This simple spice-rubbed chicken is sure to become your most-requested grilled meat this summer! Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside with just the right amount of spicy and sweet flavors.
You GUYS. I got a new toy!
A new gas grill. Also known as my new love.
Yep, my summer is off to a pretty good start.
Getting a new grill has opened up a lot of doors for me, since our last one had definitely seen better days. My head is currently going crazy with recipe inspiration. (any recipe requests or recommendations?)
I can already tell that this summer is going to be EPIC.
First thing on the new grill? This chicken. It only confirmed my love of my new grill.
I have to say, I hate the way any grill makes my hair smell, but it’s so worth it to end up with chicken this amazing.
Holy ‘freakin cow, guys, this chicken is seriously AWESOME! Perfectly crispy and coated with a blend of sweet and spicy spices on the outside, and perfectly moist and juicy on the inside.
The spice coating is pretty simple, yet delivers so much flavor to this chicken. Chili powder, smoked paprika (regular paprika is fine too) sweet curry powder, sugar, salt, and pepper. Seriously, that’s it!
Sometimes the simplest things turn out to be the tastiest. 😉
This chicken packs in a HUGE punch of spice. It’s not super-hot, but I would definitely call it a high-mild. The spice mix is a blend of delicious sweet and spicy flavors that compliment this chicken awesomely.
TIP: Feel free to dial back on the chili powder if you like your chicken with a little less heat! If you’re feeling adventurous, and you like your chicken with a little more “zip” turn up the heat by adding MORE chili powder.
After you chicken is thoroughly coated in the spice rub, it is mandatory that you let the chicken chill for at least an hour before cooking.
Why refrigerate the chicken after coating in the spices? Letting the chicken rest in the fridge after coating, gives the spices and the salt a chance to adhere and soak into the chicken before grilling, thus resulting in a crispy, spice-covered outside and a moist, flavorful inside.
This is definitely one of my FAV grilled chicken recipes. It’s so delish and flavorful, yet SO easy to prepare.
The best part? It can be made ahead! Once you coat the chicken with spices, it can sit (covered) in the fridge up to 16 hours. The longer you let the chicken sit in the spices, the better the flavors will be.
Whenever I make this chicken I usually put the coated-chicken in the fridge the night before. Then I’ll grill it up around the middle of the next day, and stick it in the fridge until dinnertime.
Summer time-savers I call ’em. Love that. 😀
I prefer this chicken hot off the grill, but it’s also pretty amazing served cold.
And I speak from experience that it makes an AWESOME picnic chicken. Just whip up some potato salad (may I suggest this recipe??) slice up some watermelon and you’ve got a pretty amazing picnic-dinner right at your fingertips.
Friendly tip: Don’t forget the booze. 😉 A little wine goes puuuuuurfectly with any summery meal. And it is Friday, ya know.
Eat this chicken outside. I swear it tastes better that way. 😉
You should dust off your grill and make this finger-lickin chicken for your dad or hubby this Sunday for Father’s Day. I guarantee any man will go crazy for this sweet ‘n’ spicy chicken. I speak from experience that it’s kind of a man-magnet.
My dad loves grilled chicken so I’m thinking I’ll have to make this chicken yet AGAIN on Sunday for him along with these breadsticks (I get my love of yeast breads from my daddy). I’m also thinking some pineapple upside-down cake is in order. — It’s Dad’s fav dessert. ♥
Happy (early) Father’s Day!
Spice-Rubbed Grilled Chicken
- 3 lbs chicken thighs/drumsticks
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- Place chicken in a single layer on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
- Rub spice mix over chicken and underneath the skin until evenly coated. Refrigerate chicken at least 1 hour.
- Remove chicken from refrigerator and grill over medium-high heat on a gas grill or charcoal grill, turning occasionally until chicken is golden-brown and registers 175F degrees.
- Serve chicken warm or cold.
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Kelly @ The Pretty Bee: Cooking + Creating says
We LOVE our grilled chicken here! This looks so good to me right now!
Thanks Kelly! 🙂
I have a recipe kind of similar to this and I love it! You can’t beat flavorful grilled chicken on a summer evening, and you rocked this chicken! 🙂
Thanks Marcie! And so true! Nothin’ beats grilled chicken in the summertime. 😉
I love that you have a gas grill! I’ve been using one for a few years now and it makes my life so much easier! BBQing in summer is the best and I totally agree that food tastes better outside. I love the spice rub you have here! It looks delicious, sweet, hot, and versatile. Enjoy your new toy!
Thanks, Allison! I’ve had the grill for over a week now and I’ve used it at least 5 times already. I think I’m in love. LOL. 😀
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
This spiced rubbed chicken sounds amazing! And looks so very pretty. Great tip about refrigerating the chicken after adding the spice rub. We’re in the market for a new gas grill too. Our old one is kind of dying. We might have to use this recipe to break the new one in!
Thanks Natalie! I’m excited that you’re getting new grill too! Foodie grill twins all the way. Haha! 😉
Rachael | Spache the Spatula says
This chicken look phenomenal! I love that you used coconut sugar and lime for an almost tropical flavor—so pinned! Also, so jealous you got a new grill! My boyfriend and I have been wanting one for a while, and may get one this Summer, but they’re expensive!
Thank you, Rachael! And grills are so unbelievably expensive! We got an awesome deal on our grill and just could not pass it up. Spur-of-the-moment kinda thing. 😉
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes says
This looks so good Sarah! I love the combination of spices!
Thank you Jessica! 🙂
This recipe looks so delicious. I love using the bbq to cook chicken, it just gives it so much flavor! Hope you enjoy your new gril.
Thanks Danielle! And yes, SO much flavor comes from grilling chicken. 😉
YUM! This looks so delicious! …it looks “heavenly!” I love grilled chicken! It’s so delicious! And what a perfect time of year to enjoy it!
If you like grilled chicken, you’re going to love this recipe, Cailee! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Isadora @ she likes food says
Isn’t grilling the best?!! I don’t think I could live without my grill, if it were up to me, I would cook everything on it! I’m so happy for you and I can’t wait to see all the awesome grill recipes you come up with! This chicken looks seriously delicious! I love all the spices that you used, and it just looks so crispy and delicious! I’m always looking for more grill recipes!
Yes! It is the best and I couldn’t live without my grill either! This chicken was SO good, Isadora, and it’s so up your alley if you love grilled food! 😉
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says
Hooray, for another grill lover! I am crazy for grilling foods. This chicken looks amazing! I love this spice rub. Sounds so flavorful.
Thanks Cindy! Grilled food really is the best isn’t it??
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says
Sarah, can I just say not only does this dish sound so perfect especially for the summer but your photography has improved like crazy!!! You are doing an awesome job girl, keep up the good work! 🙂
Krista, you are so sweet! Thank you so much! Coming from you, that’s a HUGE compliment and you totally just made my day. 😀