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Grilled chicken slices.

Grilled Chicken Rub Recipe

The best BBQ chicken starts long before the grill is hot; this Grilled Chicken Rub is magical on everything it touches. Dried herbs, spices, and a touch of brown sugar is all you need to become a grilled chicken champion.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 4 chickens
Calories 467kcal


For the Rub:

  • 4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, see instructions


  • In a small bowl combine garlic powder, oregano, paprika, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 5 teaspoons salt and ablout 1 tablespoon pepper). Store in a clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid until ready to use.
  • Rub the mix generously all over the chicken, pork, or turkey and let sit at room temperature for up to 1 hour.


For spicy grilled chicken rub, add 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne to start, then taste. Add more if desired. 
Nutrition information is for the amount of rub used on a whole chicken.


Calories: 467kcal