Roasted Chicken with Smokey Cinnamon Rub

Holy cow…I’ve been making a lot of desserts!  I just noticed that the last few recipes I’ve posted have been sweets…aye, how dare I?

Well, here’s the thing… ol’ Kyle got himself a beautiful KitchenAid mixer and we’ve been forced…forced I tell you, to eat cookies and banana bread…and yup…cheesecake.  Very first cheesecake I have made from scratch.  It was…well, amazing.  Do I have a problem with sweets?  No, I was simply taking part in some sampling for a friend…that’s it.  That’s it!

I have recently been in love with a new rub I came up with.  It’s not that inventive, but it’s amazing.  I first came up with it when I was making a rub for our pork ribeyes a week or so ago.  It was somewhat of an accident, but as we were enjoying our pork I realized how suitable of a rub it would be for chicken.  Of course, I was right.  I LOVE making whole chickens.  I usually try to make a whole chicken every few weeks because you can eat on it for a few days or throw the leftovers in salads …whatever.

Try this new rub on your next cut of pork or chicken.  I bet it would be great on seafood as well.

If you have not yet — make sure to listen to the new Balanced Bites podcast episode.  It’s wonderful.  It is what I have been listening to recently and I enjoyed it very much.

Ingredients for Smokey Cinnamon Rub

** These amounts were enough to cover a 4.5 pound chicken.

  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. rubbed sage
  • 1-1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Rinse chicken well and pat dry.  Place on the rack of a roasting pan.  Tie legs together with kitchen twine and tuck in wings.
  3. Rub the inside of your chicken with some of your rub — about 1/2 a tbsp.
  4. Smash 4-5 garlic cloves and toss them in the cavity of your chicken.
  5. Melt 2 tbsp. of pastured butter and brush the outside of chicken.
  6. Sprinkle rub all over chicken and rub in.
  7. Roast an hour and a half or about 30 minutes per pound.  You can tell when your chicken is done with drumsticks move freely from the body.


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4 Responses to “Roasted Chicken with Smokey Cinnamon Rub”

  1. I have a whole chicken in the freezer just waiting to be roasted – might have to try this!

  2. Kyle says:

    …. Forced? Yeah, more like demanded. Just to clarify, YOU DEMANDED sweets 🙂

    • jennifer says:

      After a few…yeah I’ve demanded more. But *I* was never the one who coined the term “Bakeathon” …speaking of which, I DEMAND you make PALEO desserts for me.

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