Chicken Rub - Fabulous Flavours For Your
Fried, Grilled or Oven Cooked Poultry

If poultry is on the menu, then a homemade chicken rub is just the thing! This easy to make blend of dried lemon peel and herbs and spices will season and flavour beautifully and add mouthwatering aromas whether you're grilling, frying or slow cooking your bird. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Homemade Chicken Rub Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons)

3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp dried lemon peel (optional)
4 tsp black peppercorns
4 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cayenne pepper

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the salt, peppercorns, cumin and lemon peel, and if using, the lemon peel
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the mustard, paprika, onion, cayenne and garlic powders
  • Finally, crumble in the oregano and basil and stir again

Store your dry rub for chicken in an airtight jar, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount.

Note: To get even more from this blend, dry toasting the cumin and peppercorns for a few minutes prior to grinding is worth doing. The heat draws out the most fabulous flavours. See the grinding page for tips and info on toasting and grinding. (Link opens in new window)

Note 2: Dried lemon peel is easily available online or, if you're feeling adventurous, you can make it yourself. However, it is optional so you could leave it out if you wish. You'll still have a fab tasting blend but without a lemony twist!

Note: I use a few whole ingredients for this recipe as they add the best flavours and aromas. But if you don't have whole, you can simply use the pre-ground version instead and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. So for 4 teaspoons of peppercorns you would use 2 teaspoons of pre-ground pepper. Reduce any others by half as well and stir in with the other powders when making.

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