This chipotle mango chicken drumstick recipe is perfect for backyard barbecues, parties, and family dinner. It’s a cheap meal, with a hint of spice, that’s made quickly on the grill.

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Looking for a delicious recipe to grill this summer? These chipotle mango chicken drumsticks are perfect for everything from a backyard barbecue, to parties, and a quick family dinner.

Grilled chipotle mango chicken drumsticks


  • First Street chicken drumsticks
  • 2 large tropical mangos
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 key limes
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Peel and slice the mangos into cubes and pop into a food processor.  Add 4 chipotle peppers and 1 extra tablespoon of the adobo sauce, vegetable oil, crushed garlic, lime juice, salt, and pepper.  Blend until combined, but so it is still just a little chunky. 

Zest the peel of one of the limes using a zester.  Combine with blended ingredients using a spoon.

How to make a mango dipping sauce

Divide the chipotle mango sauce into 3 bowls.  Set aside 1/4 of a cup to make the dipping sauce, another 1/4 cup to baste the chicken while it's being grilled, the remainder will be used as the marinade.

Place the chicken in a baking dish and rub the chipotle mango sauce over the top.  Cover and refrigerate for at least a few hours.

Once ready, fire up the grill.

Grill the chicken, basting it with the chipotle mango sauce while it cooks.

Chipotle baste for chicken drumsticks
Once grilled, arrange the chicken on a platter with sliced key limes (and cilantro if you like).

Rinse out the food processor and add the 1/4 cup of chipotle mango sauce you had set aside, along with the sour cream.  Blend until smooth and creamy. 

The chipotle mango cream can be used in two ways; as a dipping sauce for the drumsticks, or to pour a little over the drumsticks and serve as a meal with sides.

Best chicken drumstick grilling recipe

Tip: Squeeze a little lime juice over the Chipotle Mango Chicken Drumsticks before adding the cream. 

We served the drumsticks with whole wheat couscous, salad, and fresh bread.

Delicious chicken drumstick family dinner

This recipe makes approximately 12 drumsticks.

All ingredients for this recipe were purchased at Smart & Final.  The First Street Chicken Drumsticks and mangos will be on sale next week at Smart & Final stores.

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Sara @ August 12, 2012 - 10:51 pm

Okay, this looks amazing! Pinned it as a recipe I definitely want to try!

thyme (sarah) August 13, 2012 - 11:25 am

That mango marinade looks so delicious! I have an entire packet of chicken thighs in the freezer. I think I’ll make this next weekend on the grill. Thank you.

teri@managedmacros August 13, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Inspiring!!! I just pinned!! fabulous!

MonicaJohnson August 14, 2012 - 11:53 am

That looks amazing, Tonya! I will have to try this, pronto!

Manny August 14, 2012 - 8:41 pm

Delicious as it looks, I won’t be able to make it. I don’t have a grill to make this recipe, can I make this on the stove?

Tonya Staab August 15, 2012 - 8:57 am

I don't see why you wouldn't be able to make it on the stove, I would probably pop it in the oven though, I find that chicken tastes much moister after it comes out of the oven than off the stove top.

Diana Craig August 15, 2012 - 7:23 am

Okay, I’m going to have to try this recipe!! Sounds and looks delicious!!!! Diana in Orcutt, CA

Tonya Staab August 15, 2012 - 6:53 pm

thank you 🙂

Lala August 15, 2012 - 4:28 pm

I love this recipe for so many reasons. It’s such a refreshing summer recipe that would be awesome for visitors. Looks delish!

Sheila D Barker August 18, 2012 - 1:55 pm

I am making this tonight! Warming up the grill with the chicken marinating. I took a taste of sauce. It tastes sooo good! So excited to try it. Thanks for a non-boring chicken recipe.

Comiendo en LA August 19, 2012 - 8:40 am

Looks fabulous!

RaeLynn January 4, 2013 - 3:15 pm

This looks so delicious!!!! I to do not own a grill. How would you recommend cooking this in the oven? Temperature, time and on what degree? Thanks!!!

Jen@Making Our Life Matter February 8, 2014 - 6:04 am

That looks so delicious! I really wish I had a grill to make them on. I am going to bookmark the recipe to use later!

Kevin April 4, 2017 - 10:18 am

I made this recipe.
Definitely marinate the chicken overnight.
It is good!


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