Learn how to Make Rotisserie Chicken for a delicious meal at home. This oven roasted chicken is seasoned perfectly and so tender.

 Rotisserie Chicken on a platter.

Easy Rotisserie Chicken recipe

We love to pick up a store bought rotisserie chicken for an easy weeknight dinner. I recently thought I would attempt to make a rotisserie chicken at home. The results were fantastic.

The entire family loved this easy chicken recipe. From the crispy skin to the tender meat, it was cooked to perfection. We all really enjoyed it and I loved how easy it was.

Give it a try and see just how simple it is.

How do you cook Rotisserie chicken in oven?

After seasoning the chicken, just bake in the oven using a roasting pan or cast iron skillet. The outside of the skin is browned using a higher oven temperature for a few minutes.

Then after a few minutes, the temperature is reduced so the chicken can finish cooking. It is very simple to do and we all thought it was delicious.

In fact, we liked it better than the ones at the grocery store. The seasoning was perfect and the meat was delicious.

Ingredients for  Rotisserie Chicken.

Ingredients

  • Paprika 
  • Dried Thyme Leaves
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Onion Powder 
  • Kosher Salt 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Whole Chicken (4-5 pounds), gizzards removed 
  • Olive Oil 
Process of making a rotisserie chicken and seasoning it.

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken

  • Combine the seasonings. Mix together the seasonings in a small bowl. 
  • Dry the chicken. Use paper towels to dab the chicken until it is dry.
  • Coat in olive oil and seasonings. Rub the outside of the chicken with olive oil and then rub on the seasoning mixture onto the outside of the chicken. 
  • Secure the wings. Tie the wings of the chicken behind the chicken with kitchen twine. 

To Roast in the Oven: 

  • Preheat the oven. It should be set to 450 degrees F.  Place the whole chicken in a large roasting pan or a cast iron skillet with the chicken breast side facing up.  
  • Brown the chicken. Cook at 450 degrees F for 12-15 minutes to brown the outside of the skin on the chicken.  This gives the chicken the golden color that rotisserie chicken is known for.
  • Reduce the temperature. Then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and cook for 60-70 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.  
  • Allow to rest. Then remove the chicken and let it rest for 10-15 minutes and the chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F during this resting time.  We use a digital meat thermometer.
  • Serve and enjoy this chicken. Then the chicken is ready to slice and enjoy! 
 Rotisserie Chicken on a skewer cooking.

How do you cook a rotisserie in the oven?

  • Prepare the chicken. Skewer the chicken. 
  • Insert the chicken. Insert the chicken into the rotisserie. 
  • Cook the chicken. Then cook the chicken based on the rotisserie’s manufacturer’s instructions.  This is usually around 18-20 minutes per pound.

    It would be approximately 60 minutes for a 3 pound chicken. Once the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. 
  • Allow to rest. Then remove the chicken and let it rest for 10-15 minutes and the chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F during this resting time. 
  • Slice and enjoy this tasty meal. Then the chicken is ready to slice and enjoy! 
 Rotisserie Chicken being sliced.

How To Cut Rotisserie Chicken:

  • Remove the string. Unwind this from the wing and leg area of the chicken.
  • Separate the leg and thigh. Use a sharp knife to separate this joint.
  • Pull apart the wing from the chicken. Simply twist the wing away from the chicken.
  • Cut the breast into slices. Use a knife to cut slices on each side of the chicken breast.
  • Slice or shred the chicken. Either option is great.

What to serve with Rotisserie Chicken:

These are just a few ideas. Rotisserie chicken goes with so many different things. It is also great on salad for a quick and healthy meal.

 Rotisserie Chicken on a platter.

How to use leftovers:

We love to use leftover rotisserie chicken for more great meals. You can shred the chicken and use it in some of these easy recipes.

Dinner will be a breeze using shredded chicken that is already cooked the next night. It is the best comfort food and your family will not even realize they are eating leftover chicken.

Most of these meals can be put together in less than 15 minutes.

Tips and tricks:

  • Make in advance. You can prepare the chicken with the seasoning and refrigerate up to 24 hours before cooking.
  • Slow Cooker. For another cooking method, you can use the crockpot. The skin will not be as crispy as using the oven but it will still be delicious. Try this Crockpot Whole Chicken recipe to let the crock pot do the work.
  • Meat thermometer. It is important to make sure the chicken is fully cooked. Use a meat thermometer to ensure it is 165 degrees inserted into the thickest portion.
  • Oil. Olive oil gives the chicken great flavor but you can use any oil you prefer or have on hand.
 Rotisserie Chicken on a platter.

How to store:

Allow to cool and place inside an airtight container. Store in the fridge up to 4 days.

If you need to store it longer, place in the freezer. Just take the chicken off the bones and place inside an airtight container. It can be frozen up to 3 months.

We love to have extra to freeze. It is so convenient to have to use for a quick meal later without having to cook the meat.

This really helps to avoid the temptation of getting take out or fast food. I can easily put together a nice dinner using leftover chicken in the freezer.

 Rotisserie Chicken on a platter.

Now you know how to make a rotisserie chicken.

It is super easy following these simple step by step instructions. The results are delicious and the process is effortless.

 Rotisserie Chicken being sliced.

Make a rotisserie chicken today for a great meal. The entire family will enjoy this flavor packed chicken. You will be so glad you tried this.

Print this recipe for rotisserie chicken below:

How to Make a Rotisserie Chicken at Home

5 from 3 votes
Learn how to Make Rotisserie Chicken for a delicious meal at home. This oven roasted chicken is seasoned perfectly and so tender.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Remove from Oven and let Rest 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 328
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme Leaves
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Whole Chicken 4-5 pounds, gizzards removed
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Mix together the seasonings in a small bowl.
  • Tap the chicken dry by dabbing it with a paper towel.
  • Rub the outside of the chicken with olive oil and then rub on the seasoning mixture onto the outside of the chicken.
  • Tie the wings of the chicken behind the chicken with kitchen twine.

To Roast in the Oven:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place the whole chicken in a large roasting pan or a cast iron skillet with the breast side facing up.
  • Cook at 450 degrees F for 12-15 minutes to brown the outside of the skin on the chicken.  Then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and cook for 60-70 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • Then remove the chicken and let it rest for 10-15 minutes and the chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F during this resting time.
  • Then the chicken is ready to slice and enjoy!

To Cook on a Rotisserie:

  • Skewer the chicken. Insert the chicken into the rotisserie.
  • Then cook the chicken based on the rotisserie’s manufacturer’s instructions.  This is usually around 18-20 minutes per pound so it would be approximately 60 minutes for a 3 pound chicken.
  • Once the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  • Then remove the chicken and let it rest for 10-15 minutes and the chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F during this resting time.
  • Then the chicken is ready to slice and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 328kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 25g, Fat 24g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 11g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 102mg, Sodium 387mg, Potassium 279mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 449IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 19mg, Iron 1mg

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