6 Spices To Use With Chicken

Chicken is fantastically versatile – it absorbs flavours beautifully and can be grilled, charred, baked, poached or roasted. Marinade it before you cook to add layers of spice and fragrance, and discover a whole new depth to your chicken meat. Here, we've chosen our favourite herbs and spices that add a little extra something to chicken.

Ground Japanese Sansho Pepper, 8g

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.

Lime Powder

Lime and chicken is the perfect combination, and Lime Powder with a touch of chilli has been used to spice up chicken for years. The citric-sour flavours of lime spices are often used in Middle Eastern cooking and feature heavily in Mexican cuisine too.

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.

La Chinata Sweet Smoked Paprika, 70g

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.

Greenfields Peri-Peri Seasoning, 350g

If you like to add a little dry heat to your cooking, then peri seasoning will be a great match. Peri-peri seasoning takes influence from Portuguese and African spices and is a great spice to use when entertaining some guests. Although it has a bit of a kick, it suits most palates and is unlikely to offend those who can’t handle the heat so well. 

Peri seasoning makes a great rub for chicken and is also ideal for infusing the oil for a fiery chicken dressing.

Lebanese Seven Spice Mix, 75g

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. Despite being called  '7 spice', the ingredient list includes a whopping 17 flavours that come together in beautiful harmony: cinnamon, pimento, cloves, cumin, fenugreek caraway, cardamom, nutmeg, fennel are just a few.


Browse our full collection of herbs and spices to ensure that you’re never stuck without a spice when you reach into your cupboards. You can also take a look at our clay pot chicken recipe for some more inspiration.


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