14 Spice Rub for Chicken

By Ann Fulton

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If you typically look away (as I do!) when you see a recipe with a long list of ingredients, stay with me on this one.  Taking a few minutes to mix this list of spices will reward you with the most incredibly flavored grilled chicken.  The best part?  Once you have your jarful of spices, all you need to do is sprinkle on the chicken and grill.  No marinating time needed and almost no effort!

To make the meal extra special, I like to add my “everything sauce”–so named because I seem to use it on, well, everything.  Click here for the full recipe for the sauce and grilling instructions for the chicken.  I always mix a double batch so I have plenty to last for quite a few meals.

14 Spice Rub for Chicken
Taking a few minutes to mix these spices will reward you with delicious dinners that are easy enough for busy weeknights yet special enough for company.
  • 2 ½ tablespoons ancho chili powder (or regular chile powder)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • ½ tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
  2. When ready to use, sprinkle on chicken–about 1 teaspoon per breast half–prior to grilling.
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Spice Rubbed Chicken with Everything Sauce. Link to the recipe may be found above.

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  1. Nath

    This mix was superb. I had some leg quarters that I was going to smoke but I didn’t want to put them on naked. I used your recipe (also minus the fennel. Didn’t have any either) and dusted them with a nice coating. I saved the drum sticks and shredded the rest. The shredded meat was easy to throw into other recipes for extra flavor i.e. chicken salad, chicken tikka, any soup.
    I added a couple extra steps.
    – toasted the spices first
    – muddled it all together in a mortar and pestle.

    1. Ann Post author

      You’re making me hungry, Nath! This is an old favorite around here and I’m due to make it. I’m delighted you enjoyed and appreciate your thoughtful comment.

  2. Cherie

    This rub was absolutely delicious!!! Its a keeper in my house!! I omitted the fennel seed since I didnt have any and it was still wonderful. A must try. Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. Ann

      I am so happy you liked this, Cherie. Thank you for letting me know and for the mention about the fennel seed…..great feedback!

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  4. Terra

    I just pinned your recipe, hubby would love to try your rub for sure! We are always looking for new flavor combinations, and which seasonings work together well:-) This sounds really delicious! Hugs, Terra