Lemony Garlic Rotisserie Chicken


Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 55 minutes

Serves: 3-4 servings

My family loves this dish but it is important to be picky when it comes to your chicken. Recently Costco came under fire for its mistreatment of the chickens that they use for their famous, oh so cheap rotisserie chicken. If you are not an animal lover and simply want to eat your chicken in peace, consider this; chickens raised in a warehouse type setting are prone to producing diseases resistant to antibiotics as well as having higher chances of spreading harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, both of which can be transferred to humans. Chickens raised with the ability to pasture graze and behave like a chicken would in nature have been found to a higher level of Omega 3 fatty acids as well as higher levels of vitamin A and E (The Honest Consumer, 2022). Both of those vitamins contain anti- inflammatory properties that help our bodies combat a multitude of serious chronic illnesses.

If you do care about the treatment of animals the best stamp of approval you can purchase is Animal Warfare Certified, and The Better Chicken Project. This was started by the Global Animal Partnership knowing that they had to do something about the inhumane treatment of boiler chickens from removing beaks to mimicking daylight hours around the clock, so they continue to grow and eat. With the stamp of approval, you will know that your chicken is being raised like a chicken was intended to live its life. They are also humanely put down when it comes time
(The Better Chicken Project, n.d.).

If you have any chicken leftover from this dish you can store it in Tupperware in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days (USDA, 2022).

This recipe was passed along to me from my good friend Wanda. We never have any leftovers in my family. It is delicious.

Conscious Living. (2022, May 9). Which Chicken is Better? Pasture Raised vs. Organic vs Free Range. The Honest Consumer.

Better Chicken Project. (n.d.) Global Animal Partnership.

United States Department of Agriculture. (2022, Nov 21) How long can you keep cooked chicken? Ask USDA.

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 55 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Serves: 3-4 servings

This flavorful chicken will leave you wanting more! It pairs well with so many grains and vegetables that the possibilities are endless. My go to grain is farro which is pictured above along with Japanese yams and an acorn squash.


  • 2 T sage, you can add thyme if you have it too!
  • 3 small lemons, mine were really small you can probably get away with one large or 2 medium
  • 2 T minced garlic , I had fresh garlic on the stem which was helpful for putting in the bird
  • 4 pound chicken

Ingredients assuming you have on hand are salt and pepper and olive oil


  • 1)

    First turn your oven on to 375 degrees.

  • 2)

    Next remove the chickens plastic wrapping and discard the brown bag inside of the chicken into the trash. Next wash your hands!

  • 3)

    Dice up your fresh herbs, garlic and lemons.

  • 4)

    Take your chicken and make two slits in the top side of each breast where the skin is. Insert some salt, and a lemon on each side along with garlic and sage. Next take the remaining lemons and place inside of the chicken with the rest of the sage and garlic

  • 5)

    If you do not have baking twine you can cut a slit in the lower half of the loose skin and tuck one leg across into the slit, closing the gap. There is a photo below for reference.

  • 6)

    Place your chicken in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, basting at least once or twice. once the time is up turn your oven up to 400 degrees and cook the chicken for an additional 15 minutes. 

    The internal reading of your chicken should be 165 degrees.

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