Spice-Rubbed Chicken

A tasty from my modern version of "The Joy Of Cooking". The rub works pretty well on pork tenderloin as well.


  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 3 Tbl fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • dash salt


Mix together salt, mustard fennel, coriander, cinnamon and red pepper; crushing in the fennel seeds in a mortar & pestle or against the side of the bowl with a strong metal spoon.

Rinse and pat dry chicken breasts and evenly coat all sides with spice mixture.

Grill chicken and prepare sauce: mix olive oil, cilantro, lemon juice, garlic and a dash of salt in a small bowl. Drizzle oil mixture over chicken just prior to serving.

Olive oil mix may be made ahead of time and chilled -- the difference in temperatures between the oil and the chicken is rather pleasant.