Baked chicken seasoning ideas are as numerous as they are exciting. Although chicken is often considered a bland meat and usually has to be seasoned to boost its flavor, this makes chicken an excellent candidate for a variety of seasonings. In addition to being easy to season, chicken is also easy to cook. Hopefully, this will help you up your chicken game (pun intended), and find something the whole family can enjoy! Check out the recipes below for some kitchen inspiration.
7 Baked Chicken Seasoning Ideas For Refreshing Flavors
1. Cajun Spiced Chicken
One of our baked chicken seasoning ideas is something simple and delicious. Cajun is a rustic cuisine, native to Canada and Louisiana. You can find the ingredients in your local store, and preparation is simple. Do the following steps to get that mildly spicy Cajun kick in your next meal.
- 4-6 pieces chicken breasts
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red peppers
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- Preheat your oven to 450°.
- Grease a medium-sized baking dish and set aside.
- Mix the salt, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, and dried thyme in a small bowl.
- Rub the seasoning and mix all over the chicken breasts.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
- Remove the chicken breasts from the oven, cover each with aluminum foil, and bake for another 5 minutes.
2. Orange Honey Mustard Baked Chicken
You’ve probably tried honey-mustard dip before, but have you tried adding a little zest to it? This seasoning idea is perfect to give your chicken a nice citrus edge to complement a predominantly sweet flavor.
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp. whole-grain mustard
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- 2 tbsp. grated orange zest
- 1 cup orange juice squeezed from 5- 6 oranges
- 3 tbsp. honey
- 3 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
- Rub the salt and pepper all over the chicken and set aside.
- Whisk together the orange zest, juice, onion, honey in a large pan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and add the Dijon and whole-grain mustard. Whisk everything together.
- Add the chicken, making sure that the sauce coats each piece. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken it’s cooked through.
- Transfer the chicken with sauce, to a platter and serve.
Tip: To make your sauce richer, whisk a few pieces of butter in it. Make sure that each piece of butter melts before you add another one.
3. Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs
The sharp and tangy taste of mustard is rounded out by the smooth sweetness of maple. Additionally, this recipe includes a bit of soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and rosemary to round out the flavor. With a balance of high and low notes, this is the perfect baked chicken meal for dinner parties or family get-togethers.
- 2 tsp. soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp. dried or fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- About 3 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Preheat the oven to 375°.
- In a small bowl, mix together the Dijon mustard, olive oil, soy sauce,and maple syrup, then add the garlic and rosemary.
- Use a non-stick spray to coat the inside of a casserole dish before arranging the chicken thighs in it. Pour and spread the marinade, until the chicken is completely covered.
- Bake the chicken for 45-50 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
- Spoon the marinade over the thighs and then, put the dish back in the oven. Switch the oven to broil.
- Turn off the oven when the chicken is golden brown.
Tip: Instead of using a brush, drizzle the marinade over the chicken, using a spoon after baking. This way, you won’t wipe off the juices that flavor the chicken.
4. Baked Lemon Chicken
Baked lemon chicken is a classic dish. Here is our easy-to-make recipe for tender and savory chicken. Enjoy the citrusy flavor with notes of sweetness.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- Preheat the oven to 400°F, and grease your baking sheet.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until each side is browned. Put the chicken on your baking sheet.
- Whisk together, the lemon juice, chicken broth, honey, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper, in a bowl.
- Pour the marinade over chicken. Bake the chicken until it is cooked perfectly, about 20-30 minutes. Every 5-10 minutes, use a spoon to drizzle the sauce from the pan over the chicken.
5. Brown Sugar Spiced Baked Chicken
Everyone knows sugar and spicy are great together! Check out this simple and quick recipe for sweet and spicy baked chicken.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. cider vinegar
- 3 tsp. garlic powder
- 3 tsp. chili powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 2 tbsp. paprika
- 6 tbsp. honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 5 pieces of boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Mix brown sugar, paprika, cumin, oregano, chili and garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a plastic bag.
- Add the chicken breasts, then seal the bag. Make sure to shake it thoroughly, to completely coat chicken.
- Leave the chicken in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 425°.
- Place the chicken on a lined baking sheet. Then, bake for 20-23 minutes.
- Combine honey and vinegar in a bowl. Baste the mixture over the chicken during the last 10 minutes of baking.
6. Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Jerk is a seasoning combo that originated from Jamaica. Specifically, “jerk” seasoning has two main ingredients which are allspice (or pimento in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers. Watch out for that fiery kick with this recipe.
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground sage
- 1 tbsp. allspice
- dried thyme
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup chopped white onion
- Squeezed juice from 1 lime
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
- 4 chicken breasts
- Combine the allspice, thyme, sugar, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the vinegar, orange juice, olive oil, soy sauce, and lime juice.
- Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until smooth. Mix in onions and garlic cloves.
- Add the chicken breasts into the bowl, turning over to coat completely, with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour; you can also refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Pour vegetable oil into a baking dish.
- Place the chicken in the baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour 20 minutes or as needed.
- Turn the oven on to broil, and cook until the skin crisps.
7. Baked Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
This is one of our more unconventional baked chicken seasoning ideas. Because this recipe brings together the tropical sweetness of pineapples and the salty sweetness of teriyaki, it is there to satisfy every palate. Although, pineapples on pizza may still be a heated Internet debate, with this recipe, you and your friends will all agree pineapples belong with chicken.
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 pieces of chicken breasts
- Whisk cornstarch and water in a small bowl.
- In a saucepan over low heat, whisk together the cornstarch mixture, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, black pepper, garlic, and ginger. Stir once in a while, as you let the mixture simmer until it boils for 1 minute.
- Set the sauce aside until it cools. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.
- Arrange chicken and pineapple slices in a baking pan. Coat the chicken with sauce until it is completely covered.
- Bake for 30-32 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through.
- Sprinkle green onion and sesame seeds on top, and serve the chicken and pineapple with sauce from the pan poured on top.
Tip: The teriyaki sauce can be made one day in advance, and stored in the fridge.
If you’re on a strict diet, you might want to check out this video by Matty Fusaro on how to prepare your chicken quickly and in bulk:
The baked chicken seasoning ideas we have outlined, offers a great chance for you to experiment in the kitchen, as well as, expand your palate. Although trying something new can be a little intimidating, don’t be afraid to try your own spin on the recipes we’ve mentioned. In fact, the kitchen is the best place to bring out your creativity! Not to mention, chicken is the best meat to try new things with. You really can’t go wrong!
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