Behind the Seasoning: Poultry Seasoning
with Matt Osier
Social Spice Guy
Because poultry, and chicken in particular, can be prepared so many different ways, the spices that make poultry seasoning vary widely. However, when talking about “poultry seasoning” for chicken and turkey, most people are generally referring to an herb-based blend. Our Sage & Savory Stuffing Seasoning (Salt-Free) may not have “poultry” in the name, but it’s our version of this classic flavor featuring sage, rosemary, garlic, thyme, and other herbs and spices.
What ingredients are used in poultry seasoning?
If you’d like to try making poultry seasoning from scratch, start with some of the basics listed below. Then feel free to experiment and create your own perfect poultry seasoning recipe with additions like cayenne for a little heat or coriander which brings an aromatic sweetness.
“What’s the best seasoning for…”
We get asked this question a lot! When it comes to poultry, the answer can depend on the cooking method. From poultry rubs for BBQ to seasoning for fried chicken, check out some of our favorite picks for popular poultry.
Poultry Seasoning for Roasting
A roasted chicken or holiday turkey is a satisfying meal that’s impressive enough for guests. As the name suggests, this blend is great for stuffing, but it’s also ideal for the bird itself.
Nothing beats the aroma of a turkey roasting in the oven during the holidays. Create that classic experience anytime with this blend. Herbs like thyme, rosemary, and marjoram give that familiar flavor but the blend gets a punch from additions like ginger, red bell pepper, and coriander. It’s perfect for turkey but is delicious on duck as well.
The piney smell of rosemary is an ideal pairing with any type of poultry, as are bright citrus flavors from the lemon peel, orange peel, and lemon verbena in this blend. Flaky grey sea salt boosts the flavor, making this blend ideal for side dishes too, especially vegetables, potatoes, and stuffing.
Poultry Seasoning for Grilling
Get a taste of Florida’s Gold Coast no matter where you live. This indulgent blend is great on chicken, turkey, or duck. White sugar adds a touch of sweetness and Florida’s favorite fruit, oranges, are represented with the addition of orange peel. Other spices like ginger and allspice bring some Caribbean notes that would go perfectly with a beachside view. Plus, it’s multi-purpose and great on fish too!
In Jamaica, jerk chicken packs a strong punch because the sweat induced by the spicy food cools the body down, a necessity in such a hot climate. We like it because it’s delicious on grilled chicken. Scotch bonnet chiles gives this blend its famous kick while spices like allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon round out the flavor of this island-inspired mix – there’s an extra hot version for those who can handle the heat.
Poultry Seasoning for Frying
Fried chicken is one of those dishes that’s always a hit. Who can resists a crunchy, well-seasoned coating and tender, juicy chicken? This blend combines roasted garlic, onion, paprika, black pepper, and tangy mustard powder along with a small amount of mixed herbs. Mix with flour and coat chicken for a homemade version of this all-time favorite.
Take your fried chicken up a notch with this seasoning that kicks up the cayenne for extra heat. Hot fried chicken is a Nashville favorite but you can enjoy it at home with our blend and recipe. Behind the spicy bite there’s a depth of flavor to this blend, which also contains a host of other herbs and spices including cinnamon, sage, and marjoram.
Poultry Seasoning for BBQ
Savory Spice sponsored Team Sweet Mama in the 2005 competitive BBQ season and this chicken rub they created has been a popular choice ever since. Whether you use it outside for grilling and smoking or you’re cooking indoors but still want barbecue flavor, this spicy and flavorful rub will produce winning results.
This salt-free blend is a crowd-pleaser. A combination of smokiness from chili powder and a touch of sweetness with the addition of honey powder results in crave-worthy BBQ chicken. You can also mix this blend with water, vinegar, and ketchup for a quick homemade barbecue sauce.
Our Favorite Recipes with Poultry Seasoning
All the flavor of summertime grilling but no long, hot cooking session required. Just use a slow cooker and our Bucktown Brown Mustard & Honey Rub and you’ll have enough chicken for a crowd and plenty of time to prep the rest of your picnic while the main dish cooks. Finish under the broiler to thicken the sauce and char the meat before enjoying.
Barbecuing a whole chicken is simple with this technique. Simple use your favorite seasoning or rub for chicken, slide the chicken on to an open beer can, and put it on the grill. Then it’s just a matter of time before you’re enjoying a juicy chicken that’s perfectly charred all over.
The ultimate family-friendly meal gets a healthier makeover. These chicken fingers are baked instead of fried, but the kids won’t notice as they gobble up this tasty meal with gets a boost of flavor from our Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper. Paired with a tangy Dijon-mustard spiked dipping sauce, this is tasty enough for adult palates too.
Get Creative with Poultry Seasoning for Chicken
Chicken, particularly boneless skinless chicken breast, is a blank canvas for flavor. Next time you’ve got chicken on the menu, go beyond the traditional herb-based seasoning and take a trip around the world without leaving your own kitchen.
Traditionally, berbere is a complex, spicy blend that’s used to flavor stews (known as wats or we’ts), vegetables, and lentils. Our blend is a bit more simple than most and features sweet paprika, cayenne, roasted garlic, salt, allspice, ginger, and cardamom. Try it in Doro W’et, Ethiopian chicken stew, or just test out the flavor on grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts.
Garlic, lemon, and oregano are the prominent flavors in this popular blend. It can be used in many ways but pairs particularly well with chicken. Use it to make our Olympic Chicken, a simple dinner with artichokes and olives that is as refreshing as a Mediterranean breeze.
One of our customers’ all time favorites, this blend is inspired by the flavors of South America. It’s vibrant red color from annatto and strong flavors of cumin and chili powder are given a zesty boost thanks to makrut lime leaves. This versatile blend is amazing on chicken but can also be used in everything from guacamole and empanadas to spicy soups. Try it in our unique recipe for Chicken Cordon Peru, a chorizo stuffed chicken breast with a poblano chile sauce.
The flavors of North Africa may be unfamiliar to you, but this complex blend of paprika, white sugar, cumin, and cinnamon (along with a host of other herbs and spices) combine to create a flavor packed experience for your taste buds. Break out the kabob sticks (or skewers) and try out this seasoning on Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Herb Sauce.
Another salt-free choice, crushed brown mustard seed is prominent in this otherwise herbaceous blend that works well on chicken and turkey. Try it at your next holiday meal and everyone will be asking for your turkey recipe when they get a taste. For a weeknight meal, use it with our fall-off-the-bone (literally!), delicious Slow Cooker “Roast” Chicken.
If you’ve ever eaten at an Indian restaurant, you’ve probably ordered chicken tikka masala. A British-Indian hybrid, this popular dish is simple to recreate with this blend that combines pungent flavors like cumin, coriander, chiles, and cardamom for restaurant-worthy flavor, no tip required.
Check more spices that pair perfectly with chicken.