Mexican Dry Rub

Jackie Barrell
by Jackie Barrell
2 Kabobs
40 min

We eat a lot of chicken, so I’m always trying to find new recipes and ways to cook it so we don’t get bored, I frequently marinate it but thought I’d try a dry rub with all my favorite Mexican spices, I’m so glad I did, these skewers made a fantastic Mexican salad!

I made enough for 2 chicken breasts, I cubed them up so they could be skewered and cooked on the grill

I put the chicken in a ziplock bag

And these were the spice stars of the show, I used 2 tablespoons of each Cumin, smoked paprika (a definite favorite!) onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder, I only used 1 tsp of cayenne pepper obviously due to heat, but if you like heat feel free to use more. You really can’t mess this up if the measurements are a little more or less of the ingredients

Mix all the spices together

Add to the bag of chicken and mix thoroughly in bag

place in fridge and let sit for 2 hours

Skewer the chicken

Cook on grill on medium high heat until internal temp reaches 165 degrees

Recipe details
  • 2  Kabobs
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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For the dry rub
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
Make the rub
Mix all spices together in a small bowl
rub on chicken breast or chicken pieces in a ziplock bag and let sit in fridge for 2 hours
grill on medium high heat until internal temp reaches 165
  • Serve on top of a Mexican salad with lettuce, tomato, red onion and pepper Jack cheese
  • Springermom Springermom on Apr 01, 2024

    Cumin is not typically used in Mexican food. It is more Tex-Mex. I wish recipes and canned soups would stop including it in everything.

    • Jen Jen on Apr 02, 2024

      Leave it out when you cook. Don't buy the canned foods.

  • Jackie Barrell Jackie Barrell on Apr 02, 2024

    You could certainly omit or use spices that you enjoy in Mexican food!