Although buying a ready-made rotisserie chicken at the store is convenient and makes dinner happen in 5 minutes, there's no need to do it if you plan ahead and follow one of our wonderful rotisserie chicken recipes. You can make it at home, and end up with a better-flavored chicken, that's healthier, lower in saturated fats, and tastier for sure. You need a rotisserie kit, but a one-time investment will provide many years of tasty meals.
Our recipes have different flavorings, from garlicky to lemony to peppery; use different herbs, dried or fresh; and apply various marinades and rubs to inject flavor into the meat. Versatile and easy, all of these recipes need simple sides to make a wonderful dinner. Use the same oven to roast veggies and potatoes, toss a simple salad with fresh veggies and balsamic dressing, or make a creamy veggie risotto. Use leftover chicken for sandwiches or salads; nothing goes to waste!
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This great rotisserie chicken recipe became hugely popular along the East Coast of the United States and became called "super chicken" or "el pollo rico" (literally "tasty chicken" in Spanish). Although each Peruvian region has a favorite way of seasoning the chicken before roasting it, our recipe is a basic template from which you can add more herbs or flavors (beer, achiote and mustard are common extras).
Vinegar, lemon, and white wine are juicy marinating liquids, while garlic, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper thicken the paste. Coat the chicken with the mixture and refrigerate for 2 hours before popping it into the oven. Roast for 90 minutes. Eat it the Peruvian way with roasted potatoes or a less elaborate side of oven French fries.
02 of 08
If you love that rotisserie chicken you get at the store, this one is even better because you make it fresh, season it to your liking, and know that no preservatives or additives were added to make it look plump and fresh. This chicken definitely needs attention and if you make it on the rotisserie kit of your grill, you have to baste it occasionally with a mixture of oil, honey, lime juice, salt, pepper, and paprika. Cooks in 50 minutes.
If you choose the oven method, marinate the chicken in the mixture for 1 hour, and roast until a thermometer reads 165 F as the interior temperature, for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
03 of 08
This chicken has a great garlic and lemon flavor, complemented by a savory rub mixture. Paprika, salt, coriander, cumin, ginger, and pepper make a fantastic rub that imparts a lot of flavor to the meat and gives the outer layers a classic golden rotisserie chicken color. A brush of oil before the oven helps the skin to crisp up.
04 of 08
Our recipe has the amounts for 2 whole chickens and is a great preparation to switch up the big, old turkey for something new at your holiday dinner parties. Make a rub with butter, olive oil, herbs, spices, and white wine: let the chicken absorb those flavors for 1 hour in the fridge. Brush with a sweet glaze of balsamic, pear jelly, and honey during the last 40 minutes of cooking time (total of 2 hours).
Serve this moist and flavorful chicken after 10 minutes of resting time. Make an easy oven risotto to accompany this Italian-flavor inspired chicken.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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This Asian-style rotisserie chicken has a slightly tart and savory flavor. The citrus works by flavoring and tenderizing the chicken while the hint of Chinese five-spice powder gives it a distinctive edge. Make a marinade of lime juice, orange juice, soy sauce, onions, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and of course the five-spice powder, and marinate for 6 hours.
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Although many people believe tandoori refers to a recipe, the truth is that it's a way of cooking meats, bread, and vegetables at very high temperatures using a clay oven heated by a charcoal fire. Tandoori chicken takes its name from the oven it's cooked in. Our recipe uses a mild-flavored, Indian-inspired marinade with yogurt. Yogurt is slightly acidic, and that draws out the flavors of the spices and then holds them tightly to the chicken, tenderizing the meat.
Be careful loading this marinated chicken onto the rotisserie spit so as to keep as much of the marinade in place as possible. This will allow the marinade to roast right on the chicken.
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The sweet Huli Huli marinade gives this dish an authentic Hawaiian flavor. Mix soy, lime juice, honey, sugar, ketchup, tabasco, sesame oil, and seasonings, and use the mixture to brush the chicken before and during the cooking time. The sugars will caramelize the skin while the acidity of the lemon juice, the savory soy sauce, and the heat of the Tabasco will penetrate the meat, giving it a bold and spicy flavor.
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The simple combination of lime and cilantro gives this rotisserie chicken a bright and light flavor. First, give a short marinade with lemon juice and cilantro, then roast 2 hours in the oven. What gives this chicken a south-of-the-border feeling is the strong-flavored taco seasoning acting as a rub.