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Grilled Chicken Legs

Grilled Chicken Legs – make a splash at your next barbecue with this easy grilled chicken leg recipe. An easy spice mixture flavors the chicken and then it is brushed with a delicious Asian barbecue sauce.

When summer hits I am all about dinner outside and using the grill as much as possible! And one of the best things to do is grilled chicken legs. Not only are they easy, but also very budget friendly.

Chicken drumsticks are often on sale, so you can stock up and have them in your freezer to pull out for a tasty dinner.

grilled chicken leg on plate


Grilled Chicken Legs

To make these grilled chicken legs I am using an Asian style barbecue sauce that is a little sticky and absolutely delicious! You can make it ahead of time and have it in the fridge waiting, or you can whip it up while the chicken cooks.

You can take this same concept and instructions and really make whatever flavor you like! Season the chicken with the Best Dry Rub, grill them and slather on your favorite barbecue sauce for a different version!

chicken legs with an Asian bbq sauce

What You’ll Need

Asian Barbecue Sauce

  • Olive Oil
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Honey
  • Sriracha
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Lime Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Crushed Red Pepper

The spice rub that goes on the chicken is really just a basic spice rub. If you have one you like (that isn’t super heavy on the smoky side – like this Best Dry Rub) it would work great too.

spices for chicken drumsticks

How To Grill Chicken Legs

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  1. Start by patting the chicken dry with a paper towel. This makes sure that the spices stick well to the chicken.
  2. Mix together the spice rub and season the chicken well. Let the chicken rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes before placing on the grill.
  3. While the chicken rests, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. I like to go for about 375º F on the grill.
  4. Place the chicken legs on the grill and then close the lid to let them cook. Flip them every 7-8 minutes, so they get evenly cooked all around.
  5. While the chicken is cooking you can make your sauce by bringing everything to a simmer for about 20 minutes until it is nice and thick.
  6. After about 30-35 minutes once the chicken is 165º F, lower the heat to medium low, and brush generously with sauce.
  7. Grill for 5-10 more minutes for the sauce to caramelize and coats the chicken.
  8. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
chicken legs on the grill

I am using an Asian sauce for this recipe, but you can substitute your favorite barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce or just about anything to get the flavor you want.

How Long To Grill Chicken Legs

They need about 30-35 minutes over medium high heat to cook completely. Then you lower the heat and brush with sauce, and cook for an additional 10 minutes. This gets the chicken to about 170º F, where it is fully cooked, and no longer pink, even at the bone.

looking down at plate of chicken legs with asian bbq sauce

What To Serve With Chicken Legs

This dish is great with just about anything. You could serve with White Rice and some of the extra sauce, or some classic summer sides are great as well.

pinterest collage of grilled chicken legs close up

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Grilled Chicken Legs

close up chicken leg on a plate

Grilled Chicken Legs - make a splash at your next barbecue with this easy grilled chicken leg recipe. An easy spice mixture flavors the chicken and then it is brushed with a delicious Asian barbecue sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 4 pound chicken drumsticks

Spice Rub

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Asian Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons sriracha
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cilantro


  1. Pat dry the chicken drumsticks with a paper towel to make sure the spices stick well. patting chicken dry before adding spices
  2. Mix together all of the spices for the spice rub and add to a large plastic bag or bowl to toss with the chicken until everything is evenly coated. Let stand for 15 minutes before grilling. adding spices to chicken drumsticks in ziplock bag
  3. Preheat grill to medium high heat (about 375º F).
  4. Arrange chicken on the grill and cook for 30-35 minutes, flipping every 7-8 minutes until the chicken reaches 165º F. chicken legs on the grill
  5. While the chicken is cooking prepare the sauce by sautéing the ginger and the garlic in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes until it is soft and fragrant.
  6. Mix in all of the remaining ingredients (except the red pepper flakes) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until it starts to thicken. Once it is cooked, stir in the red pepper flakes to taste.
  7. After chicken is cooked, reduce the heat to medium low and generously brush with sauce. Let cook for 5-10 more minutes.
  8. Remove from the grill and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro if desired.


If you have a favorite rub, you can use in place of this spice mixture. You want something not very smoky in flavor

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 550Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 288mgSodium 2631mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 19gProtein 57g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Saturday 15th of May 2021

These are so tender and flavorful!!


Friday 14th of May 2021

This quickly became a favorite at my house! Will definitely make it again soon!


Thursday 13th of May 2021

You made me hungry. These chicken legs are so crispy!


Thursday 13th of May 2021

These chicken legs look fantastic and so delicious! So excited to make these soon! The family is going to love these!

Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

Thursday 13th of May 2021

I love the flavors in this! Can't wait to give these a try!

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