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Spice Rub Pan Fried Chicken

Turn bland chicken breasts into something truly delicious with this easy spice rubs from cumin, coriander, chili, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, and ginger.

If you are like me, you probably have a healthy stock of dry spices in your pantry. I tried to buy smaller quantity of spices since they do lose their potency over time. To make sure that I don’t throw away my spices, I sometimes make simple spice rub to my pan fried chicken, like this one.

Spice Rub Pan Fried Chicken

Spice Rub Pan Fried Chicken

These are the spices that I almost always have in my pantry: coriander, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon powder. So I make my spice rub with these, plus olive oil, salt, sugar, grated garlic and grated ginger. My pan fried chicken breasts using this spice rub always turn out succulent and taste amazing. And I am happy that I make sure my spices are all used up instead of got tossed out due to expiration date :)

Spice Rub Pan Fried Chicken

Spice Rub Pan Fried Chicken

Spice Rub Pan Fried Chicken

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 500 gram skinless boneless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2-3 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Pound chicken breasts so they have an even 1/2 inch thickness. Alternatively, you can butterfly them to get the even thickness.
  2. Mix together chicken breasts with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl (or you can also use a ziplock bag). Marinate for at least 2 hours, overnight is best. Return to room temperature before proceed with the cooking.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Pan fry chicken breast 3-4 minutes per side. Let the cooked chicken breasts rest for 5 minutes before cutting into thin strips.
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  • Jen Jen says:

    We have chicken a lot for dinner so this would be a fantastic way to change it up. Sounds so flavorful!

    • Anita Anita says:

      This is one of my trusted chicken recipes, especially when all I have is some chicken and spices, and absolutely no time to drop by grocery stores to even pick up some fresh herbs. Definitely one of my lifesaver recipes. :)

  • Anjali Anjali says:

    I love all the spices you used in this recipe!! It makes it so much more flavorful and delicious!

  • Danielle Wolter Danielle Wolter says:

    If there was one category of recipes I would never get tired of experimenting with, it would probably be chicken recipes. I am really excited to try a similar spice rub and guess what - I will use it with chiken :-) It is such a great idea not to throw spices away!

    • Anita Anita says:

      So true. Every few months I go through my spices and panic sets in a bit, then I remember I need to just use them as a rub, and problem solved. :D

  • Beth Beth says:

    Each picture in this post is so mouthwatering! I love how quick and flavorful this recipe is - delish!

  • Sapana Sapana says:

    Such an easy weeknight dinner!

  • Lany Susanto Lany Susanto says:

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