Homemade Dry Rub for Chicken

Finally a dry rub for chicken with no additives that actually packs a flavor punch! Make a batch of this dry rub with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry and be ready anytime the dry rubbed chicken mood strikes.

Use this dry rub for chicken on the best grilled chicken legs and pair with our olive oil parmesan grilled corn, foil pack grilled red potatoes and grilled peach crumble and you’re off to the perfect summer meal. Enjoy!

dry rub for chicken in a mason jar

The Ultimate Dry Rub for Chicken

We don’t say this lightly, but this dry rub for chicken is THE ultimate dry rub. It’s great on chicken legs, thighs, wings, breasts and more. We’re already planning to try it on slow roasted pork ribs this weekend, so no need to limit yourself to just poultry for this rub either.

But isn’t it time consuming to make your own dry rub?! We get this question all the time, and our answer is: it doesn’t have to be! We created this dry rub for chicken with ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, and what we really love about making our own dry rub at home is that there are NO additives!

If you turn the label around on many of the store-bought dry rubs, you’ll see a combination of ingredients you can’t pronounce as well as salt salt and more salt. Not with this dry rub! You’ll have full control of the amount of salt, spice, and sweetness your make at home dry rub has, which is great for so many reasons.

dry rub ingredients on a plate

Chicken Dry Rub Ingredients

Yay for chicken dry rub ingredients you can pronounce! And yay for ingredients you likely have on hand already! Nobody likes having to spend $30+ on spices that you’ll use infrequently to create a dry rub recipe at home, especially if it doesn’t end up tasting as flavorful as you’d like. This dry rub is both flavor-packed and includes simple, easy to find ingredients, including:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Coconut sugar
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Ground chipotle powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground mustard seed
  • Table salt
  • Ground pepper

Now, you’ll see in the recipe card the exact amounts of each of these spices, but feel free to tweak the amounts if you like it a little hotter (amp up the chili powder and chipotle powder by a 1/4 teaspoon each) or a little sweeter (amp up the coconut sugar and cinnamon by a 1/4 teaspoon each). If you like things REALLY hotty hot hot, add a pinch of cayenne. Make this rub your own!

chicken legs rolled in dry rub on a plate

Recipe Pairings

Whether you’re making grilled chicken legs or another meat dry rubbed in this deliciousness, here are some go-to recipe pairings we’re always coming back to to flesh out a top notch meal:

Salads

Sides

Desserts

chicken legs rolled in dry rub on a plate ready to be grilled

More Rubs and Marinades

Recipe

Homemade Dry Rub for Chicken

Finally a dry rub for chicken with no additives that actually packs a flavor punch! Make a batch of this dry rub with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry and be ready anytime the dry rubbed chicken mood strikes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 4.6 tablespoons 1x
Category: Rubs and Marinades
Method: No Bake
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl and then transfer into an empty spice container or a Mason jar with a lid.
  2. Use this dry rub on these grilled chicken legs or your favorite cut of meat.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
  • Calories: 32
  • Sugar: 2
  • Sodium: 21
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 7
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 1
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