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Chipotle-Lime Rub (for grilled chicken)

Yield: Yields about 1 cup; enough for 1 chicken.

Coat the chicken pieces  with this spicy paste while the grill is heating. Brush on any extra during grilling. Serve with the Cucumber-Grape Salsa or your favorite salsa.


  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, very finely minced
  • 2 chipotles (from a can of chipotles in adobo), minced
  • 2 Tbs. adobo sauce (from the can of chipotles)
  • 1 Tbs. ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per Tbs.
  • Calories (kcal) : 35
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 30
  • Fat (g): 3.5
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 130
  • Carbohydrates (g): 1
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 0


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Put the chicken pieces in a nonreactive dish or a large zip-top bag and pour the sauce over them. With your hands, lift the skin of the chicken pieces a bit so that the rub can get underneath and rub the pieces all over with the seasonings. Refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • LArcher | 12/02/2014

    Superb! I have made this several times and have loved it every time! I brine the chicken first and then make it just as the recipe states. We fight over the leftovers! One of the best ways to do drumsticks or thighs.

  • SusanCooks4u | 04/23/2010

    I've used this rub many times since it first came out in 2002. It's spicy but not hot. The lime creates a tartness that lends itself to lip smackin' satisfacation.

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