Spice-Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Easy Orange Barbecue Sauce

These chicken breasts may be simple to make but they are full of flavor. Jazzed up with smoked paprika, cumin, and a hint of brown sugar; this is an easy dinner that won’t break the bank.


  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • Juice of half an orange
  • Four 6-ounce boneless skinless chicken breast halves


Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together the smoked paprika, cumin, light brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

In a separate bowl, mix together the orange juice and barbecue sauce.

Sprinkle the rub mixture liberally over both sides of the chicken breasts. Grill the chicken breasts for 5 to 6 minutes per side, until cooked through and a thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the meat. Brush the chicken on both sides with the barbecue sauce during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

Tip: Rub the chicken breasts in the morning before work for a fuller flavor by dinnertime.

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