BBQ Spice Rubbed Chicken Breasts

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Looking for something more snazzy than plain 'ole chicken breast on a grill, I found this rub recipe on  I honestly have only done spice rubs only a handful of times in my life, and after dinner tonight I am definitely going to be remedying that problem!  It goes without saying, these were awesome!  The rub almost left a little crust texture on the chicken and the flavor was amazing!  These had a little bite to them, but if you want to kick it up a notch, definitely add some cayenne to the mixture.     I love the spicy/sweet flavor combo, and...well, I just can't complain! Even the hubs, who normally doesn't go out of his way to compliment food (other than "thanks, dinner was good"), had a thing or two to say about how much he really liked the chicken.  The recipe calls for skinned chicken (bone-in, too, I imagine), but I just used boneless/skinless and it was fine (just watch your grill time). Overall... A+!

BBQ Spice Rubbed Chicken Breasts
Serves 4

4 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons mild chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper, medium grind
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon coriander, ground* (optional)
2 dried bay leaves, crushed*
1 tablespoon salt

1.  Spice Mix: Blend all dry ingredients. * Coriander and bay leaf can be ground in a spice or coffee grinder.

2.  Chicken: rinse chicken in cold water and pat dry, season chicken liberally with spice rub.

3.  To cook: Start gas grill or charcoal bbq; if using gas grill, turn one side down to a low heat while keeping the other side on med/high, If using charcoal grill push coals to one side.

4.  Place chicken breast on the grill (away from the fire) skin side up; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes (Check to make sure there is no flare ups if using a gas grill).

5.  Turn chicken over onto direct heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes more or until chicken is well browned, and cooked through, enjoy.

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