September 12, 2012

Oven Roaster Chicken – Just like Publix!

Oven Roaster Chicken – Just like Publix!

I love me some Publix rotisserie chicken! The crispy skin, the moist, juicy meat that falls off the bone – drooling just thinking about it! That is my go-to dinner when I don’t feel like cooking and Publix makes it so easy for us to enjoy a semi-homemade dinner with out the hours of cooking. I think the price is a bit steep for the size we get, but that is obviously not stopping me from still getting them. I often wondered if I could get that same golden and juicy flavor at home…..

Challenge accepted.

I bought a medium-sized roaster for about $6. Checked my fully stocked spice cabinet and it was loaded with some great herbs (although fresh would be ideal) to make a great rub for this bird. So I sat in my kitchen like a mad scientist and mixed together the only fresh herb I had in the house, parsley, with some dried basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Add some salt, pepper and about 2-3 tablespoons of canola oil, mixed it all together nice and rubbed that oily herb-paste all over the bird. After about an 1-1.5 hours, you got yourself one juicy, crispy and succulent bird.


My husband was pretty skeptical – as he always is – when I try an new recipe, but he loved it! As did my dad who joined us for dinner. Best thing about making this yourself, it was big enough for leftovers and made a kick ass chicken stock the next day! Even though buying a chicken is a hell of a lot easier than doing it yourself, this was so easy and took just under 10 minutes to prepare. Definitely worth trying!

Oven Roaster Chicken – Just Like Publix!

  • 1 chicken roaster, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Basil
  • 1 tablespoon Rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lemon
  • Onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Rinse chicken thoroughly then pat dry with paper towels. Chop the onion and lemon in chunks and shove it in the inner cavity of the chicken, along with the 2 cloves of garlic. Just stuff everything up that chicken’s butt.

In a small bowl, mix together all the herbs, salt & pepper. Add canola oil and mix till everything is incorporated its kinda like an oily-paste.

Take the herb paste and rub it on the entire chicken. Then place it on a baking pan or a roasting pan and throw it in the oven for about an hour to an hour and 20 minutes. Make sure the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Make a nice salad or some quinoa mac and cheese. The outcome will be fantastic! Just as yummy as your local grocers rotisserie AND costs less. Double bonus!


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