How much meat is on a rotisserie chicken? (+7 recipes)

In this article, we will answer the question “How much meat is on a rotisserie chicken?” and how to make the perfect rotisserie chicken?

How much meat is on a rotisserie chicken?

An average rotisserie chicken weighs about 2 pounds that make about 3 cups of shredded chicken. It includes 2 cups of white meat and 1 cup of dark meat. White meat is obtained from the chicken breast and wings. While Dark meat comes from the thighs and drumsticks.

The nutritional profile of a rotisserie chicken

A typical rotisserie chicken that weighs 2 pounds gives 12 ounces of light meat and 8 ounces of dark meat (no skin) approximately, which provide the following nutrients:

  • 1,037 calories
  • 166 grams of protein
  • 0 grams of carbohydrate
  • 34 grams of fat
  • 10.4 grams of saturated fat
  • 13.7 grams of monounsaturated fat
  • 8.2 grams of polyunsaturated fat
  • 505 mg cholesterol
  • 0 grams of fiber
  • 451 mg sodium (excluding the sodium added as a part of seasoning)
  • 30% calories from fat

What is rotisserie chicken?

Rotisserie chicken originated in France in medieval times. This dish is made traditionally by poking the chicken with rotisserie or skewers and roasting the chicken on a direct flame in a rotisserie machine. This can also be done in an oven. Rotisserie is a metal rod that goes all the way through the chicken.

The chicken is turned slowly and continuously to roast it evenly giving a smokey flavor to the chicken.

How to make Rotisserie chicken

The following recipe makes a perfectly tender rotisserie chicken


  • 3 lb whole chicken
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • Paprika as per taste
  • Ground black pepper as per taste


  1. Sprinkle and season the chicken from the inside. Poke it with the rotisserie and place it in the oven or the rotisserie machine. Insert a stem length thermometer in the thigh of your chicken.
  2. Cook the seasoned chicken for 10 minutes.
  3. To make the marinade, mix all the spices with the butter and brush the chicken with it.
  4. Cook the chicken for ½ to 2 hours. Keep brushing the chicken with the marinade in intervals.
  5. Cook until the thermometer reads 83 degrees celsius.
  6. Remove the rotisserie with the chicken and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  7. Slice into portion-sized pieces and serve warm.

Rotisserie chicken recipes

Peruvian Roasted Chicken

This recipe is called super chicken” or “el Pollo Rico”  which literally translates to “tasty chicken” in Spanish. Marinate with Vinegar, lemon, white wine, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Beer, achiote, or mustard can be added for extra flavor. Serve warm with roasted potatoes. 

Take-out style Rotisserie Chicken

When making it in the oven, marinate the chicken with oil, honey, lime juice, salt, pepper, and paprika. If you are roasting it in the rotisserie machine like the store-bought rotisserie is made, baste the chicken with the mixture occasionally.

Garlic Lemon Rotisserie Chicken

Garlic Lemon Rotisserie Chicken is marinated with Paprika, salt, coriander, cumin, ginger, and pepper, and last but not least; garlic and lemon. Garlic and lemon impart a lot of tangy, acidic, and herbaceous flavor to the chicken.

Italian Herb and Balsamic Rotisserie Chicken

The rotisserie chicken is rubbed with butter, olive oil, herbs, spices, and white wine and kept in the fridge for about 1 hour. The chicken is roasted for about 2 hours and is brushed with a sweet glaze of balsamic, pear jelly, and honey in the final 40 minutes of cooking. This Italian style rotisserie chicken is served with oven risotto.

Five-spice Rotisserie Chicken

As the name suggests, the special ingredient used in this recipe is the Chinese five-star powder. The rotisserie chicken is marinated with lime juice, orange juice, soy sauce, onions, sesame oil, salt, pepper, five-spice powder, and kept for 6 hours. This Asian inspired rotisserie chicken is served with stir-fried spinach and the classic Chinese potato salad.

Rotisserie Tandoori Chicken

Rotisserie Tandoori chicken is marinated with yogurt and tandoori masala which is a combination of different spices. This Indian adaption of rotisserie chicken is served with vegetable curry and flatbread or naan.

Rotisserie Huli Huli Chicken

Mix soy, lime juice, honey, sugar, ketchup, tabasco sauce, sesame oil, and seasonings are added to the marinade for Huli Huli Rotisserie chicken. Sugar and lemon provide a sweet and tangy flavor while Tabasco gives a punch of heat.

Other FAQs about Chicken which you may be interested in.

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In this article, we answered the question “How much meat is on a rotisserie chicken?” and how to make the perfect rotisserie chicken?