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22 Best Rotisserie Chicken Recipes (All Types)

Photo Collage of Juicy and tasty Rotisserie chicken recipes.

Not everyone has the talent or commitment to be a world-class chef. But everyone can cook a decent and tasty meal for themselves, their friends, and their family. I am what may be called a family-oriented bachelor. I have a group of friends that I consider close enough to be like relatives, and some of them have families of their own that they share with me. I have plenty of occasions to cook good meals for the people in my life.

A long time ago, I discovered that rotisserie chicken is one of the simplest and tastiest meals to cook and serve. It is a kind of gateway dish that opens you up to the wider world of gourmet meals. As I subsequently learned, rotisserie is derived from a French word that once referred to the chef responsible for all spit-roasted and oven-roasted foods.

In its present usage, it refers to a grill or oven device that allows the chicken to be cooked by direct heat. The smoky flavor produced by this method is the thing that all rotisserie chicken has in common. Otherwise, this type of chicken can be spiced, sauced, and sliced in a variety of different ways and put into combinations with a wide range of other dishes.

Here are 20 rotisserie chicken recipes that I have tried over the years:

1. Slow cooker rotisserie chicken and red potatoes for people who are too busy to make roast chicken on a weeknight.

This is a close look at a roasted chicken with a side of potatoes.

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This one cooks while you are at work, and will be ready when you get home. Just make sure you have a slow cooker that is safe to leave on when no one is at home. The chicken will be juicy and delicious when it is finished, and it is a much healthier option than a take-out or store-bought ready meal.

Most of the work consists of preparing the potatoes. You will need to wash them, leaving the skins on. Then cut them into quarters. Put them in the bottom of the slow cooker and add salt, pepper, and a few rosemary leaves. Prep the chicken in accordance with the instructions found in the link.

If you will be gone all day, set the slow cooker on low and let the dish cook for 6 to 8 hours. Be sure to check that the interior is done. You can do so by poking a meat thermometer into the breast or thigh. It should read 165.

2. Make a basic or light dish more enjoyable with this easy rotisserie chicken recipe.

A plain Rotisserie Chicken in a white plate.

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This chicken can be shredded and placed on top of a salad or used to make a chicken sandwich or chicken noodle soup.

To make it, you should first mix together whichever seasonings you want and set them aside. Rub the chicken with olive oil, and then with your seasoning mix. Bend the wings behind the chicken and tie the legs together. If you have a rotisserie oven or grill, you need to cook it for 18-22 minutes. After this time has elapsed, turn off the heat and let the chicken cook in the ambient heat for another 15 minutes. Once it is done, let it sit for 10 minutes to seal in the moisture.

3. Classic stroganoff sauce with a rotisserie chicken twist!

A variation of beef and chicken stroganoff.

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The key here is the sauce. You should prepare it before you cook the chicken. It is made with butter mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Add flour to thicken it, and then chicken stock. This turns the sauce into the gravy. You will then need to add the sour cream, which makes the sauce creamy and tangy and a perfect complement to egg noodles. When you are heating and stirring the sauce in the skillet, be sure to remove the latter from the heat before adding the sour cream.

4. Moroccan spiced rotisserie chicken brings North African flavor to your meal.

Spicy moroccan style Rotisserie chicken surrounded by mixed vegetables.

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The only way to get the full flavor of the paste is to use your fingertips to work the paste into every crook and cavity of the chicken. You will need to work from the neck end of the chicken and separate the skin from the flesh of the breasts and thighs.

This type of rotisserie chicken is best cooked in a rotisserie spit. Make sure you secure the chicken in the middle of the spit and grill it over direct high heat with the lid closed until the internal temperature reaches 167 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Can You Rotisserie A Chicken in an Air Fryer? Yes, you can!

Whole Air Fried Rotisserie chicken in a wooden plate.

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The important thing to focus on here is the air fryer itself. The small oven fryers tend to have a rotisserie grill, so you may want to buy one of them.

To cook the chicken, first tie its legs together with string. Next, smother extra virgin olive oil over the visible skin of the chicken and add seasoning. Add your rod to the chicken and skewers at the end. You will then be ready to place the chicken into the air fryer oven. Cook it for 50 minutes at 356 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. The taste of Spain in a Rotisserie chicken—Who can resist?

Whole chicken cooking on a horizontal rotisserie.

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This is how they do it in Spain. Combine onion powder, paprika, oregano, cumin, chicken stock, garlic, thyme, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. Rub the inside and outside of the chicken with this spicy mixture.

You should then prepare your barbeque. Preheat it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a drip tray in the BBQ and position the marinated chicken on the rotisserie. Now here is the interesting part. To do it Spanish-style, you should pour beer into the drip tray. Cook the chicken for an hour and forty minutes.

7. From Provence with love—and plenty of herbs.

A closeup photo of whole golden brown herbes de provence rotisserie chicken.

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This is a French recipe that has its origins in Provence in the south of France. It is designed for rotisseries that don’t sit directly over the flames. You can actually buy pre-made packages of herbes de Provence at select stores or online. These should be mixed with butter and salt to create the seasoning for the chicken.

You can make this dish with a rotisserie or without one. If, for example, you want to grill the chicken using charcoal you should arrange the coals on either side of a disposable aluminum baking pan. This will ensure that it is cooked thoroughly and evenly.

8. Cooked over a bed of potatoes, Rick Stein’s French-inspired rotisserie recipe is worth a try.

Captured photo of french-inspired Rotisserie chicken.

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The key here is to get the seasoning and the potatoes right. You should thoroughly blend your spices, seasoning, and butter together. You must also put lemon and garlic in the cavity of the chicken and smother the whole bird with the seasoned butter you have prepared.

Then place the chicken on a bed of potatoes in a roasting tin. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and roast the dish for two and a half hours. You should baste the chicken and potatoes a few times as they cook.

9. Build your own rotisserie when roughing it.

A chicken roasting on a rotisserie over an outdoor barbecue fire.

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I am not much for camping, but I tried it once with one of my friends. It is actually the perfect place to build a rotisserie. My friend and I improvised our own mechanism for cooking the chicken over a campfire. However, the advice offered in the link above is much better and safer.

The key here is to get the campfire to a point where the hot coals keep the temperature pretty high. You should never leave the cooking chicken unattended. And if you take an internal thermometer with you. It can be hard to gauge by sight when the chicken is safely cooked. A safe internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

10. Rotisserie chicken for working parents and others whose lives keep them on the go.

A classic cutting of Rotisserie Chicken in white plate.

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While it is nice to set aside time to prepare a gourmet meal, this is not always possible. This recipe will get you delicious chicken in less than 30 minutes. The paste may consist of seasoning that you already have in your cupboard. Be sure to remove giblets and excess fat from the chicken cavity, and dry the bird thoroughly with paper towels. You should cook it in your Instant Pot for at least 28 minutes. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes afterward.

11. Two things the French know well: cheese and chicken (wine not so much). Here is another Gallic special.

Rotisserie style cooked chicken on a tray surrounded by lettuce and tomato salad.

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To get the most taste and flavor out of this chicken, you want to roast it directly on the bars of the oven, so that the juice runs down on the potatoes as they cook. Indeed, you should place the potato tray on the bottom of the oven and the chicken on the shelf above it. As you roast the chicken and potatoes, turn the potatoes regularly and brush the chicken with the cooking juices using rosemary. If your chicken comes with giblets, use them to make a hot pate toast.

12. When it comes to rotisserie chicken, the spicier the better.

A homemade spicy chicken rotisserie on slate board.

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This will give an extra kick to your chicken. Onion powder, thyme, salt, paprika, chili powder, and black pepper make up the seasoning base. Mix an equal amount of each spice. You can make a large portion and store what you don’t use now in an airtight container.

You should shake the seasoning all over your chicken. The more thorough you are, the more likely that each slice will be filled with flavor.

13. How to cream your leftover rotisserie chicken.

A delicious creamy chicken rotisserie with mushrooms.

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This is a great way to put leftover rotisserie chicken to good use. You shred the remaining chicken and let it simmer in white gravy and mushrooms. It can be prepared in 20 minutes. There are plenty of things you can add to the meal to make it tastier and more filling. Mashed potatoes, green salad with vinaigrette, cucumber salad, and arugula salad with lemon juice and olive oil are just a few such complements.

14. Fruity rotisserie chicken? It is possible.

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This is another Spanish-inspired rotisserie chicken dish. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Then add prunes, apricots, cherries, and pine nuts. Continue to cook and stir until the pine nuts are golden and the fruit starts to brown. Add port and cinnamon stick and cook for another 5 minutes, and then stock and chicken drippings. This will constitute the paste of the chicken.

This meal goes well with white wine. If you want to keep the theme of the dish up, then you should opt for a nice Spanish white.

15. Satay your chicken with this tasty sauce.

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This chicken can be cooked in 20 minutes. The satay itself should be prepared first. Cook olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and red chili flakes in a heavy-bottomed pot for 15 minutes. Then add vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, peanut butter, ketchup, sherry, and lime juice and cook for another minute. Set the satay aside and let it cool. You will then be able to serve the chicken with the sauce on the side.

16. The ultimate chicken salad for lunch, dinner, or a mid-day snack.

A healthy chicken salad with green herbs recipe.

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This is another shredded chicken meal. After you have cooked the chicken and torn it into pieces, you should mix it with handfuls of baby arugula, sliced scallions, and lots of chopped cilantro. To achieve the best effect, add in foods with contrasting tastes. Sliced avocado will do nicely. Dressing made of lime juice, a pressed garlic clove, and a few drops of olive oil should also be added.

17. This is one is for fried rice fiends.

Ready-to-Eat chicken fried rice.

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This is the perfect dish for those of us who cannot get enough fried rice. You need not buy fried rice at your favorite Chinese restaurant. You can make your own and have it with rotisserie chicken.

To turn white rice into a fried rice-rotisserie chicken combo, stir fry an onion with celery, carrots, red bell pepper, and garlic in a wok. Then add frozen peas, chunks of your cooked rotisserie chicken and cook for another minute. Pour in soy and oyster sauce, sesame oil, and lemon juice. Let it all cook for another minute before pouring the dish in a bowl and chowing down.

18. Rotisserie chicken that practically melts in your mouth.

Two juicy roasted chicken with lemon and garlic.

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This dish needs two and a half hours to cook. The key to getting the most taste out of it is the preparation of the chicken before it goes into the oven. You should salt the cavity of the bird. Then cut lemons into quarters and put them in the cavity as well. Peel cloves of garlic and put 5 of them in the same space alongside the lemons.

After the chicken has been cooked, you should remove the lemons and garlic cloves from the cavity. Tent the chicken with foil and allow it to sit for 2 minutes before carving.

19. The best use of rosemary on a chicken

A homemade juicy roasted whole chicken with garlic and rosemary.

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Be sure to follow the instructions in the link. You want to retain as much of the rosemary brine as possible and apply it to the chicken. Before you cook it, you should submerge your chicken in the brine and refrigerate it for 6 to 12 hours.

After the chicken has been cooked, you should tilt the chicken upright over the foil pan so that the liquid that has accumulated in the cavity pours into the pan.

20. Knock the stuffing INTO your rotisserie chicken.

Flat lay photo of whole chicken rotisserie sided with lemons and herbs.

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This is one of the best ways to inject your bird with flavor on the outside and the inside. You can get the flavor and caramelization over the bird and the taste of thyme, pine nut, dried apricot, lemon, and sumac from the innards of the chicken.

To make the stuffing, sweat the onion and garlic in a tablespoon of oil until lightly caramelized and softened, then set aside. You will need to add the other tablespoon of oil into the pan and toast the freekeh over medium heat until brown and nutty. Add the lemon zest and juice, thyme leaves, rosemary, sumac, and water. Bring to a boil, then put a lid on the pan and simmer gently until the freekeh has absorbed all the liquid, which will take between 10 to 15 minutes.

As for the freekeh, stir it together with the cooked onions, toasted pine nuts, and apricots.

21. If you have the stamina…

Selective focus of whole chicken rotisserie.

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Jerk chicken is one of the best dishes in the Caribbean. However, you should be warned that this dish takes up to 7 hours to make. Marinating your rotisserie with the sauce used on traditional jerk chicken will give it an exceptionally fresh and lively flavor.

22. Yogurt and chicken—two great things that go great together.

Chicken with yogurt sauce with couple of sliced lemons and herbs.

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I am a fan of fruity yogurt. When I discovered this recipe, I knew I had to try it. This is easy to prepare, and it makes for a great weeknight dinner. It is made with savory yogurt sauce and herb relish. I should also point out that this is not the kind of dish you want to make for a large group of people. It cannot be made well on that scale.