Chicken Rub

Chicken Rub

This go-to chicken rub is perfect for smoked chicken wings, chicken breast, or whole chicken. Adding this chicken rub to your meat before cooking will ensure a rich and delicious flavor your guests won’t stop talking about.

Chicken Rub Recipe

However you like to eat your chicken, we can guarantee that this rich chicken rub will elevate the natural flavors for an incredible meal. We recommend smoking your chicken for an added smokey flavor that perfectly compliments this rub.

For a chicken rub recipe that rivals your local BBQ joint, read on:

  1. Measure out the right amount of each ingredient.
  2. Combine all ingredients together & mix thoroughly.
  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for future use.

How To Make Chicken Rub

Chicken is typically paired with a marinade to allow the juices to soak into the meat, adding flavor. However, sometimes a crunchy coating of a dry rub is the right way to go when it comes to cooking chicken. If you’re after a dry rub perfect for any cut of chicken, look no further.

Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Wood Flavour: N/A
  • Cooking Temperature: N/A
  • Servings: 2lb of meat

Required Tools

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Funnel (optional – if storing)
  • Airtight Container (optional – if storing)
  • Anti-Moisture Silica Packet (optional – if storing)


  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1¼ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Making Beef Dry Rub

  1. Measure out the right amount of each ingredient.
  2. Combine all ingredients together & mix thoroughly.
  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for future use.
Chicken Rub
Chicken Rub

Making Chicken Rub

1 – Measure Ingredients

Using measuring spoons or weighing scales, measure out the correct amount of each ingredient.

This batch provides the right amount for approximately 2lbs of meat. If you want to store your rub for later use, scale your measurement sizes appropriately.

2 – Combine & Mix

Combine all of your ingredients together in a mixing bowl & mix thoroughly until fully combined. During this process, you want to combine so thoroughly that you can’t tell which seasonings have been used (no groupings of any particular seasoning).

3 – Use Or Store

Use the chicken rub immediately by patting your meat carefully yet generously. Remember that rub adds incredible flavor to your meat, so be as liberal as you like with the seasoning.

We recommend using this rub on Smoked Chicken Quarters, Thighs, Wings, Breast, or Whole Chicken.

Alternatively, if you want to keep all or part of your rub for later use, use a funnel to pour your seasoning into an airtight container. If you have a silica anti-moisture pack, place this inside the container to keep the rub fresher for longer. Store your container in a cool, dry place, and your rub can last for months.

Chicken Rub FAQs

How Long Should Dry Rub Sit On Chicken?

We recommend letting a rub sit on your chicken for a minimum of 30 minutes, though the longer, the better if you have the time. The rub needs time to allow the seasonings to penetrate the meat to create incredible flavors.

When Should You Apply Rub To Chicken?

We recommend applying the chicken rub to your meat at least 30 minutes before you’re going to begin cooking. Be generous with your rub, then cover the meat and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook it.

Is Dry Rub Better Than Marinade?

It depends on the flavor and texture you’re trying to create. Typically, the marinade is used for chicken, though this dry rub recipe adds incredible flavor and coats the meat in a layer that will form a crust when cooked.

How Do You Apply Chicken Rub?

Thoroughly coat your chicken under the thickest skin, where possible, with a dry rub. You want the rub to coat the meat itself, to create a crunchy outer layer bursting with flavor.

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