This low sodium recipe for what I have dubbed “Chicken Spice Rub” is a staple in our house. It is not a flashy recipe, but sometimes those ones are the ones that I use the most.
This spice mix is something that I always have on hand. I mix it up and keep it in a jar in my cupboard so that I can pull it out and use it any time I like. My favorite way to use this is on chicken (hence the name), but it also works on pork and with some veggies. Here are some ideas for using this spice mix:
- Slice onions and garlic and place the in base of a slow cooker. Lay trimmed chicken on top and sprinkle the seasoning generously on top. Cook on low for about 6 hours. Serve with pan juices (this seasoning will make the juices soooooo good).
- Cut potatoes or sweet potatoes into quarter inch to half inch cubes and toss with a bit of oil and some of this spice rub mix. Saute in oil in a thick bottomed skillet until potatoes are cooked through.
- Trim and pat dry chicken breasts. Rub breasts with a bit of oil. sprinkle about half a teaspoon of the spice mix on each. Cover and let the rub rest on the chicken for at least 15 minutes*. Grill, bake, or sear the breasts as you normally would.
- And my absolute favorite use of this rub – Wash and dry a whole chicken. Spread the spice rub on the whole chicken (you will use the whole recipe for one whole chicken). Wrap in plastic warp and let the rub rest on the meat for at least one hour and up to a full day*. Roast or rotisserie the chicken as you normally would. Note – the drippings from this will make the best gravy. One day soon I will dedicate a post to it.
* Make sure you let the spice rub rest on the chicken before you cook it If you don’t, it might dry out and burn while cooking.
And that is about it! This really is one of our favorites; I hope you will like it as much as we do.
Chicken Spice Rub
Sodium Count - Negligible
- 2 tsp smoked paprika (yes, smoked is best here)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp thyme (ground thyme is my favorite, but dried thyme will work fine)
- 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl. It should keep in a cupboard for several months.