Spice Rub for Roasted Turkey, Chicken, or Vegetables

Spice Rub for Roasted Turkey, Chicken, or Vegetables

It is one week until Thanksgiving. And in the name of research, I have a whole, 15-pound turkey dry-brining away in the refrigerator. Because the best part about Thanksgiving is leftovers (after family and friends of course)!

So I’m not going to share any Thanksgiving-specific right now, but stay tuned for some recipes of what do do with some of that leftover turkey (that aren’t sandwiches).

In the meantime, I wanted to share a recipe for a spice rub. This works really well on turkey and chicken, as well as vegetables. It’s kind of a Mediterranean-Middle Eastern-inspired spice rub that I had tucked away and forgot about for a while before recently finding again.

Look how good this looks on a roasted turkey half breast surrounded with a variety of vegetables! Carrots, radishes, romanesco, sliced onion, and some lemon wedges for an extra bit of acid.

Mix together 3 teaspoons of kosher salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons of each allspice, paprika, black pepper, thyme, parsley, and 3/4 teaspoons of each oregano, and nutmeg together. Add in 6 minced garlic cloves and 4 to 5 tablespoons of olive oil to make a paste.

This makes enough to cover a half turkey breast or a whole chicken along with a couple of handfuls of vegetables. Rub most of it all over the turkey or chicken, including some under the skin. Toss some vegetables in the rest.

Or just make a big sheet pan of delicious roasted vegetables and serve over rice or pasta. This is delicious with all sorts of roasted vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, radishes, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Spice Rub for roasted Turkey, Chicken, and Vegetables

A Mediterranean-Middle Eastern-inspired spice rub that is delicious on roasted turkey, chicken, and vegetables.
Try a dash of cayenne for a kick!
Prep Time5 mins


  • 3 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 ½ tsp parsley
  • ¾ tsp oregano
  • ¾ tsp nutmeg
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 – 5 tbsp olive oil


  • Mix all the dry spices together. Add the minced garlic and olive oil and mix until everything is evenly incorporated.
  • Rub over a turkey half breast, a whole chicken, or toss into some veggies. Roast away and enjoy!

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