This is even better than the whole chickens that you purchase at the deli, I have made this many times on my indoor and outdoor rotisserie --- this is one recipe I use margarine the butter tends to burn when cooking, you could also use 1/2 cup oil if desired and omit the margarine, I find that it is best to use 1/4 cup of of each --- I strongly advise you to make two chickens you will be eating one chicken just yourself these are THAT delicious, I always make two sometimes even three! ---this also works well using a large 6-7 pound roasting chicken, or a smaller size turkey, make certain that your turkey is completely thawed before cooking, cooking time will need to be increased for a larger chicken or a small turkey ---another way I have done this chicken is to rub 2 teaspoons seasoned salt all over the chicken and sprinkle inside the cavity as well, place the chicken a shallow dish, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours, prepare the oil/margarine mixture as stated only omit the seasoned salt in it. You will love this! :)
- 1 (3 1/2-4 lb) whole chickens (or a small turkey)
- 1⁄4 cup margarine (use hard stick margarine only not soft tub)
- 1⁄4 cup oil
- 2 tablespoons liquid honey
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (use lime juice only, not lemon juice)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Lawry's Seasoned Salt (more for inside of cavity)
- black pepper
- 1 small whole lemon (optional but good to use)
- In a saucepan combine oil, margarine, honey, lime juice, garlic powder, paprika and seasoned salt over medium-low heat, stirring until honey is melted; cool slightly.
- Wash chicken then dry with paper towels.
- Season the inside of the chicken cavity with seasoned salt (any amount desired).
- Poke holes all over the lemon then place inside the cavity.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the oil/margarine mixture liberally all over the outside of the chicken (save the remaining oil mixture to baste the chicken while cooking).
- Prepare the chicken for the spit by securing together with heavy string if needed.
- Place the chicken on rotisserie rod and secure tightly.
- Sprinkle with black pepper if desired.
- Cook at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until cooked through, basting with the oil/butter mixture while the chicken is cooking (cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken or turkey).
- When the chicken has finished cooking, wrap completely in foil and let sit for about 20 minutes before serving (this is an important step to lock in the juices!).