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Coffee and Cocoa Grilled Chicken

Coffee and cocoa are flavourful additions to a barbecue spice rub. It may seem unusual, but their deep flavours pair well with the smoky heat of the barbecue, making a finger-licking-good chicken dish to serve with rice or a potato salad.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min


8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp chili powder
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp cumin, ground
½ tsp coriander, ground
½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dark roast coffee, finely ground
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp dark hot chocolate mix

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Combine spice ingredients in a zip lock bag.

  2. Add chicken pieces to the bag and shake chicken with spice mixture. Massage spices into the chicken through bag using fingers. Allow the rub to sit on chicken pieces for at least an hour before they hit the grill. This allows the flavours maximum time to set.

  3. Bake, broil or grill until a thermometer inserted into the chicken pieces reads 165ºF (74ºC).

Helpful Tip

You can substitute chicken thighs with your favourite cut of skinless chicken.
Use this easy barbecue rub to fully seal chicken pieces to yield the juiciest chicken. Use a strong, dark, powdered coffee, like espresso and a high-quality cocoa/hot chocolate.

Nutrition Info

Per 120 g serving Amount
Protein23 g
Fat7 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate5 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar1 g
Cholesterol95 mg
Sodium410 mg
Per 120 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A45
Vitamin C10
Vitamin B632
Vitamin B1220