Homemade Poultry Seasoning

By Rena Awada | Updated On December 2, 2022

Poultry seasoning is a delicious addition to poultry and also non-poultry and vegan recipes. It’s quick and easy to make and lasts a long time! Make a batch of this homemade chicken seasoning and save it for easy grab-and-go use.

one bowl of dried seasoning mix with spoon

Homemade poultry seasoning is made with robust savory herbs that elevate any savory dish. You can use this poultry seasoning recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey or just a casual dinner at home–there are so many different ways you can use it.

The ingredients are very easy to find, too. Just go down the spice aisle in your nearest grocery store to find all the magic that will transform recipes. The best part about making your own seasoning is that you will have the ingredients on hand for the next time: Dried spices and herbs can last a long time!

container filled with dried seasoning mix

What can I use instead of poultry seasoning?

Instead of buying your own packaged poultry seasoning, we suggest making your own with a blend of sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, nutmeg, basil, and black pepper.

Homemade poultry seasoning can be used whenever you don’t have a bottle of seasonings that you normally get from the store. So when in a pinch, don’t panic, make your own chicken seasoning at home.

Ingredients you will need to make this seasoning

The ingredients are simple to find! You most likely already have these handy right in your seasoning cabinet.

marjoram, garlic powder, thyme, basil, sage, black pepper, oregano, nutmeg, in containers for seasoning
  • Sage: Dried sage is commonly found in chicken or poultry seasonings because it’s so fragrant and smooth. It’s the perfect addition to savory dishes.
  • Thyme: Aromatic dried thyme is a key ingredient for this poultry seasoning because of how it soaks into the recipe and balances everything out.
  • Marjoram: This herb is semi-sweet with a hint of citrus. Marjoram sweetens things up a bit and makes the seasoning much richer in flavor.
  • Rosemary: This fragrant shrub is commonly used in a variety of seasonings because it’s so flavorful and pungent. Be sure to use dried rosemary.
  • Oregano: Dried oregano gives the seasoning a little extra punch and rounds out all of the other fragrant herbs.
  • Garlic powder: Savory and tasty garlic powder gives the seasoning a little bit of zest and keeps it exciting.
  • Nutmeg: A little bit of dried nutmeg is used to provide extra layers of warm sweet notes that are cozy and rich.
  • Black pepper: Freshly cracked black pepper rounds out everything and brings all the herbs together. You can use ground pepper if you have it.
  • Basil: This leafy dried herb smells robust and pairs well with the other fragrant herbs in the seasoning.

How Do You Make Homemade poultry Seasoning?

First, prepare all of your herbs and make sure they are near before getting started on the recipe.

Next, add all of the ingredients to a shallow bowl or plate–one by one. With a spoon or whisk, mix all of the herbs until they are combined.

Transfer the poultry seasoning to a closed jar or container and store it away from direct sunlight. This will help preserve the flavor!

Notes and Tips

  • For additional flavor, add oregano, basil, and garlic powder. If you don’t have all the spices at home, feel free to make the seasoning without them. Poultry seasoning is similar to Italian seasoning, and you can use it instead of poultry seasoning and vice versa in most recipes.
  • For a finer or powdered texture, use an electric spice or coffee grinder, a small food processor, or a mortar and pestle (optional).
  • Be sure to use the homemade seasoning within six months of making it.
  • Store the seasoning in a cupboard or pantry.
jar of homemade poultry seasoning mix

Frequently Asked Questions

What is poultry seasoning made of?

The traditional poultry seasoning recipe usually includes sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg, and black pepper.

What is the best herb to season chicken?

There are so many herbs that complement chicken! We used a variety of herbs so the aromatics can soak into the chicken.

How do I give chicken the best flavor?

Be sure to rub the chicken in spices and herbs prior to cooking if you want the best flavors. Additionally, marinating or brinning the chicken is another great way to make sure the poultry has packed flavor.

one spoonful of dried poultry herb mix

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poultry seasoning in a jar with spoon over it

Homemade Poultry Seasoning

Poultry seasoning is a delicious addition to poultry and also non-poultry and vegan recipes. It’s quick and easy to make and lasts a long time! 
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Course: ingredient
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Vegan
Prep Time: 1 minute
Measuring Ingredients: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 6 Tablespoons
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons dried sage
  • 2 Tablespoons dried thyme
  • ½ Tablespoon marjoram
  • ½ Tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a shallow bowl or a plate
  • Mix to combine all the ingredients
  • Transfer to a closed jar/container and store away from direct sunlight

Notes

  • For additional flavor, add oregano, basil, and garlic powder. If you don’t have all the spices at home, feel free to make the seasoning without them. Poultry seasoning is similar to Italian seasoning, and you can use it instead of poultry seasoning and vice versa in most recipes.
  • For a finer or powdered texture, use an electric spice or coffee grinder, a small food processor, or a mortar and pestle (optional).
  • Be sure to use the homemade seasoning within six months after making it.
  • Store the seasoning in a cupboard or pantry.

Nutrition

Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg
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