How to Make Rotisserie Chicken

Learn how to make Rotisserie Chicken at home using a simple spice blend and a whole chicken or any combination of chicken pieces. Slow-Cooker friendly!

Anything the grocery store, Costco, or Sam’s Club can do, you can do better.

Making your own Rotisserie Chicken at home takes nothing more than some chicken, a few common (easy! basic!) spices, and an oven or slow cooker.

Learn how to make Rotisserie Chicken at home using a simple spice blend and a whole chicken or any combination of chicken pieces. Slow-Cooker friendly!

It’s simple, succulent, and something you should probably start making on a weekly basis.

Rotisserie Chicken is seasoned with a delicious blend of spices you probably already have in your pantry: paprika, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, S&P. That’s it! Just get yourself some chicken!

After baking the chicken, you can eat it immediately or put it in a crock pot all day to simulate the heat lamps and plastic bags of your local grocery store.

To make Rotisserie Chicken in a slow cooker, transfer your spice-rubbed chicken to a slow cooker in Step 4. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours. The skin won’t be as crispy, but the chicken still tastes great!

Learn how to make Rotisserie Chicken at home using a simple spice blend and a whole chicken or any combination of chicken pieces. Slow-Cooker friendly!

This recipe is good for one 4-pound to 5-pound chicken or about 5 pounds of assorted chicken pieces such as breasts, thighs, or quarters.

Look for bone-in, skin-on chicken for best results. However, the seasoning blend is also great applied to boneless, skinless chicken if that’s more your style.

Obviously this is great for a meal-prep situation, too. Even if you discard the skin, the chicken will be moist, tender, and flavorful!

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Learn how to make Rotisserie Chicken at home using a simple spice blend and a whole chicken or any combination of chicken pieces. Slow-Cooker friendly!
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How to Make Rotisserie Chicken

Learn how to make Rotisserie Chicken at home using a simple spice blend and a whole chicken or any combination of chicken pieces. Slow-Cooker friendly!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 347 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (4 to 5 pound) whole chicken (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Move an oven rack to the lowest position and preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, and 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

  3. Remove giblets from chicken (if present) and truss chicken if desired. Brush the outside of chicken with olive oil.

  4. Rub the spice mixture all over the outside of the chicken (I like to use disposable gloves). Place in a baking dish or on a rimmed baking sheet.

  5. Bake uncovered until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, about 70 to 80 minutes. Brush the chicken periodically (every 20 minutes if desired) with the juices that have accumulated in the bottom of the dish to prevent it from drying out.

  6. Serve immediately or place in a slow cooker for up to 8 hours on the lowest possible heat setting.

Recipe Notes

  1. 4 to 5 pounds of chicken pieces such as breast, thighs, or quarters may be substituted for the whole chicken. Reduce total baking time to 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. After rubbing on the spice blend, he chicken can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking. 
  3. To cook your Rotisserie Chicken in a slow cooker, transfer your spice-rubbed chicken to a slow cooker in Step 4. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours. 

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15 comments

  1. Oh my gosh, Meggan, this is one gorgeous chicken! I’m a huge sucker for rotisserie chickens but I’ve never tried to make my own–TOTALLY pinned to make this weekend!!

  2. Finding this here is a great coincidence, Meggan, because I bought a supermarket rotisserie chicken last night for dinner and found myself thinking that it would be great to roast my own and get that same tasty skin and fall-of-the-bone effect. So thanks for the recipe and tips!

  3. My hubby LOVES skin-on, bone-in chicken while I am not a fan… but this recipe seems like we can meet in the middle!

  4. Love rotisserie chicken- definitely need to give this recipe a go!

  5. Funny, I love how you say to put in crockpot to simulate headlamps or being in plastic bags. :D This does look delicious! I love easy tasty recipes !

  6. I love rotisserie chicken and I don’t always have time to run to Costco. This looks so easy and so delicious! Pinning!

  7. Can you cook it in the crock pot instead of the oven?

    • You absolutely can, Melissa. The reason I like to bake it first is to get the skin some crispness. But, it is definitely still delicious just cooked in a crock pot! I’d think 4 hours on high would do it, or 6-8 hours on low, but just be sure to check the temperature of the chicken (it should hit 165 degrees).

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  9. Is the chicken supposed to be covered or uncovered?

    • I roast it uncovered, Darlene. Because it has the bones and skin, it doesn’t dry out in the oven even though it’s uncovered. I’ll add this info to the recipe, thank you!

  10. Thank you for the super quick reply! Can’t wait to try it!

  11. If I have a gas stove do I still need to put it on the lowest rack?

  12. I have got to try this! I imagine it’s even more cost effective if I purchase whole chickens in bulk :D

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