Last Updated on April 27, 2022
Today, we’re going to be answering the question: are rotisserie chickens gluten free? And taking a look at some of the tastiest recipes using gluten-free rotisserie chickens. There’s nothing better than a juicy, moist rotisserie chicken. In fact, it’s one of my go-to meals as it really is that good. But is it typically gluten-free? What ingredients are usually used to season the chicken? Let’s take a closer look.
What Is A Rotisserie Chicken?
To put it simply, a rotisserie chicken is a chicken that has been cooked on a rotisserie. A rotisserie is a revolving attachment you’ll usually find on a grill. Not only does it make the chicken extremely tender and moist, but it enhances the flavor of the chicken too. It also produces the most incredible skin on your chicken.
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Ingredients In Rotisserie Chicken
Ingredients in rotisserie chicken can vary massively. They can range from mild spices to cajun, to barbecue. It all depends on which marinade or seasonings you add to it. Typically, a “standard” rotisserie chicken will contain the following seasonings:
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- additional herbs (such as thyme)
Nutritional Information Of Rotisserie Chicken
Truth be told, the nutritional information of chicken will vary massively depending on which part of the chicken you’re eating, and whether you choose to eat the skin or not. The most “unhealthy” part of a chicken is the thigh meat with skin on it. And the “healthiest” part of the chicken is the breast, with no skin on.
A 3oz serving of chicken breast (with no skin), from a rotisserie chicken, contains the following:
- Calories: 122
- Protein: 24g
- Fat: 3g
- Carbs: 0g
Wheres a 3oz serving of chicken thigh (with skin), from a rotisserie chicken contains the following:
- Calories: 192
- Protein: 18g
- Fat: 12g
- Carbs: 0
Are Rotisserie Chickens Gluten Free?
Rotisserie chickens are usually considered a gluten-free option, especially if the “traditional” flavorings have been used. However, no matter where you’re purchasing, it’s always best to check the ingredients or ask your server, because the flavorings and seasonings used to make the rotisserie chicken can vary greatly. If you have the option to choose a certified gluten-free brand, always do so. This is by far the safest option.
Where To Buy Gluten Free Rotisserie Chickens
Most grocery stores will sell gluten-free rotisserie chickens. More often than not, the chickens will be gluten-free and safe for consumption. It’s also worth checking local restaurants and stalls. In Spain, I have the most incredible gluten-free rotisserie chicken from an outdoor market – and nothing ever tastes quite as good as that!
Gluten Free Rotisserie Chicken Recipes
If you’re looking to make some delicious dishes using your rotisserie chicken, then look no further! These are my two gluten-free favorites.
Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole
The first is from Only Gluten-Free Recipes and it really is super easy to make!
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- 6 cups of rotisserie chicken (shredded)
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 cup of corn kernels
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of oregano leaves (dried)
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 3/4 cup of gluten-free broth (chicken or veg)
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1 cup of sliced green onions
- gluten-free enchilada sauce (store-bought or homemade)
- 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 gluten-free tortilla wraps
- pinch of salt
Now all you need to do is:
Step 1: Cook on the Stove
Preheat your oven to 375F. Add the black beans, chicken, corn, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and gluten-free broth into a pan. Cook on medium heat for around 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add salt, green onions, and sour cream. Mix well.
Step 2: Assembly
Grab half a cup on enchilada sauce onto a casserole dish. Place two gluten-free tortillas on top, along with around a third of the chicken mixture. Now add another half cup of enchilada sauce, along with 3/4 of a cup of cheese. Repeat until you have no more ingredients (around 2 more extra layers). Be sure to end with tortillas on top, with some sauce and cheese.
Step 3: Bake
Cover with foil and place in the oven for around 30 minutes. Remove foil and leave in the oven for a further 10 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool for at least five minutes.
Ultimate Chicken Taco Salad
The Defined Dish has an amazing Chicken Taco Salad recipe which is perfect with summer just around the corner.
The ingredients you’ll need are:
- one rotisserie chicken
- 1 tablespoon of ghee
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 1/4 cup of broth
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 head of romaine lettuce
- 4 small radishes
- 2 thinly sliced avocados
- ranch dressing
Now all you need to do is:
Step 1: Sauce
Melt the ghee in a skillet. Then add the cumin, chili, garlic, oregano, and paprika. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Now add the tomato paste and stir. Add the chicken broth and whisk until you make a thick sauce.
Step 2: Chicken
Now add the chicken and ensure the chicken is coated in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 3: Assemble
Add the lettuce, radishes, and avocado to a bowl and add the chicken mixture on top. Add the ranch dressing of your choice. Enjoy!
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I hope this article has helped to answer the question: are rotisserie chickens gluten-free? I, for one, am incredibly happy we can still enjoy rotisserie chicken when following a gluten-free diet as it’s one of my favorite dishes!
Do you know of any other gluten-free dishes involving rotisserie chicken? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
Can Celiacs Eat Chicken?
Absolutely! Chicken in it's most natural form is completely gluten free, along with all other types of meat.
Are Rotisserie Chickens Healthy?
Rotisserie chickens are not as healthy as regular chicken, as it's packed full of sodium, and other flavorings. But it is a reasonably health dish, and delicious too.
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