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 Sazón. 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.
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.
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.
- 2 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
- 2 Tbsp. Dried Cilantro
- 2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
- 2 Tbsp. Paprika
- 2 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
- 2 Tbsp. Ground Coriander
- 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?