Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken Rub

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This middle eastern grilled chicken rub turns that boring, grilled  chicken breast into something pretty special!

I eat a lot of chicken. And sometimes, I wonder how many different ways I can possibly prepare it.

Two pieces of golden-brown, grilled chicken sit seasoned, just of the grill, with this Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken Rub.

I mean, I know the possibilities are pretty endless, but chicken is just one of those things that can draw a blank for me sometimes. I mean really, how many different ways are there to prepare chicken????

Well, thankfully, I found one more. This was the absolute best chicken I’ve made so far. Mini Chef didn’t say much, he just ate. So I guess that’s a compliment coming from a picky 4 year old.

I loved it too and was grateful to have something different again. I’ve been making a lot of baked Tarragon Chicken lately, and it was starting to get boring. Thank goodness for spice rubs! The possibilities truly are endless!


Middle eastern flavors are a heady experience. They are rich, earthy, and definitely pack a punch in the flavor department. They can include any number or combination of spice, with common combinations including spices like, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cumin and more.


Oh boy, the possibilities are endless!

  • Flatbreads
  • Lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Shirazi Salad
  • Saffron rice
  • Eggplant
  • Roasted carrots
  • Tabbouleh

Truly, the list could go on and on. A quick google search for “Middle Eastern Side Dishes” will bring up a whole new world of side dish ideas, most of them being pretty darn healthy!


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Two pieces of golden-brown, grilled chicken sit seasoned, just of the grill, with this Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken Rub.

Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken Rub

A delicious taste of the middle east, right off your home grill!
3.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Spices
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 9kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves


  • Blend all spices in a small mixing bowl.To make your chicken, simply place the raw chicken, some oil and this spice in a bag and shake to coat evenly. Then place on your barbecue to cook.
  • Note: This entire recipe was enough to coat 8 large chicken breasts.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. Tirzah (aka Momto2monkeys) says:

    I am so grateful to have found your website. We started our clean eating journey a week ago and I am feeling GREAT!!! We are grilling chicken tonight and I am going to try this rub! It sounds yummy. Thank you again for all the time and energy you put on your blog. I know it takes a fair amount of it! Blessings, Tirzah

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Tirzah – Fantastic! I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know how it turns out. ~Tiffany

  2. I don’t have cloves on hand, and really want to try this for dinner. Would it change the taste a lot if I left it out?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Yes, it would I’m afraid. But it might still be tasty!

  3. Trudefaith says:

    I have to try this! use to make chicken for adding to Greek salad with toasted pita!!!!! I know what I am having for dinner! thanks Tiffany

  4. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!!

  5. Wow, just had this chicken for dinner, and it was great! Didn’t have coriander so just added some freshly ground black pepper in its place. I was afraid that the chicken would taste like cinnamon, but it didn’t at all. It had a very delicate smoky taste and reminds me of the chicken at my favorite greek food place. Loved it!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Natasha – That’s awesome! It’s definitely a milder flavor, but I loved it too!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Lauren – I served mine with a salad. But you could serve with brown rice and veggies, maybe some naan. I’ll have a pita bread recipe coming up again soon too.

  7. graciouspantry says:

    Norma – Thanks so much! I’m so happy you liked it!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Norma – Wonderful! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  9. Made this last night and it was a HIT!

  10. Emma Yoxon says:

    Made this for dinner with the BF last night. Delicious! Will make it again for sure. 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Emma – Wonderful! Glad you both liked it!

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Phyllis – Thank you so much! That’s so wonderful!

  12. Leigh-Ann Bliven Hansing says:

    Baked Chicken Romano finished with fresh squeezed lemon juice

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  15. graciouspantry says:

    That’s awesome! Glad you both enjoyed it!

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  17. everything I have made so far is delicious. it makes the transation to clean eating easy

  18. Would this still taste good cold? I’m making salads for work lunches and am wondering if I could get away without the bother of using the microwave.

  19. Can I use a Foreman style grill or griddle?

    1. Sure! Just be sure the chicken gets cooked all the way. You may want to tenderize the chicken to thin it out a big. It will cook faster too that way.

  20. Just a quick question, I have never really cooked with coriander I know how it smells but not how it cooks up. So is this spicy at all? It sounds amazing, but the BF doesn’t do spicy, or rather his stomach doesn’t.

  21. 5 stars
    Great spice rub. I cooked the tenders at 400 for 5 minutes a side. I added salt. I served it with Persian Cucumbers in yogurt with cumin and garlic. Quick, easy and tasty.
    Thanks Tiffany!

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