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Homemade Poultry Seasoning

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Making homemade flavorings and seasonings for food is super satisfying. This homemade poultry seasoning is going to be a big hit on everything. If you want to kick up the flavor of your chicken or turkey, give this homemade poultry seasoning a go! A classic blend of spices that pairs perfectly with any type of poultry or even white meat in general.

Homemade poultry seasoning mix

Seasoning for meat

The key to making really good meat is not to under season it or overcook it. Don’t be shy when you add salt, pepper, and seasoning blends to your meat. It may seem like a lot, but seasonings are one of the great joys of life, and making sure there is plenty always makes the meat turn out more flavorful.

Seasoning meat can greatly enhance its flavor and make it more enjoyable to eat. Here are some general steps you can follow to season meat:

  1. Choose your seasoning: Consider the type of meat you’re working with and the flavor profile you want to achieve.
  2. Prepare the meat: Trim any excess fat or connective tissue, and pat the meat dry with paper towels. If you’re using a marinade, add it to the meat and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or overnight for more flavor.
  3. Apply the seasoning: Sprinkle the seasoning evenly over both sides of the meat. Be sure to season the meat generously, but not so much that it becomes overpowering.
  4. Let the seasoning absorb: Let the meat sit for a few minutes to allow the seasoning to penetrate the surface. This will help enhance the flavor and ensure that the seasoning doesn’t fall off during cooking.
  5. Cook the meat: Cook the meat as desired, using your preferred cooking method. Keep in mind that some seasonings, such as salt, can draw moisture out of the meat, so be careful not to overcook it.

If you want to learn to cook poultry perfectly every time, check this out. It’s a great basic cooking skill to have! Once you master it, you can make unlimited recipes with it, like these chicken recipes you can make with one whole chicken.

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Air fryer chicken seasoning

We love to use this seasoning on our air fryer chicken recipes such as chicken strips, chicken breasts, and thighs. It’s so easy to have this mixed up, thaw out some chicken, sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and this poultry seasoning mix, drizzle on some oil and toss it in the air fryer.

I like to make a sheet pan of diced up veggies and cook it on another rack in the air fryer oven at the same time. Voila, dinner is done. Healthy, well balanced, and nutritious. I can even do it while the kids are playing and getting ready to go home. And I love to use the poultry seasoning on the veggies too when I make them at the same time. It makes the meal feel cohesive.

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Poultry seasoning

  • I don’t add salt and pepper to my poultry seasoning mixtures because you’ll want to add that to taste each dish. It will vary from meal to meal on how much salt and pepper you might need.
  • The amount you use will vary between a teaspoon and a couple of tablespoons. It depends on your personal preference as well as the meat you’re seasoning. I like to use about a tablespoon per pound of meat. Try it and see what you like and adjust accordingly.
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Homemade Poultry Seasoning

Warm flavorful seasoning for chicken, turkey, duck and more
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Seasoning Mix
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken seasoning mix, duck seasoning, homemade poultry seasoning mix, poultry seasoning, sage, turkey seasoning
Servings: 24
Calories: 2kcal
Author: Christina


  • 2 Tablespoons Sage
  • 2 Tablespoons Thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Marjoram
  • 1 Tablespoon Rosemary


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small dish and mix well.
  • Use immediately or store in a sealed jar or dish in the pantry for up to a month.


Calories: 2kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 0.2mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.003g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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