Spicy Chicken Rub for Grilled Chicken

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Fire up the grill and enjoy an easy chicken dinner with this Spicy Chicken Rub. Making your own seasoning blend helps you avoid additives and will save you money!

Spicy Chicken Rub | Life as Mom

I like to be organized at meal times, but despite all my freezer cooking and meal planning, we still have nights when I’m staring into the fridge wondering what to make. That’s usually when the grill comes into play. If I can get a hold on something to throw on the barbie, dinner can come together pretty quickly.

Over the last few years, my grilling preparation has become more streamlined and simplified. Instead of taking time to make a lot of marinades, I’ve been relying on homemade spice blends to add flavor to chicken, fish, pork, and beef.

It takes just minutes to mix up a spice blend, and I’ve found that it’s a very economical way to add great flavor to all our grilling cuts. That’s not to say I’ve abandoned the marinades. I still have my favorites.

But, when I’m in a pinch, the spice rub comes to my rescue. This Spicy Chicken Rub has been a long-time favorite of ours. There’s a little bit of heat from the cayenne, but not enough to be overpowering.

Spicy Chicken Rub | Life as Mom

You can mix up one batch at a time or make several batches at one time. This chicken rub is actually hearty enough to stand up to beef and pork, but doesn’t overpower chicken, either. It’s a wonder spice; what can I say?

Make enough grilled chicken so that you can add it to salads and quinoa bowls throughout the week or freeze it for a later date. You’ll be so glad you did!

What’s YOUR favorite way to serve chicken?

Originally published May 4, 2011. Updated August 20, 2016.

Spicy Chicken Rub | Life as Mom

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  1. This sounds like a great rub recipe!

  2. Ohhh, this sounds delish. I love grilling out.

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. I just finished blogging a whole week of chicken recipes after reading this post: http://parentingthetiniestofmiracles.blogspot.com/2011/01/prepping-five-meals-from-five-chicken.html . I never knew how to break down chicken like this. The savings are amazing.

    I’m excited to try your rub. It looks like you use it on boneless skinless breasts. Have you tried it on chicken with skin?

  4. That looks like a delicious rub! My husband is kind of “in” to meat rubs lately. I was just going to start researching how to make our own and then I saw this post. Thanks! 🙂

  5. That’s my kind of chicken. I will have to try that because everything I’ve made that has been a recipe from you has turned out great.

  6. I shared my newfound penny pinching aid in the kitchen….Homemade Taco Seasoning. Enjoy!

  7. We grill a lot too. It is so much easier and my husband, who isn’t much of a cook, doesn’t mind it when he is the grillmaster.

    Thanks for the link up.

  8. I have a whole slew of chicken recipes:-)

  9. Your chicken looks so wonderful. I will have to try your rub soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    ~ Marion

  10. Cold roast chicken, a lovely salad plate, and plenty of pickles.

  11. Yummy! I love spice rubs and will definitely have go give this one a try. Thanks! Mindy

  12. The recipe I shared is a double batch– serve one, freeze one for later. Love all the ideas here!
    Mary, mom to many

  13. Looks so good, I love grilled chicken

  14. I have so many chicken recipes I love but I decided to link up to my whole wheat chicken parm. It is a family favorite and the perfect comfort food.

    Also your rub looks fantastic. I am having a barbeque for my staff in a few weeks and starting to compile recipes and I may just add this one. You made a shortbread with whipped cream and fruit a week or so ago that I am going to try and make for the dessert. When I do I will be sure to share pictures. I just love your blog.

  15. Can’t wait to start grilling chicken… if the rain/snow stops around here! 🙂

  16. Thanks for hosting! I love grilling…and the sun is shining today!

  17. I love spice rubs. Can’t wait for warmer weather!!!

  18. Always looking for some great new chicken recipes!! Can’t wait to try some of these out!

  19. Garlic and Oregano, and if playful lemon or lime first, or if feeling asian, soy sauce. That’s for pieces with skin on: douse, sprinkle, bake on a foil lined sheet for an hour at 375 or 400 (if big pieces).

  20. This sounds exactly like the kind of spice mix my husband has been looking for. We use Jamie’s Spice Mix frequently when we grill, but he likes a lot of variety and spice – so we will give this a try! Thank you.

  21. My family loves chicken and this looks delicious! I will definitely try this. Thanks!

  22. Eliah says

    I made this and it is delicious! Thanks for your creative ideas 🙂
    Slight edit: I left out the ginger since we don’t like ginger in the house.



  23. lindy ndou says

    Omg this rub is so good I tried it on chicken and chicken livers this morning it was amaze balls I’m on the whole 30 and gosh what a whole 30 saviour thank you so much I really like your recipes

  24. lindy ndou says

    Oh didn’t have dill and used cumin instead.

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