Rayz Hot Dry Rub and Spice Cave Wind on Chicken Tenders

Rayz “Hot Dry Rub” and The Spice Cave “Wind” on grilled chicken tenders were both winners. Watch our video to see how good they look and taste!

Dry Rubbed Chicken Tenders with Rayz Hot Dry Rub and The Spice Cave Wind seasoning

You’ve surely heard Guy Fieri say “Winner, winner, chicken dinner”? Yup. When it comes to simple grilled chicken tenders over some good charcoal, you can do almost anything to them!

In this case, we’re using two nice rubs from our shelves.

Rayz Hot Dry Rub

Ingredients: rosemary, honey, allspice, scallions, brown sugar, vinegar, peppers, molasses, garlic, onion, thyme, nutmeg, salt.

Rayz Hot Dry Rub is a dry rub seasoning based on their popular Rayz Jerk Jam product.

The heat level is: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – just shy of 2.5 on our heat scale. Very spicy but enjoyable by all.

The Spice Cave Wind

Ingredients: dehydrated vegetables, garlic, onions, parsley, himalayan pink salt, spices,
orange peel, chili pepper flakes.

Part of a 4 pack of spices from Kickstarter… The Spice Cave has quite a selection of spice rubs.

“Wind is an herbaceous blend for anything that flies.” So, we’re putting it on chicken.

Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – No heat to speak of. It’s basically an “everything bagel” type of seasoning. But delicious!

HERE’S THE VIDEO OF THE CHICKEN TENDERS

Where to Buy:

Visit RayzJerkJam.com for the Rayz Hot Dry Rub

Visit The Spice Cave for their spice offerings

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC

Nashville Hot Chicken has been on our radar for a while now, and we considered recreating the recipe to try at home, but KFC has taken care of it for us. Thank you Colonel Sanders Inc.

While not exactly “hot wings”, we’re including this unique chicken in our Week of Wings 7 – Day 4. It’s a shame KFC doesn’t offer their Nashville Hot Chicken in a “wing only” version.

Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC

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We don’t often post about fast foods – our friend “Q” over at BrandEating.com does an awesome job of those reviews – but we just had to share this with our readers.

Quick backstory about the recipe: Nashville Hot Chicken originated in the 1930’s at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hot chicken or Nashville hot chicken is a type of fried chicken that is a local specialty of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. In its typical preparation, it is a portion of breast, thigh, or wing that has been marinated in a water-based blend of seasoning, floured, fried, and finally sauced using a paste that has been spiced with cayenne pepper. It is served atop slices of white bread with pickle chips. It is both the application of a spicy paste and the presentation that differentiates it from similar dishes, such as Buffalo wings. Source: Hot Chicken on Wikipedia

Our thoughts on the KFC Nashville Hot Chicken:

First of all, thank you Colonel Sanders for your stamp of approval – as evidenced on the sticker on our order:

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See, it’s right there on the sticker.

We’ll keep this short and sweet spicy.

This is some of the best spicy chicken we’ve ever had. Without a doubt. Bar none. Period.
Ok, you get the idea. We like it.

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KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken sauce is a super spicy oil based mixture

Remarkably, KFC’s original Extra Crispy Chicken stays… well, extra crispy – even after being doused with the spicy oil. It must be science!

How it’s made – (the unofficial secret recipe):

1. Take KFC Extra Crispy Chicken parts (or tenders for you tenderfoots)
2. Douse them with a spicy oil laced with cayenne powder, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper
3. Do this all over the parts again
4. Toss on a couple of dill pickle chips just for fun (and faux authenticity)
5. Bam! You’re in Nashville, eating Hot Chicken – or as close as you’ll get

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KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

We purchased the 8 piece Family Meal, that included 2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 legs, and 2 wings – along with 2 sides.

Heat Level: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Very spicy! Hot.

Overall Flavor: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Best spicy chicken we’ve had from a fast food joint. Unique and savory!

Enjoy with KFC’s really decent cole slaw and a good cola. Oh, and biscuits.

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Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders from KFC

KFC also offers Nashville Hot Tenders that sport the same spicy sauce drizzled over their crispy chicken tenders.

Seriously, we think this offering trumps the best of what Popeye’s has ever offered.

Go get some now. Then come back and tell us what you think. We’ll wait.

More Week of Wings 7

Week of Wings 7 – Day 1: Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 7 – Day 2: Old Bay Butter Wings
Week of Wings 7 – Day 3: Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo and Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 7 – Day 4: Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC
Week of Wings 7 – Day 5: The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce

EASY RECIPE FOR GREEN CHILE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

This easy recipe for chicken enchiladas features green chile sauce. Purchase a small roasted chicken from your local grocer’s deli department. They did the cooking and hard work, you simply cut it up and shred it for the enchiladas.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

We’ve made these Chicken Enchiladas quite a few times, but always with a red enchilada sauce. This time we’re going all green. The recipe is super easy and the steps are simple – and maybe, just maybe, by going “green” we’re helping save the planet. (Okay, not really). Read on for the amazingly simple recipe we use for these delicious chicken enchiladas – red or green!

The full recipe is at the end of this post.

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We used Hatch brand green enchilada sauce and green chiles.

You can use any green enchilada sauce you wish, and the canned fire-roasted chiles can also be your favorite. We like the Hatch Brand products. Next up, you will need a small roasted chicken from your local deli. Easy peasy and a great time saver!

Make the chicken mixture

Take that deli roasted chicken and break it down and chop it up.
Place it in a skillet, add about 1/4 cup of sauce and the green chiles – heat over medium-low heat to warm the mixture.

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Roasted deli chicken, shredded with green chiles added.

Next you will will spoon the chicken mixture onto the corn torillas along with your favorite “Mexican” style cheese. We used a bag of “Four Cheese Mexican” from the dairy case.

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Spoon cheese and shredded chicken mixture onto corn tortillas.

Roll tortilla tightly and place in baking dish (dish lined with a few spoonfuls of enchilada sauce).

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Roll corn tortilla tightly to place in baking dish.

Your rolled up corn tortillas will begin to look like this in the baking dish.

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Baking dish ladeled with enchilada sauce, with corn tortillas on top.

After filling baking dish with all tortillas, you’ll add more sauce and cheese.

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A full dish, add more sauce on top.

Now, more cheese. Yea, more cheese.

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Add more cheese. It’s a good thing.

After they bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees, they’ll look like this.

Enchiladas baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Enchiladas baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

The finished Green Chile Chicken Enchilada dish.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada dinner

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada dinner

You will need:

  • One small deli roasted whole chicken – cut up and shredded
  • One can green or red enchilada sauce (we used Hatch brand)
  • One can roasted green chiles (we used Hatch brand “hot”)
  • Package of corn tortillas – large 7-8″
  • Shredded cheese – we like Four Cheese Mexican style
  • Glass baking dish

Steps:

  1. Cut up roasted chicken, and shred.
  2. Warm up shredded chicken in skillet with the green chiles and 1/4 cup enchilada sauce.
  3. Place tortillas on plate, cover with wet paper towel, heat in microwave for 30 seconds to soften.
  4. Spoon enough enchilada sauce into bottom of baking dish to cover (about 4 tbls).
  5. Onto each warmed tortilla, sprinkle on some of the cheese, spoon about 3-4 tbls. warmed chicken mixture, roll tightly, placing seam side down into baking dish.
  6. Top with remaining enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered at 350º for about 20 minutes, rotating dish half-way through.
  8. Add more cheese (and sauce if desired), return to oven and broil for 5 minutes until browned.
  9. Serve with sour cream and shredded lettuce, and rice and beans if you desire.

Do you have a favorite Chicken Enchilada recipe? Please share it with us in the Comments below. I’d love to know how to kick this up another notch!

Johnny Secreto Rubs and BBQ Sauce review

This was a really fun review to work on, thanks to the great labels and branding and amazing variety of flavors in the 3 rubs and the BBQ sauce.

Johnny Secreto features rubs and recipes from an Old World Italian Family

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Here are 3 very different, yet flavorful rubs and their BBQ sauce counterpart from Johnny Secreto. Let’s look at the products, and then we’ll talk about the grilled chicken tenders we cooked with each.

Backyard Classic

Ingredients: sugar, paprika, garlic salt, seasoning salt, celery salt, onion salt, herbs, spices – 3.0 oz jar.

This really is a “classic” style rub, as it includes all the basic ingredients that a good rub is built upon. Look up any basic rub recipe, and you’ll see a similar list. Of course, Johnny Secreto has added their own unique spice blends to personalize it.

Having the finest grind of the three, it’s powdery, sweet and salty. The celery salt is quite prominent. I know a lot of folks don’t care for celery flavorings, but if you love Old Bay Seasoning, you’ll like this. Not that this rub is of the seafood seasoning variety, I’m just comparing it to one of the most well-known, celery salt laden seasonings. Good for: burgers, ribs, poultry, potatoes.

Sultan’s Gold Rub

Ingredients: brown sugar, kosher salt, garlic salt, spices – 2.5 oz jar.

The Sultan’s Gold has the coarsest makeup, and indeed has a yellowish-gold look to it. We think it’s very Mediterranean in flavor, and very pungent with hints of coriander and a little touch of curry. Good for: wild game, lamb, salmon, pork or poultry.

Mexicallia Rub

Ingredients: brown sugar, kosher salt, herbs, spices – 2.75 oz jar.

This medium-light grind was a little clumpy due to the moisture in the brown sugar. It was also the sweetest tasting of the 3, with an ever so slight spicy finish. Secreto’s claims there is a chipotle finish to it, but we only detect a tinge of chile heat – not noticeable enough to identify it as chipotle. Good for: chicken, grilled quesadillas, or as a spice for taco meat or added to salsa or dips.

Craft BBQ Sauce

Ingredients: extra thick ketchup (tomato concentrate, sugar, vinegar, salt, onion powder, spices, natural flavors), dark brown sugar, apple vinegar, water, worcestershire sauce (distilled white vinegar, molasses, water, sugar, onions, anchovies, salt, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, natural flavorings, chile pepper extract), liquid smoke, garlic powder, onion powder, other spices. Contains soy and fish. – 12 oz bottle.

Dark brown colored and medium thick, this is a sweet, spicy (peppery) sauce. We’re just talking about ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, worcestershire, and spices – pretty typical. There is the addition of liquid smoke, but I don’t feel it’s overpowering at all. I’m a fan of liquid smoke – when used lightly – and I think it’s just fine here. (There are legions of liquid smoke haters out there, and that’s fodder for a whole different discussion).

Secreto’s Craft BBQ Sauce, while delicious, is pretty standard fare. Very good, but not spectacularly different. But, it really shined when paired with the rubs. It would make a great BBQ sauce on pulled pork too, paired with the Backyard Classic rub.

Grilled chicken with Johnny Secreto rubs and Craft BBQ Sauce

For each of the 3 rubs, we marinated 1/2 pound of chicken tenders with 3 tsp of rub, and 2 tsp of olive oil in zip top baggies for about 3 hours.

Then we grilled the tenders over a medium direct heat. Near the end of grilling, we sauced half of them with Johnny Secreto Craft BBQ Sauce, to see how the sauce worked with each of the rubs.

Johnny Secreto Backyard Classic Rub

Dry Rubbed:

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Brian – Truly tastes like a classic rub, but a bit salty, which rubs can be in general. Usually the saltiness gets “washed away” or minimized with either a marinade or with the addition of a sauce (more on that later). I think this rub would make a great savory deep fried wing. On the tenders we grilled, I liked it very much. But I did use a heavy hand and would back off a bit next time.

Marilyn – Tastes a little too salty for me but I do pick up on the sweetness, and the paprika and garlic and onion. There’s also a good bit of black pepper going on. Other than the salt, it’s pretty enjoyable and flavorful.

With Craft Sauce:

Brian – The sauce added a perfect sweet blend that really cut back on the saltiness. I can now say this would be a killer wing recipe, either deep fried or grilled as we’ve done here. This is a must-try combo.

Marilyn – I’m getting a lot of sweetness from both the rub and sauce together. I agree with Brian, that the sauce helped temper the salt in the rub. There’s also a nice dark flavor from the worcestershire in the sauce, with some heat coming in at the end – mildly spicy. The Craft Sauce caramelized nicely on the chicken. Winner!

Johnny Secreto Sultan’s Gold Rub

Dry Rubbed:

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Brian – Very savory, yet very floral. Definitely the strongest flavored of the rubs. Impressive in looks, taste and feel. I love the big bits of spices. On the chicken, as you can see in the pics, the rub is a big player in both appearance and texture. I was blown away from the big impact this rub had on the dry tenders.

Marilyn – I see lots of coriander seed and hulls, other herbs, and some pepper flakes. Very aromatic and herbaceous. I’m not sold on this being a good rub on chicken. I’m thinking bigger foods, like beef ribs, or pork loins or tenderloins.

With Craft BBQ Sauce:

Brian – The same underlying floral bouquet, this time with the added sweetness and spice of the Craft BBQ sauce. Very hearty with big flavors. But with the Gold rub, I prefer the dry rubbed chicken. I can see this would be a perfect seasoning on lamb or other game meats, too.

Marilyn – Totally different now with the sauce. I like this much better than just the dry rub, but I still feel this rub is made for beef ribs or pork loin. I can’t speak to the lamb, as I’m not a fan of that meat.

Johnny Secreto Mexicallia Rub

Dry Rubbed:

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Brian – If you remember, this rub was a bit clumpy due to the moisture in the brown sugar, and it shows up again here on these dry rubbed chicken tenders. Whether it’s just a little sweat from the brown sugar releasing the moisture, or the rub itself drawing out moisture from the chicken, the tacky look and feel was not appetizing. The flavor was very muted – just not enough for me. With barely a hint of spice, this rub was the blandest of the three. Perhaps a heavier dose would be in order. It seems to want to be a “Southwest” style of seasoning, but just doesn’t quite get there.

I would recommend Johnny Secreto kick up the chile flavor (whether chipotle, or other) to bring this rub up to the level of flavor that the other 2 rubs bring.

Marilyn – While it’s the least salty of the 3 rubs, and some chile and cumin show up in my mouth, it’s very tame compared to the others. Definitely very sweet, and pleasant, but it’s not really a chile or southwest player. At least not at the level to which we are accustomed.

With Craft BBQ Sauce:

Brian – Again, the Craft BBQ Sauce has enhanced this rub – really bringing out more flavor more than the rub alone. This rub just might not be for chicken – at least in the way we prepared it.

Marilyn – I agree that the sweetness of the sauce really pumped up the flavor of the Mexicalli Rub. And like Brian said, this just may not be for grilled chicken alone. Maybe in a quesadilla or other Mexican fare it would be good.

Final Thoughts

While all of the rubs and the sauce are delicious, each brings its own strong suit. There is nothing wrong with any of them, the packaging and labeling is top notch, and the logo, graphics, and personna of Johnny Secreto is simply stellar.

But of course we have our favorites.

Brian – My favorite overall was the Backyard Classic rub with the Craft BBQ sauce combo. Next would be the incredibly flavorful Gold rub, and I liked this one both dry and sauced. Finally, the Mexicalli with the sauce – it has potential as is, but could be so much bolder.

Marilyn – My favorite combo was also the Backyard Classic with the BBQ sauce. A perfect pairing of rub and sauce. Then the Mexicalli with sauce is my 2nd place favorite. And I thought the Sultan’s Gold with sauce was a huge flavorful player here, but I would use it with caution – and perhaps not on chicken, but the heartier meats.

We concur the Craft Sauce improves all the rubs, at least on the grilled chicken that we used for this review.

Backyard Classic Rub – Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – A perfectly balanced blend of seasonings.
Sultan’s Gold Rub – Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Huge flavor and great appearance and texture. Not your everyday rub.
Mexicalli Rub – Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Could be spicier and more robust. Needs improvement.
Craft BBQ Sauce – Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – It’s pretty darn good. We reserve additional thoughts once we’ve tried it on pork (ribs or pulled). However, it was key to the success of all the rubs. They’re made for each other.

Overall RatingRated 4 out of 5 Stars – Great flavors, quality ingredients, and super cool graphics all add up to top notch offerings. Packing rubs in glass jars is very classy. Kudos.

We highly recommend any and all of their products to our readers – they are all winners. Speaking of all of their products – they also make an Old World Spaghetti Sauce as well as an Espresso Especial Rub, both of which we hope to try soon. They also have a dry pasta you might be interested in.

Visit http://johnnysecreto.com/ today, and get yourself a basketful of these wonderful products. We thank them for the opportunity to review them. And be sure and check out their family history on their About page.

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

McCormick Grill Mates Smokin’ Sweet Tea Marinade

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As members of the Grillerhood, we get to sample and evaluate some of the newest products from the venerable McCormick Spice Company.

Grill Mates Smokin’ Sweet Tea Marinade

This naturally flavored marinade mix features a unique smoky blend of sweetened tea, spices and lemon. Each 1.25 ounce envelope makes 1/2 cup of marinade – enough for 2 pounds of chicken, pork or steak.
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