Smoked Chicken Dry Rub

Rub any cut of chicken with this smoked chicken dry rub for the most flavorful smoked chicken!

Smoked chicken dry rub on a plate.

The Most Flavorful Smoked Chicken Dry Rub

Is there anything better than a piece of finger-licking good smoked chicken? I think not! This smoked chicken try rub adds so much flavor and texture to any delicious smoked chicken!

We highly recommend adding it to this smoked whole chicken or dry rub these smoked chicken thighs!



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Ingredients You Need

You can pronounce every ingredient for this smoked chicken dry rub! No need to head to the grocery store and buy expensive dry rubs.

Nobody likes having to spend $30+ on spices that you’ll use infrequently to create a dry rub recipe at home, especially if it doesn’t end up tasting as flavorful as you’d like.

This dry rub is both flavor-packed and includes simple, easy to find ingredients, including:

  • garlic powder
  • dark brown sugar
  • paprika
  • kosher salt
  • ground pepper
  • cayenne
  • onion powder
  • chili powder

make it spicier

Make it hotter: add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon more of chipotle powder.

Make It hot hot hotter: add a pinch more of cayenne powder.

Make it sweeter: add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon more sugar.

Smoked chicken dru rub in a bowl.

What cuts of meat can I use?

Good news for you, this is the perfect chicken spice mix to use on any cut of poultry. Use around 1 – 1.5 lbs. of the following:

  • chicken legs
  • chicken breast
  • whole chicken
  • chicken thighs
  • chicken wings

You can also use this spice rib on vegetables like grilled brussel sprouts, smashed potatoes, and red foil pack potatoes.

Smoked chicken dry rub in a jar.

How much dry rub per lb. of chicken?

We recommend using around 1/4 cup of dry rub for chicken per 1 to 1.5 lbs. chicken.

How long should dry rub sit on chicken?

We recommend letting the dry rub sit on the chicken for at least 15 minutes before cooking.

Smoked chicken dry rub on a whole chicken.

How to Use this Smoked Chicken Dry Rub

  1. Place 1 – 1.5 lbs. chicken breasts, thighs, wings, or legs on a plate.
  2. Sprinkle on smoked chicken dry rub, massaging it into the chicken. Make sure all parts are covered and be generous!
  3. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before cooking the chicken.

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Chicken Cooking Methods

You may think dry rubs only come in handy when smoking chicken, but you can use but you can rub it on chicken and cook it any way you’d like!

Here are some of our favorite cooking methods to use on your chicken after seasoning. These directions are for chicken breasts:

Grilled chickenGrill chicken at 400ºF for around 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Grill chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF

Baked chickenBake chicken breast at 375ºF for 20-25 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Sous Vide Chicken: Heat your water bath to 145ºF and then cook the chicken breast for 1.5 – 2 hours.

Pan Seared Chicken: Pan sear chicken breast in olive oil or butter over medium/high heat. for 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF

Instant Pot Chicken: Place the trivet in your Instant Pot and add water. Place chicken breast on top of trivet and cook on high for 8-12 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF

Smoked chicken legs with dry rub on them.

Smoked chicken dry rub.

Smoked Chicken Dry Rub

This smoked chicken dry rub recipe is the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy. 

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 0 minutesTotal: 5 minutes

Fat 0

Carbs 9

Protein 1

Yield 4 1x


  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl and then transfer into an empty spice container or a Mason jar with a lid.
  2. Use this dry rub on 1 to 1.5 lbs. of your favorite cut of chicken by sprinkling it onto the chicken and using your hands to massage it in.
  3. Store leftover chicken dry rub in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.

Tips & Notes

  • This is enough dry rub for 1 – 1.5 lbs. chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Calories: 37
Sugar: 3
Sodium: 299
Fat: 0
Carbohydrates: 9
Fiber: 1
Protein: 1
Cholesterol: 0

Author: Linley RichterCategory: SpicesMethod: No BakeCuisine: American

Keywords: Smoked Chicken Dry Rub

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

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