Santa Fe Chicken Rub

santa fe spice rub
This recipe comes from Mel's Kitchen Cafe and we used it to make tacos. We grilled the chicken and sliced it up, sauteed some peppers and onions and made some fancy guacomole. They were De-Licious! A perfect summer dinner!

2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon packed light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

In a small bowl, combine all the spices and brown sugar. Stir in the olive oil and mix until a crumbly, moist paste forms.
Place the chicken in a single layer in a 9X13-inch or similar size baking pan. Rub the chicken generously with the spice mixture on all sides. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 10 hours.
Grill the chicken over medium heat until cooked through, about 6-7 minutes per side, depending on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Cut into strips and serve. This chicken is delicious served as-is and is also wonderful served in soft tortillas with taco garnishes.