Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Grilled curry chicken legs Recipe from Penzeys Spices. The Cilantro does have to be fresh for this recipe to make the paste. Buy the big package of legs; they’ll be gone in a minute. If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, these legs are great cold, too. The amount of CURRY POWDER called for will end up spicy-tasting, but not overly hot, which is a good middle of the road when feeding a crowd.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the chicken legs and remove the skin. The easiest way to do this is to peel the skin down and over the end of the bone. Use a sharp knife to cut the skin, leaving a little piece clinging to the end, which will be nice and crispy when grilled, and will help satisfy the skin lovers. The meat should be pretty much skinless for this recipe, or the tenderizing marinade won’t be able to do its job.
  2. Place the legs in a single layer in a baking dish.
  3. To prepare the marinade, place the yogurt, Cilantro (ripped up a bit), chopped onion, SWEET and HOT CURRY POWDER, GARAM MASALA and GARLIC in a blender or food processor, blend until smooth.
  4. Pour evenly over the legs, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour; two is better, overnight is wonderful.
  5. To grill the chicken, light a medium amount of coals. When ashy (15 minutes or so) divide the coals in half and line both sides of the grill along the edges with the coals, leaving the middle coal-free.
  6. Before putting the grill top over the coals, spray the grill top well with nonstick cooking spray, or rub with vegetable oil, as the chicken legs have been known to be a bit on the sticky side, which is why it is best to turn them carefully with a spatula.
  7. Remove the legs from the marinade pan, sprinkle both sides with salt, and carefully place in a row down the center of the grill. Alternating the legs, meat side, bone side, etc. (just like they were in the package), will allow you to get more on the grill.
  8. Cover the grill, cook 15 minutes. Carefully turn the legs by sliding a spatula under them, and cook 15 minutes more.
  9. Some of the legs may lose the coating on the first side no matter how careful you are, but if you turn them and replace them right on top of the bits that stuck to the grill, the second side will be fine, and that can be the “presentation” side.
  10. After 30 minutes total cooking time, remove the legs to a platter.
  11. Serve with Saffron Rice, or a summery pasta or potato salad.
Most Helpful

I made this on the grill, and it was really good. I took the skins off..(the easy way...just pulled the skin off with paper towels!). I found that I needed to leave a little space between the legs to get the proper browning. So I had two rows of legs...fine, since my grill could accomodate it! This recipe is not spicy! I made it as posted, and no one found it spicy or "hot"! If you want a spicier drumstick, add some red curry paste. I can't wait to use the leftovers in a salad...the chicken should be great in my salad! I also can't wait to try this with some added "fire" curry paste! Thanks for posting this easy and delicious recipe! Made for PRMR tag!

breezermom January 24, 2009

This is a whopper of a recipe. I could give this 19 stars if I could. Very, very easy to follow directions, easy prep, the use of cilantro and yogurt, coupled with the curries are just dynamic here. I made a couple of drumsticks, and a couple of thighs, de/skinned them, and went ahead and marinated them for about 2 hours. Not being able to stand it anymore (very aromatic and quite a appetizing and mouth watering aroma!) I put them in a stainless steel saute' pan to brown them. It was very cold here, and I couldn't fashion going out to the grill. Browned to perfection, turning after 3 minutes each side then ran the whole pan with the chicken and their juices into the oven for the rest of the cooking time, (about 30) minutes. I did baste them once, as I just wanted all the juice to surround the chicken. Served a top of jasmine rice and added some carrots in the pan (in the oven for the last ten minutes of cooking to roast). Can't go wrong with this one! Thanks, Jess! Made for Everyday is a Holiday. Fall 2008

Andi of Longmeadow Farm December 04, 2008

Delicious!!! I have used both legs and legs attached to thighs before and they all came out very well. I use Balkan (thick - not low fat) yogurt, Julie's Curry Powder Mix (modified, for the sweet), Iraqi Curry Powder (for the hot), Garam Masala - Aromatic Kashmiri Spice Blend for Spicy Cooking!,, fresh garlic, sea salt, plus the rest of the ingredients. Served with Green Cilantro Rice without the jalapeno, and Cucumber-Tomato Raita for a delicious meal. I would absolutely make this again if I have chicken legs or thighs and maybe with the same dishes as it went very well.

UmmBinat February 08, 2012