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Chicken legs include the drumstick and thigh. When the two chicken pieces are left together, they’re often called a leg quarter and sometimes a hindquarters, though some people use leg when referring to the drumstick alone.

A whole chicken comes with the advantage of turning all those bones into stock, but if we’re simply considering the meat, whole legs deliver the best value.

Chicken legs are made up of the thigh—the portion above the knee joint—and the drumstick. Both portions are dark meat, meaning they stay moist in the oven and are difficult to overcook. Choose inexpensive skin-on, bone-in legs and you’ll have the base for many delicious recipes.

How To Smoke Chicken Legs Recipe

The chicken leg is an excellent source of selenium providing 66.3 mcg more than 100% of the daily value (DV) and niacin, providing 15.6 mg or 97.5% of the DV. It is also an excellent source of other vitamins and minerals including vitamin B6, phosphorus, pantothenic acid, iron, and zinc.
Chicken legs include the drumstick and thigh. When the two chicken pieces are left together, they're often called a leg quarter and sometimes a hindquarter, though some people use leg when referring to the drumstick alone.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


  • grill


  • Chicken drumsticks

    Olive oil


    Black pepper

    Garlic powder

    Smoked paprika

    Chili powder

    Onion powder


  • Gather all your ingredients and equipment to be used.
  • Oil the surface of your grill.
  • Drizzle some oil on the surface of the meat and in a small bowl, mix all your dry ingredients and sprinkle on the meat and allow it to marinate, possibly overnight in your refrigerator.
  • When ready to smoke, Preheat the grill
  • Smoke the chicken legs directly on the grill grates for approximately 1½ hours. The target temperature for these chicken legs is 175 degrees F. If saucing your legs: Brush your favourite BBQ sauce or any sauce of your choice when the legs reach 165 degrees.
  • If the BBQ sauce you’re using is too thick, add a splash of apple cider vinegar to thin it out.
  • The best way to tell is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Baked chicken should be cooked to a temperature of at least 165 degrees, but for legs I let them cook longer. Sometimes there are red spots in the meat near the bone and if you cook them a little longer those disappear. The meat will still be really juicy and tender!
  • Enjoy your meal.



Darker cuts like the thigh and drumstick contain higher caloric content than lighter cuts like the breast. Keeping the skin or frying chicken will also add saturated fat. If you're switching out red meat for chicken, you'll want to stick with chicken breast, as it's the healthiest cut of the bird. 
To get really crispy skin you need to thoroughly dry the chicken first. Use paper towels to pat them dry – removing the excess moisture from the skin will make it easier to get that perfectly crispy skin!
Then, just pop the drumsticks in a large resealable bag along with the olive oil. Seal the bag and toss to coat the chicken in the oil. Add all of the seasoning, seal the bag again and toss again to coat the legs evenly with the spices.


Serving: 100g
Keyword Chicken legs
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