Poultry seasoning blend is a great addition to your spice blends and you can make this one at home! With familiar spices you probably have on hand, this blend will remind you of turkey at Thanksgiving with homey flavors great in lots of different dishes (not just poultry).
Making your own homemade spice blends is easy, let's you customize the flavors and is affordable. This homemade poultry seasoning recipe is no exception. It's a perfect blend of spices not just to season chicken but so many more recipes.
Having your own homemade poultry seasoning on hand in your spice cupboard lets you enhance the flavor of any dish. From roast chicken, chicken soups, turkey dishes, other poultry dishes and so much more. Because it uses dried herbs versus fresh herbs it lasts a longer time in the spice rack.
Try our homemade chili seasoning too! Once you start making homemade seasoning blends you'll be hooked!
What is poultry seasoning?
It's a blend of dried herbs developed specifically to cook with poultry (chicken or turkey primarily). If it's a blend you haven't tried it instantly enhances the poultry flavors and is a great shortcut way to make seasoning chicken every time.
The great thing about making your own is being able to change it up using different spices or varying the amounts to get just the flavor you love.
Recipe Ingredients Notes
Spice blends are so each to make because they are just a mixture of the right seasonings. Dried herbs from the grocery store are used.
This chicken seasoning blend includes:
- Dried basil
Many times poultry seasoning mix will lead with sage. We agree sage leaves are a signature flavor however we love pairing it with equal amounts of basil and rosemary in our own poultry seasoning blend. The aromas are intoxicating and the flavors delicious together.
We specifically don't include salt or black pepper feeling adding those directly to whatever you are making is a better choice.
How to make it
Add all the spices to a bowl and mix to fully combine! That's it.
How to Use Poultry Seasoning
- Classic spice blend for turkey or chicken; can be used with lamb, veal, game birds and pork chops too
- Try it in hearty soups or stews
- Add it to stuffing recipes
- Mix some in with ground pork or ground turkey for breakfast sausage
- In casseroles
- Sprinkled on vegetables before roasting
- In sauces, dressings, gravy or marinades
- In meatloaf or pot pies
- Mixed into rice or cauliflower rice recipes
- As part of a rub for grilled recipes
Use as is or blend it for a finer grind. We like the course texture of the simple blend but if you like a more powdered spice blend grind it using a mortar and pestle OR a spice grinder. We keep a dedicated $10 coffee grinder in the kitchen just for grinding spices. It works great!
Other spices ideas. The poultry seasoning ingredients can vary slightly for every blend. Here are some other spices you may want to try adding into your own blend: parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed or celery flakes, dried lemon peel, or white pepper.
For an earthy depth of flavor with some spice you could add some coriander and/or cayenne pepper. For stronger fall spice flavors some ground cloves (though these can get very strong quickly so go light), ginger and/or allspice.
How to Store
Store the poultry blend in an airtight container or sealed glass jar (or spice jar) in cool, dark place (your spice cabinet) out of direct sunlight with your other spices.
It will stay fresh 3-6 months shelf life. The fragrance will be less strong as it becomes old.
Poultry Seasoning Substitute
Sometimes there isn't time to mix up a blend or you find you've run out. Here are some options for other substitutes:
Herbes de Provence. This blend of herbs gives a taste of France to dishes.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. It's a short cut version of this blend with a basic blend of parsley and the other three herbs.
Garlic and lemon. Seasoning poultry simply with a blend of minced garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper is delicious especially when roasting.
Salt and pepper. Especially if cooking chicken with the skin on, just plain salt and pepper can be all you need!
Frequently Asked Questions
It's actually not the same thing. The ingredients are different and bouillon contains salt.
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Homemade Poultry Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried sage leaf
- 2 teaspoons marjoram
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Combine all the dried herbs in a bowl
- Whisk to fully combine. Use as is or for a powder consistency process through a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder.
So much great flavor, and really changed my chicken for the better!
this makes basic chicken into an amazing chicken! thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
Kim Beaulieu says
This was so easy to make and worked great. We used it on spatchcock chicken on the grill. So good!
This homemade poultry seasoning is my go-to seasoning! We love this on everything not only on chicken! SO GOOD!
I love this seasoning!! I keep it on hand. It adds great flavor to chicken! It's the only seasoning I use!
I love the flavor ratio in this mix. It is just perfect. I is so easy and much more cost effective to make up a batch of this at home and keep it the cabinet. Thanks for the great recipe!
This is a really nice mix and I love it in chicken soup and roast chicken. I love mixing the spice blend myself since I always have individual spices stocked in my pantry and I don't need to buy another extra spice blend specific for poultry. 🙂
Thank you so much for this! The doctor told me to cut back on my sodium, which is VERY hard when you're buying spices at the store. This is fantastic!
Never buying store-bought again. This is wayyyyy better!
Claudia Lamascolo says
This is fantastic I buy this all the time and also have all those seperately now I am making my own thanks to you!
Heather Rose says
This is so great for so many things! Thank you for this recipe, so useful!