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The Best Chicken Seasoning

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!

bowl of seasoning

Homemade Chicken Seasoning

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 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. 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!

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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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Ingredients Needed

  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Onion powder
  • Ground mustard
  • Thyme
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • 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.

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.

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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.

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

chicken seasoning in a measuring spoon

Chicken Seasoning

Yield: 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.
  2. Use as needed.


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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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Want more seasoning recipes? I have a delicious French Fry Seasoning and a Meatloaf Seasoning recipe that you will love. 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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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.

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