Cooking is an art form. Many cooks ask us how they can spice up a blank canvas like Chicken. Chicken can be seasoned with a plethora of spices and flavors. The “best” spice for chicken is non-existent. No cook can tell you that rosemary is better than smoked salt or BBQ rub. The best flavors to add to chicken are those that you like best. From salty to spicy heat to citrus to savory to sweet there isn’t a wrong choice!
If you’re looking for a starting point, here are a few suggestions we have.
We’re in the middle of summer and there isn’t a better time to utilize fresh herbs right from your garden. Fresh herbs are also easy to grab at your local farmers market if you don’t have your own garden. Herbs that go great with chicken include parsley, dill, basil leaves, thyme and rosemary. Create your own marinate by chopping the herbs and mixing them with olive oil. Try stuffing the herbs under the skin of the chicken or inside before baking. If you want to add some gourmet flavor try combining the fresh herbs with lemon, onion or garlic.
Salt and Pepper
Salt and pepper are common go-to spices. Lucky for you we carry a wide variety of both. Want to add a smoky flavor? Try our Apple Wood Smoked Sea Salt or Nathan’s Original – Bellivue (a Lagavulin Single Malt 16 Year Old Scotch Brined Peppercorn Sea Salt). Add a unique peppery flavor with one of Nathan’s Original Smoked Black Peppercorns – Bourbon Cardamom, Port or Scotch brined.
Add Some Heat
If you love spicy foods, heat up your chicken with our BBQ Rub – Southern Hot or KB’s Gunslinger (our hottest custom blend). If a spicy curry flavor is your thing, try using some Curry Keema Spice. To punch up the heat you can also try using wasabi, hot chili powder or mustard seeds rubbed into your chicken before cooking.
We offer a large variety of blends that are perfect for adding a new flavor to your chicken. If grilling’s your thing try BBQ Rub – Smoke Spice & Everything Nice or Coffee Rub. If you’re looking for a sweet smell and bold flavor try our Beau Monde Seasoning. Looking for a unique flavor, try your chicken with our Chipotle Apple Pie Spice.
If you need additional ideas, stop by and see us in the North Market. We’re happy to help you take your next chicken dish from bland to grand!