Butter and Wine Basted Chicken

This recipe is a delicious way to use your rotisserie spit! The rewards of cooking chicken rotisserie style are many: crisp, golden brown skin, juicy succulent meat and, best of all, this method requires minimal attention.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 120 min


3 lb whole chicken
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp shallots, finely-chopped
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
1 tbsp thyme, fresh, chopped
1 tsp thyme, dried
1 tsp rosemary, fresh, chopped
1/2 tsp rosemary, dried
pepper, to taste
1/3 cup white wine, dry

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Rinse chicken; pat dry. Hook wing tips back behind body, tie securely with cotton twine, set aside.

  2. Combine butter, shallots, parsley, thyme, rosemary and pepper if desired.

  3. Using your fingertips, gently loosen skin around chicken breast. Stuff each side of breast with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) herb butter mixture, gently pressing on skin surface to spread evenly. Tie legs together securely. Insert the spit-rod lengthwise through cavity of chicken and secure with holding forks making sure chicken is balanced.

  4. In saucepan, melt remaining herb butter mixture. Remove from heat; stir in wine. Set aside and reserve for basting.

  5. Attach spit-rod to rotisserie with drip pan directly beneath chicken. Cook over medium-hot grill, for 1 ½ to 2 hours, basting about every 15 minutes. On charcoal-fired grill, it may be necessary to add more coals.

  6. The chicken should be roasted until a meat thermometer inserted into the breast reads 180°F (82°C), and/or the juices run clear when pierced at the thickest part.

Helpful Tip

The chicken can also be cooked in a conventional oven at 350°F (175°C) for 1½ to 2 hours.

Nutrition Info

Per 395 g serving Amount
Protein73 g
Fat34 g
Saturated Fat17 g
Carbohydrate2 g
Cholesterol300 mg
Sodium270 mg
Per 395 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A25
Vitamin C20
Vitamin B683
Vitamin B1265