Easy Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe + Homemade Spice Rub

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An easy grilled chicken recipe with a homemade spice rub! Ready in only 20 minutes, get ready to enjoy the BEST flavor-packed grilled chicken breast of your life!

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My Go-To Grilled Chicken Recipe

There are many ways to cook chicken! And since chicken is the main meat we eat in our house (much to my husbands chagrin, he’s a beef man) I’ve cooked it just about every way I can think of.

Pan Seared. Baked. Pouched. Grilled. Rotisserie. Raw.

Just kidding not raw… just wanted to make sure you were paying attention. 🙂

I have to say my top two favorites are: Grilled Chicken and Pan Seared Chicken. Those two methods tend to be the best at giving the chicken an awesome flavor on the outside, searing in all the goodness, and the keeping the center moist instead of dry!

What’s your favorite way to cook chicken?

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Seasoning any protein with just salt and pepper can be great if its done right, but sometimes I’m just looking for something a little more flavorful. Sure you could add BBQ Sauce and make it BBQ Chicken. But in todays recipe we are going straight up spice rub blend. YES! 

How to Make a Homemade Spice Rub for Grilling Chicken

  • Smoked Paprika – adds a nice smokiness to the chicken
  • Cumin – gives an aromatic nutty flavor 
  • Coriander – really compliments the other spices and enhances the taste of the chicken
  • Garlic Powder – gives the spice rub a hint of garlic
  • Sea Salt – you gotta add salt, it’s the primary seasoning in almost every dish
  • Black Pepper – for the slight hint of pepper

If you want more chicken spice rubs, definitely go check out my post that includes 5 different spice rubs. These rubs can be used for chicken or vegetables! You’re welcome. There’s a basic spice rub, smoky chipotle spice rub, mediterranean spice rub, lemon pepper spice rub and my favorite a buffalo spice rub! 

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How to Make Grilled Chicken Breast

Before you even touch the chicken you want to make sure that your chicken has rested at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to take the chill off. Next, to make sure your chicken cooks evenly – pound the chicken to an even thickness so that everything cooks the same.  

  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, approximately 375-400°F.
  2. In a small bowl mix: garlic powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, sea salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix until combined.
  3. Rub mixture over both sides of the chicken.
  4. Place chicken on grill and grill each side for 4-7 minutes depending on thickness or until no longer pink.
  5. Let rest for 5 minutes to let juices reallocate and slice to serve.

How Long to Grill Chicken

In my opinion, the key to a perfectly grilled chicken recipe is not touching the chicken when it’s on the grill. Once your chicken hits the grill grates let the grill do all the work. Set your timer for 4-7 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken and flip. If the chicken sticks to the grill it’s not done yet. Trust me, your protein will release when it’s finished. Chicken is considered “done” when the internal temperature reaches 165° F. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. Do NOT cut into the chicken to see if it’s pink this will release all the juices and make your chicken dry.

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The best part about todays recipe is it’s done in under 20 minutes, it’s gluten free, and paleo! (And if you want to add a few more in there it’s keto and low carb.. just saying.) Hand down the perfect meal for a weeknight – super light, full of flavor and healthy!

Hope you enjoy! Well, actually I know you will! So I hope you will actually make it!

Bon Appetit Friends!

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The BEST Grilled Chicken Recipe with Spice Rub

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 chicken breasts 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Easy & delicious Grilled Chicken Recipe that only takes 20 minutes! Full of flavor from an epic spice rub, it’s the BEST grilled chicken you’ll ever make.



  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix garlic powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, sea salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix until combined.
  3. Rub mixture over both sides of the chicken.
  4. Place chicken on grill and grill each side for 4-6 minutes depending on thickness. You just want to make sure there is no pink in the middle.
  5. Serve


  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast (6oz.)
  • Calories: 246
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 409 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 39 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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The BEST Grilled Chicken Recipe you will ever have! Full of flavor from an easy spice rub, moist, and done in less than 20 minutes!



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145 Responses
  1. Embeya

    Woooow…..Homemade!!! It’s the only thing that taste good! And so easy to do…

    I think I will look for these and try your recipe this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    Dang Thai from Embeya!

  2. GrillEver

    Best grill ever. I have tried many grill recipe but believe me yours Was the best. I tried this last weekend. And now it is my son’s favourite. But it tooks 30 min for grill. And smoke paprika is one of my favourite spice.Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thomas James

    Look yummy! One of my favorite Grilled Chicken, nice to see your recipe, easy to follow, will cook this for family this weekend. Thanks you!

  4. callandy

    It’s amazing! I just randomly found your blog looking for this recipe. Awesome! Good for you! Keep writing like this !!

  5. Marry Wilson

    I live on the island of Tenerife. Here they are selling smoked red ground pepper and any salt, many American sets of spices. I am fond of grilling fish. But be sure to try your recipe. Thanks in advance!

  6. Anne Bakerim

    Krista,, it’s awesome! I cannot wait to try this. I bet it makes the house smell divine and tastes incredible!

  7. Williams

    I love to cook. Finding and updating new menu recipes every day makes me more interested and interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, The BEST Grilled Chicken Recipe with Spice Rub is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for your sharing

  8. Jo

    I made this last night for my very health conscious son and it was so flavorful (and quick & easy)! Going into our weekday rotation. Thank you!

  9. Cee

    Yassss sis! Thanks for the recipe! 🔥🔥 One of my first to actually come out the way it should. FYI, I pan seared and baked mine in the absence of a grill.

  10. laura@lasesana

    This recipe is great,that’s what I’m looking for, I can save my time but still have a nice meal. Many thanks for sharing.

  11. C Kane

    Delicious! Had two packets of thinly cut chicken breasts (strips) so doubled some of recipe (not salt nor garlic) and put less cumin, per preference. This is a new favorite! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Cameron

    I added some herbs to it, thyme and basil. 1/4tsp hot chilli powder for kick. Ranch sauce on the side. Mixed some in. 9/10 with veggies garlic and onions in a wok.

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