However, to make chicken truly sensational, it’s all about the spices you use. To help you navigate the herbs and spices section of our online cooking store, we’ve rounded up the best unique spices to use.
If you're after something a little bit alternative, then sansho spice powder is sure to add a kick to your chicken dish. Sansho pepper originates in Japan and comes from the berry of the Japanese prickly ash. This pepper is closely related to the Chinese Szechuan pepper however it harbours more of a citrus flavour than its Chinese cousin.
Sansho powder gives the chicken a delicious heat that’s similar to the Szechuan pepper and adds an authentically Japanese touch to any chicken and rice plate.
If you want to add a musky, citrus flavour to your chicken then lime spice will provide a great rub. This lime powder uses ground black limes that have been sun-dried to harness their fermented, rich flavour.
Smoked Paprika is another addition to chicken that works every time. The smokey, deep flavour of the paprika adds an intense depth and features in dishes from around the world. The Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is a popular national dish and the Spanish also use paprika regularly in sauces and marinades.
Using sweet smoked paprika like the La Chinata paprika will add a warm, smokey heat without impacting or overpowering the overall taste of the dish. The La Chinata paprika is ground from sweet red peppers grown in the Extremadura region south-west of Madrid. These peppers are then oak-smoked and ground in stone mills to create the authentic finished product.
A quick smoked paprika chicken recipe
An easy way to use smoked paprika, is just to toss chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs in a blend of salt, smoked paprika and garlic powder and leave covered in the fridge for an hour (or overnight). To cook, fry the chicken in a shallow pan until cooked through and serve sliced over rice or salad.
Keen to try and amazing Spanish chicken dish? Give this Spanish Chicken With Chorizo And Red Wine recipe a go.
Peri seasoning makes a great rub for chicken and is also ideal for infusing the oil for a fiery chicken dressing.
Lebanese spices work brilliantly with chicken, and our Lebanese 7 spice adds a spicy-sweet touch to any chicken dish. Lebanese spices are a warm and rich combination that works amazingly well alongside meat dishes - including chicken. You can use this Lebanese spice mix as a hearty rub for your chicken to give a delicious flavour with just the right amount of heat.