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The BEST Chicken Seasoning Blend

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

Add Flavor To Chicken With A Seasoning Blend

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 storing 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

The Best Chicken Seasoning Blend

Try our best Chicken Seasoning Blend recipe, consisting of a medley of flavor-packed spices. 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.


  • Salt: I suggest using 1/2 teaspoon of salt, but you should adjust the salt quantity as per your taste or dietary requirements.
  • Fresh ground pepper: Use freshly ground black pepper for the best result. An affordable pepper grinder and whole peppercorns can be found at most supermarkets.
  • Paprika: Depending on your taste, you can use either sweet or smoked paprika. 
  • Cayenne pepper: This adds a subtle heat to the chicken. We’re using it sparingly to ensure the chicken isn’t overly spicy.
  • Garlic powder: Added for flavor and aromatics.
  • Onion powder: A key player in achieving the perfect taste.
  • Dried thyme: Herbs add depth to the mix.
  • Dried basil: Adds a sweet, aromatic, and peppery flavor.
  • Dried rosemary: Provides a strong, concentrated flavor.
  • Dried parsley: Helps to balance and round out the flavors in the dish.

How To Season Chicken

Once you’ve combined all the ingredients, it’s time to play! Whether you are baking, grilling, or pressure-cooking chicken, this dry rub adds a delicious taste each and every time.

  • Pat dry the chicken (or any other meat) with paper towels.
  • Next, lightly coat the chicken with a bit of olive oil which will help the seasoning adhere to the meat. Aim to use about 1 tablespoon of the seasoning blend for every pound of chicken. Rub the spice blend all over the chicken breasts – or any other cut of chicken or meat.
  • While you can cook the chicken immediately, allowing it to marinate in the rub for 30 minutes or up to 12 hours results in a more flavor-packed outcome. If marinating for over an hour, continue the process in the refrigerator.
  • As a food safety precaution, get rid of any remaining rub that has been in touch with the raw chicken or your hands during the process.
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    What Tools Do I Need To Make A Seasoning Blend?

    To create a seasoning blend, you’ll need a few essential tools.

    • Measuring spoons are vital for adding just the right amount of each spice.
    • Mixing bowls provide the space needed to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
    • Spice jars serve as the perfect storage solution, keeping your seasoning blend fresh and ready to use for your next recipe.

    How Long Does Homemade Seasoning Blend Last?

    • If stored in an airtight spice jar or container and kept in a dry, dark place, this seasoning blend can last up to 3 months. I like to make a larger batch and have it on hand for whenever I need a delicious spice rub.
      Chicken Seasoning Mix in a jar

      The quantities given in this recipe are designed to season approximately 6 to 8 chicken breasts or about 2 pounds of chicken. However, the exact amount you’ll need can vary based on how heavily you prefer to season your meat.

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      Seasoning Blend for Chicken

      Chicken Seasoning Blend

      Katerina | Diethood
      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. 
      4.97 from 32 votes
      Servings : 6
      Prep Time 5 minutes
      Total Time 5 minutes


      • 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 recipe makes 2 Tablespoons of chicken seasoning blend, enough for around 2 pounds of chicken or other meat.
      • To Use: Lightly coat the chicken with olive oil and rub the spice blend all over the chicken. Use about one tablespoon of the seasoning mixture for every pound of chicken. 
      • You can marinate the chicken in the dry rub for 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. Refrigerate the chicken if you plan to marinate it for over an hour.


      Calories: 2 kcal | Carbohydrates: 0 g | Protein: 0 g | Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 194 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Vitamin A: 100 IU | Calcium: 2 mg | Iron: 0.2 mg

      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.

      Course: Seasoning, Side Dish
      Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
      Keyword: chicken seasoning mix, homemade seasonings, spice rub
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