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Chicken Rub Recipe

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Keep this perfect Chicken Rub Recipe on hand to prepare chicken with a delicious kick of flavor. So easy to mix up and keep in a jar, this recipe will be your go-to dry rub for chicken and pork.

Chicken Spice Rub next to grilled chicken breasts.

Chicken Rub

This chicken seasoning is the best when you don’t have a lot of time or energy to cook dinner. Just rub the spice mixture generously on chicken legs, thighs, quarters, or breasts, then set aside to rest while you heat the grill. Grill up the chicken and add any simples side dishes you like. Dinner is served! This recipe is also wonderful on pork.

Check out these other delicious ways to prepare chicken: Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner | Crispy Chicken Tenders | Easy Cranberry Chicken | Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken | BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make Chicken Spice Rub (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

Brown sugar – the brown sugar adds a mild sweetness to the rub. Use light or dark brown sugar.
Paprika – the paprika makes the seasoning a bright red that looks almost like BBQ sauce after the chicken is cooked.
Kosher salt – use regular kosher salt or coarse salt.
Ground black pepper – the pepper is best if you can grind it fresh.
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Cayenne pepper – this is optional, but adds a nice heat.

ingredients to make Chicken Spice Rub.

How to Season Chicken

Add all of the spice rub ingredients to a medium mixing bowl.

spices in a bowl.

Simply stir it all together until well combined, and you’re ready to use the chicken spice rub!

mixing together ingredients to make Chicken Spice Rub.

Variations for Chicken Seasoning

More Heat – if you love a very spicy dry rub, add more cayenne pepper to taste.

Less Heat – prefer a mild version? Leave out the cayenne.

Smoky Flavor – if you’re a fan of a smoky flavored spice rub, try using smoked paprika instead of regular.

freshly made Chicken Spice Rub.

How to Store the Chicken Rub

Store the dry rub in an airtight food storage container or a jar with a lid at room temperature for up to 6 months.

How to Use Dry Rub for Chicken

  • Generously season chicken or pork.
  • Set the meat aside to rest for 30 minutes before cooking the meat.
  • Grill or roast the meat until done.

spice rub in a blue bowl.

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Chicken Rub

Published By Jill
Keep this perfect Chicken Spice Rub on hand to prepare chicken with a delicious kick of flavor. So easy to mix up and keep in a jar, this spice rub recipe will be your go-to for chicken and pork.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 20

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well combined. Store the dry rub in an airtight food storage container at room temperature for up to 6 months.

To use the rub:

  • Season chicken or pork with dry rub and set aside for 30 minutes before cooking the meat.
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Chicken Spice Rub on Pinterest.

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I am a mom of 3 awesome boys that love to get crafty with me in the kitchen. Our blog is full of all sorts creative food ideas for the Holidays, Party Ideas, Free Printables, Featured DIY Ideas, Recipes, & Kids Craft Ideas! Read more...

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