All too often, chicken breast isn't marinated and winds up tasting flavorless. Not in this recipe: Chicken gets a wake-up call with a rub that calls for 16 different spices, including ginger, allspice, and garlic. It's topped with a peppery vinegar sauce and served with green onion slaw. To fire up the grill and make this super flavorful chicken, read more.

16-Spice-Rubbed Chicken Breast

16-Spice-Rubbed Chicken Breast

16-Spice-Rubbed Chicken Breast

Ingredients

For Green Onion Slaw:
1 cup coarsely chopped green onions, white and green parts
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
2 serrano chiles
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 cup canola oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small head of purple cabbage, finely shredded
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

For Chicken:
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
1 tablespoon pasilla chile powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon chile de arbol
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 (8-ounce) boneless chicken breasts, skin on
1/4 cup canola oil
Black Pepper Vinegar Sauce (recipe follows)

For Black Pepper Vinegar Sauce:
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Black pepper vinegar sauce: In a blender, combine the vinegar, oil, mustard, honey, salt and pepper, and blend until smooth. The sauce can be made 1 day in advance, covered and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Green onion slaw: To make the dressing, combine the green onions, vinegar, honey, chiles, mayonnaise, oil and salt and pepper to taste in a blender and blend until emulsified. Combine the cabbage, red onion and poppy seeds in a bowl, add the dressing, and stir until combined. Fold in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate while you grill the chicken or for up to 1 hour.
  3. Grilled chicken: Heat grill to high. Stir together the ancho powder, pasilla powder, cumin, coriander, ginger, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, chile de arbol, 2 tablespoons salt, black pepper and cayenne in a small bowl.
  4. Brush both sides of the breasts with the oil and season with salt. Rub the top side of each breast with a few tablespoons of the rub and place on the grill, rub side down. Grill until golden brown and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the breasts over and continue grilling until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes longer.
  5. Remove the chicken from the grill and drizzle with the black pepper vinegar sauce. Tent loosely with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve the slaw on the side.

Serves 4.