One of the most popular items at any deli counter is rotisserie chicken. There are many individuals who love the taste of rotisserie chicken, but they are afraid to try to prepare it on their own. They may think that the process is too complicated, and that it will require too much time. Something that these individuals may not realize is that if they enjoy eating rotisserie chicken that has set under a warming lamp all day, they will be blown away by the savory taste of a rotisserie chicken that they make for themselves at home. So let’s get down to it. The following are the steps needed to make a homemade rotisserie chicken.
Tools You Will Need
• A grill, it can either be charcoal or gas
• A rotisserie kit that is designed for your particular grill
• Wood, charcoal, or gas to fuel your grill
• A whole chicken
• A fruit that is the size of a lemon
• Half a cup of olive oil
• Half a cup of lemon juice
• 3 tablespoons of rosemary
• Something to protect yourself, such as a hot pad or gloves that are fireproof
Set up the Grill
Setting up the grill is probably easiest step. Next, purchase a rotisserie kit and set it up on your grill. This process takes no more than 15 minutes, and usually the only tool required is a screwdriver.
Prep the Chicken
Remove all of the contents from the inside of the chicken. If there is any loose skin hanging from the chicken, cut it off. If the goal is to add some flavor to the chicken, brine it first.
Secure the Chicken
A challenge that comes with cooking a rotisserie chicken is that the center of a chicken is empty or hollow. So, there is not a lot for the rotisserie rod to grasp onto. The problem that this presents is that the chicken may move some as it spins. If it moves while it spins, it could come loose. So place the lemon, or other lemon size fruit, into the chicken and insert the rotisserie rod through the chicken and lemon. This will give the chicken a little more hold and will make it stable.
Because the chicken has a lot of loose parts, it is important to not only make sure that the chicken itself is secure, but also that its legs and its wings are secure. In order to accomplish this, take the chicken and place it on a cutting board. Stick the rod through the chicken going from the bottom of the chicken and out to its neck. Connect the second fork onto the rod. The goal is to guarantee that the entire chicken is extremely tight before you start the rotisserie process. It can be a challenge to get this right the first time, but it is worth it. Any parts of the chicken that are loose or that are dangling around will burn.
Balance the Chicken
Once the chicken has been secured, use the rotisserie kit counterbalance to get it balanced. Once the chicken has been balanced, turn on the rotisserie motor and watch the chicken spin. Make sure that it doesn’t slip on the rod. If the chicken is well-balanced and secure, it is time to start the grill.
Grilling the Chicken
Set the oven to around 350 degrees. Remember, a rotisserie chicken is cooked by being grilled indirectly. Pay close attention to your chicken for the first few minutes of grilling to make sure that everything stays secure and well-balanced.
Flavor the Chicken
Using the olive oil, lemon juice, and rosemary leaves, begin basting the chicken. The basting process should begin about 20 minutes after the chicken has been placed on the rotisserie. Continue this process every 20 minutes until the chicken is almost completely cooked.
How to Tell When the Chicken Is Done
A good rule of thumb is that it will take a chicken between 20 to 30 minutes per pound to cook when the temperature is set at 350 degrees. So if you have a four and a half pound chicken, were talking about somewhere around two half hours. Your chicken is done when the internal temperature is between 175 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once a chicken is done, all that remains is removing it from the rotisserie, letting the chicken cool for about five minutes, and enjoying a delicious homemade rotisserie chicken.