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The Best Chicken Seasoning

With tons of page views you can see why this Chicken Seasoning is one of my most popular recipes. Don’t just take my word for it, read all the comments and you’ll be convinced. This spice mix is the perfect way to season chicken and make it flavorful and not boring!

all purpose chicken seasoning in a jar

Homemade Chicken Seasoning Recipe

Are you cooking chicken for dinner tonight? One of the most asked questions in the kitchen is “how do I make chicken taste good?”

So how do you add flavor to chicken? The easy way is adding 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. This mix on grilled chicken breasts will rock your world!

I love to add this blend with a little olive oil on skinless chicken breasts or adding to a flour mixture when frying it.

However you cook the chicken, this spice mix is just what you are looking for!

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!

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chicken seasoning blend

What can I season my chicken with?

The best seasoning can be as easy as grabbing a specific spice rub like Italian seasoning or Greek seasoning, 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!

common ingredients in your spice drawer to season chicken

Ingredients Needed

Spices – Garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, ground mustard.

Herbs – Oregano, parsley, thyme.

Kitchen staples – Kosher salt, black pepper.

What spices go well with chicken?

Herbs: basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano.

Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, salt.

Heat: paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper.

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How to Make Chicken Seasoning

First: Combine all the spices in a bowl and whisk to combine.

Second: Store in an airtight container and keep in a cool, dry place.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

jar of chicken rub

How long does it last?

After you mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl, 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, air tight, 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.

the best flavor for different chicken pieces

How much seasoning do I use?

General rule for me is 1 tablespoon per pound of chicken 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.

For a whole chicken, roughly 3-4 pounds, I like to use 1/4 cup.

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!

chicken seasoning mix in a measuring spoon

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.

Favorite Chicken Recipes:

jar of seasoning with plate of chicken skewers

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Try using smoked paprika or sweet paprika for a twist.
  • Add more heat by adding cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Perfect on pork, fish, seafood, and even roasted or grilled vegetables.
  • Store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • Use this on any cut for flavorful chicken!
collage of your own seasoning blends

Want more homemade spice blends? I have a delicious French Fry Seasoning or Taco Seasoning recipe. Check them out along with this amazing list of homemade spice mix recipes and tips and trick on how to store them.

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chicken seasoning

This best chicken seasoning recipe is just what you need to amp up the flavor to any cut of chicken from chicken thighs to a whole rotisserie chicken for the grill, oven, or stove top!

small jar of chicken seasoning with copper spoon

Chicken Seasoning

Made with spices and herbs from your pantry, this easy chicken seasoning creates juicy, tender meat bursting with flavor.
4.50 from 178 votes
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Course: Homemade Spice Mixes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 19kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 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


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



  • Try using smoked paprika or sweet paprika for a twist.
  • Add more heat by adding cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Perfect on pork, fish, seafood, and even roasted or grilled vegetables.
  • Store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container for up to 3 months. 


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 875mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

{Originally published 4/21/20, photos and recipe notes updated 10/13/23 to improve reader experience}

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4.50 from 178 votes (173 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Friday 11th of August 2023

Was just wanting to know if it was a typo or not, thank you for posting my comment and getting back to me so quickly. Michael


Thursday 10th of August 2023

1/8 tablespoon cayenne (optional)? Should this not be teaspoon?

Jennifer Stewart

Friday 11th of August 2023

I like mine a little on the spicy side and since the whole batch makes 1/2 cup it's not that much. 1/8 tablespoon is 1/3 of a teaspoon. And it is optional...


Sunday 6th of August 2023

Hello. Can I use Redmond Real Salt - Ancient Fine Sea Salt? If yes, 1 tbsp? Thank you!

Jennifer Stewart

Monday 7th of August 2023

You can but because sea salt tends to have a slightly saltier flavor I would start with 1 teaspoon and slowly add a little more to your liking. That's my favorite part about making homemade spice mixes; that you can adjust them to suit you:)

Annette Johnson

Tuesday 6th of December 2022

I just made your mix this morning to roast a chicken in my crockpot, I added 1/2 a tbls coriander. Can't wait to see how it turns out!


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Let me know how it turns out!


Sunday 4th of December 2022

Really nice flavor even though I didn't have the ground mustard to put in it. Will try again with it next time and compare to my usual Kroger Chicken Seasoning Blend.