Using basic spices from your pantry, this spice rub totally transforms the humble chicken thigh adding a smokey, zesty, lightly charred taste . So much flavor packed into the leanest of meat and on the table in just minutes, this recipe is one of my favorites.
Spice Rubbed Chicken
In a small bowl or jar, combine the spice rub ingredients and set aside.
Spread each chicken fillet onto a large plate and brush both sides with olive oil and the lemon juice.
sprinkle with salt & cracked pepper.
Shake the spice mix and lemon zest over both sides of each fillet.
Heat a barbecue grill or direct heat gas grill to high.
Add the chicken and grill for approximately 5 minutes on each side (turning only once ) depending on the thickness of the thighs.
When the chicken is springy to touch and cooked through, remove from the grill and transfer to a serving plate.
Serve warm with one of pennysmenu salads such as green leaf salad or some corn & black bean salsa.
You can make extra spice rub to have on hand in the pantry as it will keep indefinitely.
I recommend cooking the chicken outdoors as there will be smoke (hopefully not fire 😊 )