Seasoning chicken: recipe and instructions

How should I season my chicken? So that you never have to ask yourself this question again, we have the best tips on how to make it really delicious!

Everyone knows and loves it: the smell of the chicken stand around the corner. The thought of crispy skin and tender chicken breasts make your mouth water. We would like to get this feeling at home alone. In order for this to work, we will show you what to watch out for, which spices go well with the chicken and then tell you our best recipe for chicken seasoning.

Seasoning Chicken: List of matching seasonings

Dry herbs

  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • sage
  • tarragon
  • fennel
  • Savory
  • Fenugreek
  • coriander

Spice powder

  • Paprika powder / smoked paprika
  • Curry powder
  • ground caraway seeds
  • Cumin
  • turmeric
  • saffron
  • chili

Fresh spices

  • garlic
  • lemon
  • lime
  • Lemongrass

aside from that

  • pepper and salt
  • soy sauce
  • oil
  • Bbq sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Worcester sauce
  • honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • mustard

Spice mixes

Seasoning chicken: the perfect roast chicken

For a perfect roast chicken with a crispy crust and tender meat, you need a little dexterity. Especially on the right seasoning it depends. However, if you follow our tips, nothing should go wrong.

The marinating

When preparing a whole chicken or a roast chicken, this will be Whole chicken coated with liquid marinade. You can choose one for this Use brushes or your hands. The advantage with your hands is that you can see exactly where you have already spread the marinade and you can better massage it into the skin of the chicken.

The spices

One marinade for seasoning the roast chicken usually consists of salt, pepper, paprika powder, garlic and oil as well as optionally from Thyme, rosemary or oregano. Before the marinade is applied, you should rinse the chicken under running water and then pat dry. In addition to the outer marinade, you can do that Season the inside of the chicken with a little salt.

This is how it works

Then put the marinated chicken in the oven in a roasting pan, on a wire rack with a drip tray below or wrapped in aluminum foil at around Cook at 200 degrees top / bottom heat for approx. 80 minutes. If you are preparing the chicken in a roaster or on a wire rack, you should brush it with the marinade that flows down at regular intervals with a brush. That way it stays juicy.

Our top tip: For a particularly crispy skin, it is advisable to add a little brown sugar to the marinade. The sugar caramelizes during baking and makes the skin extra crispy.

If you want to know more about the exact preparation of a whole chicken, you can read up on it here: Preparing Chicken: This is how it works or try our recipe for a classic roast chicken.

Recipe: Spice mix for roasted chicken like on a chicken cart

Ingredients for 1 whole chicken, approx. 1000 g each

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika powder, smoked
  • 2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt
  • 3 pinches of pepper
  • 4 tbsp oil

Finely chop the garlic. Mix all ingredients well with the oil in a bowl. Rub the washed and dabbed dry chicken evenly with the marinade and massage in well. Then cook in an oven preheated to 230 degrees top / bottom heat for about 60 to 80 minutes.

Important: After about 40 minutes, the chicken should be covered with aluminum foil or cooked directly in a covered roaster so that the paprika does not burn on the skin.

Chicken thighs;  Seasoning chicken: recipe and instructions

Chicken legs taste much better with a delicious marinade.

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Season the chicken legs

This is how it works

Seasoning chicken legs works similarly to seasoning a whole chicken. First rinse the thighs and pat dry. In contrast to the whole chicken, the Chicken legs Indeed Before marinating, sear them for about 8 minutes. Only then should they be marinated and cooked for about 40 to 45 minutes at 180 degrees top / bottom heat. The same applies to the thighs: Brush them with the marinade again regularly.

The spices

When choosing the spices for chicken thighs, creativity is given free rein. With Chili gets hotter, with caraway seeds, saffron and turmeric a bit more oriental and with soy sauce and lemongrass a touch of Asia. For all BBQ fans can do the thighs also with something BBQ sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, honey and paprika powder can be marinated.

Seasoning Chicken: Recipe and Instructions;  chicken breast

Whether marinated or seasoned with dry herbs: the main thing is that the chicken breast stays really juicy.

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Season the chicken breast

In contrast to thighs and roasted chicken, chicken breasts are much faster. Because the Cooking time is shorter and also that Marinating is not that laborious. Another difference is that the Chicken breast both marinated and dry seasoned can be.

Season the chicken breast dry

If you want to season your chicken breast with dry spices and herbs, it is recommended to use these only after frying to give on the meat. Otherwise, they can burn and taste bitter. In other words: fry the chicken breast on both sides in a pan for about 6-8 minutes and then cover with a little liquid in the pan or, alternatively, cook in the oven wrapped in aluminum foil for about 10-15 minutes. Then season.

Marinate the chicken breast

Chicken breast is ideal for marinating over a longer period of time so that it absorbs the individual spices deep into the meat and thus you can create your very own taste for your piece of meat. Marinades should consist of an oil or sauce baseso that they are easy to spread. If Asian, BBQ, fruity, hot, Indian, oriental or Mediterranean is completely up to you. Then you can grill, fry or bake the chicken breast in the oven for about 12-15 minutes.

How long should you marinate a chicken?

Only the chicken breast is suitable for long marinating. For best results, it is advisable to marinate the chicken breast for about three to five hours. With a whole chicken, it is sufficient to brush the marinade right before cooking and, if necessary, brush the marinade again during the cooking process.

This will keep your chicken breast juicy

Make sure the temperature is moderate when roasting, grilling or baking. You can use higher temperatures for searing, but you should turn them down afterwards to keep the chicken from drying out. Another tip is that Wrap the chicken breast in aluminum foil or cook it covered in the pan. So the leaked liquid stays inside.

Video tip: slicing the chicken video cooking school

Seasoning the chicken: This is how it tastes like from the chicken cart

And here you can find even more delicious chicken recipes.