Dry Rub

This quick and easy dry rub recipe is great for crispy chicken wings, chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks and so much more. Make this delicious blend of spices and you'll always have flavorful chicken!

A chicken wing dry rub being scooped out of a wooden bowl with a spoon.
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Dry Rub Recipe

Tired of having flavorless chicken? This super easy dry rub seasoning is just the answer. You can make the most incredible dry rub wings for game day, or even toss some chicken thighs in this seasoning blend for a quick dinner.

My BBQ chicken rub is another quick favorite that we use all the time too. Really, I always try to either throw my chicken in a tasty marinade or use a homemade spice mixture. It's the only way to ensure delicious flavor!

Crispy skin, juicy meat, and incredible flavor — there's nothing better when it comes to cooking chicken! This dry rub recipe rivals all of the best chicken wing joints out there, it's really so tasty.

I love that this seasoning mix is a very general flavor and goes with all of my favorite dipping sauces. Whether it's tangy ranch dressing, creamy blue cheese dressing, or a classic spicy sauce, you can use this dry rub with it! The best go-to recipe.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

Skip the complicated chicken wing recipe and make this easy spice blend instead. Then cook your wings to crispy perfection:

  • You only need six ingredients for this recipe! You likely already have all of them in your spice cabinet already.
  • This is a wonderful last minute recipe to quickly prepare a meal or appetizer. If you need to whip up a tasty dinner, these yummy spices help for sure!
  • Use homemade dry rub on any type of chicken. You can also use it on other types of meat too! This delicious dry rub is the easiest way to add so much flavor to your chicken.


These six dry rub ingredients are all you need! Check your spice cabinet to make sure you have them all before your next run to the grocery store:

  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • chipotle powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • black pepper

Substitutions and Variations

Chili powder and cayenne pepper can both be used as a substitute for chipotle powder.

Feel free to make the dry rub more smokey with some smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.

How to Make Chicken Dry Rub

The best part about this seasoning mix is the fact that it's so easy to make:

Top view of a wooden bowl filled with various spices and seasonings, alongside a bunch of parsley and measuring spoons, on a light blue surface.

Carefully measure out each ingredient and add them to a small bowl or a mason jar.

A wooden bowl with a chicken dry rub mixed together with a spoon.

Mix well until thoroughly combined. Then use immediately or store until needed.

How to Use Dry Rub

There are so many ways to use this quick spice mixture, but my favorite way is air fryer chicken wings. Here are important step by step instructions to follow to make the best chicken wings:

Place wings onto a rimmed baking sheet and pat them dry with a paper towel. If desired, separate the flats from the drumettes.

Raw chicken wings on a baking tray beside a bowl of seasoning and parsley on a kitchen counter.
Raw chicken wings seasoned with dry rub on a baking sheet, alongside fresh parsley and a bowl of additional spices.

Sprinkle half of the rub over the chicken and rub it into the skin. Then flip the wings over and sprinkle the rest of the seasoning on the other side.

Dry rub chicken drumsticks with seasoning on an air fryer tray.

Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 3-5 minutes while you season your chicken wings. Then spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray and transfer wings to the basket, lining them up in one layer across the bottom.

A plate of dry rub chicken wings garnished with lime wedges and chopped parsley, served on a light-colored plate.

Cook for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), they're good to go!

You can also cook wings in the oven at 400°F (200°C)  for 40-45 minutes. Or grill your wings over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.

A plate of dry rub chicken wings garnished with lime wedges and chopped parsley.

Tips for Success

Need a few more tips and trick to make this a success? Then check these out and you'll have delicious wings every single time:

  • If you have trouble getting the chicken wing seasoning to adhere to the chicken, you can brush the chicken with a little bit of olive oil.
  • Make sure you season all sides of the chicken, no matter what cut you're using. Divide the seasoning up so that you have enough to season every piece thoroughly!
  • For best results, transfer this mouthwatering homemade dry rub to an airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months and never reuse any leftovers that have touched raw chicken.


Is dry rub or sauce better for wings?

It's really all personal preference, but if you like tons of flavor then I recommend doing a dry rub at minimum. You can always add sauce later alongside the dry rub! This blend of spices adds loads of flavor, then you can add a little heat or sweetness with a sauce.

Should I let dry rub sit on chicken wings?

You don't have to, but you can if you want. I wouldn't let the dry rub sit for longer than 12 hours. However, you can simply season up the chicken and immediately cook it. It's the easiest dry rub chicken wings recipe that you do not have to wait on!

Wooden bowl containing various spices including paprika, salt, sugar, and black pepper.

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A chicken wing dry rub being scooped out of a wooden bowl with a spoon.

Dry Rub

This easy-to-make dry rub recipe is loaded with so much flavor! It makes the best wings.
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 tablespoon


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, paprika, chipotle powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Stir together until fully combined
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container.


Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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