This chicken seasoning recipe contains a blend of herbs and spices that are perfect for seasoning your chicken and giving your chicken good flavour. You can enjoy your chicken without the added E numbers and large quantities of salt that you will find in some commercially produced chicken seasoning brands.
What is Seasoning?
Seasoning is a selection of herbs and spices mixed together which is used to enhance the flavour of meat, fish and vegetables. Adding some seasoning to your foods not only gives it flavour but also adds colour to foods and makes it more appealing.
Many people buy seasonings in packets, or tubs and for a particular meat such as chicken seasoning. This is a convenient way to buy seasoning but the problem is many seasonings that are prepared use large quantities of salt. Because of this I choose to make my own seasoning mix which means I can control the salt content. You can even choose to leave salt out all together if you follow a low salt diet.
When checking food labels, you will find that the first ingredient in the list is what the food contains the most of. Many seasonings have the first ingredient listed as salt which means salt is the main ingredient used. If that’s the case with any seasonings you purchase then maybe you should consider making your own. E numbers are sometimes included in many seasonings which is also something you may wish to avoid.
Once you season your meat with this chicken seasoning, it is a good idea to place it in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours to allow the flavours to soak into the meat which enhances the flavours further. Overnight is ideal but there are times when this may not be possible. If food is seasoned well, you can also season and cook immediately which I occasionally do.
If you are using a marinade on your chicken, you can season it with this chicken seasoning blend then use you marinade as normal which will give a better flavour then the marinade alone. This seasoning can also be used to flavour foods such as soups and pasta dishes.
Ingredient for Chicken Seasoning
- Salt – you can use regular table salt.
- Black pepper – I use coarse black pepper for better flavour.
- Onion powder – you can also use fine onion granules.
- Garlic powder – you can also use garlic granules.
- Paprika – I use regular paprika but if you prefer a smoky taste then use smoked paprika.
- Ginger – use ground ginger.
- All-spice – also known as pimento. This adds an earthy flavour and is also optional.
- Thyme – use ground thyme.
- Sage – use ground sage.
- Cayenne Pepper - optional for spicy chicken.
How to Make Chicken Seasoning
1. To a small bowl, measure and add each ingredient.
2. Mix all the ingredients together before adding to your chicken.
- Though I have provided the quantities of the ingredients I use. You can adjust the quantity of each ingredient to suit your taste.
Store the seasoning mix in an airtight container or sterilised jar for around 2 months though it can last much longer.
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- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon all-spice
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- To a small bowl, measure and add each ingredient.
- Mix all the ingredients together before adding to your chicken.