Rotisserie Chicken


This rotisserie chicken recipe is so easy to make with simple seasonings on your grill. Occasional basting with a butter mixture ensures crispy skin and moist meat. Our family loves this! Rotisserie chicken is perfect as the main dish with French fries and coleslaw, or with any number of other sides.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins

Intimidated by the idea of making a rotisserie chicken at home? We're here to help. Get your grill and rotisserie attachment ready — you'll want to try this recipe ASAP.

Rotisserie Chicken on a white plate with green garnish
Melissa Goff

Rotisserie Chicken Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make rotisserie chicken at home:

· Whole Chicken: This recipe is meant for a whole 3-pound chicken. If your chicken is larger or smaller, you'll have to adjust the cooking time.
· Butter: Butter keeps the chicken moist and juicy, while giving the seasonings something to stick to.
· Seasonings: The rotisserie chicken is simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika.

How to Rotisserie a Chicken

chicken on a rotisserie on a grill

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this rotisserie chicken:

Season the chicken cavity with salt and place it on a rotisserie (tie the wings and legs if you have twine or string available). Set the grill on high and cook for 10 minutes. Turn the grill down to medium and baste with a mixture of the butter and the seasonings. Close the lid and continue cooking, basting occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through. The internal temperature should reach at least 180 degrees F.

How Long Is Rotisserie Chicken Good For?

A cooked rotisserie chicken should stay good for about four days in a shallow, airtight container in the refrigerator.

How to Cut Rotisserie Chicken

Allow the chicken to cool for about 15 minutes before carving. To carve:

1. Place the chicken, breast-side up, on a cutting board.
2. Pull one of the legs away from the body and slice through the meat until the hip bone is exposed. Then, pull the leg harder until the leg is detached.
3. Use your knife to separate the drumstick and thigh.
4. Pull the wing tip away from the breast until you can easily cut through the joint.
5. Slice one of the breasts away from the breastbone. Repeat with the other breast.

How to Use Rotisserie Chicken

slightly less than overhead view of rotisserie chicken stuffing casserole served in a casserole dish with a serving taking out
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If you go through the trouble of making a rotisserie chicken at home, you'll likely want to enjoy it on its own with a side salad or roasted vegetables.

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How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken

Reheat rotisserie chicken in the microwave, in the oven, or even in the air fryer.

· Microwave: Place the chicken on a plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave until the chicken is heated through.
· Oven: Place the chicken in a baking dish, pour in chicken broth (about ¼-inch deep), cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 400 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.
· Air Fryer: Place the chicken in the basket of the air fryer and cook at 350 degrees F for three to four minutes, or until crispy and heated through.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is only our second time using our grill's rotisserie attachment for the grill," says CHRISTINESAVILLE. "This recipe knocked the much more complex one out of the park! Delicious and easy to make! I wish I had a picture. It was perfect."

"This is the best rotisserie chicken I've made, and I'll add, also beats baked," raves Melissa M. "Very juicy, done right, and great flavor. I put liquid smoke, pineapple juice and water in a pan underneath to add more moisture, and basted with butter and basil pesto every 30-45 min."

"We just got a new grill along with a rotisserie," says Dishy. "Couldn't wait to try it out and this recipe was perfect. I even did two chickens (Doubled the recipe) at one time and they both turned out great. Very moist and flavorful!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 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.

  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.

  6. Remove chicken from the rotisserie and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
25g Fat
1g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 1311mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 302mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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