Chicken Seasoning (Made in 5 Minutes!)

Homemade Chicken Seasoning is here to simplify your weeknight dinners! Mix up this simple blend of dried herbs and spices, and you’ll always be minutes away from a flavorful dinner.

Whether you’re making a whole rotisserie chicken, chicken breasts, or chicken thighs, this is the BEST seasoning for chicken!

chicken seasoning being scooped out of a bowl

I’ve been on the hunt for a good seasoning for chicken for awhile. We have plenty of chicken recipes we love (check out Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken, Mexican Chicken Marinade, and Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk), but I was looking for a quick and easy chicken rub that could transform any piece of meat in seconds.

Luckily, the search is over. This seasoning is THE ONE. It’s easy to make and perfect for keeping on hand for fast weeknight dinners. Just like my homemade taco seasoning, this has become a spice drawer staple!

Why This is The Best Seasoning for Chicken

This chicken seasoning blend checks all the boxes!

  1. It uses pantry staples. This seasoning is made with herbs and spices you probably already have in your cupboard.
  2. It’s easily scalable. Make a single batch or make a quadruple batch. This chicken seasoning recipe works well in big and small quantities.
  3. It works for any cut of chicken. This is a great boneless, skinless chicken breast seasoning, but it also works well for rotisserie chicken, skin-on chicken thighs, and even wings.
  4. It works with any cooking method. Use this as a baked chicken seasoning or rub it on pan fried chicken. It even works for air fryer chicken!
  5. It has amazing flavor. This seasoning is garlicky, herby, earthy, and a bit citrusy. It’s even got options for a spicy kick!

bowl of garlic and herb chicken seasoning

Ingredients in Chicken Seasoning

There’s nothing particularly fancy about this collection of herbs and spices, but together, they create so much flavor! To make the seasoning, you’ll need:

  • Kosher salt- the foundation of flavor!
  • Black pepper- nothing fancy here, just good ol’ ground black pepper
  • Paprika- I prefer to use smoked, but sweet paprika also works
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Parsley
  • Cayenne pepper- This is optional, but great if you like a little kick. I have children who are sensitive to spice, so I typically leave the cayenne out, but sprinkle a little bit just on my husband and I’s chicken.
  • Coriander- I’ve included this as a bonus ingredient, because I realize it might not be a pantry staple for everyone. However, I HIGHLY recommend picking up a box of this warm and subtly citrusy spice. It’s the secret ingredient that really makes this seasoning pop!

teaspoon scooping chicken seasoning out of a bowl

How to Make Chicken Seasoning

I feel almost silly sharing these “instructions.” Grab a bowl, dump in all the seasonings, and whisk to combine. That’s it! This recipe makes about 7 Tablespoons, which should season 5-7 lbs. of meat.

Storing Chicken Seasoning

The seasoning should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months. Give it a good whisk or shake before using, especially if it’s been sitting in the cupboard for awhile.

The Best Way to Season Chicken

I use about 1 Tablespoon of the seasoning for every 1-1.5 pounds of meat. However, just like when you’re seasoning with plain salt and pepper, your eyes are the best judge. Sprinkle or rub the seasoning on all sides of the meat so that it’s evenly coated.

This seasoning is obviously amazing on chicken, but you can also use it to season fish, roasted vegetables, and oven roasted potatoes!

bowl of chicken seasoning with scoop

More of my Favorite Chicken Recipes

Need more easy weeknight chicken recipes? Try these!

chicken seasoning being scooped out of a bowl

Chicken Seasoning

Yield: About 7 Tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

With a simple blend of herbs and spices, this easy Chicken Seasoning makes anything from chicken breasts to rotisserie chicken absolutely delicious!


  • 3 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Store the seasoning in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Give it a good whisk or shake before using.


This recipe makes just over 7 Tablespoons of seasoning. A tablespoon of seasoning will season 1-1.5 lbs of meat.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 8Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 531mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.

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  1. This is amazing. Use it on my whole chicken when I make rotisserie on my own. Also use on my wings great flavor. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hola!! Quizás mi pregunta es tonta, pero el cilantro es fresco o deshidratado como el perejil.

    Gracias por compartir tu receta se ve riquísima.

  3. Just a little feedback.

    I would have loved to try your recipe however you have so many pop ups that I could not see your post well at all. I don’t think I will frustrate myself further by looking at your ideas due to this reason. It is a shame because your ideas look great.

  4. Made it and LOVE it I use it on chicken breast and thighs in crock pot and baked chicken so far and plan to use it more and more! Thank you

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