Chicken is one of the most versatile meats out there, allowing for many different cooking styles to be used resulting in the most delicious dishes. This is particularly true when it comes to herbs and spices for seasoning chicken, as there are many different combinations we can explore. There are some common seasonings and other not so common that, nonetheless, pair incredibly well with chicken. If you are not sure of which herbs and spices to use or want to try something different, you are in the right place. Here we have a shortlist of some of our favorite herbs and spices for seasoning chicken.
Before we go over the list, we should make sure we are seasoning our chicken properly. Whether we decide to use a brine or a marinade to season the meat, we can add a bit of flavor before cooking by rubbing the seasoning on the chicken so that it sticks. If we are serving already cooked chicken, we can sprinkle some of the herbs and spices on it before we serve it. Just remember that dried herbs can have a strong flavor, so make sure you don’t add too much so that it overwhelms the taste of chicken.
Cilantro is a well-known seasoning for chicken, and there are many Cilantro Lime Chicken recipes out there we can follow. Even when it might not be your seasoning of choice, it will add a fun and fresh touch to our chicken, especially when cooking Mexican-inspired dishes.
Garlic is another classic when it comes to herbs and spices for seasoning chicken, as it goes simply great with pretty much anything. Whether we decide to use garlic powder, minced garlic, or roasted garlic, we will have very delicious results. Besides, this pairs quite well with parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
If we are looking for a subtle smoky flavor, we must try adding a bit of paprika to the mix. Paprika goes great with Italian seasoning, as well as pairing up perfectly with marjoram, parsley, rosemary, and sage, resulting in an extra-tasty dish.
Another herb that can be great for seasoning chicken is rosemary. Because of its overpowering flavor, rosemary should be approached with care. That’s why it is usually combined with other herbs and species, like lemon, marjoram, sage, and even garlic, because of its citrus flavor.
Sage is another interesting yet amazing herb we can use to season our chicken. Just as rosemary, its flavor can be a bit too strong, so we should use it, not abuse it. Sage is a very flexible herb, so it can be mixed with garlic, paprika, parsley, or thyme.