Boston Market Rotisserie Chicken Recipe



  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt (or your favorite all-purpose seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1 whole roasting chicken (4-5 pounds)


  • Prepare the chicken: Remove any giblets and excess fat from the chicken’s cavity. Rinse the chicken well and pat it dry with paper towels.
  • Make the marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, oil, brown sugar, garlic, seasoning salt, and black pepper.
  • Marinate the chicken: Place the chicken in a large zip-top bag or a non-reactive bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure it coats the entire surface and gets inside the cavity. Seal the bag or cover the bowl tightly. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 8 hours, but preferably overnight (up to 24 hours) for optimal flavor. Turn the chicken halfway through for even marination.
  • Bring to room temperature: Before roasting, remove the chicken from the refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to cooking to allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Roast the chicken: Place the chicken breast-side up in a roasting pan. You can truss the legs (tie them together) for a more compact presentation. Pour any remaining marinade into the pan. Roast for 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°F (74°C).
  • Rest: Remove the chicken from the oven and cover it loosely with foil. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before carving and serving to allow the juices to redistribute.


  • For a crispier skin: Increase the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C) during the last 15-20 minutes of cooking.
  • For extra flavor: Consider adding a tablespoon of dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, or a pre-mixed poultry seasoning to the marinade
  • Rotisserie effect: For the closest approximation to a rotisserie, use a roasting pan with a rack and rotate the chicken every 20-30 minutes so it cooks evenly.
  • Use the pan drippings: Don’t discard the flavorful drippings! Use them to make a simple gravy to serve with your chicken.

Enjoy your homemade Boston Market-style rotisserie chicken!


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