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Plate of grilled chicken drumsticks on a plate.

Easy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 drumsticks 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Do you know the tips for the BEST grilled drumsticks? This grilled chicken drumsticks recipe is prepped in 5 min + made with pantry staples.


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 6 chicken drumsticks (about 1 1/2 lbs.)


  1. Mince garlic and add all ingredients except for chicken to a plastic zip-topped bag.
  2. Add chicken to bag and marinate for at least 20 minutes, or overnight. Flip bag to distribute marinade occasionally.
  3. Remove chicken from refrigerator and preheat grill to medium high, about 375 degrees.
  4. Place chicken legs on hot grill and cook for 20 minutes, flip over and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 185 degrees. (See note below.)
  5. Let rest for at least 5-10 minutes and dig in!


  • While most chicken recipes are cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, we’re actually cooking legs and dark meat to 185 degrees F. This allows the higher fat and collagen content in legs to get a chance to “baste” the white meat, which makes it super juicy, flavorful, and really tender. 

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