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Step 3: Apply a spice rub to the chicken

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You can really use whatever spice rub you like, but I chose to try the one from the original article. Upon closer inspection, I didn't have all the spices, so I subbed a bit.

KFC-inspired spice rub:
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • pinch of celery seed
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Measure out all the spices into a bowl and mix. Rub the entire rub mix over the bird until it's nicely coated. If you have any leftovers, rub it inside the body cavity.