Thursday, February 2, 2012

Delicious Rotisserie Chicken on my $0 Budget

Sorry for the limited posts lately. I am having a tough time balancing work, home, being a mom, exercise and my blog.  So the blog has fallen behind. I have a huge backlog of posts on my $0 budget so they will continue to come well into February. Please stop by and see what I did with my $0 budget over the next couple of weeks.

For those of you who know me this is not something new, but for everyone else...I hate touching meat. I do not like thinking about where it comes from; I would love to believe (and I do try to convince myself this) that meat grows in those white Styrofoam containers with plastic wrap around it :). I am not a vegetarian but I can understand why people are. Unfortunately, I also hate most types of beans so that definitely eliminates vegetarianism for me.

Why am I telling you this? Well with my $0 budget month, I cleared out the majority of my freezer and ended up finding two whole chickens. Do not ask me why I bought the stupid things to start out with, when I had no clue how to cook them and absolutely no desire to touch them. I do actually know why I bought them and this will just reinforce to you how cheap I am...the grocery store was having a sale for $4 for the ugly things. I saw it as though, I could buy one boneless chicken breast for the same price and this would feed the 4 of us. So I snatched up two..because dealing with the thing wasn't enough once, I had to do it twice :)

I am honestly proud of myself and thrilled with how they turned out. So thrilled in fact, I took pictures when I made the second bird. I am by no means going to start sharing my daily recipes and photos of my cooking with you. So don't worry :) I officially am not a food photographer! My photos look horrible but this was the best chicken I have made so I had to share. I will never buy a store bought, precooked chicken again!
Source Food Network- you can see my finished photo later. It isn't this pretty.
I got a new toaster oven about 6 months ago and it came with a rotisserie feature in it. At the time I thought it would never be used...but I love it now. I have made these chickens and the best pork roasts with it. Yum.

I go this chicken recipe from the food network here.

1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 whole chicken

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Rub dry mix over the entire chicken.
 Secure chicken on rotisserie spit. Cook on the rotisserie (I broiled at 450 degrees) until fully cooked (180 degrees internal temperature) for approximately 1.5 hours. 

I cannot describe how good this was!
See this is why I will not post recipes...that chicken looks pathetic :) Doesn't the Food Network photo look so much more appealing.

I am just happy to be able to use those chickens up from the freezer. Had I not have done my $0 budget month, they would have sat there and never been used. Now I know I can do it and I might try some other recipes.

Do any of you have great rotisserie recipes? I would love to hear them!

Have a great day and happy cooking,


  1. I love that you overcame your hatred of touching meat in order to use up these chickens. you go!
    I mostly wanted to comment though because of your first paragraph. Oh how I understand the struggle of finding a good balance when we wear so many different shoes. I actually blogged about it over the weekend and would love to to know if you have any tips, suggestions, etc.
    Thanks!! Holly

  2. Okay... I seriously hate touching meat too! Here's a couple tips: 1. They sell Chickens without the neck, gizzards, etc- just look for the packaging (I'm NOT sticking my hand in there to get it out). 2. Should you need to get the 'guts' out- use some tongs! Worked for me! 3. To rub the spices onto the bird, use a ziplock baggie and wrap it around your hand! Then you can rub the seasoning on without ever touching the bird. Once covered use the tongs to lift it into the pan. Ta-Da! :)

  3. This looks so good! I made my first roast chicken the other day and was majorly freaking out about touching it raw. Chicken breasts don't bother me, but the whole bird....GROSS! Anywho, I don't have a rotisary, but this makes me seriously want one. =)
    Alesha <3

  4. I had to laugh at your post because I could have written your whole second paragraph, except change the hating most beans to hating most vegetables and you have me. The chicken looks wonderful and I bet it was delicious!

  5. I recently found a recipe for rotisserie chicken done in the CROCKPOT - it is absolutely fantastic!!!!! (Unfortunately you still must handle the bird!)

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