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Juicy grilled chicken breasts seasoned with a homemade dry rub.
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Grilled Chicken with Dry Rub

The best grilled chicken is surprisingly low-maintenance; an easy homemade dry rub adds a touch of magic in no time, with just a few dried herbs and spices!


  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  • Preheat grill to medium high.
  • In a small bowl or jar, combine the cumin, garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, pepper, and chili powder. Add olive oil and stir well, then rub this mixture over all sides of the chicken.
  • Grill chicken for 4-6 minutes on each side, just until it hits 165 degrees F and is no longer pink in the middle. Serve and enjoy!


  • You can also make the dry rub in bulk and store in the pantry - just scale and mix cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and chili powder in desired amounts and store in a small airtight jar. When ready to use, combine 2 tablespoons seasoning mix with 2 tablespoons olive oil for every 2-3 chicken breasts. Stir, rub, and grill! 
  • The dry rub also works beautifully if you prefer to cook the chicken indoors. You can follow any method you like; my favorite is to sear the chicken for 2 minutes on each side in a cast-iron pan, then bake at 350 or 400 degrees F until it reaches 165. This usually takes another 15-20 minutes, though times will vary considerably depending on the thickness of each piece of meat.
  • For smoky flavor: swap in smoked paprika or add a drop of liquid smoke.
  • For a sweet-spicy blend: add 1 tablespoon brown sugar.
  • For an Italian twist: leave out the chipotle chili powder and cumin, and add 2 teaspoons each dried oregano and rosemary instead.
  • To increase the heat: add a pinch of cayenne. A little goes a long way!

Nutrition Estimate

Serving: 1chicken breast, Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 849mg, Potassium: 883mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 364IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 2mg
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