Lemon Herb Chicken Seasoning

September 6, 2018

Chicken seasoning is so simple to make at home and uses common pantry ingredients so you can make a batch in a pinch. Sprinkle on any grilled, baked, or pan seared chicken for a fantastic flavor addition.

Chicken Seasoning

Grilled Chicken Seasoning

Most of my chicken ends up on the grill, so I wanted to create a sugar-free seasoning blend that would stand up well to the high heat of a grill without caramelizing and burning. My Homemade Sweet BBQ Rub works fantastic  at temperatures like when you’re smoking or cooking indirectly.  This seasoning works perfectly with hot and fast grilled chicken breasts, as well as thighs for a quick weeknight dinner. If you wanted a savory whole chicken cooked on the grill, I would drizzle the chicken with olive oil and then sprinkle the season liberally on all sides before grilling.

grilled chicken seasoning

How to Season Chicken

This is a dry seasoning, so it is perfect to use by just sprinkling liberally on all sides of your skinless chicken pieces. If you are cooking chicken with the skin on, I recommend using some kind of binder to help attach the seasoning to the chicken. My favorite binder to use is olive oil, but any cooking oil will work. The oil also helps the skin on the chicken to get nice and crispy. This recipe also has the zest of a lemon in it, so I recommend squeezing some lemon juice over the chicken during the cooking process for extra flavor.

best seasoning for chicken

Best Seasoning for Chicken

The best seasoning for chicken needs a few layers of flavor that work nicely together to complement the chicken, not overpower it. The seasoning blend includes smoked paprika for a nice smoky flavor and a great mix of herbs, plus fresh lemon zest to keep things tasting bright and fresh. This chicken seasoning is really great because you can use leftovers in any type of dish and the flavor won’t be overwhelming. I like to use up extra chicken in dishes like Chicken Pot Pie, or Brunswick Stew.

Chicken Seasoning Recipe

Chicken Seasoning

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Seasonings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Seasoning
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 zest of 1 lemon


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle seasoning liberally on chicken before grilling, roasting, or searing. Seasoning mix can be stored in an air tight container for up to 6 months.


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9 thoughts on “Lemon Herb Chicken Seasoning

  1. A great oil for using when grilling meats is grapeseed oil as it has a high smoking temperature. A vendor at our local farmer’s market sells garlic infused grapeseed oil which I find fantastic on just about any grilled meat, especially a steak or chicken. It’s hard to beat mixed with red wine vinegar for a beef marinade or just as a dressing on a tossed salad.

  2. This is as good as it gets! Smoked a six pound chicken at 225. When the thigh temperature reached 168, cranked the temperature up to 400. Best decision I could have made! The skin was very crispy, and allowed me to eat it just like I would fried chicken. Soooo Tasty! Love this recipe. Will be using this recipe on my rotisserie chicken also so. Thank you.

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