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You guys, we're in the middle of a heat wave here! Tomorrow is supposed to be 34 degrees (Celsius) which is HOT! I realize that some of you probably live in hotter places in the world than I do...I'm a Canadian girl so hot and humid is not really something I'm used to, although I don't actually mind it when a heat wave like this comes along.
Because when you spend 6 months of the year shovelling snow and battling 30-below-zero temperatures, a summer heat wave is a welcome change. I've told you before that I start grilling in the spring as soon as I can stand outside without freezing my hands off, and I grill as much as I can all summer long no matter how hot it gets. With grilling comes a whole new set of flavour possibilities and I love coming up with new ways to spice up our grilling routine, especially when it comes to chicken!
There's a million and one ways to grill chicken, but this dry rub is one of our favourite ways. It's the perfect mix of sweet and spice, and it's SO easy. Just throw all the spices in a bowl and massage the rub into the chicken before grilling. And the best part? This recipe doesn't call for any obscure ingredients - just normal, everyday pantry staples that you probably already have in your kitchen!
Looking for even more chicken recipes? You'll love my Honey Garlic and Lime Chicken, or these Paprika Chicken Thighs with Roasted Root Vegetables and Kale!
I've tried several dry rub recipes over the years, and I've finally come up with one that everyone in the family seems to love. The trouble is, most dry rubs are either far too spicy or too salty, so finding one you love can be a challenge. I've modified mine from this Magic Dust recipe and it seems to be the perfect balance of flavours: a little bit smoky, a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet and perfectly savoury. I know you're going to love it as much as we do!
Dry Rub Barbecue Chicken (makes 8 skewers or 4 servings)
6 teaspoons smoked paprika
3 teaspoons garlic powder
3-4 teaspoons brown sugar
3/4 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 teaspoons chili powder (mild)
a pinch of cayenne pepper
4 chicken breasts, cut into long thin strips
8 skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least one hour before using)
Fresh cilantro for garnish (if desired)
In a large bowl combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, mustard powder, sea salt, black pepper, chili powder and cayenne pepper (if using) and whisk all the spices together with a wire whisk.
Add the chicken breast strips to the bowl and toss them in the spice mixture with a fork until they're well coated. Use your hands to rub the spice mixture into the chicken pieces well, making sure the spice mixture gets into every crack and crevice.
Thread the chicken strips onto the 8 skewers securely and set them aside on a plate.
If you have the time, cover them with some plastic wrap and refrigerate them for 1-2 hours before grilling. If you're short on time, just slap them right on a preheated grill and they'll taste just fine!
Grill the chicken skewers over medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
Serve on a platter with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, alongside all your favourite summer side dishes at your next backyard barbecue!
If skewers aren't your thing, feel free to use this spice rub on whole chicken breasts, chicken legs or drumsticks, or even thighs. Just make sure to adjust your grilling time accordingly!
I hope you like this recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what's your favourite way to enjoy chicken in the summer?
Looking for more grilling recipes? Try my Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Sriracha Mayo, or these Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges!