8 Best Spices For Chicken: Global Seasonings For Juicy, Roasted Chicken
Chicken can get boring. From tandoori masala to Greek chicken, we've rounded up 8 easy, delicious chicken seasoning and chicken rub ideas for weeknight baked chicken breasts.
Best Spices For Chicken: Global Seasonings to Try For Juicy, Roast Chicken Breasts
These spices for chicken are the absolute best when pressed for time, using handcrafted blends, with up to 25+ ingredients in each. Pair them with salt to taste and a bit of olive oil and you're good to go. Here, you'll find a list of our favorite chicken seasonings that will make your taste buds shout. These global chicken seasonings are from across the US, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. These blends are all salt free - some are sweet, some savory and some have a bit of heat.
Directions for making the best juicy, roasted chicken breasts
Step 1: Brine Chicken
Fill a large bowl with warm water and add about 4 tbsp salt, let dissolve. Add 1 lb (about 4) boneless chicken breasts and allow to brine for at least 15 minutes, or up to 6 hours. Remove chicken from brine, rinse with cold water and pat dry.
Step 2: Brush Chicken
Brush chicken breasts liberally on either side with either 1 tbsp butter or 1 tbsp oil. Place chicken in a large baking dish or roasting pan.
Step 3: Choose a Chicken Seasoning
Playing with different types of chicken seasoning is where it gets fun. You can keep it simple with just salt and pepper but chicken really picks up the flavor of whichever seasonings you add. Add 1 tbsp RawSpiceBar's salt free spices, plus pinch of salt, to taste, and 1 tsp brown sugar, to moisten. Rub onto chicken (see serving ideas below):
Tandoori Masala - or see Tandoori Chicken recipe
Madras Curry Powder
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning - or see Jerk Chicken recipe
Cajun Blackened Seasoning
Chicken BBQ Dry Rub
Ras el Hanout - or see Moroccan Chicken recipe
Step 4: Roast Chicken
Preheat oven to 450°F and roast chicken, 15-18 minutes, depending on thickness. Use an instant thermometer for your best bet.
(In the thickest part of the breast, it should be 165°F. Or, if you want the chicken to be a little bit browned and crispier on top, you can turn the broiler on high for the final 3-5 minutes and broil the chicken until it is cooked through and golden on top. Keep a close eye on the chicken so that it does not overcook and/or burn.)
Step 5: Let Rest
Tent a sheet of aluminum foil over pan for 5-10 minutes. Then, serve and enjoy!
Greek Seasoning - serve chicken on top of Greek salad or rice pilaf, pair with tzatziki and pita bread
Taco Seasoning - serve Tex Mex style, on top of taco salad with tortilla strips, or tuck into hard or soft taco shells, topped with salsa, guacamole or shredded cheese
Jamaican Jerk Seasoning - serve with coconut rice and beans, or on top of a salad with mango, tomatoes and grilled corn
Cajun Blackened Seasoning - serve Cajun style with dirty rice, or on top of salad with crusty bread
Chicken BBQ Dry Rub - serve your favorite BBQ sides, with cole slaw, potato salad or grilled corn, or on top of a BBQ salad
Ras el Hanout - serve Moroccan style with rice pilaf, or on top of a salad studded with fresh peaches or dried dates or apricots
Healthy Seasonings for Chicken
Every one of these healthy seasonings for chicken are packed with fresh flavor that will make it virtually impossible to get bored with your chicken. These are perfect for those that love to experiment with global or new flavors but may still be a bit new to mastering how to cook, or are on a low sodium diet.