Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Recipe: Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken

Pow!  This spicey chicken will knock your socks off!  I'm not one for hot food or food that's too spicey but this spice rub has  a sweet kick without overpowering everything.  We love barbequed chicken at our house but the sauce is often full of sugars, so I decided to use spice to add interest instead.  I "grilled" these in the oven and they came out crispy all over.

from Everyday Food Magazine (July/Aug 2006)

1/3 cup coarse salt
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
2 Tablespoons ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons dried oregano
2 Tablespoons dried thyme leaves
1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, using your hands to break up the sugar. Store in an airtight container, away from heat and light, up to 6 months.

from my kitchen :)

8 chicken drumsticks
All-Purpose Spice Rub

In a shallow baking dish cover the chicken with spice-rub, make sure you get some under the skin as well.  Let sit in fridge for 30 minutes or more for the chicken to "absorb" the flavours (you can also skip this step if you need to).  Preheat oven to 425.  Prepare a foil-lined cookie sheet and spray it with cooking spray.  Place chicken pieces on prepared cookie sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes.  Take chicken out, turn over to crisp the other side and bake for another 20 minutes.  Serve with some dipping sauce like ranch or sour cream to help balance the spice.

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from "My Big Book of the Seasons"
by Bertha Moris Parker
Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
1966, Western Publishing Co.
This book is from our local library.


  1. Sarah this is such a nice recipe! Pretty simple and looks delicious! My husband can't handle real spicy foods either, but likes it with a little kick.

  2. hi Sarah
    that chicken looks so very very very tasty!! did I mention I love chicken!

  3. Hi Sarah - I have so enjoyed your site. It is one of my new favorites. I am a TEXAS girl and we love spice - I look forward to trying this!

  4. Sarah, your chicken and rub look and sound delicious. You asked about sprouts, but did not say what kind. I have a wonderful recipe for a bean sprout salad on my blog. Ina Garten has a wonderful recipe for Brussels sprouts cooked with bacon that you can find with a 'google' search. I hope the day is treating you kindly. Blessings...Mary

  5. This looks fabulous! I've been meaning to have some grilled chicken (we're getting tired of grilling burgers at my house). I'll have to try this!

  6. Re: Banana Bundt Cake:
    Hi Sarah: I have no experience baking wit Stevia but I am sure that it won't be any problem to reduce the sugar by 1/2-3/4 of a cup. I do it all the time.
    I live at 6500 feet, so taking out sugar is often recommended/ necessary to insure a better baking result. I hope that it will also work out for you.
    Don't get to hot at the farm! How is the lonely goat doing? Hope he started eating again.
    Wishing you a great day.

  7. I love spice rubs and spicy food. This looks so easy to put together. yum


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