The BEST Grilled Chicken Recipe with Spice Rub

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An easy & delicious grilled chicken recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make!

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!

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

There are many ways to cook a chicken .. and since chicken is the main meat we eat in this house (much to my husbands chagrin) I’ve cooked it 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 are, Grilled and Pan Seared. Those two tend to do the best at giving the chicken an awesome flavor on the outside, searing in all the goodenss, and the keeping the center moist instead of dry!

What’s your favorite way to cook chicken?

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!

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 blend.

As you know I have a mild obsession with Smoked Paprika so that was a must in the spice blend, next I added cumin, coriander, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Then I added a couple tablespoons of olive oil and rubbed my chicken breasts down!

The flavor from this chicken was amazing!

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!

To be honest, there are times when I’m just kinda throw spices or ingredients together. Thinking … “well that sounds like it would be good together.” Then I cross my fingers and pray it works.

Well this one totally did. I grilled it till there was no longer any pink in the breast (about 4-5 minutes per side), but not till it is a dry piece of chicken leather. Gross no body likes dry meat! Then I let it sit for a bit, basically while I was photographing it.

I had to move the chicken a couple of time to get to where I wanted it in the picture. Which meant each time I had to lick my fingers to clean them… because thats what any normal person does! And wow! The flavor from the spice rub was incredible!

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!

With the olive oil in the rub, as soon as you put the chicken on the grill it gives the chicken breast a real nice sear on the outside. Totally my favorite part, it adds texture (a little crisp) to the chicken but the center is still moist and delicious!

The best part about todays recipe is its done in under 20 minutes, its gluten free, and paleo!

It’s the perfect meal for a weeknight. Serve it with a fresh salad and vegetables. I served it with a Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad – recipe coming soon – and it was out of this world! Super light, full of flavor, and healthy!

Hope you enjoy! Well actually I know you will.. so I hope you make it!

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!

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!

The BEST Grilled Chicken Recipe with Spice Rub

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: 3 chicken breasts 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Easy & delicious grilled chicken recipe that only takes 20 min! Full of flavor from an easy spice rub, it’s the BEST grilled chicken you’ll ever make.



  • 3 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

Keywords: grilled chicken, grilled chicken recipe, easy grilled chicken, grilled chicken breasts, easy chicken breasts recipe, chicken dinner idea, homemade spice rub, grilled chicken seasoning


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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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158 Responses
  1. Oh my my my! I wanna fire up the grill like right now! We also eat a whole lotta chicken, thanks to me, and looks like your recipe is going to be used on my next chicken-victim. 😉

    1. Eddie

      next time instead of saying 3 breasts, put the pounds, they come in all sizes…. This just leaves room for an under seasoned or over seasoned chicken…. looks good though…. needed more salt…..

    1. Thank you so much Kristine, you are too sweet. Its hard to make chicken mouthwatering ya know.. its not like it has hot fudge dripping down so its a little more of a challenge. 🙂 Hope you like the recipe!

  2. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    I always make my chicken in the crock pot because I am clearly the most creative person everrrr. My husband was just sweetly commenting the other day about our bland chicken dinners…perhaps we need to add this delicious grilled chicken to the rotation. 😉 Loving that spice rub!

    1. haha.. you are too sweet Mariah! Change up that crock pot chicken to this, I promise you and the hubs will love it! 🙂 Thanks for the pin girl! Muah!

    1. Thank you so much girl! It seriously is… love it when I shock myself when coming up with a recipe. haha 🙂 (i mean knew exactly what I was doing!)

  3. I am always looking for new chicken recipes because it’s my kids’ favorite and now that the weather has warmed up I am obsessed with grilling so this is PERFECT! Pinned 🙂

  4. Dona Cornman

    We were hungry and I was trying to find something different for the chicken breasts in the frig. AMAZING!!! We will definitely be making this again. I have been drooling over the other recipes on your blog and can’t wait to give them a try too. Thank you!

  5. alicia

    Love this rub! It’s become a staple in my house. I didn’t have smoked paprika so I substituted with 1/4t regular ground paprika & 1/4t ground chipotle. So good!

  6. Diana

    OMG!!! Just made this tonight with roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes…and it was SPECTACULAR!! So tasty and a nice twist on grilled chicken.
    Thank you for sharing, this is definitely part of our rotation now 🙂

    1. Hurray! So glad to hear you liked it Diana and yum on the roasted broccoli and cauliflower! Although I’m a sucker for anything roasted. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in and letting me know how it turned out!

      1. Linda

        Your rub was absolutely amazing. I did not have any coriander so I substituted it with parsley and I added a little Rosemary because I love The flavor, like you love smoked Paprika😏my son cleaned his plate. This will become part of our normal recipes thank you so much


    Hey Krista,
    I just discovered this recipe on your website today and all I can say is WOW!
    Chicken breasts are not typically our favorite, but the seasonings were just yummy, moist and full of wonderful
    Thanks sweetie, your recipes are the best!

  8. Monique Bart

    Made this recipe with a spinach salad and an avacado. So good! I didn’t have coriander and it was still delicious.

  9. Brooke

    Came across this recipe today because I was looking for a healthier chicken recipe for the grill. Made it tonight. Loved it SO much! Going to be the ‘go to’ recipe in our house now! Hands down the BEST grilled chicken I’ve ever made. Everyone said it was SO good! Thank you!!

  10. Heather

    Guess what just happened? I’ll tell ya what just happened! I made this chicken and it is wonderful! This morning I cut up the chicken breast into small chunks and sprinkle the rub all over it and put it in the fridge until I got home this evening and cooked it. Added a little canola oil to a pan. It’s raining here in Dallas so I’m not grilling tonight. But tossed it in the skillet to cook and it’s holy cow amazing. I’m shredding the left overs for chicken tacos tomorrow night. Thank you!!!!!

  11. Jen

    This rub was perfect. I only used 1 TBS oil and same amount of spices for 20 oz of chicken breast. I don’t have a grill, so I cooked it by searing it on a cast iron skillet for 5 mins on one side and 3 in the other. Then put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 mins (the thicker one needed 20). So juicy and delicious!!!

  12. This chicken was delish! I didn’t mix the ingredients in the bowl, I just sprinkled them on the chicken, and drizzled the oil over the top, and I was all out of coriander, so I just chopped up some fresh cilantro and sprinkled it on top. Will be having again and again. Thanks.

  13. Kelsey

    You we’re right… this is THE BEST chicken spice rub! We made it last night. It was so easy, as we already had all of the ingredients on hand. And it was so good!!! It’s our new go-to rub. Thank you!

  14. Shelley

    Tried this seasoning rub last night on chicken drums and thighs and it turned out excellent! I applied the wet rub on the chicken about an hour before cooking and let it sit in the fridge, then easily put it on the grill. The skin crisped up perfectly and the spices were a tasty blend. I didn’t have smoke paprika so used regular, but will be on the look out for it at the store. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  15. Julia

    I love love love this recipe. However, I did use lemon pepper instead of the coranider (just because I forgot to buy coranider and Google said it was a good substitute). Anyway, I will definitely be making this recipe again,

  16. rose

    Delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing such an amazing and easy recipe, I had a great time making this delicious recipe, a must try dish for everyone. Please keep sharing such quick and easy recipes. Also, check my collection of similar healthy and which can be made quickly and tastes heavenly.

  17. Shadea Buhler

    What if I want to make this recipe but in the oven instead, what is preheated temperature would you recommend and how long would you recommend I bake it?

  18. Heidi

    Hi! When you say 3 chicken breasts, do you mean 3 full chicken breasts (as in the breasts of 3 chickens?) or 3 half breasts of chicken (as in the breast meat of 1 1/2 chickens)? Thanks!

  19. Char

    Used this spice blend on the chicken breast I grilled tonight and really liked the flavor. Would absolutely use again.

    1. Wohoo! So glad to hear that Ryan. it’s a staple at our house in the summer, perfect to grill up and have throughout the week for grain bowls, sandwiches or salads!

  20. Kelley

    I stumbled upon this recipe searching for the best grilled chicken and holy crap this is so yummy!! It was absolutely delicious!! I’ve been looking for a new grilled chicken for dinners and it was a hit! Thank you for sharing ♥️

  21. Fati

    I made this last night and all I can say is that best grill chicken I ever had, me and my son devoured the a whole entire thing before I could even make a side dish for it. Can’t wait for my daughter to come back from Los Angeles to try it.

  22. Danielle

    Oh wow. I never leave comments but I made this last night and I’m literally counting down to when I can eat the leftovers today! Amazing!! 👍👍

  23. laura

    You’ve certainly gotten enough of these comments already… but, holy moly this was good. Way better than I expected. My husband even grilled up a burger for me because I thought it would just be “regular old grilled chicken”. So wrong. Thanks for a new regular in our recipe collection!

  24. Hil

    Omgoodness! I googled an easy chicken marinade the other day bc I am hopeless when it comes to seasoning or marinading things on my own. I found this one and happened to have all the ingredients on hand. So I used it on my chicken before I grilled it. It was the best tasting chicken I’ve ever made! This will forever be my go to!

  25. Monica

    My family was almost ruined for grilled chicken breasts — this saved us! DELICIOUS!!! the recipe is more of a paste than a rub but I will be most certainly be making this again — very flavorful and easy. If you want to put it over the top, pound and brine your chicken — wow. Thank you!!!

  26. Jamie

    LOVE THIS RECIPE! It is the best chicken. I have even fixed it and I overcooked it and it was still great. I have told everyone about it and they love it too! Great as an entree but I like to make ahead and freeze then use some for salads at work.

  27. Kim S

    I’ve made this twice, and my husband absolutely loves it. He has made specific comments about it being so good. Thanks for an easy chicken seasoning!

  28. Esther

    Delicious, tried this tonight on chicken thighs because I didn’t have time for marinating, I will definitely be using it again. Simple, fast, and makes grilled meat even better. thanks for sharing.

  29. Elizaberry

    Wow!!! Pretty much sums it up. Quick and easy, and tastes incredible. Thanks for this amazing recipe loved by even my fussiest of children 🙂

  30. Kevin

    Just tried this rub with the family! AMAZING! You nailed the amount of salt – not too much, just right! I added 1/2tsp of ancho chile powder, which was subtle, but complementary. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

  31. This was wonderful! Never knew that those flavors would come out as they did in this beautiful dish! Follow the recipe word for word!!!

  32. Sue

    I have made this recipe many times over without changing anything. Sometimes I use chicken thighs. I have baked in the oven as well but grilling is the best. It is the BEST!

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

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