Ever wonder how to grill chicken legs? Look no further because these are the BEST grilled chicken legs in all the land.
We’ll teach you how to make the most amazing chicken dry rub and give you a step-by-step tutorial for the best grilled chicken legs recipe ever.
Delicious Chicken Legs on the Grill
Grilling chicken legs is one of our go-to summer meals becuase they’re easy and delicious. Seriously, these scrumptious grilled chicken legs are full of so much flavor all thanks to our homemade chicken dry rub.
We love how inexpensive chicken legs are and how easy they are to flavor up. The bone makes them super moist and flavorful. Plus, a little bit of char from the grill makes these the ultimate Spring/Summer meal that the entire family will love.
What kind of chicken legs should I buy?
We always recommend going organic/all-natural and free-range when possible. Yes, they cost a little bit more, but I promise you the flavor and texture will make up for it! Plus, in general, chicken legs are one of the more inexpensive parts of the chicken (in comparison to the breast), so going organic isn’t actually that bad cost-wise.
Some of our favorite humane chicken brands include…
This grilled chicken leg recipe calls for 1 lb. of chicken legs and you will likely get around 6 medium/large chicken legs per pound. As always, you can double or even triple this recipe easily by multiplying it by 2 or 3.
Best Homemade Dry Rub for Chicken Legs
We’ve paired our favorite dry rub from Fit Foodie Finds with this recipe to create the ultimate crunchy, flavorful, and delicious grilled chicken leg recipe and we highly suggest following the recipe to a tee! Here’s what you’ll need for the dry rub:
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- chili powder
- chipotle powder
- ground cinnamon
- ground mustard seed
Want to add more heat? Add in a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Why make your own dry rub?
What we love about making our own dry rub at home is that there are no additives. You can also monitor the amount of salt, spice, and sweetness your rub has, which is great for so many reasons. One thing I recommend with this rub is making a double or triple batch of it to have on hands at all times!
If you aren’t feeling a dry rub, you can try our grilled chicken marinade instead.
Grilled Chcicken Legs FAQ
The number one question we see about chicken legs is: how long should I grill chicken legs on the grill? While it will take around 15-20 minutes, the magic number is actually in the temperature of the chicken.
You know your grilled chicken drumsticks are fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.
Set your grill to around 425ºF. If your grill goes up or down a few degrees, don’t worry! That’s just the nature of grilling. We like to grill our chicken a little hotter than what we’d bake it at so that it gets nice and charred. There really isn’t anything better than grill marks!
Just make sure that you watch your chicken legs and rotate them every 5 minutes so that they don’t burn. You are cooking them on direct flames, after all.
Long story short, yes chicken drumsticks are healthy, especially when you pair them with a homemade dry rub!
Both types of grill will work for chicken legs. A gas grill is easier for managing heat, but a charcoal grill adds great grilling flavor.
We found that by grilling your chicken legs over direct heat and a medium/high temperature will get them nice and crispy on the outside and super moist on the inside.
In addition to rubbing your chicken legs with bbq sauce, we’re sharing some more serving suggestions below!
- Olive Oil Grilled Parmesan Corn
- Instant Pot Potato Salad
- Grilled Asparagus in Foil
- Brussels Sprouts on the Grill
- 1 lb. chicken legs (~6 legs)
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard seed
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- Optional: 1/2 cup bbq sauce, for serving
- Preheat grill to 425ºF.
- Then, prepare chicken dry rub by mixing together all of the spices in a small bowl. You should get around 4.5 tablespoons of dry rub.
- Prep chicken legs (leave the skin on) by fully coating each leg with 1-2 teaspoons of dry rub. Use your hands to pat the spices into each part of the leg and make sure that every part is fully coated. You may have leftover dry rub. This is okay! Store it in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
- Spray your grill grates with nonstick cooking spray (or rub with olive oil) and then grill chicken legs over direct heat at 425ºF (medium-high heat) for around 15-20 minutes or until the legs have reached an internal temp of 160ºF – 165ºF. Rotate the legs every 5 minutes.
- Remove chicken legs from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before eating.
- Eat chicken legs as is or rub them with bbq sauce.
Tips & Notes
- Don’t skimp on the dry rub. It’s what makes these legs crunchy and delicious!
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/4 lb. chicken Calories: 182 Sugar: 2 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 7 Fiber: 1 Protein: 21
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Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.