Vanilla-Spice Rub for Chicken



From The original recipe does not specifically state a certain type of meat so I chose bone-in chicken thighs. I think it would also be really good with turkey. This one's all over the map: Caribbean/Micronesian/Mexican flavors!


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Makes 1 1/2 tablespoons rub
5 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 1 tsp
    sweet paprika (i replaced 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika w/smoked paprika)
  • 1 tsp
    raw sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp
    whole vanilla bean pod, cut into little pieces (pod and seeds)
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    ponape black peppercorns (i used regular black peppercorns)
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon (used equivalent amount of whole cinnamon broken up into little pieces)
  • 1/4 tsp
    whole allspice

How to Make Vanilla-Spice Rub for Chicken


  1. *Place all the ingredients in a spice mill or clean coffee grinder and grind to a powder. Rub on meat of choice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook. The meat can be prepped up to 24 hours in advance.

    *I made this into a wet rub by combining 3 tablespoons of macadamia nut oil with most of the rub (for #1 chicken).
  2. Place leftover rub in a sealed glass jar with date written on the jar. Store in a cool, dry place and use within 3 months for best results.
  3. The meat can be grilled, pan grilled or oven baked. I thought I had purchased boneless thighs but they were bone-in and with skin on. I had initially planned to pan grill but instead baked the chicken for 45 minutes at 350 degrees then another 15 minutes at 375 degrees. The chicken was served with a simple *white rice (recipe below) and spring turnip greens.
  4. Rinse 1 cup long grain white rice in a fine mesh strainer. (You can skip the rinsing but the rice will be starchier.) Set aside to dry. In a pan on medium heat melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Sautè the rice for about 5 minutes along with 3-4 small *fresh* bay leaves. Add a pinch of salt and 2 cups water. Cover pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer on LOW for about 20-25 minutes or until the water has completely evaporated.

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About Vanilla-Spice Rub for Chicken

Course/Dish: Rubs
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Caribbean
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian Vegan
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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