Communion Dinner 2012-Saturday Dinner and Spice Rub Recipe

 Dinner #3 Saturday dinner was a simple one.  Since the staff and I have been prepping and cooking for  last five days in a row, we wanted to keep things simple.   And one more dinner to go!

The menu for Saturday night dinner for 180 was as follows:

Blackened Chicken Marinara (55 lbs of boneless, skinless breast) 
Served over Linguini (20 lbs)
Garlic Toast (220 pieces)
Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce 

Dry rub works best rather than wet marinade when you have such a large quantity of meat,   It's easier to keep good crust this way and searing the meat is a snap.   On a smokey hot oiled griddle, sear and par cook the chicken breast and finish in the 375 degree oven.  Make sure to temp the meat at 160 degrees F internally  to keep things nice and moist.  This spice rub works great for just about any types of meat for grilling or pan searing.  

Spice Rub 
Makes about 3 cups

1/2 cup paprika
1/2 cup light brown sugar, or to taste
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup granulated garlic
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoon dried parsley
2  tablespoon dried basil

1 tablespoons cayenne pepper, or to taste

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.  Store in airtight container and keep it in cool, dry place.  


  1. The chicken breast looks really tender and delicious served over pasta.

  2. Yum!


  3. Kay, this looks so delicious. We are always looking for a great rub recipe to have on hand and I definitely like the sound of this one. Big plus...I have everything on hand!

  4. Dear Kay,

    It is truly impressive and admirable to cook for a party of 180!! I love to entertain friends at home and the most number I had was 40 and that was stretching the limit with canapes etc rather than a full sit down dinner. Your spice rub recipe for this chicken looks delicious on that griddle!

  5. This rub looks amazing! But how much salt am I supposed to add? It says 1/4 cup tablespoons salt.

    1. Just corrected the error, Penny! Thanks for pointing that out! :)