The Best Rotisserie Chicken copycat of your favorite rotisserie chicken EVER with slow and fast cooking methods both guaranteed to make the best chicken.
HOMEMADE ROTISSERIE CHICKEN
Picking up a deli chicken at the grocery store is no doubt super convenient, especially on busy weeknights, but it can be hit or miss. Get to the store too early and the only chicken available has been sitting out since morning. Go too late, you get the scraps of what’s left. Guarantee yourself a juicy, fresh chicken every time by making your own Homemade RotisserIe Chicken.
You don’t need a special rotisserie spit for your BBQ grill or a fancy As Seen On TV gadget to get the perfect deli chicken at home. This Homemade Rotisserie Chicken recipe is the juicy chicken with crispy skin you love from the grocery store or Costco made in your oven.
This Rotisserie Chicken marinates in a homemade seasoning blend so every bite is as flavorful as it is juicy. The seasoning blend in this recipe is a traditional rotisserie spice mix, but we’ve included a few other blends to switch up the flavor in the variations section. The simple seasoning on a Rotisserie Chicken goes perfect with comfort food sides like Mashed Potatoes, Baked Mac and Cheese, and Sautéed Green Beans.
Unlike a buying a grocery store chicken, Homemade Rotisserie Chicken does take a bit more time and preparation. The pay off is so worth it! Plan on prepping your chicken early in the morning or you can marinate overnight in the fridge. If you forgot or want to skip marinating the chicken, check out our Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken recipe. This recipe gives you crispy skin and juicy chicken straight from the crock pot, no oven or marinating needed.
EASY SIDE DISH RECIPES TO SERVE WITH ROTISSERIE CHICKEN
How to Use Leftover Rotisserie Chicken
There are so many ways to use leftover chicken! Carve the leftover chicken meat into chunks or shred with a fork for Chicken Tacos, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Enchiladas, or Deli Chicken Salad. Boil the chicken with bones and meat for an easy, flavorful Chicken Soup and serve with a side of Dinner Rolls.
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VARIATIONS ON ROTISSERIE CHICKEN
- Lemon Thyme Rotisserie Chicken: For Lemon Thyme Rotisserie Chicken, mix 3 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning with 1 tablespoon ground thyme for the marinade. Before roasting squeeze a halved lemon over chicken and place lemon halves in the cavity of the chicken.
- BBQ Rotisserie Chicken: Make a BBQ spice rub with 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup paprika, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon salt , 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
- Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken: Use this Buffalo seasoning blend of 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon mustard powder for a spicy roast chicken.
Bundt Pan Rotisserie Chicken
Prepare chicken with seasonings and marinate as usual. Cover bundt pan opening with aluminum foil. Prop the whole chicken over the center part, with the center inserted into the cavity of the chicken to hold it up. Bake according either slow or fast method (see recipe card) until the internal temperature, measured at thigh, reads 165 degrees.
Brining A Whole Chicken
For an even juicier, plumper chicken, try brining your chicken before rubbing with the herb seasoning. Add 2/3 cup sugar, 3/4 cup salt, 1/2 cup olive oil, 3-4 smashed garlic cloves, and any savory fresh herbs you like to a gallon of warm water. Stir until sugar and salt dissolve and then cool to room temperature. Place your chicken in mixture and cover. Refrigerate in brine 4 hours to overnight. Remove chicken, pat dry, and season with rotisserie seasoning.
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HOW TO KNOW IF CHICKEN IS COOKED
According to FDA Guidelines, the safe minimum internal temperature for chicken is 165 degrees. Measure internal temperature by inserting a meat thermometer into the middle of a chicken thigh.
HOW TO STORE ROTISSERIE CHICKEN
- Serve: You can keep Rotisserie Chicken at room temperature for up to 2 hours before it should be stored.
- Store: A Homemade Rotisserie Chicken can be kept in the refrigerator, wrapped in aluminum foil or in an airtight container, for up to 4 days.
- Freeze: Cool your chicken completely, remove meat from bones, and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 4 months.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme , (if using thyme leaves - process them)
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 5 pound chicken
- Mix together the salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, ground thyme, white pepper and cayenne pepper.
- Remove giblets from chicken and pat dry with paper towel.
Season chicken inside and out with the seasoning mix and let chicken marinate for 8 hours.
Slow Method (Best Method):
- Heat oven to 250 degrees.
Place chicken in a baking dish and cook for 5 hours or until the middle of the thigh reads 165 degrees on a probe thermometer.
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
Cook for 15 minutes.
Lower oven to 375 degrees and cook for 40-45 minutes or until the middle of the thigh reads 165 degrees on a probe thermometer.