Garlic Lime Taco Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Sharing one of my favorite chicken drumstick recipes today! These Garlic Lime Taco Grilled Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect summer dinner recipe. Simple and full of great flavor!

Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken Drumsticks

These chicken drumsticks could not be more simple to prepare and have a zesty taco glaze like coating. With just a few ingredients, you are on your way to an awesome grilled dinner!

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Chicken Drumstick Marinade

Chicken Drumsticks

Place your drumsticks into a large zip top bag. Pour in your lime juice and minced garlic. Add 1 packet of taco seasoning. Close bag and massage all seasoning over the chicken.


Chicken Drumsticks

They’ll look something like this.

How To Grill Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken Drumsticks

Place your drumsticks onto a hot grill. Indoor or outdoor grill is just fine.

How Long Do I Grill Chicken Drumsticks?

  1. Chicken drumsticks, like all chicken, should generally be grilled over medium heat on the grill. That would be a surface temperature of about 450 degrees and will take 30 to 35 minutes.
  2. They will need to be flipped every 5 minutes or so to prevent burnt skin and to a final internal temperature of 180-185 which is best for drumsticks.
  3. You can use a lower surface temperature, but it will add time and tend to dry more. Again, cook to the correct final internal temperature. You can not get acceptable results with a grill temperature of 500 plus. Remember that the size and thickness of the drumstick is a big variable.

Chicken Drumsticks

Grill each side about 4-5 minutes.

Chicken Drumsticks

You’ll get those nice grill marks 🙂

Chicken Drumsticks

Remove from grill and serve them warm.

Chicken Drumsticks

How To Serve

Serve chicken drumsticks with traditional barbecue side dishes such as salad, roasted vegetables, fruit, vegetables, potato salad, macaroni salad and other favorite barbecue favorites.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 2 days.  It’s best to shred the chicken and save the meat without the bone.

Garlic LIme Taco Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Garlic Lime Taco Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

These Garlic Lime Taco Grilled Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect summer dinner recipe!
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1 pound Chicken drumsticks 4-5 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat indoor or outdoor grill to medium high heat.
  • Place chicken, lime juice, garlic, taco seasoning and olive oil into a large zip top bag. Close bag and massage chicken to combine all ingredients.
  • Place chicken drumsticks onto hot grill and cook 4-5 minutes each side, until chicken is cooked through. Remove from heat and serve warm.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Keywords: bbq chicken drumsticks, chicken dinner ideas, chicken drumstick recipes

This post was in partnership with Old El Paso in 2015, however thoughts are my own.

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29 Responses
  1. Saucony Cohesion

    I venerate’ this formula.I utilize their taco flavoring blend with prepared wit tasty..!

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    I couldn’t resist commenting. Well written!|

  3. Marlene

    I made this recipe last night, using 2 bone-in thighs and three drumsticks and homemade taco seasoning. Such an easy and yummy recipe! This marinade would be great on all types of chicken; I’m going to make a roast chicken with it. Although the recipe doesn’t call for marinating, I did let my chicken maarinate for a bit and would do so again if I have time. Definitely a keeper! I had some of the leftovers cut up into a salad for lunch–terrific flavor!

  4. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

    My son loves anything taco so I know he’s love this – so easy too!

  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    The flavor on this chicken is seriously unreal! I love how simple this is too!

  6. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

    I’m loving this recipe. Grilled chicken drumsticks is a great way to celebrate summer!

  7. Megin

    These look so yummy and would be perfect for the Summer Series I’m doing in June “30 Days of Summer”. I’d love for you to consider joining us for the series! You could submit this post or even write a new one. The rules are simple:
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    It’s that simple! Please let me know if you’d like to join us and I’ll let you know what dates I have open.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  8. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    I adore this recipe! I use their taco seasoning mix with baked weet potatoes….so delicious!!

  9. Gaby

    These drumsticks look beyond fantastic! You know it’s going to taste amazing when you see grill marks like that! 🙂

  10. The Busy Brunette

    MMM…MMM…MMM…do those look good! I would have never thought to come up with a recipe like this, but I will surely try it. It’s 5:38am and I am ready to eat them now!
    Thanks for the recipe inspiration.
    “The Busy Brunette”

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