How to Make Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven

Everyone loves those convenient and delicious rotisserie chickens from the super market. But did you know you can make one yourself right at home? It’s true! I made a video showing you just how easy it is to make rotisserie chicken in the oven. 

I love the rotisserie chicken from the supermarket…but since we live about 20 minutes outside of town there is no way I’d be able to get it home before it was cold. So, after walking past them in the store and resisting the urge to purchase one, I decided to come up with my own version.

Rotisserie Chicken in Oven!!

I love lemon and garlic roast chicken, but I also love the flavors that are found in the rotisserie chicken from the store. Plus, how can you beat that tender juicy meat?! I think this recipe does a good job of melding the two perfectly. The amount of lemon flavor you want is totally up to you, I used 2 whole lemons and then 1 lemon that I had juiced earlier in the week.

Rotisserie Chicken in Oven!!

Yes…I save everything…I know…

I roast the chicken low and slow with the lid on, this method helps the meat stay tender and juicy. You can also use the recipe in the crockpot, just be sure the meat isn’t drying out.

Rotisserie Chicken in Oven!!

Basting is the other key to tender and juicy meat. Baste the chicken before you put it in the oven, and then baste the meat every hour. If you run out of melted butter mixture, that’s supposed to happen! Baste with the liquid from the bottom of the pot instead. Basting the chicken should happen if you use the crockpot too.

Rotisserie Chicken in Oven!!

The picture above is what the chicken looks like after it’s finished cooking. If you want to crisp up the skin, broil the chicken for a few minutes and it will look more like the photo below.

Rotisserie Chicken in Oven!!

I heart crispy skin, so I usually crisp it up a little before serving. Another important step is to let the chicken rest for 30 minutes before serving it. This lets all those delicious juices re-distribute in the meat. I just let it rest right in the pot with the lid on, but out of the oven.

Let me know if you love this recipe as much as I do!

Making a rotisserie chicken in oven is so easy, how-to video in post! Tender juicy meat plus ultra-flavorful seasonings makes this one amazing dinner.

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 490 kcal
Author: Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley
Making a rotisserie chicken in oven is so easy, how-to video in post! Tender juicy meat plus ultra-flavorful seasonings makes this one amazing dinner.


  • 1 whole chicken about 5 pounds
  • 2 onions quartered
  • 2-3 lemons halve
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed, whole
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon season salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon dried rosemary 4 teaspoons if using fresh


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Place onions and lemons in the bottom of a large dutch oven.
  3. Pat chicken dry, and remove anything that's inside the chest cavity (neck, heart, etc.)
  4. Place on top of onions and lemons.
  5. Drop garlic cloves around the chicken.
  6. Combine melted butter and all spices.
  7. Brush oven the chicken, there will be leftover.
  8. Place the lid on the dutch oven and bake for 3 hours, basting every hour with remaining butter mixture and/or juices from the bottom of the pot.
  9. For crispy skin, remove the lid and broil on hi for 3-5 minutes, until darkened.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can also be made in the crock pot. Follow all steps as written, replacing the cook time in the oven by cooking the chicken in the crock pot on low for 4 hours, or until the meat is tender.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven
Amount Per Serving
Calories 490 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 54%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 1960mg 82%
Potassium 481mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 16.4%
Vitamin C 43.9%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Making a rotisserie chicken in oven is so easy, how-to video in post! Tender juicy meat plus ultra-flavorful seasonings makes this one amazing dinner.


  • Reply
    Jennifer Derr
    April 11, 2017 at 7:01 AM

    I am so happy you shared this one!!! So yummy! This is my new go to for cooking a whole chicken! I used the crockpot method just because I need to buy a dutch oven but it was wonderful! I also made the creamy chicken over noodles recipe the following night and loved that one too! Not only was the dish delicious but it was so easy to throw a good meal together for my family after a long day of working out in our yard. I’m on a roll with your recipes! Today I’m going to make your zucchini muffins for my boys who are on Spring Break =))

    • Reply
      April 11, 2017 at 1:35 PM

      Ah! That means so much Jennifer!!! I’m so glad you and your family are loving the recipes. Thank you!! A crock pot is perfect for this recipe too, I just have an obsession with my dutch oven, ha! 🙂 Chicken over noodles is totally my sons favorite meal ever – I’m so glad it was a hit!

  • Reply
    March 6, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    I did it! I followed your recipe and roasted my first-ever chicken. You were right – it was easy and delicious!

    • Reply
      March 6, 2017 at 8:21 PM

      YAY! I’m so glad you liked it Heather!

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