This is a great skinless, chicken breast recipe that can be served over salad greens or as an entree! If serving over salad greens, cut chicken into strips and top with your favorite salsa or dressing.



Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the paprika, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, thyme, cayenne pepper, and ground black pepper. Set aside about 3 tablespoons of this seasoning mixture for the chicken; store the remainder in an airtight container for later use (for seasoning fish, meats, or vegetables).

  • Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Rub some of the reserved 3 tablespoons of seasoning onto both sides of the chicken breasts.

  • Lightly oil the grill grate. Place chicken on the grill, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, until juices run clear.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

173 calories; 2.4 g total fat; 68 mg cholesterol; 1826 mg sodium. 9.2 g carbohydrates; 29.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (462)

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676 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 376
  • 4 star values: 192
  • 3 star values: 66
  • 2 star values: 23
  • 1 star values: 19
Rating: 5 stars
This was amazing. Instead of using it as a rub I put the spices and chicken into a gallon sized zip-lock bag with olive oil as a marinade. If you like it spicy this is the recipe to use. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Used this recipe as the base for a chicken taco salad at a neighborhood Cinco de Mayo party. Quite good. Followed the recipe exactly but used smoked hungarian paprika as that's all I had on hand. Noted the thyme was overpowering - hence only 4 stars.... Using 1 tsbp of cayenne pepper would have been too much for "just chicken" but by utilizing it in a salad the greens cut the spiciness. Perfect recipe to replace beef in a taco salad for those of us who are watching cholesterol!!! Thanks Barbara for a great recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wowza! I was sneezing throughout the entire mixing process. Take heed: this recipe makes a lot. Rub was good but I feel the thyme overpowered the blend. (I m not a big fan of the herb.) Next time I will decrease to Tbs. and keep the rest of the ingredients the same. I love the fiery/hot taste mix gave my poultry. It was even good in my salad the next day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I just made Spicy Chicken Breasts for dinner and my husband and I loved them!! They were absolutely delicious! However I took the advice from a few others and used half the amount of cayenne pepper because I didn't want them to be too spicy. I also used bone-in chicken breasts and baked them in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. They came out perfectly...the center was tender and moist and the seasoning on the outside was just right!! Thanks Barbara this is definitely a 5-Star recipe and we'll for sure be using the left over rub...I can't wait! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
WOWEE!! This is some SPICY chicken! The flavor was excellent (almost like blackened chicken) but since I'm sort of a wimp when it comes to hot foods I think I'll cut the cayenne pepper in half next time. Either that or not use quite as much spice rub on the chicken breasts before I grill them (I really rubbed it on thick)! If you like hot and spicy foods though you'll really love this... just make sure you have plenty of cold beer on hand to put out the fire!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used all the ingredients except the salt there is enough sodium in the recipe already. I did not use a grill as it was about 12 degrees outside and I didn t feel like bundling up! I put some extra virgin olive oil in a pan flash fried the chicken on High for 2 minutes on each side while covered. Then I turned the heat down to medium-low and cooked both sides checking the centers every couple minutes. I had a light Cesar Salad mix and some garlic bread to go with the chicken. Was a fantastic dinner my husband loved it (he likes spicy food) and while I was worried it would be too spicy for me the bread and salad really helped cool it down and I had no trouble eating it. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Using 1 TBSP "GROUND" cayenne was too spicy for my family. Tried only 1 tsp. and it was just a little "hot" but more to our taste. Good... but we liked the "Jenny's Grilled Chicken Breasts" from this site) better. Both recipes are exceptional with salad greens and your favorite dressing. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Sorry... I did not like this recipe at all. My husband (who would rave about toast) said it was "ok". The seasoning was just not good and brought no yummy flavor to the chicken. I even went with others recommendations and cut the cayenne in half. This is the first recipe from this site I have not given 5 stars to! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
We're new to the dry rub scene... and boy have we been missing out. This was fabulous! Just the right amount of heat (I only used 1/2T of the cayenne pepper though). If you're looking for a way to spice up plain old chicken breasts give this one a try! Read More