I love making my own seasoning mix for chicken using as many herbs and spices from my own garden as possible. The key to creating the most flavorful seasoning mix possible is to always use the freshest ingredients you can get ahold of. Sometimes I have to buy ingredients such as peppercorns to go into the mix. When this happens I try to buy the herbs or spices whole, then take the time to grind them myself. This produces a fresher, more fragrant seasoning then if I bought ones already ground. When I dehydrate my herbs and spices for winter storage, I leave them whole. I also only create a small amount of each seasoning mix at a time.
You will need a coffee grinder to grind your own spices. It is one of the easiest machines to use to grind spices and an absolute necessity if you make a lot of seasoning mixes. It is best to store your seasoning mix once it is ground in a glass jar with a lid in a cool, dark place such as a cabinet. Be sure to label it so you know what it is. Believe me, you won’t remember once you start getting a collection of mixes going.
Here is one of the many seasoning mixes for chicken that I make up and keep on hand.
- 2 1/2 tsp. salt – optional
- 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 3/4 tsp. savory
- 1/4 tsp. coriander
- 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. thyme
- 1/2 tsp. basil, dried crushed sweet
Mix all ingredients well.
Store in a sealed glass jar in a cool, dark place
Sprinkle on your chicken as you would any other spice blend.