Good seasonings for chicken include herbs such as thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano and basil as well as citrus and tomato juices and seasoned oils. Other poultry spices include paprika, garlic, onion, ground pepper, cinnamon and ginger.
Because chicken is very versatile, it marries well with many different flavor profiles. For instance, dried spice rubs are a common choice for fried or roasted chicken. To blend a rub for barbecued chicken, combine spices such as chili, garlic and onion powders, red pepper flakes, paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
Chicken can also be seasoned using marinades, herbs and spices combined with cooking oil and acids such as citrus juices, soy sauce, vinegar and tomato products. To make an Italian-style chicken marinade, combine garlic and onion powder with basil, olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
Certain spice and seasoning combinations are typical of specific cuisines. For a more Middle Eastern flavor profile for your chicken dish, try adding cinnamon and ginger to your rubs. Cajun seasonings include filé, which is ground sassafras, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Common seasonings in Italian and Greek chicken dishes include tomato sauce, oregano, parsley, basil, capers and olives. Asian-style marinades include sesame oil, rice vinegar and ginger.