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DIY Butlins Firehouse rotisserie chicken

We’ve all been there – you go on holiday and have an amazing dish in a restaurant and then when you come home and try to recreate it, it’s just not the same. Whatever you do, you can’t quite get it right!

Well if you’ve tried our new Firehouse Restaurant in sunny Skegness, you’ll know that they serve absolutely delicious rotisserie chicken!


Butlins Firehouse Restaurant in Skegness

Butlins Firehouse Restaurant in Skegness


We caught up with the team in Skegness who gave us these handy hints on how to recreate the perfect rotisserie chicken at home: “Rotisserie cooking is a great method to use for preparing chicken. The meat will have a reduced fat content because all the fat drains off during the cooking. The fat will flavour and moisten the meat as it cooks though.”

But we know that you probably don’t have a rotisserie cooker at home! So here’s how to do it for yourself!

  1. It’s all about the baste! To get lots of flavour into your chicken, make a baste of smoked paprika, salt, pepper, crushed garlic, finely chopped onions, and some woody herbs (like rosemary or thyme). Mix them all together with some oil and then pour over the chicken to marinade! You can use any flavourings you like,  but this is what I like!
  2. Have a little patience! If you really want to maximise the flavour of your chicken let it marinade for at least 4 – 6 hours, or ideally over night. Trust me, it’ll be worth it!
  3. Slowly does it… Rotisserie chicken is always so moist and delicious because it’s been slow cooked. Doing this will make the meat tender, sticky and just incredible to eat. So heat your oven to around 120°c (or 250°f) and then cook your chicken, covered with foil or in a pan with a lid, for around 5 hours. You’ll know when it’s done when the juices run clear and the meat comes away from the bone easily. Always leave it to rest for a few minutes before you carve it so the meat can relax.
  4. Slow cookers will do the job, too! Using the same recipe as above, you’ll get perfect chicken by cooking it in a slow cooker for about 6 – 7 hours on the low setting. You can always thrown in some potatoes and veg, too! Perfect for those who aren’t a fan of washing up!

Now comes the fun part… eating it! This is best served with lots of fresh salad, some crunchy slaw and some chips or potatoes. You can then add your favourite sauces to make it even more delicious.

At the Firehouse in Skegness you can choose from Sticky BBQ, Smokey Garlic, Hot ‘n’ Fruity, Lemon & Thyme, Hot Habanero and my personal favourite, Smoked Chipotle! Yum! You can baste the chicken as it cooks, or leave it until it’s done if everyone wants something different!



Sounds pretty easy, eh!? Well, give it a try and let us know how it goes! Post your results on our Facebook page! If you want to find out more about the Firehouse in Skegness, then head to Butlins.com where you’ll find menus, pictures and information!

Happy cooking, James