Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken Rub

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


  • 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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  1. 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!