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Rotisserie Chicken: A Home Cook's Guide to Perfectly Roasted Chicken

Learn how to make your own Rotisserie Chicken at home with our easy-to-follow recipe. Enjoy the succulent flavors of perfectly roasted chicken with a crispy skin.

June 20, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 30 mins
Total 45 mins



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C). If you have a rotisserie oven, set it up according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Rinse the chicken inside and out under cold, running water. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, dried thyme, and garlic powder. Rub this mixture all over the chicken, inside and out.
  4. Stuff the chicken cavity with the halved lemon and fresh herbs.
  5. Place the chicken on the rotisserie rod or in a roasting pan. If using a roasting pan, roast for about 20 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 °F (74 °C) when a meat thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh.
  6. If using a rotisserie oven, cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Once cooked, let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the chicken, resulting in a moister bird.
  8. Carve the chicken and serve with your favorite sides. Enjoy your homemade rotisserie chicken!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Rotisserie Chicken
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23 g29.5%
Cholesterol 38 mg12.7%
Sodium 384 mg16.7%
Protein 7 g14%
Potassium 115 mg2.4%
Potassium 115 mg2.4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use a microwave-safe plate and line it with 3 layers of paper towels. Place the chicken on top, without overlapping. Cover with another 2 layers of paper towels.
  • Microwave on high for 4 to 6 minutes for crispy chicken. Pause and check on your chicken halfway through—depending on your chicken thickness and microwave model, you may need less time.
  • Be careful when removing the plate from the microwave, as it may be hot. Use the paper towels that are lining the plate to take it out of the microwave safely.
  • You can cook chicken in layers in the microwave. Just remember to place a layer of paper towels between each layer of chicken. We don't recommend doing more than 3 layers of chicken at a time.
  • If you are cooking fewer pieces of chicken, a good rule of thumb to follow is to cook for 1 minute per piece of chicken. Depending on different models of microwaves and their respective heat strengths, it might take less time to reach your desired doneness.
  • Let it cool for 5 minutes. The chicken will get crispier as it cools.
  • The chicken won't be sitting in excess fat as it cooks, making it a relatively healthier option.
  • The microwave method requires more paper towels than you would typically use to cook chicken. This method absorbs all of the fat, making for easy clean-up. Just wait for them to cool and toss the paper towels in the trash can.
  • The quick cooking in the enclosed microwave will contain the fried chicken smell, so your house won't smell like chicken for hours.
  • Remember, the cook time will vary based on microwave wattage. A higher-end 1,000-watt microwave will likely take 4 minutes or even less time whereas a 700-watt or less microwave will cook slower and not as evenly.
  • If you want to save chicken fat and cook hands-off, try air-frying chicken instead.
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There's nothing quite like the aroma of a perfectly roasted chicken filling your home. With our homemade Rotisserie Chicken recipe, you can bring the mouthwatering flavors of your favorite rotisserie chicken right into your kitchen. This recipe is perfect for a family dinner or a special occasion, and the best part is, it's easier than you might think!

What Is A Rotisserie Chicken?

Rotisserie chicken is a type of cooked chicken that is typically prepared using a rotisserie oven or rotisserie attachment on a grill. It involves skewering a whole chicken onto a rotating spit and slow-roasting it over a heat source, allowing the chicken to cook evenly and develop a flavorful, golden-brown exterior. This chicken is often seasoned with a variety of herbs, spices, and marinades, which adds extra flavor to the chicken.

Rotisserie chicken can be enjoyed as a main dish on its own or used as an ingredient in various recipes, such as sandwiches, salads, soups, stir-fries, and casseroles.

Is Rotisserie Chicken Healthy Or Not?

Rotisserie chicken is often a good source of protein and can be a healthy option if you remove the skin, which is high in fat. However, it can also be high in sodium, so it may not be the best choice for those watching their salt intake.

Why Is Costco Rotisserie Chicken So Moist?

Costco's rotisserie chickens are often moist because they are cooked on a rotisserie, which allows the chicken to baste in its own juices as it cooks. Additionally, these chickens are often injected with a solution of water, salt, and other ingredients to enhance flavor and moisture.

How Long Does It Take To Cook A Chicken On A Rotisserie At 350?

The cooking time for a chicken on a rotisserie at 350 degrees can vary depending on the size of the chicken, but generally, it takes about 20 minutes per pound. Always ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit for safe consumption.

What Does Rotisserie Chicken Mean?

Rotisserie chicken refers to a method of cooking where the chicken is skewered on a spit - a long solid rod - and is cooked over an open flame or in a rotisserie oven. The chicken is continuously rotated, which allows it to cook evenly and retain its juices, resulting in a moist and flavorful bird.

What To Serve with Rotisserie Chicken?

When it comes to serving rotisserie chicken, the options are plentiful and delicious. Mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables are classic meals to serve with rotisserie chicken. For a lighter option, serve it with fresh salad with crisp greens and vibrant vegetables. To a hearty meal, serve the chicken with a side of steamed rice or buttery cornbread. Additionally, crusty bread or dinner rolls are great for sopping up the flavorful juices. With these delectable side dish choices, you can elevate the rotisserie chicken to a complete and satisfying meal.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Rotisserie Chicken:

The History of Rotisserie Chicken

The art of rotisserie cooking has a long and storied history, dating back to medieval times. It was during this era that the technique of slowly roasting meat on a spit over an open fire was first developed. This method of cooking allowed the meat to be cooked evenly on all sides and helped to retain its natural juices, resulting in a tender and flavorful dish. The rotisserie method was particularly popular in France, where it was used to prepare a variety of meats, including chicken. Over time, this cooking technique spread throughout Europe and eventually made its way to the Americas.

Rotisserie Chicken in Modern Cuisine

Today, rotisserie chicken is a staple in many households and restaurants around the world. It's prized for its versatility, as it can be served on its own, shredded for use in salads and sandwiches, or used as a base for soups and stews. In the United States, rotisserie chicken gained widespread popularity in the 1990s, when supermarkets and warehouse clubs like Costco began selling pre-cooked rotisserie chickens as a convenient meal option for busy families. These ready-to-eat chickens are often seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices and slow-roasted in-store, providing a quick and delicious meal option that continues to be popular today.

The Appeal of Rotisserie Chicken

One of the reasons rotisserie chicken is so beloved is because of its incredible flavor. The slow rotation of the chicken on the spit allows it to baste in its own juices, resulting in a moist, tender bird with a rich, savory taste. Additionally, the skin of the chicken becomes deliciously crispy and is often seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices for added flavor. Whether it's enjoyed straight off the spit or used as a base for other dishes, rotisserie chicken is a delicious and versatile ingredient that has earned its place in culinary history.

Please note that cooking times may vary based on the size of the chicken and individual oven temperatures. Always ensure your chicken is cooked to the correct internal temperature to ensure safety.

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