Rotisserie Picnic Chicken in the Air Fryer Oven

Rotisserie chicken in the air fryer oven comes out moist and delicious. Marinating brings out flavor and a crisp skin perfect for a picnic.
Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
Rotisserie Air Fryer Chicken


Rotisserie Picnic chicken in the air fryer oven comes out moist and delicious. Marinating brings out the flavor and crisp skin, perfect for a picnic. If you are looking for picnic ideas, this is a good one.

Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
Rotisserie Picnic Chicken


Rotisserie Picnic Chicken

When I was a little girl, my mother and her friend took me on a picnic and brought along rotisserie chicken. I was thinking fondly of that a few days ago when I decided to make it in my own rotisserie roaster oven.

Rotisserie Ovens

It used to be if you wanted rotisserie chicken, you had to either get an expensive spit for your barbecue, or you had to get whatever the grocery store had available. Although many grocery store rotisserie chicken is good, by the end of the day, after sitting under lights all day, the bottom is swimming in greasy, gelatinous juice, and the top and breast have dried out. There must be a better way!

There is a better way. A lot of modern air fryers and convection ovens have rotisserie built into them. Of course, you can also get a stand-alone rotisserie if you want to do larger pieces of meat, but for now, let’s talk about the air fryer rotisserie roaster ovens. I have a GoWise, and it’s just wonderful.

The Secret to Crispy Skin

You can make this chicken in a regular oven, too, if you want. The trick is to marinate it uncovered in the refrigerator for at least three hours, up to 48 hours, so the skin gets dry. The oil in the marinade will keep the skin supple, but when it hits the heat, it will get nice and crisp.

I found this method worked very well when I made Chicken Shawarma in the air fryer. All the spices make a paste that deeply flavors the chicken. The same is true here.




I used a Cornish hen for this Rotisserie Picnic Chicken because it fits very nicely on my spit. Look at your rotisserie to see how many pounds your spit can hold. If you have a larger bird, make sure you check how long it takes to reach 165 F / 73 C at 380 F/ 193 C.

Rotisserie Picnic Chicken

Rotisserie Picnic Chicken

Rotisserie chicken in the air fryer oven comes out moist and delicious. Marinating brings out flavor and a crisp skin perfect for a picnic.
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2021-08-31
Servings (slide to adjust): 2
Calories: 485kcal


  • 1.5 lb Cornish hen
  • 1 tbsp poultry spice
  • 1 tsp dried shallot
  • ½ tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp parsley, dried
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp true lemon
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  • Mise en place
    Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
  • 1 tbsp poultry spice, 1 tsp dried shallot, 1/2 tsp marjoram, 1 tsp parsley, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp true lemon, 3/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper
    Mix the poultry seasoning, marjoram, shallot, paprika, garlic powder, parsley, true lemon, salt and black pepper in a grinder or with a mortar and pestle.
    Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
  • 1/8 tsp dry mustard, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
    Put the mustard in a small bowl. Add the vinegar and oil. Whisk until an emulsion forms
    Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
  • Add the spices and mix thoroughly together.
    Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
    Add the cornstarch and mix completely.
    Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
  • 1.5 lb Cornish hen
    Rub the chicken with mix and place it in the refrigerator to marinate for two hours.
    Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
  • Using your hand, make a space between the skin and flesh. Rub extra marinade in there and refrigerate for another hour.
  • Secure the chicken on the spit and put it in the air fryer.
  • Set the air fryer on rotisserie mode at 380 F / 193 C for 20 minutes.
  • Check the temperature by putting the instant read thermometer into the deepest part of the thigh. It should read 165 F / 73 C.
  • Let chicken rest in the air fryer for about 5 minutes, then let it rest again for another 5 minutes before removing from the spit.
  • Use poultry shears to cut the chicken in half along the center of the breast bone.
    Rotisserie Picnic Chicken


If you have a larger bird, cut it in quarters.


Nutrition Facts
Rotisserie Picnic Chicken
Amount Per Serving (196 g)
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 170mg57%
Sodium 694mg30%
Potassium 463mg13%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 29g58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

5 Responses to Rotisserie Picnic Chicken in the Air Fryer Oven

  1. Harry says:

    4 stars
    You are a very smart individual! I was searching for something to take to a picnic and found this. I marinated a large chicken put it on the outdoor grill. The marinade was perfect.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks nice post.

  3. Donald G says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for this. Looks great.

  4. Douglas J Sutton says:

    5 stars
    I think the other guests were kind of angry with me. Before they had a chance to get seconds, I devoured it!

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