Sweet and Spicy Rub for Roasted Chicken

  • About 3/4 cup
  •  2 hrs 10 mins
  •  10 mins
  •  2 hrs


  • 2-1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sweet basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black fine grind pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 (4 to 5 pound s) whole roasting chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Mazola® Corn Oil


Preheat oven to 325°F.

Combine paprika, onion and garlic powder, salt, oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

Combine 3 tablespoons of rub mixture with the brown sugar; set aside. Place remaining rub mixture (about 1/2 cup) in an airtight container to store for future use.

Rinse the chicken and pat dry; place in a shallow pan. Rub oil over all sides of the chicken. Distribute the rub over the chicken, generously coating all surfaces.

Roast for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, until done (juices should run clear and a meat thermometer inserted in thigh should register 180°F).

TIP: Serve on a bed of seasoned rice. To make, add 1 teaspoon rub seasoning to the cooking water of 2 cups rice. This will yield 6 cups cooked rice.

Serving suggestions: Use rub on ribs, pork chops, turkey breast or even grilled chicken!