Sweet Chili Chicken Rub

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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. 

Sweet Chili Chicken Rub | Homan at Home

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!

Sweet Chili Chicken Rub
Serves 4
Sweet and savory collide for a delicious and beautiful chicken flavoring!
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Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 4 chicken breasts
  2. 2 tsp chili powder
  3. 2 tsp garlic powder
  4. 1 tsp cumin
  5. 1/2 tsp oregano
  6. 1/2 tsp pepper
  7. 1 tsp brown sugar
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
  10. 1/2 cup oil
  1. In a small bowl, mix together all spices and sugars.
  2. Dip chicken in oil, then rub all over with spice mix until covered.
  3. Either cook immediately at 400° until juices run clear, or allow to sit in refrigerator for an hour before cooking for more intense flavor.
Adapted from The Good, the Bad, and the Quirky
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Judith Fertig

Thanks you for sharing great recipe: “Sweet Chili Chicken Rub”! i am going to try it by tomorrow. Hope to succeed!
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Diane Homan

Hope it comes put for you!

Alex Coleman

Looking so delicious “Sweet Chili Chicken Rub” recipe. Really great pic! I will definitely try this at home. You already mention to use 1/2 cup oil. Do I use any kind of oil(like olive oil) or specific oil? Please clear me. Thanks Diane

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Diane Homan

We use olive oil at our house, but canola tastes great too!


I don’t have olive oil, can I use normal oil? It seems that the taste(olive oil) doesn’t suit me very much, I just like to eat chicken
Thanks Diane
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Diane Homan

Different oil will change the flavor, but as long as you’re okay with that, it should be fine!

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Their taste is great! I did it today, the result is beyond the expectations of the dark, that’s great. Thanks for your recipe
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This looks delish Diane!! I am going to make the chicken rub and make your fiesta bowls this weekend! Might even spice it up a little more 🙂
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Diane Homan

I’m so glad you’re giving it a try!


It looks really delicious and yummy 😀

Janice Marker

This seems so Yummy, and most important healthy. I don’t have all the ingredients, but definitely going to try this soon


Its look so yummy! Today is Friday and I’m going to make it on the weekend. The instruction are really clear.
I’m going to post how it turns out!

Varun Sharma

everyone loved it.Thank you so much for sharing this.

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