How to Ban Boring Chicken


with Ariana Cuadra
Savory Spice Team
March 1, 2019
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How to Ban Boring Chicken

Chicken gets a bad rap for being boring, but I reject that notion! What it really is, is a perfectly blank slate to play with. Considering that I meal prep with chicken every week, I should have gotten sick of it by now, but I never do because with the right spices, the flavor possibilities are endless. To prove my point, I tried a little experiment...

The Chicken Seasonings Experiment

I wanted to prove that chicken is the perfect ingredient for having fun with flavor. For my experiment, I picked out a lineup of seasonings that aren’t traditionally thought of as options for chicken. Just because something is a “salmon rub,” doesn’t mean it won’t pair well with poultry, right...?

I hoped so. But I had a group of taste testers ready to put my theory to the test. Which seasonings reigned supreme, and did they hold up to the classics, like Poultry Seasoning?

Seven unlikely contenders stand shoulder to shoulder, awaiting their chance to shine.

Bucktown Brown Mustard & Honey Rub

Canyon Road Red Enchilada Dry Sauce

Mild Yellow Curry Powder

Pearl St. Plank Salmon Rub

Dill Dip

Piri-Piri Seasoning

Buffalo Wing Dry Sauce

I secured chicken breasts and thighs from the Test Kitchen, set up a baking rack and generously rubbed one spice blend on each piece of chicken. I baked them until they reached the proper internal temperature (165° degrees). Once they were ready I diced each one up and put them out with toothpicks for everyone in the office to try.

I asked all the taste testers to write down their top three favorites...

The Results

First Place: Pearl St. Plank Salmon Rub and Dill Dip

Second Place: Bucktown Brown Mustard & Honey Rub, Canyon Road Red Enchilada Dry Sauce, and Buffalo Wing Dry Sauce.

Third place: Mild Curry Powder, Piri Piri Seasoning

So what did we learn?

Chicken is indeed the perfect canvas on which to paint your flavor masterpiece. While they all tasted delicious, each taster had their own preference and there wasn’t a “loser” in the bunch.

We also confirmed my suspicion: don’t be misled by the name of a seasoning. Who would have guessed that a salmon rub would turn out to be the crowd favorite for chicken (me, I did! But that’s besides the point)?

What are the best seasonings for chicken?

The real answer? The best seasonings for chicken are whatever you find tasty. Like I said earlier, in many ways the flavor of chicken is a blank slate- so don’t hold back from experimenting with new spices and seasonings! But, naturally we have a few favorites:

Home to Roost 4 Jar Set: Ban boring poultry with Lake Barkley Fried Chicken Seasoning, TSM BBQ Chicken Rub, Mt. Olympus Greek Style Seasoning, and Mt. Elbert All-Purpose Seasoning. We selected these four seasonings for our Home to Roost set because they’re our tried and true favorites for chicken.

Poultry Seasoning: Previously known as Sage & Stuffing Seasoning, this blend will transport you directly to Thanksgiving. Instant Pot Roast Chicken is a quick and easy recipe for a classic, delicious fall-off-the bone roast.

Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Spices: If you’ve never had true Nashville hot fried chicken before, you’re totally missing out. But never fear, you can make it at home with this spicy, savory blend that’s a Southern favorite.

Nantucket Herb & Citrus Poultry Rub: This blend is bright and flavorful because of a tasty combo of airy herbs, zesty citrus and aromatic garlic. Try dry-brining your next chicken before roasting, smoking, grilling, or frying for an extra special punch of flavor.

The classics are called classics for a reason. It’s hard to get past the nostalgia factor of familiar flavors like sage and lemon, but so so worth it. At least my taste testers would agree!


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Comments on this Article

(guest), on July 03, 2019

Great tips, can't wait to try some of these ideas!

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