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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. 


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.



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. 
5 from 9 votes
Servings : 6
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • 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. 


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 | Net Carbs: 0 g

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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56 comments on “The BEST Chicken Seasoning Blend”

  1. Question: how much sodium? which salt do you use? It came to my attention that they all have different sodium levels per 1/4 teaspoon. One can come out too salty tasting while the other not enough.

    Sodium level per 1/4 teaspoon:
    420 mg Himalayan pink salt
    458 mg Celtic Sea salt
    550 mg La Baleine sea salt
    590 mg iodized salt Diamond Crystal

  2. My brother in law pointed me to your seasoning blend. He used it on chicken cutlets and it was fabulous. He first lightly coated with olive oil and then coated each piece with this blend minus the cayenne (kids and sensitives). Once the chicken was cooked he added fresh lemon juice. It was fabulous and we will be using this this often! Thanks for sharing.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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      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.

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    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?

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      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.

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

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