Grilled Chicken Legs Recipe

There is just something about the simplicity of grilled chicken legs that I love.


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Maybe it’s that chicken legs are just so simple and homey, comforting and delicious. It could be that I remember them being my favorite piece of chicken from my childhood or that they now are my son’s.

But, whatever the reason, I realize that I just don’t cook them nearly as often as I should.

I usually reserve this recipe for grilled chicken legs for the warmer months of spring and summer, but the other day before I headed out for the grocery store, my husband told me he would love to have these soon.

Well, you know that moved chicken legs to the top of my grocery list, don’t you? I was now on a mission to bring a little bit of a warm weather meal to our house.

The marinade is really what makes this grilled chicken so special.

Let me tell you about it.

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You’ll grab a few spices that really kick up the smokey flavor of this grilled chicken and another that adds a little kick, too.

Cumin, paprika, cayenne, and salt and pepper.


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This spice blend just works beautifully and is one that is great to have on hand, too.


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The other special ingredient in this chicken marinade is beer.

Now, I have to admit something to you. I rarely cook with beer, but it absolutely adds something to this chicken.


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Once I’ve mixed up my spices and beer, along with a few other ingredients, I just pour it over the chicken legs that have been placed in a large zip top bag.




Seal up the bag and turn from side to side to make sure all the chicken is well coated.

Then, I place it on a half sheet pan and into the refrigerator for at least an hour, but hopefully overnight so the chicken has plenty of time to soak up all that goodness.

Every few hours, I’ll turn the bag from one side over to the other to keep the chicken coated with the marinade.



Here’s my Grilled Chicken Legs Recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

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Grilled Chicken Legs Recipe
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Grilled Chicken recipes are always a crowd-pleaser. This easy grilled chicken leg recipe will become a favorite!
Serves: 6-8
  • 12 chicken legs
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1½ cups beer
  1. Place chicken legs into a large zip top bag.
  2. Pour olive oil into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup.
  3. Mix together salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper and add to olive oil. Add garlic, onions, and parsley. Mix together well with a fork. Slowly add beer as it will cause the mixture to foam and bubble slightly.
  4. Pour marinade over the chicken legs in the zip top bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag and seal. Turn the bag from side to side to make sure all chicken has been coated with the marinade.
  5. Place the bag flat on a small, rimmed kitchen sheet pan and into the refrigerator. Allow to sit up to 1 hour or overnight for best results, turning the bag over every few hours to keep the chicken coated.
  6. To Grill:
  7. Brush the grill grate with olive oil to coat. Heat the grill to about 350º F. Place chicken onto the grill and cook, turning as needed to cook both sides, until the internal temperature registers 165º F when checked with an instant read thermometer.
  8. Remove chicken to a serving platter and allow to rest 3-5 minutes before serving.
Time does not include time to marinate chicken.

Robyn xoxo

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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1
    Heather |Farmgirl Gourmet says:

    This looks so delish Robyn. I have been on a chicken kick this week and I am thinking this recipe needs to be slipped into the rotation immediately. Yum.

  2. 3

    This looks so good…..can’t wait to make this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 5

    The spices sound wonderful!

  4. 6

    Is there a particular beer you use? I don’t drink it and there are too many to choose from!

  5. 8

    Robyn, grilled bone-in chicken always hits the spot. This looks SO good!

  6. 9

    I love cooking with beer. You can bet I’ll be trying this – thanks, Robyn!

  7. 10

    Looks delicious, will have to try this. Would this work with breasts?

    Diana C

  8. 11

    Love love – this looks so good, Robyn!!

  9. 12

    Simple and comforting – you got that right. And I love these flavors, Robyn!

  10. 13

    Love the flavors in your marinade and I’m a leg girl so this is right up my alley!

  11. 14

    These look so juicy and delicious!

  12. 15

    this sounds wonderful – we aren’t allowed to have grills where we live, so will try baking it and maybe broiling at the end

  13. 16

    Delicious. I made these tonight and they were so good!!

  14. 17
    Stephanie says:

    This recipe looks amazing, and is exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to make it for dinner tonight! However, I noticed you have this tagged as gluten free. Since the recipe calls for beer, which contains gluten, you should un-tag it as gluten free.

    • 18

      Thanks so much, Stephanie! My nephew is gluten-free and uses a gluten-free beer, but I am sure you are right and I’ll remove the gluten-free tag to save any confusion.

  15. 19

    I am looking for a freezer meal recipe for my freezer meal group. I think this sounds wonderful…do you think it would be ok to make these up and freeze??

  16. 20

    Trying this tonight. So far it looks and smells amazing!!! I will post back with results… :-)

  17. 21

    Prepped it tonight for eating tomorrow. Can’t wait to grill and eat! Thanks Robyn!

  18. 22

    This recipe was great. I think I will try it on chicken kabobs.
    Thank you!

  19. 23

    Is there an ingredient you can substitute for the beer as I can’t take it.

  20. 25

    hi! the recipe sounds amazing, but as Robyn said we could omit the beer, is there anything else non alcoholic that we could substitute? like any kind of a beverage drink or something :)

  21. 26

    Hi Robyn. I’ll be making the chicken leg recipe today, but I only have the oven. Sounds and looks good. Thank you.

  22. 27

    I tried this recipe about a month ago and it is simply wonderful. I am making it again today to take to a cook-out!

    The beer is a must to make it as heavenly as it is. I like using a beer on the toasty- slightly malty side. Our go-to for crowd-pleasing beers is Yard’s Brawler, it works beautifully in this recipe. If you live in the tri-state (PA, NJ, DE) area, you should be able to find at a decent distributor or Wegman’s. Other good ones for drinking and for this recipe would be Sierra Nevada Tumbler (Fall) or Pale Ale (year round), Sam Adam’s Boston Lager, or Yuengling Lager.

    Like cooking with wine, a good rule is to only cook with beer you would drink!

  23. 28
    Judy Allard says:

    Can this be grilled in the oven??? If so, pls give me instructions.



  24. 29

    Hi Robyn, thanks for the recipe. I love cooking and grilling. Grilled chicken legs are one of my favorites. A good way to grill chicken legs is to grill at medium heat 350 and turn 4 times every 7 minutes for a total 28 minutes. I substituted the cayenne pepper with chiptole pepper. Used Coors Light beer. Let me tell you absolutley wonderful. Thanks again for the recipe

  25. 30

    This was amazing we used an apple cider ale instead of a beer and it was amazing. Thank you!

  26. 31

    Hi! My husband and I make this at least once a week–it’s awesome! Do you happen to know what the nutritional value is? Thanks!


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