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Sweet Chili Chicken Leg Quarters

These Chicken Hindquarters are coated with liberal amounts of Korean BBQ Rub, grilled on our pellet grill, and then coated with my Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce. If you want a break from your typical grilled chicken, then these Sweet Chili Chicken Leg Quarters are the answer to your dinner quandary.

Sweet Chili Chicken Leg Quarters

Sweet Chili Chicken Leg Quarters

Dive right into this Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters with Sweet Chili Sauce recipe – a surefire hit for any BBQ or dinner. It’s a hearty, flavor-packed dish that marries the smoky taste of grilled chicken leg quarters with a tangy and sweet homemade chili sauce.

Today you’ll learn how to grill chicken leg quarters to perfection. These juicy cuts stay moist and flavorful even under high grilling temperatures.

This grilled chicken with sweet chili sauce recipe is high in protein, pairs well with various healthy side dishes, and is undeniably delicious. From salads and grilled veggies to light couscous, this dish fits in seamlessly.

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Sweet Chili Chicken Hindquarters

Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters Ingredients

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Sweet Chili Chicken Hindquarters

What are Chicken Leg Quarters?

Chicken leg quarters are the thigh and drumstick meat. Basically, the whole section of the leg.

Leg quarters are also pretty inexpensive too. You can separate them into thighs and legs if you want, but I prefer to leave them together and grill them as a whole piece. They are easier to separate after they are cooked, anyway.

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Sweet Chili Chicken Hindquarters

How long does it take to grill chicken leg quarters?

Typically it takes around 40-55 minutes, depending on the size of your hindquarters. I always rely on a good meat thermometer rather than time, to ensure the proper internal temperature of 165-170°.

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Sweet Chili Chicken Hindquarters

How to grill chicken leg quarters on a Traeger

First, preheat your grill to around 350-400°.

Next, season your chicken and close the lid. Cook for about 20 minutes per side, and don’t forget to keep an eye on the internal temperature to see if they are done. You can’t judge them by taste or feel, and even looks can be deceiving when it comes to bone-in chicken.

To check the internal temperature, insert your meat or instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh but not touching the bone. It should be at 165° for both white and dark meat.

The key to cooking chicken on the grill without burning it is to check it frequently. If it’s browning too fast, move to a cooler part of the grill. There are always “hot spots” on every grill, so get to know yours and adjust accordingly.



This is the best instant-read thermometer on the market, and I’ve tried a lot of them. Accurate and fast results, which is paramount when pellet grilling.

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Sweet Chili Chicken Hindquarters

When do I put the sauce on the chicken?

I always slather on the sauce at the end when there are about 5 minutes left to cook, or it will begin to burn. Especially sweet chili sauce, which has quite a bit of sugar in it. Wait until the end of cooking, or drizzle on immediately after removing from the grill. You can also serve some sauce on the side.

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Sweet Chili Chicken Hindquarters

What should I serve with this grilled chicken?

Check out my list of Traeger Side Dishes right here!  You will find anything from Grilled Brussel Sprouts to Traeger Smoked Mac N Cheese and even Traeger Grilled Dinner Rolls! You’re sure to find all of the ideas you need that will pair perfectly with these Sweet Chili Leg Quarters.

For dessert, I even have a delicious Traeger Grilled Apple Crisp to recommend that would be the perfect end to any meal.

Try our Greek Chicken Marinade sometime too!

Sweet Chili Chicken Hindquarters

What if I don’t have a Traeger, or my grill is buried in snow?

If you don’t have a grill, or can’t find yours currently because it is buried in mountains of snow (I hope it isn’t!), these recipes can easily be adapted to be cooked indoors in your oven.

Sweet Chili Chicken Hindquarters

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Yield: 8 servings

Sweet Chili Chicken Leg Quarters

Sweet Chili Chicken Leg Quarters

These delicious grilled chicken leg quarters are coated in copious amounts of seasoning rub, and then grilled on my wood-pellet grill. Then they get a slathering of sweet chili sauce, and it is ON.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 8 chicken leg quarters
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • LOTS of seasoning rub
  • Sweet Chili Sauce


  1. Preheat your grill to 350-400°.
  2. Brush the chicken with oil and then season with LOTS of seasoning rub. Pick your favorite! I like Spiceology's Korean BBQ or any Togarashi, as well as the Kendrick BBQ rub, personally.
  3. Place skin-side up on the grill, and grill for 15-20 minutes. Flip and grill an additional 10-20 minutes. When the chicken gets to about 150°, crank up the grill to high and finish off the grilling until the internal temperature is 165°. Slather on the sauce during the last 5 minutes for best results.
  4. Pull off the grill and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 328mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 62g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


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