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My tried and true Chicken Seasoning Blend prepared with everyday pantry spices creates the most delicious chicken dishes. It’s the perfect mix that works well with chicken breasts, chicken thighs, and whole chicken. 

Seasoning Blend for Chicken


Spice up the flavor of your chicken recipes with this amazing Chicken Seasoning Blend and say bye-bye to bland chicken for forever and ever! Featuring a mix of smoky and sweet spices, with a dash of dried herbs, this chicken seasoning adds loads of flavor with very little work.

If you are someone that cooks meats regularly, I suggest making a big batch and store this seasoning mix in your pantry for all future use.

This particular blend is my absolute go-to, and it’s good on everything, not just chicken. From pork to fish, and even potatoes, it will kick up the flavors by several notches no matter what you use it on. 

Spices and Herbs in a jar



  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • paprika – smoky or sweet, your choice 
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried thyme
  • dried basil
  • dried rosemary
  • dried parsley

Rub the spice blend all over the chicken breasts – or any other cut of chicken or meat – and expect super flavorful results. Whether you are baking, grilling, or pressure cooking chicken, this dry rub adds a delicious taste each and every time.

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You will need:

A good seasoning blend for chicken breasts – or pork and salmon – is essential to have in your pantry, and this recipe has everything you will need. It is a great mix of zesty and savory, and none of these spices are hard to find. Most of them are probably sitting in your pantry.

Chicken Seasoning Mix in a jar

The amounts listed in the recipe makes enough seasoning for 6 to 8 chicken breasts, but that all depends on how much you like to season your meats.



5 from 7 votes
Seasoning Blend for Chicken

Chicken Seasoning Blend

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Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
My tried and true Chicken Seasoning Blend prepared with everyday pantry spices creates the most delicious chicken dishes. It's the perfect mix that works well with chicken breasts, chicken thighs, and whole chicken. 
Course: Seasoning, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings: 6
Calories: 2


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley


  • Stir to combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container or jar for up to 3 months.


This makes about 2 Tablespoons seasoning; enough for around 1.5 to 2 pounds of chicken or other meat. 
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Seasoning Blend
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 194mg8%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: chicken seasoning mix, homemade seasonings, spice rub

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46 Responses
  1. Nancy E All

    I have serial rubs but not this one. I love making my own rubs as you control the amounts. Can’t wait to make it and try it.

  2. Tina

    I am absolutely amazed at how you answer questions that may sound crazy but to the ones that ask it’s truly a question I have been cooking for over 30 years and still love to find new spice blends and recipes l truly am a fan of this blends, thank you

  3. Mike

    Tried it this weekend. Very Tasty. Great rub.
    I only modified two things:
    Halved the amount of salt because I try not to eat so much salt and used a bit more Paprika to get a more reddish color.

  4. Tony

    When you bring chicken in lukewarm water for 20-30 min, is it ok to leave out on counter or should it brine in fridge

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Yes, as long as it’s for 30 minutes, it’s okay to leave it on the counter. I have left the chicken on the counter for an hour, but never longer than that.

  5. The last man

    Hi, I don’t like salt or pepper or garlic or onion and my herbs have all gone stale. And I don’t particularly like paprika either but I do like nutmeg. Can I make this with just the cayenne pepper and some nutmeg?

    1. Brandon Burrup

      Is this a real question? You can season your chicken however you want to, but if you don’t use any of the same ingredients for your blend then no it will not be the same as this recipe.

    2. Joanne Hinsperger-Scott

      LOL I had to laugh when I read this. It sounds like me with all my food restrictions, lack of ingredients, and limited knowledge about the use of herbs and spices in general. But I gave it my best shot with the ingredients I had and although my chicken wasn’t as moist as I had hoped and not as flavourful (probably due to the fact that most of my ingredients are old), I was still INSPIRED! I will tackle this with my next chicken (because they were on sale and I bought 3 of them). My 3 star rating is NOT a reflection of the recipe but of my cooking talent or lack of talent and the quality of my ingredients. Thanks to the chef for the recipe. It gave me the courage to at least try something outside my comfort zone.

    3. Hasan

      Never tried nutmeg on chicken. Give it a shot let me know. Or marinate with lemon olive oil rosemary and thyme (fresh.

  6. Stewart jones

    Do you cover the chicken in foil or use a roaster with a lid when you bake the chicken. Looking forward to trying it!

    Thank you

    S. Jones

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Garlic powder and garlic ground are the same thing, maybe a little difference in their texture, but they’re essentially the same. Garlic salt is a mixture of garlic powder and salt.

  7. Rick Reyburn

    I mixed up a small batch (although I didn’t have the basil and used straight paprika on about 6 chicken strips and let them sit in the refrigerator covered in the seasoning for an hour or two then baked them for 15 minutes at 325 in the toaster over. OMG,!!! They were very, very delicious!!!

  8. Sofia

    This was amazing! I’m twelve and made this. I cut up some chicken cutlets and put them in a covered pan w lots of soy sauce and olive oil until tender. My mom and dad loved it! Paired it with rice and some strips of bell pepper. Love this!! Smoky and delicious 😋!!!

    1. Wendy Wermager

      Sofia…how wonderful it is, that at 12 yrs old…You made this !!! 😊 Sounds like you will have a Great Career !!! Best Wishes to You !!! 🤗😍😁

  9. sam

    I will try this as it looks excellent. But while I love smoked paprika, it is much more potent than sweet paprika & isn’t an equal swap. I would recommend 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika, maybe even an 1/8.

        1. Katerina Petrovska

          Hi 👋
          Yes and yes. This is a seasoning blend that you mix together and then put it away for later use, or use right away on your chicken.

  10. Chris Forster

    I used your rub in chicken breasts, but I cut them into strips and stir fried them. A lot of heat to your rub but it gave the chicken a great flavor!

  11. hub

    That s the coolest thing about these seasoning blends. Play with them and adjust them to work for you. For example, if you can handle more heat, increase the amount of cayenne in the Cajun, Jerk, or BBQ seasoning. And, of course, you can lower the amounts as well, and adjust the salt level to your personal preference.

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