How to Use Chicken Rubs


Rubs contain assorted herbs and spices, ideal for applying to raw meats before you cook them. Use the flavors and seasonings you like best to impart dramatic taste to meats. When you find a blend you like, make enough so you can use it often. A spicy concoction will help you transform dull chicken into a memorable meal. Use chicken rubs liberally inside and outside the skin for a savory treat.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Container with lid
  • Shallow pan
  • Chicken
  • Mix the paprika, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper in the small bowl. Stir the ingredients gently with the spoon to mix them completely.

  • Pour the rub into the container and cover the container to keep the rub fresh. Store the rub for up to two months at room temperature.

  • Place the chicken you want to season into the shallow pan.

  • Apply the rub to the chicken. For skinless chicken, simply press the rub into the chicken. Cover the chicken with an even layer of rub and work it in well with your fingers. For skin-on chicken, separate the skin from the chicken as much as possible and apply the rub under the skin. Tuck the skin back over the rub.

  • Cover the chicken and place it back into the refrigerator. Allow the chicken to sit with the rub for one to two hours.

  • Grill, bake, broil or pan-fry the chicken according to your recipe.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use your imagination and personal preferences to create spice rubs. Additional herbs and spices to use include onion powder, celery salt, cayenne pepper, dried sage, dried oregano, dried basil, dried tarragon, lemon pepper, dried mustard and sugar. Experiment with a new rub by making a small amount. If you like it, then make a larger amount and store it.

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