An easy Chicken Seasoning Spice Blend that I use for all my delicious chicken recipes. It’s the perfect combo of spices to add flavor to a whole chicken, chicken breast, or chicken thighs.
I love making homemade seasonings, and I usually keep them in jars and use them to make my favorite recipes.
If you cook chicken meat daily, I recommend you make a big batch and store this homemade poultry seasoning recipe in an airtight container for up to six months. You’ll use it quicker, trust me! It’s easy to make extra for future use.
This chicken dry rub is suitable for keto, low carb, and paleo because it’s sugar-free and monosodium glutamate free.
What is Chicken Seasoning
A chicken seasoning is a combination of herbs and spices used to season any type of chicken meat just before cooking. It’s an all-purpose chicken seasoning that adds great flavor to chicken breast, legs, whole chicken, wings, thighs, etc.
Why You’ll Love This Homemade Chicken Seasoning
- Customizable: This recipe is incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize the seasoning blend to your preference. Whether you prefer a mild flavor or crave some heat, you have the freedom to adjust the spice level to suit your taste buds perfectly.
- Quick and easy: With a preparation time of only 5 minutes, this chicken seasoning recipe is a lifesaver when you’re short on time. In a matter of minutes, you can have a delicious seasoning blend ready to elevate your chicken dishes.
- Pantry staples: You don’t need to make a special trip to the grocery store for this recipe. It’s crafted from basic pantry ingredients, making it convenient and accessible. You likely already have everything you need right at your fingertips.
- Cost-effective: Say goodbye to expensive store-bought chicken seasonings! By making your own, you can save money without compromising on flavor. This homemade option is not only tastier but also more budget-friendly.
- Bursting with flavor: Prepare to be amazed by the incredible flavors this chicken seasoning brings to your dishes. The combination of herbs, spices, and seasonings creates a tantalizing blend that enhances the taste of your chicken to new heights.
- No additives or preservatives: Unlike many store-bought chicken seasonings, this homemade version is free from additives and preservatives. You have complete control over the ingredients, ensuring a healthier and more natural option for seasoning your chicken.
- Longer shelf life: This homemade chicken seasoning lasts longer than its store-bought counterparts. Stored in an airtight container, it maintains its flavors and freshness, allowing you to enjoy the seasoning blend for an extended period.
The Best Chicken Seasoning Mix Ingredients
No matter how you cook the chicken, this spice blend features all the seasonings you probably have in your pantry. Create a unique seasoning that brings the best taste to chicken without being overpowering.
Here are my favorite spices for chicken:
- Salt – is a key ingredient in any seasoning blend since it enhances the meat’s natural flavors.
- Paprika – This vibrant red spice not only adds a pop of color to your chicken but also contributes a mild and smoky flavor, elevating the overall seasoning blend.
- Cayenne Pepper – For those who enjoy a bit of heat, cayenne pepper is the perfect addition. Adjust the amount according to your desired level of spiciness, adding a touch of complexity to your dishes.
- Dried Parsley – gives a subtle herbal flavor to the seasoning mixture.
- Dried Basil – Known for its sweet, aromatic, and slightly peppery taste, dried basil lends a delightful flavor profile to the blend.
- Dried Oregano – With its earthy and slightly bitter undertones, dried oregano adds depth and complexity to the chicken seasoning.
- Dried Thyme – This herb contributes a warm and aromatic essence, infusing the chicken seasoning with its unique flavor profile.
- Garlic and Onion Powder – to round out the flavors, garlic and onion powder are essential ingredients. They bring a robust and savory taste, complementing the chicken seasoning perfectly.
- Turmeric Powder – add a vibrant color and a distinct flavor to the blend.
What are The Ingredients For Chicken Seasoning Powder?
It’s effortless to make this chicken seasoning in just 5 minutes:
- Gather all the spices and mix them in a bowl.
- Transfer the seasoning to an airtight container and store it in a cool, dry place.
- When needed to season the chicken, use about 1 tablespoon per pound of chicken.
How to Season Chicken
You’ll never return to store-bought poultry spices mix once you try this amazing chicken dry rub.
It’s so easy to season chicken with this tasty homemade blend once you prepare the best seasoning for chicken. As a rule of thumb, you can use one tablespoon of chicken seasoning for a pound of chicken. It’s essential to use enough spice as there’s nothing worse than chicken that lacks flavor.
All you have to do is to sprinkle it on the chicken just before roasting, grilling, or baking.
Plus, the seasoning is not too salty, so you can control how much salt you include in your spice blends.
Here’s the best way to season chicken:
- Use paper towels to pat dry chicken on both sides.
- Brush your chicken meat with melted butter or oil.
- Generously sprinkle seasoning all over the meat and rub it using your hands.
- Cook the chicken breast in your favorite way.
Tips For Making The Best Chicken Seasoning Recipe
- Use high-quality ingredients when making seasoning recipes if you want to obtain a strong and delicious flavor.
- Let the chicken seasoning sit. Once you have made the seasoning, it’s best to let it sit for a couple of hours before using it to let the flavors meld together.
- If you want to obtain a fine texture, you can combine all the ingredients for this chicken seasoning in a food processor or spice blender.
- Pat dry the chicken to help the seasoning stick to the meat.
How to Cook Seasoned Chicken
I love cooking well-seasoned chicken in all its forms: baked, boiled, roasted, or grilled – especially whole chicken in an Airfryer! I’m always using a meat thermometer to be sure the meat is cooked. The chicken is safe to consume if the internal temperature reads 165°F.
Here are my favorite ways to cook juicy, tender poultry:
- Roasted – It’s best to bake whole chicken at 375°F in the oven for 20 minutes per pound. I cover it with foil for most of the time and then remove it until completely cooked. This way, you’ll get delicious crispy skin.
- Baked – Seasoned and baked lemon garlic chicken legs can be brushed with olive oil and melted butter before seasoning. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes at 400°F for about 40 minutes.
- Grilled – Grilled chicken kabobs need 5-7 minutes per side.
If you’d prefer a non-spicy seasoning mix, omit the cayenne pepper and add a total of 2 1/2 tablespoons of sweet paprika. You can also use smoked paprika for a smoky-tasting chicken seasoning.
Let’s explore some additional ideas to customize and experiment with your homemade chicken seasoning:
- Citrus Twist: Add a burst of freshness to your chicken seasoning by incorporating some lemon zest or dried lemon peel. This adds a citrusy and bright element to your blend.
- Smoky Flavors: If you enjoy a smoky profile, consider adding a touch of smoked paprika or chipotle powder to your seasoning mix. This adds a delightful smokiness to your chicken dishes.
- Herb Infusion: Experiment with different dried herbs like rosemary, sage, or marjoram to bring an additional layer of herbal complexity to your chicken seasoning.
- Sweet and Savory: For a touch of sweetness, you can add a pinch of brown sugar or coconut sugar. This balances out the flavors and adds a hint of caramelization when cooked.
Tools To Make Chicken Seasoning Blend
You will need:
- Measuring spoons: These will come in handy for accurately measuring the quantities of each spice and ingredient. Make sure you have a set of measuring spoons with various sizes to ensure precise measurements.
- Mixing bowls: Choose a couple of mixing bowls in different sizes to accommodate the spices and provide enough space for thorough mixing. Stainless steel or glass bowls are ideal for this task.
- Glass jars: Opt for glass jars with airtight lids to store your chicken seasoning blend. Mason jars or spice jars work well for this purpose. The glass material helps maintain the freshness and flavor of the seasoning, and the airtight lids prevent moisture and air from affecting the quality of the blend.
- Optional: Spice grinder or mortar and pestle. If you prefer to use whole spices instead of pre-ground ones, having a spice grinder or mortar and pestle allows you to grind them into a finer consistency before mixing. This can enhance the overall flavor and aroma of the seasoning blend.
Store chicken seasoning in an airtight container or spice jar in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.
Store in an airtight container: Transfer the chicken seasoning blend to an airtight container. This will help preserve its freshness and keep it free from moisture for up to 6 months.
Keep in a cool, dry place: Find a cool and dry spot in your pantry or spice cabinet to store the container. This will help maintain the quality of the seasoning blend and ensure it stays flavorful for an extended period.
Other Homemade Seasoning Recipes
- Easy Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe
- Taco Seasoning
- 5 Minute Homemade Cajun Seasoning
- Pork Roast Seasoning
- Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
- Pork Chop Seasoning
Chicken Seasoning Blend
- Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix well to combine.
- Transfer the chicken seasoning to an airtight container and store for up to 5 months.
- To season: Sprinkle a desired quantity over the chicken before cooking.
How do we calculate the nutrition info?
These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.
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