Grilled Beer Chicken Legs with Caramelized Yakitori Glaze

Grilled Beer Chicken Legs with Caramelized Yakitori Glaze

I served this with homemade biscuits, is that weird? Yes, the answer is yes. I suppose that you should serve it with something vegetal, or salad-adjacent, but I needed a big ‘ole plate o’carbs. Because biscuits are just better with dinner than with breakfast, there I said it and I’m not taking it back. 

Oh, you want to know what biscuit recipe I used? Of course you do, but I’m not telling. Not yet, because they were amazing and I’m bringing them to a face near you later in the week. Stay tuned, the recipe will be up in a matter of days.

Normal people will go ahead and serve this beer chicken with something more conventional, like grilled corn, and this would be a good idea. But I can be a go-against-the-grain (pun intended, corn is a grain, GET IT?!)  type of person for better or for worse. 

But maybe you’re both and you will serve this with corn AND biscuits and then you will win. I’ll pour you a beer and give you a crown, it’ll be fun. 

Grilled Beer Chicken Legs with Caramelized Yakitori Glaze

The Beeroness
5 from 4 votes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 lbs chicken legs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (114g) dark soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup (76g) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup (228g) IPA beer or pale ale
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoon (38g) brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves grated with a Microplane
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) fresh ginger, grated with a Microplane
  • Chopped chives or green onions


  • Sprinkle the chicken legs on all sides with salt, add to a large bowl or Ziploc bag. Stir together the soy sauce, vinegar, beer, cornstarch, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger until well combined.
  • Pour over the chicken. Cover (or seal) and refrigerate for 3 to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place the chicken on the prepared sheet pan.
  • Pour the marinade into a pot, boil until thickened, about 9 minutes.
  • Add the chicken to the grill. Once the chicken is on the grill, remove and discard the aluminum foil leaving the sheet pan to be a clean place to put your chicken once it’s cooked. Do not put cooked chicken back on a plate or pan that once held raw chicken or you will risk bacteria contamination.
  • Brush the chicken with glaze every time you turn the chicken. Allow the chicken to cook until the juices run clear and chicken is cooked through. If the chicken starts to burn before cooked through, lower grill temp or move chicken to the upper rack of the grill.
  • Sprinkle with chopped chives or green onions.

6 thoughts on “Grilled Beer Chicken Legs with Caramelized Yakitori Glaze

  1. 5 stars
    yum yum, love your glaze, wow, but will have to come up with my own beer to pair it with, I don’t play well with IPAs (they taste like I’m sucking on a penny to me) but I know most people like them, maybe a Longboard Lager… Anyway, more importantly, thank you for the recipe!

    1. You can totally play around with the beer in this recipe! If you don’t like IPA’s try a brown ale.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been making a version of this for years. Caramelization is the bomb. I grilled some drumsticks yesterday and some of my guests were complaining that I was burning the chicken. This was before Thanks!they tasted it and I explained that I was intentionally going for caramelization. After that, they were quite happy and wanted to know my recipe. Burnt? No way. Just good chicken!

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