Sunday, May 5, 2013

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken

Chicken is one of those things that is so easy to adapt to your mood of the day. Whether you want some elaborate dinner or something that cooks up in just a few easy, quick steps, you're almost always sure to find what you're looking for.

Since the weather is finally warming up, my mood turned to grilling a few days ago. I didn't feel like having anything heavy, so I went with a spice rub. Not only was it really easy and quick to put together, but I can honestly say this is one of the best grilled chicken dishes I've ever had. Seriously. All the flavors melded wonderfully together and they were all balanced very well. There was a tint of sweetness with a little saltiness and a whole lot of flavor!

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken

 4 lbs bone-in, skin on chicken pieces (I used a combination of breasts and thighs)
 3 TB canola oil

Rub Mix:
 1 1/2 tsp salt
 1 tsp smoked paprika
 1/2 tsp ground cumin
 3 TB brown sugar
 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
 1 tsp onion powder
 3/4 tsp pepper
 1 tsp dried oregano
 1 tsp dried thyme
 1/8 tsp savory
 1/8 tsp pinch sage
 1/8 tsp pinch rosemary
 1/8 tsp marjoram
 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
 1 tsp chili powder
 1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1. Mix rub ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry. Coat with oil then rub with all but 2 TB of the rub mixture. 
3. Let the chicken sit while you preheat your grill.
4. Cook the chicken, on oiled grates, over medium-low heat until cooked through. (Sprinkle with remaining rub during the first 10 minutes of cooking. Turn the chicken frequently to prevent the skin from burning.)


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