Puerto Rican Inspired Chicken Rub Recipe

It’s grilling season and I do have to openly admit, I am not much of an experimental griller. I tend to stick to the tried and true basics. But, in the spirit of trying new things and tickling my husbands taste buds, I’ve been playing around a bit. As you may know, I spent the day cooking with my mother in law recently where she taught me a bit about her traditional Puerto Rican cooking. She also generously shared her fresh Sofrito recipe with me. I created this chicken rub using some seasoning and spices that she cooks with and added those with some of the basic ingredients also found in Saz√≥n. I think that I’ve come up with a winner… well according to my family and close friends that got to sample some at our Father’s Day Cookout anyway.

Puerto Rican Chicken Rub #Recipe

This combinations of seasonings has such a rich and unique fragrance and although I created it for use on chicken, I think it could also be used in place of other seasonings in rice dishes. Which, of course I will be testing out since I made a huge batch so that I could store the extras for future use.

Chicken Rub #recipe

To grill chicken using this rub, I “rubbed’ the seasoning into the chicken and let set for about an hour before cooking. I brushed my grill with oil before cooking.

Puerto Rican Inspired Chicken Rub Recipe


  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
  • 2 Tbsp. Ground Coriander


  1. Add all ingredients (or equal parts) of the seasonings and spices and mix until blended. Rub onto chicken before cooking as usual. Makes 3/4 cup of seasoning rub.

It’s simple to make as little or as much of this recipe as you’d like because you can simply add equal parts of each of the ingredients. If you dislike a certain ingredient, feel free to omit it and add something else. This was my first time creating something like this and it was a whole lot of fun! So I would love to encourage you to do the same. Have fun experimenting in the kitchen!

Have you ever created your own seasoning blend?

Do you like trying new flavors or are you a stick to the basics kind of person?


  1. YUMMM!!! Perfect for BBQ season! Pinned and will definitely try soon.

  2. This sounds delicious. I’m always looking for new chicken ideas – my kids get sick of the same ole recipe all the time. Thank you!

  3. I have never made a rub before but I do own all those spices! Next time I eat chicken I’m definitely trying it!

  4. Wow, that looks amazing. I’m putting this one on my to-do list! Thanks!

  5. Pinned for later! Sounds like a great spice combo!

  6. This is perfect for all the grilling that’s going to happen this summer, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Susan Smith says:

    This sounds delicious. I’d use it on baked chicken.

  8. Yum! My mouth is watering, can’t wait to give it a try, it’s great to get some new flavour ideas for chicken.