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Copycat McKay’s Chicken Seasoning Recipe

Copycat McKay’s Chicken Seasoning w
In another post, I wrote a little bit about how I substitute my own recipe for Mock Chicken Seasoning for McKay’s Chicken Seasoning.  I use this to flavor broths, gravies, and entrees that I want to remind us of a chicken flavor.  This copycat McKay’s Chicken Seasoning is also used in the recipe I shared called Grandma’s Mock Chicken Loaf.

Why a substitute?

  • One, for the COST.  Prices for McKay’s Chicken Seasoning are skyrocketing like everything else!  Why not make an economical option?
  • Two, for the INGREDIENTS!  I prefer vegan, aka no lactose. We don’t use MSG, and I really prefer for my seasonings to NOT CONTAIN SUGARS.  Take all those things away, and you might as well make your own!
  • Third, because I always seem to want to do it myself even if I can get it pre-made. Maybe I’m a glutton for more work, but I like to know I can do it myself!

It’s quick and easy, so why not?

Simply use as you would any broth or seasoning mix.  Store in a jar or airtight container if you don’t want to be chipping at this stuff with a sharp knife until it runs out.  I know you know what I’m taking about!  

There are many similar recipes for McKays Chicken Seasoning.  I think they will all come out pretty similarly, so choose the one that takes ingredients that you have or can easily obtain.  I like to add the turmeric because it adds a little bit of a yellow color to my recipes.

Here you go!

Mock Chicken Seasoning, or Copycat McKay’s Chicken Seasoning Recipe

Copycat McKay’s Chicken Seasoning

Mock Chicken Seasoning, Copycat McKay’s Chicken Seasoning

Copycat recipe to replace McKay’s Chicken Seasoning
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course entree, popcorn, Soup
Cuisine American


  • 2 Cups nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/3 Cup Himalayan salt, or sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbs onion powder
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • 2 Tbs parsley
  • 3/4 Tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 Tsp celery seed
  • 3/4 Tsp paprika
  • 3/4 Tsp sage
  • 1/3 Tsp marjoram, thyme, tarragon, and rosemary OR use: 1 Tsp Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 Tsp savory


  • Combine all ingredients in blender with tight lid.
  • Blend until fine
  • May add another 2 tsp parsley flakes if desired.
Keyword nutritional yeast flakes

That’s it!  Simple!

Copycat McKay’s Chicken Seasoning

Do you make a Mock Chicken Seasoning?

How is your recipe similar or different?

6 Replies

  1. We have missed the “Everything but the chicken” seasoning Trader Joe’s used to sell. I’m going to try this! Thank you!

  2. I am a fan of McKays and have been looking for DIY options. I plan to try your recipe. Did you use fresh parsley? if so how much? if not what are the green leaves in the picture? Thanks for sharing.

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