Grilled Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Everybody loves a drumstick or two. Grill these budget-friendly pieces of chicken to create and easy entree.
  • Ready in: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 1 hours, 10 minutes
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  • Servings: 6

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  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

cooking methods

  • Grill


  1. In a gallon freezer bag, combine first 4 ingredients. Toss to coat. 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Prepare grill to medium heat. Remove chicken from bag; set aside. Place marinade in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. In small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water; slowly whisk into marinade until it reaches desired consistency. Set aside.
  3. Place chicken on grill. Grill chicken, brushing with marinade and turning occasionally, until internal temperature reaches 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer, about 25-30 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.

Serve with vegetable sticks and a slice of watermelon.

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare step 1. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 2.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dill-icious! My family and I loved these! We cooked them in our air fryer! Definitely will have this again!
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved these legs! I'm a big fan of the Dill Pickle Dip, and I really worried that I'd be upset that I used a package of dip mix for chicken, but it was AMAZING! I seriously should have made a double batch for our group of 10. Everyone got one, but I think everyone would have ate 2 legs each!
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great on the Grill! Prepared these as a freezer meal, grilled them yesterday. WOW, these were good. My gas grill cooks a little slower than my charcoal grill so I left the drumsticks on 15 minutes longer because my family likes the skin really crispy. The sugar from the orange juice browns the drumsticks nicely. I will be making this again trying bone-in chicken thighs.
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Drummies to go! My kids LOVE cold chicken Drummies. My thought was that this would be a great alternative for lunches for my kids for school than lunch meat which they are not fans of. The flavor was sweeter than I expected but kids loved it!
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Also works with chicken breasts! I switched up this recipe and used chicken breasts instead of drumsticks. I also made 1/2 in the oven and grilled the other 1/2. Honestly, the oven chicken was very good. I think what made the grilled version so much better was that the sugar from the OJ in the marinade burned a little and created a punch of extra flavor in the bites with grill marks. Also, personally, the marinade-turned-sauce was not a hit. I'm a huge fan of Dill Pickle Dip Mix, but I won't make the sauce again. This wasn't my favorite TS recipe, but I wanted to share that you can make it with chicken breasts if you don't have drumsticks on hand. I hope my tips were helpful!
Date published: 2016-02-22
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