Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Satisfy your taste buds with these flavorful teriyaki grilled chicken drumsticks. Perfect for a summer BBQ or a quick weeknight dinner.

Teriyaki Chicken Drumstick Recipe

This teriyaki chicken drumsticks recipe is ideal for cooking chicken over the grill grates of a smoker. The indirect heat cooks the drumsticks to perfection, with crispy skin and tender dark meat.

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This easy recipe is one of our favorite ways to prepare teriyaki chicken legs!  The simple teriyaki chicken marinade is absolutely delicious and creates the perfect coating for drumsticks.

This teriyaki chicken recipe makes the most delicious drumsticks with beautiful grill marks. They make the perfect summer dinner when paired with this loaded potato saladcorn on the cob or dill pickle pasta salad.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

How long does it take to grill drumsticks?

This typically depends on how hot your grill is.  A good rule of thumb is a grill that is heated to medium high, 400 degrees F, will cook chicken drumsticks in 30-35 minutes.

Combine a few basic ingredients to create easy and tasty grilled drumsticks this BBQ season. This cooking method is the best way to cook flavourful and tender chicken drumsticks, hands down.

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

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BBQ Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks:

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic or 1 tsp ground 
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Sesame seeds

Note: Any kind of teriyaki sauce will work but we love this homemade teriyaki sauce. It combines brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce in a way that our whole family loves. Use your favorite sauce or make our homemade sauce with simple ingredients from the grocery store.

Teriyaki Marinade Ingredients

Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl combine water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger and garlic. Whisk together.

Teriyaki Marinade Process

2. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water.  Mix well.

3. Pour the first mixture into a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat (about 5 mins).

Teriyaki Sauce boiling

4. When the sauce begins to boil, add the cornstarch mixture and whisk continuously.

5. When the teriyaki marinade begins to thicken (about 2 mins), remove from heat.  Allow to cool to room temperature. 

6. In a dish or freezer bag, coat the chicken in 3/4 of the teriyaki marinade and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks on open Traeger grill

7. Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill, discard marinade and baste with reserved teriyaki sauce.

basting teriyaki chicken on the Traeger grill

8. Cook for 15 minutes, turn and baste with sauce again.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks no sesame seeds

9. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 170 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

10. Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds or diced green onion.

Tips and tricks:

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Add a little bit of onion powder, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper or cayenne pepper to the coated chicken before grilling to take them up a notch.
  • You could coat the chicken legs with a spice rub before basting with teriyaki sauce. We make our own dry rub for all of our smoked recipes.
  • Test out a variety of different teriyaki sauces to suit your tastes.
  • Use chicken thighs or chicken breasts instead of drumsticks for a new dish.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks

We are avid grillers during the summer time!  Check out a few of our favorite chicken recipes…

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Teriyaki Grilled Drumsticks

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Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Satisfy your taste buds with these flavorful teriyaki grilled chicken drumsticks. Perfect for a summer BBQ or a quick weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic or 1 tsp ground 
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl combine water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger and garlic. Whisk together.

2. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water.  Mix well.

3. Pour the first mixture into a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat (about 5 mins).

4. When the sauce begins to boil, add the cornstarch mixture and whisk continuously.

5. When the teriyaki marinade begins to thicken (about 2 mins), remove from heat.  Allow to cool to room temperature. 

6. In a dish or large freezer bag, coat the chicken in 3/4 of the teriyaki marinade and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

7. Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill, baste with reserved teriyaki sauce.

8. Cook for 15 minutes, turn and baste with sauce again.

9. Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 170 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 553mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 28g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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