Your family will soon realize that when you say that you are preparing a chicken dish for dinner, that could mean a whole range of yummy options! As with most cooking experiences, you are limited only by your imagination. Here is a guideline for what spices are known for the flavor they bring to chicken dishes.
First of all - opt for fresh herbs whenever possible. They will be more flavorful over dried herbs every time! Likewise, if you can freshly grind any whole spices right before adding them to your recipes, you will find they will taste better. But, if you do not have access to fresh or whole herbs, then by all means, use dried herbs. Adding some flavor is better than adding none!
These herbs are commonly used for chicken:
- Dried herbs and spices: thyme, rosemary, coriander, marjoram, sage;
- These are spice blends: masala (spice blend), harissa (spice blend), jerk seasoning (spice blend), dukkah (spice blend), chili powder (spice blend), herbes de provence (spice blend)
- Fresh herbs: thyme, rosemary, parsley, tarragon, marjoram, sage
- Other: lemon, garlic, soy sauce, white wine, ginger, pesto, miso paste
These herbs and seasonings are a great place to start, but don't hesitate to experiment a bit. Remember to write down the combinations of any spices you use! It would be a shame to have a dish that is just AMAZING, and then realize you don't know how to duplicate it!!