I’m probably late to the game on this one, but I had never tried rubbing chicken, like, ever. We’ve always marinated or slow cooked in this house. Holy snap, have we been missing out! The flavor here is so intense – it’s like a party in your mouth.
We’ve sampled a few rubs since I forgot to put the chicken in to marinate one afternoon last week. There are some incredible rub recipes out there, including this Best Ever Chicken Dry Rub from The Frugal Gals, or this Sweet ‘n Smoky Rub from Bewitchin Kitchen (I know it says ribs. Just try it on chicken. You won’t regret it!). We haven’t found a good Mexican-y one yet, so I decided to try my hand at one.
This sweet chili rub combines the savory flavors of chili powder and garlic with the sweetness of brown sugar and the kick of cayenne. It’s a great addition to Mexican meals – I actually made it to go on Chicken Fiesta Bowls. The cayenne can be leveled up or down, depending on your tolerance to heat. We like a little kick, and I would label the amount in this recipe as a medium level of spice.
If you’ve never rubbed a chicken before, the process is easy. Just dip your chicken in a bowl full of oil (use a healthy one like olive or coconut).
Then rub the spice mix all over the chicken, both front and back. You can cook the chicken immediately, or let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two for a more intense flavor!