Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken. The most delicious way to enjoy chicken in the air fryer is to make your own homemade rotisserie chicken. This Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken is crispy, moist and full of amazing flavours.
Today is Sunday and we’re back with another helping of our Sunday cheap as chips meal ideas. The idea that you can feed your family for approximately $5 (sometimes less) and enjoy amazing food without feeling like you are living on a budget.
But BETTER than that – have a 3 course meal with leftovers! The inspiration behind this series came from my obsession with the $5 meal plan. It comes with a 2-week free trial and gives you plenty of other ideas if you want more than just my Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken to go at.
If you are a follower of ours you will know our family. You will know that there is mum, dad, teen and 2 under 4s. You will know that we are obsessed with cooking with our kitchen gadgets and you will know we want to cook from scratch all the time.
You will also know that on a Sunday we like to be lazy and want little effort and want to spend time with our family.
We also know that there are other people out there just like us and we appreciate that you will also be searching the internet for Sunday dinner gold.
Well you have found our gold in the variety of our Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken and wait until you see what we are having with it!
Mrs Beeton Rotisserie Chicken
2018 is all about the great recipes of the Mrs Beeton Book Of Household Management. Mrs Beeton has a whole section dedicated to roast chicken and how to make the skin really crispy for your family. Back then they had just a manual pressure cooker for gadgets and were not lucky enough to experience an air fryer.
But you and me are. We can make the most delicious roast chicken and people will actually think we spent hours making it taste so good!
Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
The best thing about this Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken has to be that is tastes just as crispy as the real thing. I should know this as I used to buy them all the time. When I lived back in England the highlight of the evening trip to the supermarket was a rotisserie chicken for supper.
We would do our weekly grocery shopping on a Friday night after dominic had finished work. It would be nearly 6pm and the supermarket would be so crowded. It was Asda, aka the UK version of Walmart and you would start off by buying any non food like a new DVD or a new magazine, then those warm rotisserie chickens would be SHOUTING AT YOU that you must EAT ME.
So of course, we took home a rotisserie chicken and would have it with some bread and butter for supper.
But we haven’t done this for years and have now instead fallen in love with making our own and the Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken was born.
I often get asked advice about the kitchen gadgets I own and what recipe makes them worth buying. The Instant Pot has to be how quick you can turn condensed milk to caramel, the blender because its like a food processor because it is so grand and is perfect for my mums chicken liver pate. Then with the Air Fryer it has to be rotisserie chicken.
It cooks in just 40 minutes. It is crispy. It is moist. It is frugal.
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- Place all of your brine ingredients into your freezer bag. Add the whole chicken and then fill with cold water until the chicken is fully covered. Zip it up and fridge it overnight.
- The next day when you are ready to cook your Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken remove the chicken from the bag, remove the giblets, remove the brine stock and pat dry your whole chicken with some kitchen towel.
- Make your chicken rub in a small bowl.
- Place your whole chicken in the Air Fryer (breast side down) and rub ½ of the olive oil and ½ of the chicken rub into all visible skin.
- Cook the chicken for 20 minutes at 180c/360f.
- After 20 minutes turn over with kitchen tongs, then add the remainder of the oil and the chicken rub onto the other side of the chicken.
- Now cook for a further 20 minutes at the same temperature.
- Serve warm.
I have found you get the most moist rotisserie chicken when you soak it in its brine/marinade the night before. I always recommend either having a large pan or a large bowl to rest your uncooked chicken in when you place it in the fridge. It keeps it more secure from things breaking its seal.
I soaked my rotisserie chicken in a 3 litre zip bag. You just want your chicken covered so don’t need it to be bigger than this. I buy my whole chickens in bulk and then store them in the freezer. Therefore, the night before I get one out and then brine it in the same bag that I had it stored in the freezer. You can take the giblets out before soaking it in its brine.
BUT when the chicken is frozen and it’s a small chicken they are a nightmare to get out, so I wait until just before cooking. To turn over your Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken WITHOUT burning yourself, place the tongs in the inside of the chicken and turn.
Where To Source Your Whole Chicken To Make Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken:
Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken – The Starter
Before we had our rotisserie chicken we had soup for starter. I had managed to get some half price fresh pumpkin from the supermarket a couple of days ago and needed to use it up. So, I made my pumpkin and garlic soup.
Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken – The Sunday Dinner
With a rotisserie chicken comes lots of extras. We had our roast dinner with some roast potatoes and some honey glazed carrots as we had a cheap bag of them that needed using up. It always looked like such an effort watching your grandma cook a Sunday dinner. But with gadgets around you can get back to your Netflix.
Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken – Dessert
It is a Sunday so there must be dessert, right? OH YES. We love our comfort food on a Sunday and nothing feels better than ending is on something homemade that tells me I shouldn’t get weighed tomorrow!
We had some lemon slices that we cooked in the Instant Pot. The flour and the butter and the sugar, says that’s it’s a good job I don’t eat it every day!
Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken – The Leftovers
YES. Normally I have loads of meals for the freezer from Sunday dinner, but today I have something different and that is chicken broth. Made in the Instant Pot it is going straight in the freezer for another day.
Using the carcass from the chicken it is an ideal use of your leftovers without just throwing your chicken bones in the bin.
Cheap Meals For 5
I had promised you cheap meals for 5. A meal that you can put together on a Sunday to feed the 5 of you for $5 or less. But most importantly, one that requires very little effort, so that you can get back to your family time.
It’s always nerve racking when you do this type of content on a food blog, as you’re always wondering if you are going to come in on budget or look like an idiot.
Well todays Sunday Cheap Meal for 5 worked out as follows:
Pumpkin Soup = 0,92€/$1.12
- Pumpkin = 0,80€
- Onion = 0,05€
- Garlic = 0,05€
- Seasoning = 0,02€
Rotisserie Chicken & Roast Potatoes & Vegetables = 2,65€/$3.25
- Whole Chicken = 1,75€
- Olive Oil = 0,08€
- Carrots = 0,20€
- Potatoes = 0,05€
- Coconut Oil = 0,15€
- Coconut Butter = 0,10€
- Honey = 0,12€
- Seasoning = 0,20€
Lemon Slices = 0,95€/$1.16
- Flour = 0,36€
- Sugar = 0,14€
- Butter = 0,20€
- Eggs = 0,25€
- Lemon = FREE
Leftovers = 0,05€/$0.06
- Chicken Carcass = FREE
- Vegetable Scraps = FREE
- Garlic = 0,05€
Total Cost = 4.57€/$5.59
Cost Per Serving = 0,91€/$1.11
We loved this fortnights Sunday dinner. We used vegetable scraps from our freezer that we had collected from vegetable peelings rather than using vegetables from our fridge. It meant that the only outlay was the fresh garlic.
In many countries our rotisserie chickens are considered very small at just over 2.2 pounds. This is not small to us, as we have never known any different. They are the perfect size for feeding the 5 of us. Plus, they fit perfectly in our air fryer!
Prices may adjust from country to country, but these are the prices we paid in Portugal and works out at $5.59 for five people. Though this Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken is at the time of writing this post based on current exchange rates. We find that compared to the US our prices are identical. This is because we pay a lot more for our meat and dairy, yet a lot less for fruit and vegetables that it levels itself out.
Cheap Meals For $5 Meal Plan
If you’re looking for even more cheap meals that you can make for $5 then I recommend you sign up for the $5 meal plan. It comes with a 14 day free trial and then it is just $5 a month if you decided to stick with it and just think how much money you could save!