Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Rotisserie chicken is something that has become a staple in our house. You can pickup a whole chicken at the store and season it with spices you probably have on hand in your kitchen. We’ve learned a few techniques that have made each chicken we roast turn out better and better.
The first thing to getting a rotisserie chicken with a skin that has a little crispiness to it, but the meat isn’t dried out is by separating the skin from the meat. This is a process that we have learned makes a huge difference – but you have to be gentle. Take your fingers and gently slide them under the skin pulling it away just enough to separate but careful not to rip the skin.
After you’ve separated the skin from the meat it is time to season it. First start by rubbing ghee all over the skin and then under the skin. Mix together all the seasonings for the rub and season generously all over and under the skin. After that set the chicken on a roasting rack inside a roasting pan. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes breast side up, then decrease the temperature to 400 degrees and flip the chicken over continue baking for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature is 150 degrees. While the chicken is roasting cook the honey garlic lemon glaze.
For the honey garlic lemon glaze combine all the glaze ingredients garlic cloves, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, cayenne, and ghee in a small saucepan. Bring the glaze to a boil and then reduce heat to let it simmer. Continue simmering until the sauce has reduced about half, but keep an eye on it because it will burn easily. After you pull the chicken out of the oven you will need to let it rest for 20 minutes on a cooling rack – the chicken will continue to cook as it rests; as the chicken rests you will be able to glaze the chicken with the honey garlic lemon glaze.
- 4 lb chicken
- Chicken Rub Ingredients:
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 1/2 TBSP ghee or butter flavored shortening
- 1 tsp salt
- Glaze Ingredients:
- 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 1/2 TBSP raw honey
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 TBSP ghee or butter flavored shortening
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 3 servings