Chicken Seasoning

The perfect chicken seasoning that can be adjusted to your personal preference. This can be used on roast chicken, baked chicken breasts and thighs, or BBQ!

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This simple chicken seasoning is an all-purpose, easy way to make a delicious and flavorful chicken every time. Making a delicious chicken dinner isn’t too difficult, but the real challenge is trying to come up with the seasoning!

Use this chicken seasoning to make some Baked Chicken Breasts or some Air Fryer Chicken Thighs! Both are easy and fantastic! You could also put it on some Instant Pot Whole Chicken!

chicken seasoning in a glass jar with a black lid

Chicken Seasoning

Seasoning a chicken doesn’t have to be complicated – a simple sprinkling of sea salt and black pepper can make an absolutely delicious chicken. However, even though the simple option is always there, sometimes it is nice to try something a little bit more interesting.

This seasoning blend is a classic mix of different flavor pairings that is pretty much the exact taste of a roast chicken. Herby, salty and garlicky, this seasoning blend is great when used with any kind of chicken cooked in every possible way.           

ingredients for chicken seasoning

Chicken Seasoning Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts, as there are a few fiddly ingredients here.

• Dried thyme

• Garlic powder

• Onion powder

• Paprika

• Smoked paprika

• Dried parsley

• Sea salt

• Black pepper

How To Make Chicken Seasoning

• Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until combined

• Rub on the chicken and bake

chicken seasoning spices in a clear bowl

How To Use This Chicken Seasoning?

To use this chicken seasoning, you just need to completely coat your chosen chicken pieces and cook to your heart’s content.

The most obvious and easy way to use it is to sprinkle it liberally on an entire chicken and then roast it. For this method, make sure that you are coating the interior of the chicken just as much as the exterior to help flavor the meat.

As the chicken roasts, it will release plenty of juices that will help stop the spices from burning in the oven.

On a barbeque grill, however, the opposite will happen; the spices will char and singe in the high heat of the grill, but in this situation, it’s actually a good thing. The spices will develop a tangy, bitter, and flavorful crust that will make you think you’re eating something that’s been cooked low and slow over 24 hours, rather than just for 10 minutes on the grill.

This seasoning can also be great when paired with just a couple of chicken breasts baked in the oven. Not only will the seasoning help the flavor of the typically bland taste of chicken breasts, but the seasoning will help insulate the meat, preserving moisture and help keep everything really juicy.

chicken seasoning on a spoon

What Kind Of Variations Could You Use With This Chicken Seasoning?

This recipe is a pretty standard flavor combination of different spices, producing something that should instantly remind you of the flavor of a roast chicken.

However, you don’t have to just stick to the printed recipe – feel free to experiment!

You could sub the parsley and thyme for some oregano and ground cumin and turn this into a Mexican seasoning blend! Or use ground coriander seed and mustard seed and add a little bit of cinnamon and turn it closer to a North Indian spice blend!

The garlic and onion powders and the salt and black pepper should probably remain no matter what variations you choose to use, but other than those four key ingredients, you could pretty much use anything.

If you’re stuck on what to use as a substitute, try a little taste of any seasonings you want to use mixed with a little bit of the rest of the seasoning blend – if it tastes “off” or if there are any conflicting flavors, maybe consider something else.

Looking for more delicious Chicken recipes? Try these out:

Spatchcock Chicken

Roast Chicken

Lemon Cilantro Roast Chicken Recipe

Enjoy! Happy cooking!


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Chicken Seasoning

The perfect chicken seasoning that can be adjusted to your personal preference. This can be used on roast chicken, baked chicken breasts and thighs, or BBQ!
5 from 6 votes
6 teaspoons
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until combined.
  • Use in recipes that call for chicken seasoning.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 32kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1170mg, Potassium: 163mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2012IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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