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Seasoning chicken without salt

DrezDrez Registered User regular
Hi, I was thinking:

- Summer: Dry rub some sand into it before cooking
- Winter: Wet rub some snow into it before cooking
- Spring: Leave it out in the rain both before, during, and after cooking
- Autumn (aka Fall): I dunno...just step on it or whatever. Maybe throw acorns at it

OK jokes aside, some of you may know, I recently had a medical situation that requires me to significantly alter my diet which was mostly garbage. I explained to the doctors that my diet was essentially a fatty, meaty, cheese, greasy ball of garbage that nary a vegetable graced. I had severe hypertension which is probably what led to various other complications.

I've been eating nuts, fruits, some greens, peanut butter, and various other things in a conscious effort to reduce my weight, carbs, sugar, cholesterol, salt, and weight (listed twice because I need to lose a lot of weight).

I just bought a ton of chicken. Usually I would take raw chicken it out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before I cooked it and salt it all over. But...I don't think it's wise to salt it anymore. So what are some good and tasty alternatives? Note, I plan on using my air fryer for cooking the chicken.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    edited February 15
    I'm of the opinion that it's hard to go wrong with garlic or black pepper, especially if the only opinions you need to worry about are your own.

    Edit: also, honestly curry powder is basically cheating if you want something to taste good.

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  • ArtereisArtereis Registered User regular
    You can use lemon juice to reduce the amount of salt needed to make the chicken taste better.

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  • RandomEncounterRandomEncounter Registered User regular
    A little salt shouldn't hurt, and there are low sodium salts available as well. That being said, the world is your oyster here. Onion and garlic powders have a permanent place in my pantry for just such an occasion. Cumin and paprika work pretty well, or a mixed taco seasoning.

    Baked with feta cheese and olives, maybe throw in some peppers, you have a mediterranean-ish dish.

    pile it in a crock pot with some liquid smoke and molasses, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder you can make some decent pulled chicken.

    There are a lot of options.

    Cook it with some lemongrass and peppers in some low sodium chicken broth (or veggie), throw in some fish sauce, some other veg, maybe some tofu. Deliciousness in a bowl.

    Dredge it in corn starch and garlic powder, then an egg wash, then some panko (or is you're carb watching, some coconut powder), easy fried chicken.

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit Tandem Electrostatic Accelerator Registered User regular
    One thing that can help is to get a scale that can do 1/10th of gram increments and measure your salt out that way to control the amount. That's what I did when I needed to cut my salt intake. You will look like you are measuring drugs whenever you cook dinner, though.

    Read the label on other seasonings like soy sauce and dose accordingly. Soy sauce in particular has an insane amount of salt in it.

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    You could do any variety of spice blend without salt.

    Garlic and onion powders add a lot of flavour, any different types of the red spicy-hot spices (cayenne, chilli, paprika, etc).

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  • ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    Yup as others have said, there are tons of salt-free or low sodium versions of herbal spice mixes out there.

    Mrs. Dash is probably the most famous of them and comes in a variety of flavors

    I'm a champion of Penzey's Spices Blends and they make a bunch of salt free and low sodium blends that are absolutely amazing:

    https://www.penzeys.com/shop/spices/?categoryId=115

    These are probably some of my favorites and are incredibly versatile.
    https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/herbes-de-provence/c-24/p-177/pd-s
    https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/mural-of-flavor/c-24/p-219/pd-s
    https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/sunny-paris-seasoning/c-24/p-276/pd-s
    https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/tuscan-sunset/c-24/p-319/pd-s

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  • Rear Admiral ChocoRear Admiral Choco Registered User regular
    you might consider potassium salts or MSG as alternate salt-like seasonings

    MSG has about two thirds the sodium by volume and potassium salt is often a mix of potassium chloride into regular sodium chloride salt, you'll likely find it as Half Salt or LoSalt

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  • BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    MSG was made for this exact situation!

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  • BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    you might consider potassium salts or MSG as alternate salt-like seasonings

    MSG has about two thirds the sodium by volume and potassium salt is often a mix of potassium chloride into regular sodium chloride salt, you'll likely find it as Half Salt or LoSalt

    It might be 2/3rds the sodium, but because we taste it so strongly, it can replace NaCl at ~ 10:1 ratio when used in food.

    1g of MSG will taste similar to 10g of NaCl table salt

  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    A controlled amount of sauce on the side also helps. BBQ or whatever.

    It sounds like you're already doing a good job by replacing your unhealthy diet with other options to begin with. Don't start depriving yourself of basic seasoning.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    you might consider potassium salts or MSG as alternate salt-like seasonings

    MSG has about two thirds the sodium by volume and potassium salt is often a mix of potassium chloride into regular sodium chloride salt, you'll likely find it as Half Salt or LoSalt

    Madison Square Garden seems rather large to put in my chicken, but I can try it.

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    Also, thanks everyone. I’m gonna look this over tonight/tomorrow and will go to the store and cook this chicken tomorrow.

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  • PaladinPaladin Registered User regular
    How about better than boullion? Mix concentrated stock with a little bit of oil and spread it over the chicken - you can use low sodium versions and control sodium content while getting a bunch of Umami flavor guaranteed to complement the chicken

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  • Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    One thing to keep in mind that happened to me when I lowered my salt intake: Eventually, your tastebuds will adapt. I find a lot of prepackaged food SUPER salty now. Like, unpleasantly so.

    So if you think something is kind of bland, just give it time.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited February 18
    Herb de Provence is good, some Old World blends with paprika and tumeric. Garam Masala for a big kick, or some Italian blends with oregano, basil, etc.

    If it's no salt them cut it out, but if it's much less salt, I'd suggest kosher; less sodium but packs bigger bang with the larger crystals. Of course check with your doc.

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  • Kayne Red RobeKayne Red Robe Master of Magic ArcanusRegistered User regular
    I like rosemary on chicken quite a bit, I usually mix up some of that, some pepper, some thyme and some garlic and use it to season poultry.

  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    Mushroom powders and other non-salt umami seasonings can also help bring out the "meatiness" in foods.

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  • AtheraalAtheraal Registered User regular
    Another useful option is nutritional yeast. Sorta like funky powdered parm, pretty good if the taste works for you. Great on popcorn.

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  • GilgaronGilgaron Registered User regular
    I usually season chicken for salad with Liquid Smoke (no salt), Chipotle Tabasco (a little salt), and a blend of paprika, onion and garlic.

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  • Capt HowdyCapt Howdy Registered User regular
    There are tons of seasoning mixes out there that are salt free. My personal favorite has always been Chili powder, but you can get curry powders, moles, Greek and Italian mixes, pretty much anything on the good old world wide web.

    My favorite spice shop is https://www.savoryspiceshop.com/

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