For our BEST Bird I was a bit bored with my favorite chicken seasonings that tend to gravitate towards hot and was looking for a change of pace. I wanted something flavorful and herby. Now I had an idea on what I wanted the base to be, which was fairly standard for a blend. Paprika, chili powder (for just a bit of heat) and onion. For the herby flavor I didn’t want to go with oregano or basil and opted for oregano’s close cousin marjoram and the poultry herb -- sage.
Now this blend went through extensive testing on our test grill and I couldn’t quite get the flavor where I wanted it to be. It was still missing some flavor balance which I finally found with some lemon zest (which complimented the marjoram) and some granulated honey which added just a bit of sweetness. That was it! I found the magical combination of spicy flavor but without the heat. And it's a perfect salt free seasoning as well - ah the best of both worlds!
When and Where to Use
Now while my initial testing was done on the grill I didn’t stop there. Since then we've also used BEST Bird for some baked chicken wings which is perfect if your family prefers to have their chicken wings a bit more on the tame side. I also used this on both scrambled eggs and roasted oven chicken and one of our customers gives this blend a bit of credit for his team’s 2nd place showing at a barbecue contest with some smoked chicken.
As with most of our blends we recommend using 1 tablespoon of seasoning per pound of chicken. You can always add more if you want more flavor.
This chicken seasoning blend has an herby flavor profile with sweet and citrusy undertones.
Hand blended from California paprika, onion, chili powder, lemon, granulated honey, sage, marjoram, black pepper and celery seed.