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Sweet and Spicy Rub for Roasted Chicken

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 2 hrs
Yield 3/4 cup
This Sweet and Spicy Rub is a great go-to for roasted chicken. Serve on a bed of seasoned rice with a simple green salad for a complete meal. You can also use this rub on ribs, pork chops, turkey breast or even grilled chicken!


  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Spice Islands Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons Spice Islands Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Spice Islands Garlic Powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Spice Islands Basil, Sweet
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Spice Islands Thyme, Ground
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands Pepper, Black Fine Grind
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 pounds 4-5 pounds whole roasting chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Plus! Oil

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.


  3. Combine paprika, onion and garlic powder, salt, oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.


  5. Combine 3 tablespoons of rub mixture with the brown sugar; set aside. Place remaining rub mixture (about 1/2 cup) in an airtight container to store for future use.


  7. Rinse the chicken and pat dry; place in a shallow pan. Rub oil over all sides of the chicken. Distribute the rub over the chicken, generously coating  all surfaces.


  9. Roast for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, until done (juices should run clear and a meat thermometer inserted in thigh should register 180ºF).


  11. TIP: Serve on a bed of seasoned rice. To make, add 1 teaspoon rub seasoning to the cooking water of 2 cups rice. This will yield 6 cups cooked rice.


  13. Serving suggestions:  Use rub on ribs, pork chops, turkey breast or even grilled chicken!