What Is Chicken-Style Seasoning?

Most people have probably only heard of poultry seasoning, all-purpose seasoning, or poultry blends with specific flavors like lemon pepper. However, chicken-style seasoning is not similar to any other commonly found seasoning blend I can think of. It is a unique combination of flavors meant to give vegan foods a flavor profile similar to that found from chicken stock or bouillon.

Within the long-time vegan community, you’ll find that many are familiar with a brand of this vegan chicken bouillon style seasoning, known as McKay’s. Their unique formula, once a cult favorite, has become more common, now even found in some Walmart stores.

Chicken-Style Seasoning

As with most things, I like to create my own version; this allows me to play up certain flavors, add elements I find appealing, control sodium levels, and keep my ingredient list nice and simple. For example, my favorite addition is nutritional yeast flakes. It is normally used to add cheesiness to vegan dishes, but I also like to add it to my seasonings to “round out” the flavors.

I also don’t love the fact that McKay’s Chicken-style Seasoning contains dextrose. To be fair, maybe it is a negligible amount, but like the amount of sodium in my food, I prefer to control it myself.

This allows this vegan seasoning blend to be used by those following keto, other low-carb, or low-sodium diets without any need for worry since they can easily omit the offending ingredients. You can also feel free to add your favorite herbs and spices to make it uniquely yours. Takes 5 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients for chicken style seasoning

How To Use Chicken Flavored Seasoning Powder?

  • Soups and stews
  • Tofu
  • Gravy
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Garlic butter
  • All-purpose seasoning
  • Rice
  • Popcorn

Chicken-Style Seasoning Ingredients

  • Nutritional yeast flakes
  • Salt
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Brown sugar

How to Make Vegan Mock Chicken Seasoning?

  1. Add spices in a small glass jar and stir to blend.
  2. That’s it!

How To Store Homemade Seasoning Blends?

I recommend keeping your seasoning blends in a tightly closed jar in a cool, dark place such as a cupboard. I am a seasoning fiend, and as such always have many empty bottles. These are great to reuse for various seasoning blends, and you can usually remove the label and add your own. You can also buy spice jars from most craft stores, grocery stores, or online.

Tips For Making Your Blend

  1. Leave out the salt for a no-salt seasoning.
  2. Makes the perfect holiday gift, mother’s day, father’s day, or birthday gift for your foodie family or friend,  using these cute spice jars with labels.  
  3. Keep seasoning blends away from heat and moisture in order for them to last longer.

Other Homemade Seasoning Blends

  1. Creole Seasoning Recipe
  2. Homemade Shawarma Seasoning
  3. Jamaican Jerk Seasoning
  4. Homemade Chili Powder
  5. Easy Curry Powder
chicken-style seasoning blend in a white bowl on a grey background

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chicken-style seasoning blend in a white bowl with a heaping spoonful on a grey background

Chicken-Style Seasoning

This seasoning will be your new favorite in all your savory dishes. I use this year-round, in any dish you need a deep savory flavor, but it will be especially perfect in Thanksgiving favorites.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken style seasoning
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 41kcal


  • 1 spice jar


  • 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar


  • Add spices in a small glass jar and stir to blend.
  • That’s it!


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg