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Rotisserie chicken at home

November 11, 2012

Rotisserie Chicken

Since I’ve gone back to work, I’ve tried to make better use of my crockpot in getting a good meal on the table during the week.  Schedules are getting crazy now that basketball practices have begun for both kids, and with me working again, I’m finding it more of a challenge to get us all to the table to share a meal.  I like that the crockpot can do most of the work for me, so I’ve always got my eyes out for a tasty recipe.

This flavorful rub and a roasting chicken that fits into your crockpot will give you a meal that rivals the rotisserie chicken you buy from the grocery store.  And the perk is that you’ll probably have leftovers for sandwiches, salads, or soup for a couple of days.  That’s a total win.

I tear off 4 pieces of foil and wad them into balls to put in the bottom of the crockpot, then rub the spices all over the chicken (inside and out), and put the chicken on top of the foil balls.  The house smells amazing when we get home and the chicken literally falls apart coming out of the crockpot.

Recipe:  Rotisserie Chicken at Home

(recipe from busy mommy)

1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-4  lbs.)
2 Tbsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
3 cloves of diced garlic (or 2 Tbsp. garlic powder)
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and add water by the teaspoon until a paste forms.  Stir until well combined.  Place foil balls in bottom of crockpot and lightly spray inside of crockpot with cooking spray.  Rub  entire chicken with spice rub and place in the crockpot, on top of the foil balls.  Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours.


28 Comments leave one →
  1. Stacie Fretz permalink
    November 11, 2012 4:04 pm

    This sounds yummy! I am going to try it later this week. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. November 12, 2012 9:05 am

    So interesting – I’ve never heard of putting foil balls in the bottom!

  3. November 15, 2012 7:47 pm

    Oh wow! This will be a life saver! Thanks!

  4. February 5, 2013 11:36 pm

    I made the chicken and it was delicious. Adding it to our regular rotation. Thank you. :)

  5. lorraine permalink
    March 7, 2013 9:31 pm

    any other suggestions for using the foil balls? I dont cook with aluminum. Even cookie racks would be too big

  6. Michelle permalink
    March 8, 2013 12:00 am

    @Lorraine – I just put my chicken in the crockpot breast side down without anything under it.

  7. Nikki permalink
    June 25, 2013 12:44 am

    If you place a potato wrapped in foil and then place chicken on that you have dinner complete all in one go.

  8. Teresa permalink
    August 31, 2013 1:40 pm

    What about layering the bottom with veggies instead of foil balls?

  9. Emily E permalink
    August 31, 2013 4:54 pm

    Im curious about the foil balls…what purpose do they serve?

  10. Suzette Smith permalink
    September 1, 2013 2:06 pm

    How would you modify this recipe using chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken?

  11. oneordinaryday permalink
    September 21, 2013 2:51 pm

    Suzette – Using this great rub all over chicken breasts would be every bit as tasty. :) Enjoy!!
    ~ Michelle

  12. oneordinaryday permalink
    September 21, 2013 2:53 pm

    Xemily – The foil balls are really just to keep the chicken from sitting on the bottom of the crockpot. :)
    ~ Michelle

  13. oneordinaryday permalink
    September 21, 2013 2:54 pm

    Teresa – I just use the foil balls to keep the chicken off the bottom of the crockpot. See no reason not to use veggies instead! Hope you come back and tell me how it works out for you.
    ~ Michelle

  14. katie permalink
    February 25, 2014 10:15 am

    I am gone from hone for 10 hours. Is this too long to leave the chicken cooking on low?

  15. oneordinaryday permalink
    February 25, 2014 4:50 pm

    Katie – Most crockpots/slow cookers say 8-10 hours on low, so I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work out for you!! I hope it does, because it’s tasty!
    ~ Michelle

  16. Joan B permalink
    May 9, 2014 12:24 am

    Regarding “Katie’s” concern about cooking the chicken for 10 hrs. You can plug the crock pot into a timer so it starts later . (saw this suggestion on a Pintrest page)

  17. Brittney permalink
    September 14, 2014 7:23 pm

    So no water needed in the bottom?

  18. oneordinaryday permalink*
    September 15, 2014 6:54 am

    Brittney – No water needed! Enjoy! :)
    ~ Michelle

  19. Kathleen May permalink
    October 12, 2014 10:47 am

    I make this several times a month…it always turns out great and tastes wonderful! I have cooked it on low for 8 hrs…and on high 4 hours…either way…same results! Mmmmm-mmmm good!

  20. June 17, 2015 7:35 pm

    You could also wrap potatoes in foil to set the chicken on and have them done to. when chicken done.

  21. Kathy permalink
    April 14, 2016 2:36 pm

    Can you cook the whole chicken in crock pot if it’s frozen and if so how long

  22. Sherri Baker permalink
    September 13, 2016 1:06 pm

    I cooked this last month for my family and they loved it. I only used Garlic powder, Onion powder, salt, and pepper on mine. Amazing! Thank you so much!
    Today I am making it again and adding chunks of potatoes and carrots to the bottom of the crock pot around the foil balls. Can’t wait to see what happens with it!


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