the end is nothing short of mouth-watering! A glass of vino, some salad on the side and dinner is ready!



  • 8 skinless drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup pure Maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp garlic salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salsa 12 chiles (or Siracha, a hot chilli sauce)


Season chicken with garlic salt and pepper and place in slow cooker. Combine maple, balsamic, Salsa and Dijon in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over the legs, making sure the chicken is covered.  Here are the results.  The meat literally fell of the bone and the flavors left you salivating for more.  Crock pot recipes are the way to go when time is limited.


I served this yummy chicken with spinach smashed potates and an avocado salad with cherry tomatoes.

I’m bringing this Fall dish to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #93

Thanks for co-hosting Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Kaila @ GF LIfe 24/7.  Always a pleasure ladies 🙂


    1. Thanks Nandini, you’re right, so simple and yet so tasty. I love crockpot meals in the winter don’t you? I have a couple of curried recipes that I need to try in the crockpot, I’ve never made curries before. Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Hi hi, my partner has the same lack of appreciation for the cold season! I love your use of maple syrup in a meat dish, I just saw a similar use over at Johanne’s. Maybe it’s a trend that I have missed … again … 😉

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    1. Thanks Ginger, nice to see you again, it’s been a while. I was over your side of the pond just a few weeks ago. Yes, the maple syrup definitely added a lovely flavor to the dish, I always love sweet, sour and hot dishes, so this definitely fit the bill.

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    1. Thanks Belle, you’re right, I need to post more crockpot recipes. I’m actually going to a Chilli Cook-off this weekend, and I’m submitting a chilli made in a crock-pot, so be on the look out for that. Also, my Fall post is going up tomorrow :).

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  2. Loretta,
    I am happy to read that I am not the only one dreading the winter:) But you are so right! It is the best time to spend in the kitchen. I love the warm hearty meals of winter time.
    I love the combination of maple syrup, dijon and balsamic in the dish! And hurray for crock pots, right?
    Great post with awesome photos and recipe, as usual!

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    1. You and me both Sandhya. I recall your winter season last year, it was one of the worst on record wasn’t it? This was quite a simple dish and it was such a busy day, pop in the ingredients in the slow cooker, turn it on and voila!! Can’t be better than that eh? Enjoy your weekend.


  3. I haven’t tried snow and freezing cold days, but I’d love to. Well, maybe not experience in long duration with all the stuffs I heard and see about living in places with such temperatures. I don’t want to be stuck at home because of the snow.

    And yes, I love the sound of having warm stews or soups during winter time – so comforting. This dish is so easy to prepare, but sounds and looks so delicious to me, Loretta. Thank you for sharing this here at this week’s FF. I’d love to dig in right now. 😀

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    1. I know what you mean Jhuls. In the Philippines you probably never experience those frigid days. Sometimes I long to be back in Kenya where I grew up, that climate to me was probably the best that I’d experienced anywhere, and I’ve moved around a bit :). Thanks for your sweet words, the dish is so simple true, but packs a mean punch with the addition of the chilli flavored salsa. Thanks too for co-hosting, you are always such a welcoming co-host and we all appreciate your time and efforts. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend Jhuls.


  4. It’s not so much the cold or snow that I mind, but the lack of sun! It gets dark so quickly! That I really don’t like! But enough rant, let’s look at your fabulous chicken instead. Sounds so comforting and warming. I love the spinach smashed potatoes, too. That’s a great side! 🙂

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    1. I think we all despise winter as we age don’t we Angie? But snow days for you are always welcome aren’t they? :). The dish was pretty simple, but the addition of the pungent salsa really did wonders for the dish. I made a ground chicken cottage pie yesterday and I added fresh spinach and nutmeg to the potato mash, it not only gave it a good taste, but a beautiful color when the cheese melted on it too. Enjoy your weekend.


  5. I’m with you Loretta, I like winter less and less every year, but love the comfy food and spending the time in my kitchen that it evokes. I love this recipe. Full of flavors, but easy peasy. Do you know if this salsa is available in most grocery stores or was it a special order? I also think I would love to try it using thighs. Yum! Enjoy your gorgeous fall day.

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    1. I think as we age, it is harder on our bones Julie, I really do not care for the colder weather. There are days when I just want to stay inside with a good book :). Easy Peasy ain’t the word for this dish, but with the addition of that pungent salsa, it packed a mean punch to the dish. My daughter bought it from Mexico for me, I’m not so sure if you could perhaps try on Amazon? I’m excited to try it in other dishes too. Thanks for visiting Julie, and enjoy your weekend.

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  6. Maple syrup and hot sauce?! What is there not to love!
    I agree with you re the winter but like you I love the comfort foods, soups and curries!
    The chicken sounds great, a dish to just tuck in to and enjoy and maybe have just one more piece of chicken because it is so good 🙂 Happy FF!

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  7. Yum! This lookalike the perfect comfort food! I love the spicy salsa at the end, and how sweet that your daughter brought it to you from Mexico. It makes this dish all the more special. I actually teach skiing, and have a lot of clients who learned later in life, so it’s definitely possible if you become super sick of winter one year. 🙂 Thanks for bringing this dish to the fiesta, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend, Loretta! 😀

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    1. Thanks Kaila. I’d like to believe you about learning how to ski later in life, but oh my at the ripe old age of 64, I feel a bit intimidated I’d have to say. Great that you teach skiing, I’m sure it is such a wonderful experience – I really wish I had stuck with it, but I gave up too easily.

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    1. Thanks Judi, yes indeed the early nights are just too much, I already miss the summer evenings, but then I’m sure glad that we get to experience the 4 seasons. That crockpot dish was really delicious, I’ll be making it for sure again and again.


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