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The Best Chicken Seasoning {Super Easy}

The Best Chicken Seasoning {Super Easy}

Tired of eating boring chicken for dinner? This All Purpose Chicken Seasoning is the perfect way to add FLAVOR and SPICE to your chicken dishes.

Made with spices already in your pantry, it’s perfect for adding flavor to your chicken tonight! It tastes great on veggies and seafood too!

spice mix in a jar with a spoon

How do you add flavor to chicken?

One of the most asked questions in the kitchen is how do I make chicken taste good. The answer is adding flavor to it using a combination of herbs and spices.

A good marinade or dry rub goes a long way when it comes to spicing up boring chicken, but I season it depending on how I am going to cook it.

Marinating is great for baking or roasting but a good seasoning rub is best for grilling.

overhead pic of spoon scooping out spice mix

If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this good seasoning for chicken – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

What can I season my chicken with?

Seasoning chicken can be as easy as grabbing a specific spice rub like a Jerk or Greek, but if you have picky eaters you can go with an all purpose seasoning like this one.

The best part of chicken is that it goes with just about every flavor profile you can think of!

What herbs go well with chicken?

HERBS: basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano

SPICES: garlic powder, onion powder, salt

HEAT: paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper

A delicious mixture of these three categories and you have a delicious seasoning blend. Make it your own by using smoked paprika instead of regular, adding different herbs, upping the heat with more cayenne.

You are not limited to using it in chicken recipes, think of how good it tastes on grilled and roasted vegetables!!

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How much seasoning do I use?

General rule for me is 1 tablespoon per pound of meat but I like to just make sure that when I sprinkle on the seasoning, I don’t have too many open or empty spots on the meat.

However you like to season yours, just be sure to start small. You can always add more but you can’t take it off once it’s on there.

Don’t forget that salt and pepper go a long way too!

Do I put the seasoning on before or after I cook it?

It’s best to put dry seasonings on before you cook it. I like to add mine about 30 minutes before I grill the chicken so it has a chance to stick to the meat and won’t fall off right away.

You can also sprinkle a little additional seasoning when it comes off the grill. It’s your meat, so season it how you see fit.

close up of chicken seasoning

How long does it last?

If you store it in a cool, dry place this seasoning blend will last up to 3 months.

I like to keep all my spice blends in glass jars as they are reusable and don’t hold the flavors of the previous mixes.

Made with spices and herbs from your pantry, this easy chicken seasoning creates juicy, tender meat bursting with flavor.

If you are grilling, baking or roasting chicken, this seasoning is perfect for a whole chickens, breasts, wings or thighs.

After you cook your SUPER FLAVORFUL chicken, serve it with Street corn wonton cups or Mediterranean salad stacks, and wash it down with a glass of sangria.

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How to make this easy chicken seasoning recipe

bowl of seasoning with a measuring spoon scooping out a spoon

Chicken Seasoning

Yield: appx 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Made with spices and herbs from your pantry, this easy chicken seasoning creates juicy, tender meat bursting with flavor.


  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/8 tablespoon cayenne (optional)


  1. Mix all the spices together and store in an air tight container in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 17Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 708mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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John Carney

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

It's excellent and next week we intend to use the same mix on pork chops. Many thanks.

Ann Brown

Saturday 14th of November 2020

I made this with just 1 chicken breast to add to a pot of soup. The flavors are outstanding. I think its the best soup I've ever made. Thanks so much!




Wednesday 11th of November 2020

This sounds great and something I really look forward to trying,but how will it be if you fry the chicken instead of grilling or roasting?


Thursday 12th of November 2020

I think it will work just fine. You can season the chicken and let it marinate for an hour or so to let the flavors set into the chicken before you fry it. You can also fry the chicken and then sprinkle the seasoning on right after the chicken comes out of the fryer and is still wet so the seasoning will stick to the chicken coating.

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Ttudee Daniels

Monday 14th of September 2020

Just made it and going to use it in just a short time. Looks good and I tasted it and good. Thanks for the recipe.


Tuesday 15th of September 2020

I hope you enjoy it!