My husband said to me the other day, “What’s for dinner? And please don’t tell me chicken and sweet potatoes.”
As a family, we’ve been on the Whole30 for 9 weeks. He cut out dairy and gluten two weeks before we started and two weeks into the first official month, he cut out nightshades as well.
While I do my best to offer variety, I will admit that the poor man has been eating A LOT of chicken and sweet potatoes.
His one saving grace though, is poultry seasoning.
I saw “poultry seasoning” on the Whole30 shopping list when I first read the book and honestly, I ignored it. I figured that I had plenty of spices in my cabinet and could make a tasty dinner without relying on ANOTHER over-priced spice that I could only use on chicken.
I should have taken heed though, because while yes, I do have plenty of spices in my cabinet – and yes, I can make a delicious dinner without poultry seasoning – sometimes it’s nice to have something different.
If you go to the store, you can find poultry seasoning with all the other spices. It’s a blend of a few savory spices, including rosemary, marjoram, sage and thyme. There’s a good chance you have these spices in your cabinet already, which is one reason why you should make poultry seasoning instead of buying it.
My local Walmart has organic poultry seasoning for $3.99 for less than one ounce, which just seems a bit pricey to me. There wasn’t another non-organic option, so if I was going to buy it, that’s the best price.
It seems silly though to pay for a blended spice, when you probably have everything already at home, right?
In addition to those lovely green herbs, there’s a little bit of nutmeg thrown in there too, which makes your nose go, “Mmm… I wasn’t expecting that.” It’s very similar to how my slow cooker carnitas contain cinnamon – you’d NEVER expect that spice to be in the recipe, yet it’s one of the reasons why the meat is so good!
Some homemade poultry seasoning blends include other spices too, like lemon peel, allspice or savory… Honestly, I don’t have any of those in my spice cabinet so I figure you don’t either!
I made poultry seasoning using dried herbs because that’s what I have on hand. Most of the time, I buy my dried herbs from Walmart or ALDI. Sometimes they’re organic, sometimes they’re not. It just depends on the selection and my budget.
You can definitely make it with fresh herbs, but it wouldn’t be cost effective unless you either found ALL of them marked down at the same time, or you have an herb garden.
Homemade Poultry Seasoning
A few things I really like about homemade poultry seasoning:
You can omit or substitute based on what you have at home.
Really truly, if you don’t have something, just leave it out! Despite what some people may say, you don’t HAVE to have sage to cook chicken, and you don’t HAVE to have any of the other spices either.
I would suggest though, that you have at least three of the four green spices if you really want to call it a “poultry seasoning.” Not that you can’t make it with two, but at that point you’re just seasoning from the pantry… and not really making a special blend, if that makes sense?
And I’d hate for you to use your homemade poultry seasoning blend – minus half the ingredients – in a recipe where perhaps the sage or rosemary was important and then your dish not turn out.
So bottom line, aim for 3 of the 4 green spices.
You can customize the blend.
Don’t have dried rosemary? Use ground!
Have rubbed sage and not ground? Use the rubbed!
Have whole thyme? Use it!
I like the texture differences between the spices and chose to leave all of them whole, but you can easily put all of the spices in a spice grinder, a cheap old coffee grinder or even your blender (I have this awesome blender) and turn it all into a fine powder. It’s up to you!
I left out the salt.
Salt is an essential nutrient that the body needs, but I intentionally left it out of this recipe. That way you can salt your dish however you want, without the salt from a seasoning blend interfering.
Remember to read the ingredients in your salt. Many table salts contain dextrose, an artificial sugar. It’s supposed to be there to prevent clumping, but it’s still fake sugar and not necessary.
I bought this 10 lb bucket of Real Salt a few months ago and I still have TONS left. And it’s so tasty too!
Poultry seasoning isn’t just for chicken!
I made a super simple baked chicken the other day, adding 1 Tbsp of poultry seasoning to 2/3 cup of almond flour. My husband LOVED it. It was different from the chicken I’ve been making and it wasn’t any harder on me!
You can sprinkle poultry seasoning on anything that needs a flavor boost though…
- Potatoes (baked potatoes or crispy potato wedges)
- Eggs (the best scrambled eggs!)
- Sweet potatoes (fried sweet potatoes or crash hot sweet potatoes)
- Pasta sauces
Double the recipe, at a minimum.
Remember how I used this poultry seasoning for a simple baked chicken? I doubled the recipe and intended on having some left over, but didn’t. I HIGHLY recommend making a big batch of this so you have it whenever you want it.
I re-use spice jars when they’re empty and fill them with my own blends, but these are very similar!
- 2 tsp sage
- 1½ tsp thyme
- 1 tsp marjoram
- ¾ tsp rosemary
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a container. Use as desired to season your poultry, vegetables and sauces!