Learn how to make Rotisserie chicken seasoning at home with just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper). Make it in big batches to keep on hand, and then just add a chicken.

Rotisserie chicken seasoning ingredients on a white plate.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Instructions
  3. Recipe tips and variations
  4. Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Rotisserie chicken seasoning ingredients on a white plate.

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried thyme. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
A raw chicken rubbed with seasoning in a cast iron skillet.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Whole chicken in a rotisserie: Truss and skewer the chicken (giblets removed). Coat generously with the dry rub. Insert the rotisserie skewers into the rotisserie. Cook according to rotisserie manufacturer’s instructions. Let it rest about 10 minutes before carving.
  • Whole chicken in the oven: Truss the chicken (giblets removed), then coat with olive oil. Coat generously with the dry rub. Place in a roasting pan, baking dish, or cast iron skillet. Bake at 425 degrees for 70-80 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Baste the chicken every 15-20 minutes with juices from the bottom of the pan (or olive oil). Let it rest about 10 minutes before carving.
  • Chicken pieces: 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 whole chickens in the oven: The baking time is the same if you want to roast 2 chickens instead of 1. Make extra for a friend in need or for your favorite recipes.
  • Whole chicken in a slow cooker: After rinsing the chicken and patting it dry with paper towels, brush the skin with a little olive oil and generously dust the chicken with the seasoning. Place the prepared chicken in the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 6-8 hours.
A rotisserie chicken on a white plate with slices of lemon.

Recipes for leftover chicken

Rotisserie chicken seasoning ingredients on a white plate.

Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning

Learn how to make Rotisserie chicken seasoning at home with just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper). Make it in big batches to keep on hand, and then just add a chicken.
4.98 from 79 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 6
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 5

Ingredients 

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • Whisk all dried ingredients and spices together in a small bowl. Use immediately or store in an airtight jar in the pantry for future use.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Whole chicken in a rotisserie: Truss and skewer the chicken (giblets removed). Coat generously with the dry rub. Insert the rotisserie skewers into the rotisserie. Cook according to rotisserie manufacturer’s instructions. Let it rest about 10 minutes before carving.
  2. Whole chicken in the oven: Truss the chicken (giblets removed), then coat with olive oil. Coat generously with the dry rub. Place in a roasting pan, baking dish, or cast iron skillet. Bake at 425 degrees for 70-80 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Baste the chicken every 15-20 minutes with juices from the bottom of the pan (or olive oil). Let it rest about 10 minutes before carving.
  3. Chicken pieces: 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.
  4. 2 whole chickens in the oven: The baking time is the same if you want to roast 2 chickens instead of 1. Make extra for a friend in need or for your favorite recipes.
  5. Whole chicken in a slow cooker: Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, brush the skin with a little olive oil and generously dust the chicken with the seasoning. Place the prepared chicken in the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 6-8 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 26mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 338IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Excellent! I used this for roasting chicken breasts to make chicken salad! So very tasty! Definite upgrade to the basic chicken salad recipe!

  2. This was really good and soooo easy. Next time, though, I will leave the thyme out. It seemed to overwhelm the other flavors.5 stars

  3. The rotisserie recipe does not call to oil the chicken first. Is this correct? I think I have oiled them before adding seasoning in the past so the seasoning sticks.

  4. I’d recommend 1-2 tsp brown sugar added to meld the flavors just a bit. Comes out fantastic if you spatchcock and leave in a smoker at 225F for 3-4 hours.4 stars

  5. I loved this recipe. Thank you for sharing. I used the chicken for tacos and the leftovers went into my salad.

  6. 1/2021 With so few ingredients, I was surprised how tasty it was. I did not add the salt and pepper as I prefer to season each dish separately. I used this spice on chicken breasts because the recipe I was making called for leftover rotisserie chicken and I had none5 stars

  7. Used your seasoning for the rotisserie chicken, and baked in our gass oven, it was wonderful, will use it again
    Thanks

    1. Hi L, it will depend on the size of your slow cooker. You’ll want to get a chicken that will fit into the slow cooker, so if you have a 3.5 or 4 quart slow cooker, choose a smaller 3 to 4 pound chicken. A 6 quart slow cooker will be able to fit a larger bird. I hope you enjoy this! – Meggan

    2. 4 pounds as long as that fits in your slow cooker. Sorry that wasn’t in this post. I’ll fix it up for the next person. Thank you! -Meggan

  8. With so few ingredients, I was surprised how tasty it was. I did not add the salt and pepper as I prefer to season each dish separately. I used this spice on chicken breasts because the recipe I was making called for leftover rotisserie chicken and I had none4 stars

  9. Perfect spice mix chicken. I Barbecued this in a black skillet to get some additional smoke in a Kamado Joe grill . The results were excellent.5 stars

  10. Greetings from the UK. I’ve used this spice blend recipe a few times and while returning to it today I decided to leave a comment to let you know how much I appreciate it and your site.
    Like you, my best childhood memories are of wholesome, real food. Also like you, those memories are set in Wisconsin (a Door County farm).
    After nearly 20 years in England, I still find it impossible to evoke those feelings with British traditional foods and appreciate good recipes from the old days. Keep up the good work!5 stars

  11. THANK YOU SO MUCH. My and my SO used to work at Giant Eagle and they had amazing rotisserie chicken. So we found a workaround by buying this McCormick Rotisserie Chicken seasoning… but then we couldn’t find it anymore. Your recipe – with a few tweaks – was just what our breasts needed! We actually doubled the recipe and stuck it in an empty spice jar for future use. I’m happy to say I only had to buy the paprika/thyme so it also wasn’t expensive to make. Seems like it really brings out the flavor, without being too bland, salty, etc. We ended up using the following ratio for a small Mrs. Dash spice bottle (in case anyone is interested):

    4 tsp paprika, 3 tsp thyme
    2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp salt, 2 tsp pepper

    Also came to find it came out looking like the McCormick version and upon inspecting the ingredients, seemed to be almost the same – if not the exact – thing that we’ve been searching for for months on end. I can’t thank you enough as this is something we’re going to be using regularly – including for tonight’s dinner! <35 stars

  12. Hi, do you think the seasoning recipe will be good on my cornish hen. I will be cooked in my rotisserie oven. Thank you

    1. Hi Fran, yes! Definitely. It’s just an all-purpose seasoning that is good on pretty much anything, especially any kind of poultry. Thank you! -Meggan

  13. About how much salt & pepper do you put in your chicken? And, can you add it to the other dry rub ingredients ahead of time & store it or do you put it on the chicken separately? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jessica, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I like 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. You can definitely make a batch of the seasoning and store it for later use so you can pull it out whenever you want to roast a chicken. If you make a big batch, just use about 2 tablespoons of the seasoning per chicken. I hope that helps! If you need anything else, please let me know! Thanks. -Meggan

  14. About how much salt & freshly ground pepper do you recommend? And, can you add those to the other dry rub ingredients & store it or do you sprinkle those on separately before roasting? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jessica, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I like 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. You can definitely make a batch of the seasoning and store it for later use so you can pull it out whenever you want to roast a chicken. If you make a big batch, just use about 2 tablespoons of the seasoning per chicken. I hope that helps! If you need anything else, please let me know! Thanks. -Meggan

    1. Hi Gloria, I 100% agree with you. Sometimes I find things on my site and I’m like – who works here, who wrote that! LOL. You could never possibly wash away all the bacteria on a chicken anyway, it needs to be cooked off, and yes, in the process you’ll just make a mess and end up with chicken bacteria all over the place. Thanks for pointing that out; I’m fixing the post right now. -Meggan

  15. Can’t find guide on how to make seasonings to give as gifts and/or increasing the amount of ingredients as noted in your post.

    1. Hi Pat, sorry about that. There’s a little slider if you hover over the number of servings (find the orange # 6 next to servings and put your mouse over that). A blue bar will pop up and you can drag that to the left or the right to adjust the quantity, and all the amounts in the recipe card should update. Please give that a try and let me know if it works for you. Sorry for the confusion! Thank you for letting me know. -Meggan

  16. Hello, I was giving up on a new way to cook chicken. You changed my mine. This is the only way my family loves there chicken . I even sprinkled on cut up plain chicken ,chicken burgers. .loving it  an everything is in the cabinet. Thanks. This is a 10 star.5 stars