Brazilian Chicken Seasoning (Tempero Em Pó Para Frango)

This chicken seasoning recipe is a fantastic way to add beautiful color and flavor to all your chicken dishes! An easy chicken seasoning powder, with Brazilian flair, full of amazing herbs and spices you probably already have in your pantry. Whether you’re grilling, baking or pan frying, this seasoning mix contains the best spices for chicken.

Good seasoning for chicken? How about the BEST!

Oi Gente!

This Brazilian Chicken Seasoning, tempero em po para frango as we say in Portuguese, is my favorite weapon against boring, bland chicken!

Whether you’re making chicken breasts, chicken thighs, chicken tenders, drumsticks or even a whole chicken, this chicken seasoning recipe will ensure you get deliciously flavorful, juicy chicken! Every-time!

So, on to the details.

What makes this a good seasoning for chicken? The turmeric and achiote pepper add beautiful color to chicken. The onion and garlic powder, along with the chives and parsley add savory dimension, while the cayenne and paprika add a little heat.

But, my favorite ingredient in this spice blend are the bay leaves. They add beautiful depth of flavor and combined with the turmeric, you get some real sexy woody/earthy notes. I just love how all these flavors come together!!

And the best BEST thing about mixing your own chicken seasoning powder is the control you have over salt, and all the flavoring ingredients in the mix. You can add more of your favorite spices, or a little less of any ingredients you don’t want to taste as much. Plus, being that it’s so easy to make, you can throw this together and keep it in your spice cabinet for whenever you need it!

Chicken Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

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Chances are, you’ve got all the ingredients for this seasoning recipe in your spice cabinet already, but if you don’t they’re all super easy to find at your local grocery store.

Here’s what you need:

  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried chives
  • Dried parsley
  • Paprika
  • Ground turmeric
  • Ground cayenne pepper
  • Dry whole bay leaves
  • Ground achiote pepper—this is a popular spice in Latin America. In Brazil, we call it colorau, and we primarily use it to add color to dishes. It’s sometimes referred to as annatto in English. You can find it online, or in any Latin/Mexican grocery store near you.

In addition to these ingredients, you’ll also need the following tools:

  • Spice grinder—you could try to use a food processor for this if you don’t have a spice grinder, however, a food processor will most probably not grind the bay leaves to a powder, which isn’t great. Any chunks of bay leaf left behind are very unpleasant to bite into.
  • Mason jar and if you’re feeling cute, get some labels, too!

How to make Brazilian Chicken Seasoning

A collage showing how to make the best Chicken Seasoning powder

Add all the ingredients to a spice grinder and grind to a powder. It’s important to grind them well to break up the chunkier ingredients, like the bay leaves, parsley and chives.

Place the seasoning in a jar and cover with a lid. Keep it stored in a dry place for months and use whenever you’re in the mood for tasty, flavorful chicken.

How to Season Chicken

This chicken seasoning powder is great for baking, grilling, pan frying, slow cooking, pressure cooking, you name it! And while you can use it with any cut of chicken, I think this is the best chicken breast seasoning EVER!

Just season with salt, then sprinkle in the seasoning and pick your favorite cooking method.

I tend to make oven baked chicken breasts more often, so I can just prepare it in a few minutes, then throw it in the oven and forget it there while I’m doing something else.

Prefer Pan Seared Chicken? Check out How to Pan Sear Chicken Breasts!

A collage showing how to season chicken breasts with a Brazilian Chicken Seasoning Recipe

Start with salt. For about one pound of chicken breast, you’ll need about 1-2 teaspoons of kosher salt to properly season it. We all have different tolerance to salt, so start with one teaspoon, then figure out if and how you need to adjust based on your taste.

Sprinkle on the seasoning. For about one pound of chicken breast, I use 2 teaspoons of this seasoning blend, but you can add as much or as little you and your family like.

Rub it with some fat. I always drizzle my chicken breasts with some olive oil, regardless of how I cook it. You can also add butter, as in the photo above.

Choose a cooking method and cook it. If you choose to grill or pan fry I recommend you let the chicken sit on the counter for about 10-15 minutes before cooking. If you choose to bake it, no need to let it sit, just add a bit of butter on top of each breast, then bake it at 375F for about 30 minutes. (Cooking time will vary depending on your oven and the thickness of the chicken breasts. Keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook because dry chicken is the saddest.)

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A spoon holds a scoop of Brazilian Chicken Seasoning over a jar of the mixture
5 from 8 votes

Brazilian Chicken Seasoning (Tempero Em Pó Para Frango)

Ever wanted to learn the BEST chicken seasoning recipe? This Brazilian Chicken Seasoning, which we call Tempero Em Pó Para Frango in Portuguese, is full of amazing herbs and spices and easy to make! Whether you're grilling, baking or pan frying, this seasoning mix contains the best spices for chicken.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Tablespoons
Calories: 17kcal
Author: Aline Shaw


  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons dried chives
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground achiote pepper (colorau) optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 whole large bay leaf (about 2 inches long) or 2 small (1 inch) ones


  • Add all the ingredients to a spice grinder and grind to a powder.
  • Place the seasoning in a jar and cover with a lid.
  • Store in a dry place for months, and use as needed.

Seasoning Instructions:

  • For about 1 pound of chicken breast, season with 1-2 teaspoons of kosher salt, then with 1-2 teaspoons of chicken seasoning. Bake, grill, or pan fry!!

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    Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 416IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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    1. 5 stars
      I’m generally more of a beef person than a chicken person, but I LOVE a good chunk of chicken with this seasoning. Using ground bay leaf was a first for me and I have no regrets.

    2. 5 stars
      I used this on some chicken breasts before smoking them, and I swear, they were the best smoked chicken I have made. The seasoning was so flavourful and full of so many herbs I have never used on chicken before (like bay leaves!) but it was delicious. I cant wait to use this seasoning for more chicken meals!

    3. 5 stars
      I tried the Brazilian Chicken Seasoning this morning and it was amazing. I’m always looking for new ways to make my chicken taste better, and this spice mix was just what I needed.

    4. 5 stars
      This seasoning is magic! Totally transforms a boring chicken dinner into something super flavorful and interesting. I used this on some thighs that we grilled and it was the perfect summer meal.

    5. 5 stars
      OMG – this spice!! I made a huge batch to keep on hand and will be putting it on everything – chicken, pork, veggies. I can’t get enough of this stuff!

    5 from 8 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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