All Purpose Seasoning

While trying to duplicate a store-bought rotisserie chicken a few years back, I stumbled upon a recipe for “Sticky Rotisserie Chicken”. I tweaked the ingredients to suit our taste and gave it a shot. The seasoning blend in the recipe made the most delicious rotisserie chicken and my family started asking for Whole Chicken Dinner regularly. In fact, my youngest daughter asked for TWO rotisserie chickens for her 7th birthday so everyone could enjoy a chicken wing. LOL! It was so thoughtful of her that I actually did it. Not an awful idea, either… we had enough chicken leftover to make some amazing and speedy suppers for the rest of the week!

Since I was preparing chicken dinners more often, I decided to make the process even easier by quadrupling the spice rub recipe and keeping it in an air-tight container. Even better, I now had a spice blend that everyone in the family loved to use for all kind of recipes! I’ve used this seasoning mix for roasted veggies (like cauliflower, green beans, carrots), tilapia, pork roast, roast beef, roasted potatoes, and even in place of traditional poultry seasoning in recipes (like gluten free cream of chicken soup).

Here’s the cast of characters:

(Not an ad for McCormick, I just happen to use the brand.)

Not pictured is Cayenne Pepper. It is included in the recipe as an optional ingredient, so fee free to make it with or without it. Or with a different amount than suggested. I typically choose to omit it from the giant batch I’m making and add it in depending on what I’m making or who I’m serving. For instance, if I’m making wings I’ll add a sprinkle of cayenne to a small portion of the seasoning blend just for the wings. This way I always know my master batch is mild enough for my picky children.

The recipe:

  • 4 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • (optional) 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

I write the ingredients in this order because I find I can use the same measuring spoon for all of the spices and herbs without getting much, if any, of one ingredient in the next. Lazy home cook here!

Just drop these ingredients into a container, mix, and start using or store for later!

This is my amateur attempt at those cool ingredient photos where every spice is in its own little pile. I’ll keep working on my technique šŸ˜‰

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