Homemade Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie Chicken… what’s better than a rotisserie chicken? It’s an easy weeknight dinner you can pick up from the supermarket and can be used in tons of different ways – chopped up on a pizza, in a taco, in a chicken pot pie, served next to side dishes… it’s so versatile!

While I love a good store-bought rotisserie, if I have the time, I make my own. They have way less salt (store-bought ones are injected with salt for flavoring) and smell so good when cooking.

Now, I do recognize making this homemade can be a LOT of work, so think of this more as a fun thing to do on a weekend when you have the time. Don’t put the pressure on yourself! Store-bought really is great. Homemade, like many things, is fun and tasty too.

If you make this, let me know in the comments below! Happy cooking!

Homemade Rotisserie Chicken

  • Servings: about 6
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken
  • 1 pinch + 1 tablespoon salt, divided
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika
  • ¼ tablespoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Season chicken cavity with a pinch of salt. Tie legs together with kitchen string; then tie wings to the bird. Secure chicken on a rotisserie attachment (I like to do this over the sink so it’s less cleanup).
  3. Place rotisserie over the preheated grill and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, quickly mix together butter, 1 tablespoon of salt, paprika, and pepper. Turn the grill down to medium and baste chicken with butter mixture.
  5. Close the lid and cook over medium heat, basting occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (83 degrees C), 1 to 1 1/2 hours.img_7126
  6. Remove chicken from the rotisserie and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Once slightly cooled, remove string and and carve.
  7. Serve with fresh lemon, herbs and sides of your choosing. Enjoy!img_7135img_7138

 Original recipe can be found here

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