Global Spice Mixology 101

Stocking your spice rack with the right mix of spices and herbs can help you create all kinds of global flavor profiles that keep meals exciting and fresh.

Spice Rack tip: Go Global!

Global-inspired flavors are trending more than ever. Is there a way to mix up mealtime and bring a variety of global cuisines to your own kitchen with what you have on hand? You bet!

By having nine key spices and herbs on hand, you’ll have access to a diverse range of flavors that span a laundry list of global cuisines. Check out these notable flavor profiles along with some delicious chicken dish ideas for each stop along your flavor trek around the globe.

Herbs & spice, and everything nice.

These nine spices make up the backbone of several global flavor profiles: garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary, cumin, paprika, herbs de Provence, ginger, and turmeric. That’s it!

This lineup may be the common thread, but specific cuisines will often include other ingredients, such as fresh herbs, aromatics (e.g., garlic, onion), and more to create their own unique flavors. Plus, many traditional dishes have very specific ratios and preparation methods to achieve different results. You can paint so many different pictures with only a few colors.

Take your taste buds on a journey.


Spices: herbs de Provence, garlic, rosemary, thyme

Chicken Dish Idea: Coq au Vin or a simple roast chicken with herbs de Provence and garlic. Serve with a side of potatoes or green beans. Or try our Grilled Cordon Blue Chicken.


Spices: garlic, oregano, rosemary, thyme, herbs de Provence

Chicken Dish Idea: Roast chicken seasoned with herbs de Provence, garlic, and rosemary. Serve with a side of pasta or risotto. Or try our Air-Fry Italian Chicken & Vegetables.


Spices: garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin

Chicken Dish Idea: Simple chicken curry using garlic, ginger, turmeric, and cumin as the base. Serve with basmati rice. Or try our Easy Tandoori Chicken.


Spices: cumin, oregano, garlic, paprika

Chicken Dish Idea: Chicken fajitas with a seasoning blend of garlic, cumin, oregano, and paprika. Or try our Mole Chicken Enchiladas.


Spices: thyme, garlic, paprika, ginger

Chicken Dish Idea: Caribbean jerk-inspired chicken using thyme, garlic, ginger, and paprika. (Note: traditional jerk seasoning has many more ingredients) Or try our Slow Smoked Jerk Chicken Wings.


Spices: garlic, oregano, rosemary, thyme

Chicken Dish Idea: Greek lemon chicken skewers marinated in garlic, oregano, and lemon juice. Serve with tzatziki sauce. Or try our Greek Chicken Souvlaki Bowls.

Global Flavor Adventure: Now boarding!

If you’re really feeling adventurous and want to achieve a more authentic taste for some cuisines, you’ll want to include other spices, herbs, or ingredients in your dishes. But rest assured, with what you have on hand, you can create a globally inspired feast with chicken as the star! So, pack your spice racks and get your passports ready. It’s gonna be fun AND delicious!