Pineapple-Jalapeno Grilled Drumsticks

Grilled drumsticks brushed with a sweet and tangy glaze with a kick of heat from jalapeno and sriracha. Add some grilled pineapple on the side and pile it all on rice for an easy summer dinner. 

overhead shot of grilled drumsticks with grilled pineapple.

These grilled chicken drumsticks are a great way to switch up regular BBQ chicken. They are coated in a sweet, sticky pineapple glaze flavored with jalapeno, sriracha, and brown sugar. 

overhead shot of the chicken and pineapple with rice.

Pop them on a hot grill with some fresh pineapple skewers on the side, and you’ll have a plate of summery sunshine for dinner. Once you try this pineapple-jalapeno glaze, you might not go back to BBQ sauce. It’s sweet, tangy, and a little spicy.

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How to Make Them

There’s no waiting time for this recipe – you don’t need to marinate the chicken legs; just season them with salt and pepper before you start layering on the sauce. This recipe is great for grilling, but I’ve also tested it in the oven, and it works great.

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Pineapple-Jalapeno Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

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Grilled drumsticks brushed with a sweet and tangy glaze with a kick of heat from jalapeno and sriracha. Add some grilled pineapple on the side and pile it all on rice for an easy summer dinner.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 large jalapeno, diced with seed and ribs removed
  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 16 ounces fresh pineapple chunks

You will need skewers for the pineapple. If you use wooden skewers, soak them for 20 to 30 minutes before so they don’t burn.


  1. Preheat grill to 400°F.
  2. Whisk the pineapple juice, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha, ginger, and jalapeno in a small saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat and cook until it’s thickened and reduced by half, about 10 minutes. 
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place them on the grill and lightly brush each with the reduced sauce. Every 8-10 minutes, turn the chicken on the grill and brush it with more sauce. Repeat for 35-40 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  4. Thread the pineapple chunks onto skewers, and in the last 10 minutes of the cooking time, place them on the grill with the chicken. Once the chicken is done, take it all off the grill and serve them as is or over rice.


You can also cook this dish in the oven. Preheat it to 400°F and line a large baking sheet with foil. Coat it with cooking spray. Brush the chicken with the sauce and bake it for 45 minutes. Brush it with more glaze every 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. Add the pineapple in the last ten minutes – I toss it on the sheet pan, no need to skewer the chunks first.

Use a meat thermometer to know for sure when the drumsticks are done. Stick it the thickest part of the drumstick (away from the bone) – once it reads 165°F, they’re done.

This glaze will work with other cuts of chicken – try grilled chicken thighs, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, or chicken wings. Depending on what you use, the cooking time will vary.


  • Calories: 485
  • Sugar: 42.7g
  • Sodium: 706.4mg
  • Fat: 9.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.5g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 52.3g
  • Cholesterol: 231.4mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

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Side Dish Ideas

You can have the chicken and grilled pineapple all by themselves, but I like to add some cooked rice – plain works great because the juices and glaze will mix in, giving it a lot of flavor. Or, you could try it with cilantro-lime rice for an extra boost of flavor.

They also go great with a side salad like black bean corn salad or corn salsa.

a piece of chicken being brushed with the glaze.

Add this chicken legs recipe to your summer grilling list! It’s easy, delicious, and perfect for a warm summer night.

Happy grilling!


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Post updated from the archives. First published in May 2021.

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