How Long Does Rotisserie Chicken Last? (You Might Be Surprised)

Got a home-cooked or store-bought rotisserie chicken?

Wondering how long it lasts?

Here’s how long your rotisserie chicken can last under different conditions.

How Long Does Rotisserie Chicken Last At Room Temperature? 

The USDA recommends not to leave rotisserie chicken, longer than two hours at room temperatures.

This is reduced to one hour on hot days. 

So, don’t let your chicken sit out for over two hours unless you’re planning to eat all of it at a go. Instead, you refrigerate or freeze it to improve its shelf life.  

Leaving cooked rotisserie chicken at room temperatures (400 F to 1400F) promotes the growth of pathogenic bacteria, leading to foodborne illnesses. 

How Long Does Rotisserie Chicken Last In The Refrigerator?

Fresh rotisserie chicken can last three to four days under refrigerated conditions.

If you’re planning on using leftover chicken in chicken salads, chicken noodle soup, or chicken salad sandwiches over the next few days, don’t let it sit out for more than two hours before refrigeration.

When chilling, seal your rotisserie chicken in airtight containers, ziplock storage bags, or duty aluminum foil. And place it in the fridge’s lowest section, away from the door. 

By doing so, you avoid refrigerator temperature changes, making your chicken spoil faster.

How Long Does Costco Rotisserie Chicken Last In The Freezer?

Frozen chicken can last up to four months in the freezer

Freezing your rotisserie chicken can be an excellent way of ensuring its safety, especially if you’re not planning to eat it in the next four days.

When freezing, use freezer wrap, a covered container, or a heavy-duty freezer bag. Remember to keep your chicken constantly frozen until it’s time to eat it.

Sometimes your frozen chicken may be safe to eat but not fresh. Freezer burn, which makes your chicken dry and less flavorful, develops when the chicken stays too long in the freezer. 

How Can You Know Your Rotisserie Chicken Is Bad?

Look out on the signs below to know if your chicken is spoiled:

  • Off smell, sour, tangy, or ammonia-like smell.
  • Presence of mold, appearing as fungi or fuzzy texture.
  • Slimy texture.
  • Discoloration, unappealing green/grey color.

Can You Create Your Own Rotisserie Chicken At Home?

You sure can! Most grill don’t have a rotisserie, however, you can add one yourself. Homecooked rotisserie is way better than store brought!

How Can You Increase Your Chicken’s Shelf Life? 

  1. Adding spice mixture like a teaspoon of garlic and onion powder to your ingredients list increases your chicken’s shelf life. 
  2. Avoid overcooking the chicken. It can become dry or less flavorful.
  3. Use a spice rub to help tenderize the meat.
  4. Once cooked, refrigerate your chicken immediately or within two hours.
  5. Cover your chicken well when refrigerating to avoid cross-contamination from raw chicken or other white meat stored in the fridge.

Storing rotisserie chicken entails knowing how long it can last under different temperatures.

So, anytime you have your raw, cooked, or organic chicken, follow the guidelines above to ensure it stays fresh.

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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