Best Lemon and Herb Seasoning For Chicken

Written by Mike Futia | Updated June 7, 2023

Let's make the best, most flavorful lemon and herb seasoning for chicken, with just nine ingredients!

This tasty rub pairs perfectly with our smoked whole chicken, and can be whipped up in just a few minutes! 

lemon and herb seasoning

We're always experimenting with our rubs, so feel free to make any changes that fit your personal flavor profile.

whole chicken rub

We love this rub on a whole chicken, served with a light salad with olive oil and lemon dressing. YUM.

How To Make The Best Lemon and Herb Seasoning for Chicken

With just nine ingredients, this recipe comes together in a snap.

lemon and herb chicken rub

The Ingredients

  • Dried thyme. For a fragrant, earthy flavor.
  • Dried parsley. A milder herb, adding a subtle grassy and fresh undertone to the chicken.
  • Dried oregano. Robust and warm flavors.
  • Lemon pepper seasoning. A zesty blend for a tangy citrus and peppery note.
  • Garlic powder. Every rub needs a little garlic powder!
  • Onion powder. Sweet and slightly sharp, it infuses the chicken with rich, onion-y flavor.
  • Smoked paprika. For a hint of warmth and rich color.
  • Salt & pepper. Every smoker recipe needs some salt and pepper!

The Directions

lemon and herb seasoning

1. Combine all nine ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well mixed together.

2. Apply liberally all over your favorite chicken!


  • If you want a bit of heat, add some jalapeño powder to the mix. Here's the one I use—16 oz. can last a long time!
whole smoked chicken

Storage Tips

What To Serve With Lemon and Herb Seasoning

Recommended Tools

  • Plastic spice jars. I store all of my homemade rubs in these jars.
lemon and herb seasoning

The Best Lemon and Herb Seasoning For Chicken

Discover a zesty lemon herb seasoning for chicken, perfect for grilling and smoking. Elevate your poultry dishes with this flavorful, easy-to-make blend.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 1 cup
Calories 118 kcal


  • 1/3 cup dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup dried parsley
  • 1/3 cup dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika


  • Combine all nine ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well mixed together.
  • Apply liberally all over your favorite chicken!


Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 1173mgPotassium: 101mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 498IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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