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Grilled Chicken with Coffee Spice Rub

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chicken


  • 7 chicken drumsticks with skin
  • 4 ½ tsp coffee spice rub
  • Salt to season
  • Vegetable oil
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • Pickled cucumbers to serve
  • Alfalfa sprouts to serve
  • Yoghurt; beaten and spiced mildly with roasted cumin powder

Coffee Spice Rub:

  • 4 tsp ground coffee espresso strength
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 star anise powdered
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder


  • To prepare the coffee spice rub, mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
  • Place the chicken drumsticks in a non reactive bowl or ziplock bag, add the spice rub and drizzle with vegetable oil (approx 2 -3 tbsp). Season with salt (remember the spice rub already has salt) and rub it all together and ensure the chicken has been coated well. Marinate for at least 6 hours, overnight is recommended.
  • Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before grilling.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C fan forced.
  • Place the drumsticks on the grill and cook for 10 minutes at 200°C; then lower the heat to 180°C and cook for another 10 minutes. Turn once and cook for another 5 minutes or till done.
  • Serve hot with lemon wedges, yoghurt, pickled cucumber and sprouts.


Pickled cucumber and the yoghurt lends a tangy flavour which goes beautifully with the rich intense flavour of the chicken.