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Italian Herb Rotisserie Chicken with Sweetened Balsamic Glaze

Have you been looking for some new ideas to make a change in your daily meal plans, or are you just trying to find a new addition to your weeknight menu? Even if you want to stick to a meal planning schedule, wouldn't it be great to spruce up those regularly scheduled evening meals? You could try something different this week and surprise everyone, different from your usual herb roasted chicken that up until now you thought of as your specialty.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Rotisserie Chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 1104kcal

Equipment

  • Rotisserie Grill
  • Small saucepan.
  • Cutting board
  • Spoon, Knives
  • Zester or grater (for the lemon)
  • Basting brush
  • meat thermometer

Ingredients

  • 2

    Whole chickens, 3 to 4 pounds each

  • ½ 

    Cup

    Butter, unsalted and at room temperature

  • ¼

    Cup Olive oil

  • ¼ 

    Cup Oregano, finely chopped

  • 1

    Lemon, zested and with the juice reserved

  • 1

    Lemon, cut in half

  • 1

    Onion, peeled and cut in half

  • 5-6

    Basil leaves, finely chopped

  • 2

    Teaspoons

    Rosemary, fresh and roughly chopped

  • 2

    Cloves garlic, minced

  • 1

    Tablespoon

    Dry white wine

  • 2

    Tablespoons

    Sea salt

  • 1

    Teaspoon

    Black pepper

  • 1

    Cup

    Balsamic vinegar

  • 1/3

    Cup

    Pear jelly

  • 2

    Tablespoons

    Honey

Instructions

  • To make the Chicken Seasoning, blend the following ingredients together: 

  • Using a fork, stir the butter until it's a smooth paste and blend in the oil. Stir in the lemon zest and the juice of one lemon.

  • Toss in the oregano, chopped basil leaves and rosemary.

  • Stir them in until they are well blended into the butter mixture.

  • Add the minced garlic cloves and stir the mixture to blend them in.

  • Next, pour in the white wine and make sure it's thoroughly blended into the butter mixture.

  • Finally, add the sea salt and the black pepper; stir them into the blend, making sure you combine it well with all parts of the seasonings.

  • Set this mixture aside while you prepare the meat.

  • Trim any excess fat from each chicken. Next, remove the plastic bag from inside the cavity of the chicken.

  • Run cold water over the outside of the bird and thoroughly rinse the cavity.

  • Use paper towels to pat the birds dry. 

  • At this point, take the blended chicken seasoning and rub it inside the cavity, on top of the skin and under the skin of both birds.

  • Cover each chicken, separately, in plastic wrap and set them on a tray.

  • Place the tray in the refrigerator and let the chicken marinate for 1 hour.

  • While the chickens are marinating in the fridge, it's time to prepare the Balsamic Glaze.

  • With a spoon, stir until these three ingredients are well-blended together and bring them to a boil.

  • Once it has come to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Stir this mixture often and let it simmer for 6-8 minutes.

  • As the water in the vinegar evaporates, the contents will reduce by about 50 percent.

  • You can tell that it's ready when you insert a spoon into the pan and the back of it is coated with the glaze.

  • The balsamic glaze will have the consistency of syrup. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool.

  • Next, preheat the rotisserie grill to medium heat, then remove the chickens from the fridge. Into the cavity of each chicken, place half an onion and half a lemon.

  • Tuck the wings under the chicken to keep the tips from burning.

  • Place each bird on the rotisserie spit and place the spit on the grill.

  • The cooking time will be between one and a half and two hours.

  • During the last 30-40 minutes, you will need to brush on the balsamic glaze.

  • It should read 175 F degrees when it's inserted in a few places in each chicken.

  • Lightly cover each chicken with aluminum foil and let them sit for about 10 minutes.

  • They will then be ready to carve and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 600g | Calories: 1104kcal