18 Spice Chicken Rub

18 Spice Chicken Rub
18 Spice Chicken Rub
18 Spice Chicken Rub 18 Spice Chicken Rub
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One of the most common questions we receive from our customers is "What are the best seasonings or spices for chicken?"

These customers are usually trying to eat healthier, aren't big fans of fish and chicken is often their protein of choice for many of their meals. We know from firsthand experience that when you're eating a lot of chicken it can get awful boring.


The Story Behind Our 18 Spice Chicken Rub

Well I love to cook chicken - whether it's on the grill, roasted in the oven or tossed into the slow cooker and so naturally I'm constantly experimenting with new chicken rubs, seasonings, marinades or some exotic flavor combination to find something that will surprise my taste buds (which is not easy to do). When testing new blends on the grill I especially enjoy summer (although I do grill year round in Pennsylvania) as one of the first nuggets of feedback I get will come from my neighbors (whichever side of the house is downwind that day) as one of them will often come over and say - "oh that smells good so what seasoning are you cooking with tonight?". Always a good sign.

Because we've been creating blends for almost 10 years now (not just ours but custom blends as well) we've gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about not only what pairs well together but also which spices create the perfect base for a rub or seasoning. A great deal of that knowledge has been incorporated into this blend which is also one of our most popular.

Now typically I prefer big and bold flavors on my chicken (gravitating more towards African, Latin American and Middle Eastern inspired blends) but this rub is gentler and tends to be very well received by family members who prefer subtler flavors.


What Does 18 Spice Chicken Rub Taste Like

Like many good chicken rubs our 18 Spice Chicken Rub has a bit of sweetness to it from the demerara sugar and cinnamon. When grilling chicken the demerara sugar helps form a nice crust to keep the juices in. Now while there are a variety of chiles we used (ancho, pasilla, de arbol and cayenne) in this blend it only has a very, very mild kick. Finally you'll note some very gentle hints of licorice from the fennel with some subtle fruitiness from the ancho and cloves.

Now we're big believers in salt free seasonings but sometimes in order to make a good rub become a great rub you need a dash of salt and this was one of those times. For some of our customers they feel that this chicken rub needs a bit more salt - so if you feel the same way after trying it the first time by all means add a bit more salt to it the second time around.


Cooking with 18 Spice Chicken Rub

For best results I like to season my chicken for at least 2-4 hours prior to cooking to allow the seasoning to work its magic (place in the refrigerator and remove 30 minutes prior to cooking). I personally like to let it season for about 5-10 hours for optimum flavor (perfect when cooking on the weekend). I recommend using about 1 tablespoon of seasoning per pound of chicken. You can always add more if you feel that it needs a bit more.


What's In 18 Spice Chicken Rub

Hand blended from ancho, pasilla, cinnamon, ginger, onion, garlic, cumin, sea salt, demerara sugar, mustard, black pepper, coriander, California paprika, cloves, allspice, fennel, cayenne and de arbol.


More Chicken Seasoning Favorites

If you're a fan of chicken seasonings then you'll want to be sure to check out these customer favorites - our best selling chicken seasoning Honey Chipotle (a bit of sweet and just a bit of heat), Flippin' The Bird (more herby flavored), Piri Piri (when I'm in the mood for some spicy African flavor) and one of my current favorites is actually Napa Valley Pepper (forms a great crust on grilled chicken).


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.9g1%

Dietary Fiber0.7g3%

Total Sugars0.3g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4 out of 5
24 total ratings.

Travis C. (Verified buyer) 04/09/2022
Exceed my expectations! Exceed my expectations!

Luke L. (Verified buyer) 02/05/2022
Super yummy spice! Super yummy spice!

Charles H. (Verified buyer) 03/11/2021
my family loves this flavor.... my family loves this flavor....

Michelle B. (Verified buyer) 08/23/2020
The Most Delicious Chicken At first I was a little skeptical of the 18 spice chicken rub. The flavor profile was one that I wasn't familiar with or used to. I let it sit for awhile before using it. When I finally mustered up the courage to use it I was pleasantly surprised. I am now hooked and have been using it ever since. It makes a great seasoning for chicken. I even tried it with my mother who is going through cancer treatment and has lost her sense of taste. She declared that it was delicious!

Betty M. (Verified buyer) 09/15/2018
vegetable soup mix I love the flovor it give to the vegetable,wish I had tried it long time ago I wouldv'e eating more vegetable.

Victor R. (Verified buyer) 08/01/2018
great spice mix for chicken A family hit

Rafael (Verified buyer) 11/05/2013
18 Spice Chicken Rub The skin had an excellent flavor and the meat acquired some subtle taste

Kevin (Verified buyer) 08/11/2013
18 Spice Chicken Rub Put it in the flour to season it. Wonderful to say the least. Then as soon as the chicken came out of the fryer I added a little more....amazing......

Helen (Verified buyer) 04/18/2013
18 Spice Chicken Rub I love it on my chicken,but my favorite use is on sweet potatoes, mashed, baked, and fries.

Debora (Verified buyer) 04/21/2012
18 Spice Chicken Rub I salted the chicken before I cooked it, as this is a salt free mix. Excellent! The sweet spices really come through, even when salted.
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