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Rotisserie Chicken Recipe
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Rotisserie Chicken
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Rotisserie Chicken

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"This is a great easy recipe that our family loves. It's perfect as the main dish of a simple meal with French fries and cole slaw."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Season the inside of the chicken with a pinch of salt. Place the chicken onto a rotisserie and set the grill on high. Cook for 10 minutes.
  2. During that time, quickly mix together the butter, 1 tablespoon of salt, paprika and pepper. Turn the grill down to medium and baste the chicken with the butter mixture. Close the lid and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, basting occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (83 degrees C) when taken in the thigh with a meat thermometer.
  3. Remove from the rotisserie and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 21, 2007

Basic recipe is ok, but it omits some very important steps. You must tie the legs and wings with twine to prevent them over cooking. And the most important detail, don't cook directly over the flame. Cook with indirect heat according to the directions of your BBQ. On my 3 burner Weber, I turn off the middle burner that lies under the chicken. You can also place a pan of seasoned liquid under the chicken to catch the fat and moist season the food. I recommend wine, apple juice, etc.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 11, 2011

The chicken came out moist, beautiful, but it wasn't a hit -- way too salty. One of my kids couldn't even eat the leg, because it was so salty. I will definitely cook it again, but with perhaps 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Jun 04, 2007

This was a total disaster. So why did I rate it five stars? Because I take the blame for the problems I had. Although the recipe did not state it, I knew to tie up the drumsticks and wings to keep them from flapping as the rotisserie turned, thus turning to carbon. I also knew that, when basting with a butter or oil based flavoring, you will have flare-up. I thought about putting foil under the chicken, but thought previous postings that said "do not deviate from the recipe" knew something I did not. Maybe it would be crispier. When I went to put the second basting on, there was smoke streaming out from under the lid. The skin was black. A lot of the meat was overcooked. The stuff in the middle was cooked perfectly, but I sent my daughter out to the store to get a pre-cooked one. I will eat the meat I salvaged for lunch tomorrow ;-). So, tie the legs, tie the wings, put down foil, and you will probably love this. I loved the smell of the sauce. Live and learn. I hope you learn from my mistake. Updated: Another option is to turn off the burner under the chicken and cook it with indirect heat. (I have three burners.)

Mar 21, 2006

Excellent! I had some doubts on this recipe, but this turned into the rotisserie taste that I pay premium bucks for at market. I followed the recipe exactly, basting only once. I cooked a 3 1/2 lb. chicken for two hours at 300-325 degrees. It came out absolutely PERFECT. Make NO changes. Trust this recipe. It is the real deal.

Jul 07, 2007

Great recipe! This was my first time using my rotisserie attatchment for my BBQ grill. I was a little nervous but it turned out wonderful. Make sure you use the drip pan or you will be in for a big mess. Also, tie up the legs and wings so they don't flap all over the place. This was a great recipe to start my rotisserie carrer. I will be cooking this again very soon.

Oct 31, 2007

I really enjoyed this recipe! I added some rosemerry and I used olive oil insted of butter. It was wonderful, and so juicey!!!

Jul 30, 2007

This chicken turned out fantastic. We followed the ingredients list exactly and the cooking times were followed exactly. Thanks to the other reviews, made sure we tied the legs/wings with string and used an old 13x9" cake pan as a drip pan. We have always really enjoyed the grocery store rotisserie chickens, but now we will be making our own. Yum! The reviewer who added garlic powder has a great idea, as I am sure that would be tasty!

Apr 09, 2007

This is the BEST!!!!!! If you're looking for a really great rotisserie chicken recipe, believe me, this is the one. By far. I've tried many others from here and other sites, and they can't touch this one. A must try.


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  • Calories
  • 356 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.8 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 117 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 24.9 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 30.9 g
  • 62%
  • Sodium
  • 1311 mg
  • 52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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