This chicken wing rub is the perfect easy seasoning for my delicious Chicken Wings. Grilled or baked chicken wings are excellent with this! Use one tablespoon of this mixture per pound of wings.
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Chicken Wing Rub
Chicken wings are one of life’s guilty pleasures, and they are absolutely amazing when eaten all on their own.
However, to really improve the intensely meaty and savory flavor of chicken wings, you need to give them a really good seasoning rub.
This chicken wing rub recipe combines all of the classic spices and flavorings to make for a savory and spicy chicken wing, perfect for grilling or baking.
Chicken Wing Rub Ingredients
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• Flaked sea salt
• Garlic powder
• Onion powder
• Dried thyme
• Smoked paprika
• Black pepper
• Cayenne pepper
How To Make Chicken Wing Rub
• Combine all of the ingredients together, whisking well
• Store in a sealed jar in the cupboard for up to 6 months
• Use as a seasoning for wings and even chicken breasts and thighs
What Ratio Of Seasoning To Meat Should You Use?
The big benefit of having a seasoning blend recipe is that the precise quantities don’t really matter.
You just need to measure out a balanced amount of seasoning to the amount of chicken wings you have by weight to arrive at the perfect amount of spice for your wings.
For this spice blend, use about a tablespoon of spice per pound of raw wings that you have.
If you want it to be that little bit spicier, feel free to use more spice, but make sure you don’t go any less, as many of the flavors just won’t shine through properly.
Since you only really need a small amount of spice mix every time you make wings, the best way to use this recipe is to keep it in a tightly sealed, lidded container and take it out whenever you need it. Just scoop out the amount you need and then reseal the jar, ready for your next use!
How To Make This Chicken Wing Rub Extra Spicy
This chicken wing rub spice blend should make for a tangy, slightly spiced, and savory chicken wing, but some people like their chicken wings a little bit spicier.
While you could certainly just cover your wings with some buffalo sauce or any other spicy wing sauce, you can also spice up this spice rub instead.
To add a little bit more of a chili kick, try adding a few different dried chilies to the spice mix.
Things like smoked chipotle peppers, chili de arbols, and even dried banana peppers all work really well with the natural flavor of chicken wings, and they also cook up really well.
If you do plan on using dried chilies, though, make sure that you are grinding or smashing them down really fine. A lot of dried chili mixes tend to really just be pieces of crushed-up dried chilies, making them much larger than any of the other spices in this blend.
If the dried chilies are individually too big, then they will burn way before the chicken wings are properly cooked. Simply crush them a bit in a spice blender or a mortar and pestle until they have the same size as the other spices.
You could also try and dry some chilies yourself, especially if you happen to grow your own chilies. Just make sure that you totally remove the seeds and the pith lining of the peppers so that you don’t accidentally get a mouthful of insane spice every now and then!
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Chicken Wing Rub
- 9 tablespoons
- Karlynn Johnston
- 3 tablespoons flaked sea salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- Combine all ingredients together, whisking well.
- Store in a sealed jar in the cupboard for up to 6 months.
- Use as seasoning for wings and even chicken breasts and thighs if desired!
- Use one tablespoon of the mixture to season one pound of wings
- This batch is enough to season 9 pounds of wings
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.