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Chile Dry Rub Grilled Chicken

Course Chicken, Grilling
Cuisine Mexican


For Chile Dry Rub

  • 3 tablespoons chile ancho powder
  • 3 tablespoons guajillo powder or another red mild chile powder, such as Gebhardt brand
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar powder or 2 teaspoons citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon annatto powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoons Mexican oregano crushed
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle or cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste

You Also Need

  • *1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs 4 to 5 pieces
  • *Oil for grill pan or outdoor grill

For Onions

  • 1 medium red onion sliced thin
  • 2 hot peppers of your choice serrano or jalapeño previously roasted or grilled and chopped fine
  • Juice of 5 key limes or 2 regular limes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste



  • Season the chicken generously with dry rub on both sides. Cover and marinate for 24 hours or up to 2 days in refrigerator.
  • Remove chicken from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking time so it comes to room temperature.
  • About an hour before cooking chicken, combine all of the ingredients for the pickled onions. Stir well to combine, taste for salt. Cover and set aside.
  • Preheat a stove top grill pan or outdoor grill to medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Drizzle or brush with oil. Cook the chicken for 8 to10 minutes per side (with lid closed) or until internal temperature read 165 degrees F. Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes before serving. Slice and garnish with pickled red onions. Serve with warm corn tortillas and your favorite salsa. Yields 4 servings.


*Tips~ if you can't find a mild red chile powder, you could purchase a mild (low salt) pre-mixed chili seasoning from the store. If it has salt, taste before adding more