Salt and pepper are the most common seasonings for chicken, but many herbs such as thyme, parsley, tarragon, and sage all go well with the meat. Seasoning is traditionally applied to the skin or outside of the cut of meat before cooking in order to bring out the best flavors.
Seasonings can range from fresh to dried, and each seasoning works well in combination with different recipes or flavors. As a general rule, salt and pepper are always the most important seasoning and should be added first.
Dried seasonings are mainly composed of dried herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and parsley. These are all a great combination with chicken, and they are perfect for dishes such as stews or other slow cook recipes.
Fresh herbs and seasonings will tend to give better flavor, so they can be preferable over dried seasonings. However, dried seasonings will last much longer. Fresh herbs can be mixed with butter to make an under the skin seasoning for roast chicken. Fresh sage, thyme, tarragon and marjoram all go well with chicken.
Additional seasonings, such as garlic, lemon, miso paste and soy sauce, can be used with chicken to get great flavor out of the meat. Soy sauce, for example, can be used in place of salt.