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How To Make The Perfect Rotisserie Chicken…And It’s So Easy!

riz a 1500It’s 5:00 PM, you run into the grocery store for a couple of items, and then smell the delicious rotisserie chickens that have recently been taken out of the oven.  Should you or shouldn’t you buy one?yelFor years I have purchased ready made rotisserie chickens because they taste good, are convenient, and because I was too scared to make my own. 

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I made 2 rotisserie chickens and could not get over how easy it was!  Dave and the girls kept going on and on about how good they tasted and how moist the meat came out. It was so easy that I have decided to make this part of our weekly meal rotation. chickenStep 1:  Purchase the chicken.

The first time I made this recipe I used organic chicken, but the next time I used regular chicken.  They both tasted awesome!  The chicken should be around 3 1/2 pounds to 6 pounds. IMG_4820Step 2:  Prepare the chicken.

This step is so easy!  Take the chicken out of the packaging, rinse it off, remove any of the extras (liver, neck pieces), and then pat dry with a paper towel.  Place on a roasting pan if you have one. Pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees.IMG_4822Step 3:  Dress the chicken.

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:  3 tablespoons olive oil, 3 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons black pepper, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence (found in the spice aisle). 

Lather your mixture all around the chicken.  You can use a brush, but using your hands is probably easier. IMG_4845Step 4:  Cook your chicken.

Cook the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes at 500 degrees. Next, turn the oven down to 450 degrees (you can keep chicken in the oven) for 15 minutes.

Once you have cooked it for 15 minutes at 450 degrees, you will take the chicken out of the oven and turn the oven down to 425 degrees.  You will take the drippings (juice) from the pan and baste over the chicken. 

Finally place the chicken back in the oven at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes. chickencollageStep 5:  Slice and Enjoy!

So, there you have it.  This recipe is so good and so easy.  Pair it with a veggie and a salad and you have a healthy meal.  I know the skin is bad for you, but take a little bite. It is worth the calories!

Also, while I was writing this blog I found a cookbook that has a ton of recipes for using these rotisserie chickens.  You can buy it on amazon.eric-akis-rotisserie-chicken-book.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterbox My question for you, what is your favorite way to use a rotisserie chicken?

 

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