Feeling like a little spicy chicken, I thought I’d throw together a recipe for my rotisserie (although you could use this with chicken breasts on the grill or oven).


  • 1/4 c chili powder
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix these ingredients together and then rub on the chicken.   Let it marinade for a couple of hours and then throw into the rotisserie.

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The chicken was moist and had a bit of a kick.  The skin was crispy and delicious!


I went to the store a couple of weeks ago and bought a couple of Cornish game hens.  Before I put them into my rotisserie, I wanted to go with a little Indian flavor so I rubbed turmeric, cumin, garlic, and cayenne pepper.  I realize cayenne isn’t Indian, but I wanted a little spice. 

I also made Maple Roasted Root Vegetables, based on a recipe from the Lyon in the Kitchen TV show.  

Then included a side of couscous.  Next time, I’m making the couscous with my chicken broth, instead of water to give it more flavor. 

It was a good lunch/dinner and I felt really healthy when I was eating.  Plus, I was able to freeze the leftover veggies and game hen.

Indian flavored Cornish Game Hen

Recently I decided to completely re-do my apartment. I got rid of almost everything in my apartment and bought all new furniture.

Side note: I gave all the old furniture to Salvation Army Goodwill (they were able to pick up quicker; otherwise, it would have been another month until Salvation Army could pick up) because they pick-up for free in DC.  This seems like something a lot of organizations would do, but you’d be surprised.  I found a lot of pick-up places in Virginia and Maryland, but DC was tough.  It does take a few weeks though for them to pick up so plan ahead!

Anyway, during this time, I decided I needed to get a new toaster oven because it was smoking every time I used it.  So I did a little research (I’m type-A) and found a little miracle called the DeLonghi Solo Convection Oven Rotisserie.

I bought a rotisserie for 2 reasons:

  1. I kept hearing from my foodie friend Jen how much she loved hers.
  2. And the #1 reason was because I didn’t like the store bought rotisserie chickens in the grocery store because they were too salty and over-seasoned.

I love it.  It is absolutely one of my favorite things.  The bad?  It’s not a toaster oven.  There’s no “toaster” option.  I got over that.  Instead, I use the oven and “toast” that way. 

What it does have is everything else.  When it’s hot in the summer, I didn’t mind turning this little oven on to bake a pizza, make a chicken, etc.  While it obviously created some heat, it was a lot less than my oven.

I’ve made chicken and pork tenderloin.  I did try to make a turkey, but it was too big for the rotisserie. 

Sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of the finished chicken, but at least here’s a photo of it when it started.  I tied some fresh rosemary and rubbed some seasonings, threw it in, and then watched a movie.  By the time the movie was done, so was the chicken. 

BTW, when you make a chicken, make sure to put aluminum foil on the bottom so it can catch the grease!

Rosemary Rotisserie Chicken