How to Make Rotisserie Chicken

Once you learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home, with crispy skin and juicy meat, you won't be tempted to grab a bird at the store ever again!

Leftover rotisserie chicken can be turned into all sorts of delicious thing like Chinese chicken salad with the tastiest Asian salad dressing, chicken quinoa soup, or chicken salad. See more chicken recipes here.

Once you learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home, with crispy skin and juicy meat, you won't be tempted to grab a bird at the store ever again!
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To bird, or not to bird? That is the question! Grocery store rotisserie chicken can be, well… hit or miss. In my opinion, when rotisserie chicken is good, it’s good, but when it’s old, or dried out, (how long to they sit under those lamps, anyways?) it just sits in the refrigerator and makes me feel guilty about buying it in the first place.

I decided that the only way to make sure I had the best rotisserie chicken every time was to make it myself.

As it turns out, you don’t need a rotisserie chicken cooker, a fancy grill, or a rotisserie spit to make epic roasted chicken that’s worlds better than rotisserie chicken from Costco, Sam’s Club, or some other grocery store. The best rotisserie chicken recipe? All you need is a few spices, a chicken, and an oven (or a crockpot).

I’ve perfected the rotisserie chicken dry rub, which can be made in big batches to use when you need it. Make a chicken (or two) on the weekend to eat throughout the week. Bring one to your mom, or your neighbors who just had a baby.

Then use the leftovers in one of my favorite recipes down below.

Once you learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home, with crispy skin and juicy meat, you won't be tempted to grab a bird at the store ever again!

Do I have to truss the chicken?

Well, no. You're an adult with your own heart and mind, and trussing chickens should only be done of your own free will.

Having said, I hope you do. Trussing your chicken ensures an evenly-cooked, juicier bird.

Read my full post over here on how to truss a chicken.

At first glance it may seem unnecessary, but trussing a chicken for roasting ensures delicious, evenly-cooked poultry that looks as good as it tastes. Here I’ll show you how to truss a chicken using twine, to make your best roast chicken yet. 

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven

The key to making authentic rotisserie chicken is the dry rub: dried thyme, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. A little salt and pepper, too.

  1. Brush a little olive oil all over the bird to help the dry rub adhere to the skin while cooking. Then
  2. Use the dry rub generously, patting the chicken to make sure the rub sticks.
  3. Next, I move the chicken into a roasting pan. This could be a glass baking dish, a heavy duty roaster, or even a cast iron skillet.
  4. I bake my rotisserie chicken at 425 degrees for 70-80 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

After baking the chicken, you can devour it immediately or place it in a crock pot for a few hours to keep it warm for later.

Once you learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home, with crispy skin and juicy meat, you won't be tempted to grab a bird at the store ever again!

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken in a Slow Cooker

Making rotisserie chicken in a crockpot or slow cooker might not make the skin as crispy as when you roast in the oven, but it will still give you succulent, tender results.

  1. Transfer your spice-rubbed chicken to a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

Can you make Rotisserie Chicken in a toaster oven?

Some larger, countertop toaster ovens can accommodate a whole chicken, but I recommend that you check with the manual first just to be on the safe side. If your oven has a rotisserie feature, then go ahead and try it, and let me know how it went!

How to Roast 2 Chickens

What’s better than one rotisserie chicken? Two rotisserie chickens! It doesn’t take any more time, plus it’s a smart way to use that large turkey roaster you bought and only use for Thanksgiving. Making two chickens will ensure there’s lots to eat in the days to come. Or you can make two and give one to someone in your life who needs a good meal.

Once you learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home, with crispy skin and juicy meat, you won't be tempted to grab a bird at the store ever again!

All you have to do is make a double batch of dry rub and place the chickens next to each other in a larger roaster to cook.

When you make your own Rotisserie Chicken, how long do you cook it?

If you’re using an oven, roast the chicken uncovered at 425 degrees for 70-80 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Also, I use chickens that are an average weight of 4-5 pounds each.

If you’re cooking Rotisserie Chicken in a crock pot, it will take 3-4 hours on the HIGH setting, or 6-8 hours on the LOW setting.

Once you learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home, with crispy skin and juicy meat, you won't be tempted to grab a bird at the store ever again!

How long can Rotisserie Chicken stay in the refrigerator?

To keep your chicken fresh, refrigerate the rotisserie chicken in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Properly stored, cooked rotisserie chicken will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

What can you make with Rotisserie Chicken?

Maybe the best part about making your own rotisserie chicken at home is that there are a million rotisserie chicken recipes you can make with the leftovers. Here are some of my favorite last-minute meals you can make:

If you ever find yourself wondering “Where can I find Chicken Alfredo near me?” the answer is closer than you think: One Pot Chicken Alfredo can be made right in your own kitchen. It’s comfort food at its finest, and this recipe is the easiest, creamiest, most comforting version out there.

Is Rotisserie Chicken gluten-free?

Yes, it is! Roasted chicken is a delicious gluten-free main course— as long as you make it yourself, so you know exactly what your ingredients are.

Rotisserie Chicken nutrition

If you’re curious about how healthy Rotisserie Chicken is, see the nutrition label below for specifics. When you make your own food, you get to steer clear of sodium, dubious hydrogenated by-products, and stabilizers. All we’re using here is chicken, spices, and a little olive oil.


5 from 34 votes

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken

Once you learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home, with crispy skin and juicy meat, you won't be tempted to grab a bird at the store ever again!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 347kcal
  • 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
  • Move an oven rack to the lowest position and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, and 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • Remove giblets from chicken (if present) and brush the outside of chicken with olive oil. Rub the spice mixture all over the outside of the chicken (I like to use disposable gloves).
  • Truss the chicken if desired. Place in a baking dish or on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal

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  1. Cathy Ratliff

    meaning a rack in the pan you cook it in

    1. meggan

      Yes, like a roasting rack. I don’t use one because there isn’t grease dripping in to the bottom of the pan. But you should use one if you want to! I did try putting the chicken on a bed of vegetables once and it worked very well. Thanks!

  2. Cathy Ratliff

    Maybe I missed it….but does these need to be on a rack in the oven since they do drip alot of grease

    1. meggan

      Hi Cathy, I do not use a rack (although you are welcome to). And actually, the chicken does not drip a lot of grease. Most of the time, if I have to baste the chicken during roasting time, I just olive oil because there is nothing in the bottom of the pan. This definitely depends on the chicken though! I hope this is helpful. Use a rack if you want, and if you have no grease for basting, add some. Thanks for the question!

  3. OMG It was amazing Rotisserie Chicken is a favorite in our house and I need new ways to cook it. I love how easy this sounds and this looks like something my family will love!Thanks5 stars

  4. Sheryl

    can you roast vegetables in the pan with this?

    1. meggan

      Hi Sheryl, yes you can. However, the high temperature and amount of time it takes to roast the chicken, you may have to add the vegetables later in the cooking time. I will put this on my list to test next week so I can be more informed and update the post. It actually sounds really obvious – who WOULDN’T want to roast vegetables with their chicken?! In the meantime, if you want to try yourself, just keep an eye on the vegetables. Add them later, make sure they are coated in oil, perhaps add extra liquid to the bottom of the pan. You just don’t want them to scorch. I’ve had this problem (the scorching) with other roast chicken recipes that just assume it will all cook together fine and perfectly (such as Ina Garten’s). But it didn’t work (everything burned). The process needs some attention. Thanks for the question!

  5. Soulfood

    Delicious recipe! I bought a whole chicken on a whim because they were on sale but had no clue how to cook one. I assumed it would take forever to cook but that was not the case at all!

    I will say that when I opened the oven to baste for the first time I was wecomed with a face full of smoke. There were no juices at all. I poured about half a cup of water in my pan and that fixed that! Great mix of spices – better than the store. Chicken turned out perfect and moist.5 stars

  6. Amber

    This looks great! Question: if I were to bake the chicken in the oven, and then transfer to a slow-cooker…would I add the juices from the oven pan to the slow cooker as well? Thanks!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Amber! Yes! Why not? I don’t think it’s required, but why waste them? I would definitely do that. I will update the recipe so this is clear. Thank you for the question!

  7. Macey

    Great recipe. My family gobbled it up happily.5 stars

  8. This is such a great, simple recipe! I’m glad I came across your blog!5 stars

  9. Kimberly

    Do you cook on 425 the whole time. I have a 6 lb hockey. Or do you turn down after a while?

    1. meggan

      Hi Kimberly, I cook it at 425 the whole time. I baste it periodically so it doesn’t dry out. You could definitely turn it down after a while if you wanted to. I have seen recipes like that, and especially since it’s a 6-pound bird. I just don’t know exactly what the cooking time would be if you turned it down at some point. You’d just have to check it, but obviously it would work! Thanks for the question. It’s a good one.

  10. Kimberly

    Do you cook it the entire time in the oven on 425 or lower it at some point. Thank you

  11. Sarah

    I made this last week with a 4 lb chicken and it was the most tender, most juicy rotesserie chicken we have ever had! I’m making it tonight, but the only chix available were slightly larger (mine is about 5.5 lbs) how much longer would you extend cooking time for?5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi, Sarah! I would actually just check it at 70 minutes and in 10-minute increments after that. It might end up being the same. When I do 2 chickens, it’s the same amount of time (obviously that’s two chickens, not 1 chicken double the size, but I still thought it would take longer and it didn’t). Sorry I don’t have an exact answer, but it will probably be close to about the same, possibly 10-15 minutes longer. Thank you!

  12. Amanda

    This is in the oven now, hopefully you get to answer it in time lol! It’s been in about 20 minutes and there’s no juice to baste it with, is that OK?

    1. meggan

      Hi Amanda! What I do if there is no juice (and I need to update the recipe to say this, so thanks for reminding me) is to brush it with extra olive oil. That’s what I do. It’s not required, but if you are worried about the chicken drying out, do that! I hope you love it. I make 2 of these every weekend! Thanks for your comment!

  13. RONDA WHITROW

    HI.       Have a a George FOREman rotisserie and i am just  wondering how long would you rotisserate for and at what temperature  

  14. I am going to make this Sunday.  I hate to seem foolish, but do I cook this breast up or down.  In  the picture it looks breast down?
    As you can tell I am not a great chicken cook.

    1. meggan

      Breast up! Cook it breast up. Sorry about that, I will have to rephotograph this, ha ha. You are clearly not that bad of a cook! :D

  15. Monique

    It won’t dry out in crock pot ? Cooking it right now ! Lol 

    1. meggan

      Hi Monique! It shouldn’t dry out in a crockpot. All the moisture gets trapped in those, so it’s more like steaming. :) You should be good! Thank you! :) I hope you love it!

  16. I have a 11lb chicken how much longer should I cook it?5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hey there! Wow, that is one big chicken. I have never tried this recipe with such a large bird, but here’s what I found on AllRecipes. The cooking method is different from mine, but it sounds logical to me. First, roast the chicken at 450 degrees for 10 minutes (to crisp the skin). Second, roast the chicken at 350 degrees for 20 minutes per pound (220 minutes). That comes out to 230 minutes total, or nearly 4 hours. I would definitely baste the chicken often to prevent it from drying out. I think it should work but if you’d like to report back and let me know, I would appreciate it! I’ll look for a bird that large so I can test it myself. Thank you!

  17. Stacy

    This dish was a hit with the entire family. Chicken was moist and 10x better than store bought!! We will be making this again and again!5 stars

    1. meggan

      SO GREAT to hear that, Stacy! Thank you. :) It’s a hit for me as well, we make it all the time!

  18. Gena

    This will be added to my recipe book as ”woah-dang chicken’!!! Amazing!! My chicken was almost 6lbs and 1hr20mins was perfect!! And then I boiled the carcuss for chicken stock! I am done spending $8-$10 on a rotisserie chicken that’s been under a heat lamp for hours when I can get a whole chicken for $5 and make this!! Yes!! 5 stars

    1. meggan

      This makes me so happy ‘Gena! I love hearing people will cook more at home – it tastes better, usually costs lest, the benefits go on and on. I love this rotisserie chicken recipe so THANK YOU for giving it a chance. So glad you liked it! Take care. :)

  19. Sally Tieso

    This is so easy! In the midwest we have Smart chicken and they are big, clean birds. Not the chicken with yellow skin:( Great meal and hopefully their will be enough leftover for my lunch tomorrow!5 stars

  20. Christina Wallace

    Hi Megan
    If I wanted to make two 5 lb chickens at once how long should I cook for?

    1. meggan

      Hi Christina, it will be about the same amount of time or possibly an extra 10-15 minutes. If you have a roasting pan large enough, just nestle them side by side. It will not take significantly longer to roast 2 vs. 1. So roasting 2 is a great idea! Thanks for your question.

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