A quick, convenient meal, rotisserie chicken can be eaten right off the bones, but you can add the meat to a variety of other recipes such as soup, chili and tacos. Rotisserie chicken is a good source of key vitamins and minerals, but it also contains a significant amount of sodium, as well as fat and cholesterol, depending on what part of the chicken you eat.
Calories, Fat and Cholesterol
A 3-ounce portion of rotisserie breast meat contains 122 calories and 3 grams of fat, of which less than 1 gram is saturated. The same portion of breast meat has 73 milligrams of cholesterol. A chicken thigh contains 183 calories and 10.2 grams of fat, of which 2.6 grams are saturated. That translates to 17 percent of your daily saturated fat limit of 15 grams or less on a 2,000-calorie diet, according to the American Heart Association. That serving of thigh meat also contains 122 milligrams of cholesterol, which is about 40 percent of the 300 milligrams of cholesterol you should limit yourself to each day, according to the AHA.
Protein is a key nutrient that supplies your body with energy and keeps your muscles and cells healthy. Three ounces of rotisserie breast meat supplies 23.8 grams of protein, which is 52 percent of the 46 grams of protein that women need each day and 43 percent of the 56 grams that men require on a daily basis. A rotisserie thigh contains 22.9 grams of protein.
Vitamins and Minerals
A 3-ounce serving of rotisserie breast meat supplies about 8.2 milligrams of niacin, which translates to 59 percent of the 14 milligrams of niacin that women should have each day and 52 percent of the 16 milligrams that men require every day. Niacin supports a healthy digestive system and promotes nerve and skin health, as well. A rotisserie thigh provides 205 milligrams of phosphorus, which is about one-third of the 700 milligrams you need each day for healthy bones and teeth. All cuts of rotisserie chicken supply small amounts of iron, zinc, potassium and vitamin B-12, too.
Eating Rotisserie Chicken
Rotisserie chicken is a good source of many key nutrients, but it also contains a high amount of sodium. Three ounces of rotisserie breast meat contains 279 milligrams of sodium, which is 19 percent of the 1,500-milligram daily limit recommended by the AHA. A 3-ounce portion of rotisserie thigh meat contains 318 milligrams of sodium. Because of this high sodium content, limit how much rotisserie chicken you consume. Fresh chicken that you roast or grill at home delivers the same nutrients as rotisserie chicken, but it's much lower in sodium. Eating a diet low in sodium reduces your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Chicken, Broiler, Rotisserie, BBQ, Breast Meat Only
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Chicken, Broiler, Rotisserie, BBQ, Thigh, Meat Only
- Harvard School of Public Health: Fats and Cholesterol: Out With the Bad, In With the Good
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Protein
- American Heart Association: Sodium (Salt or Sodium Chloride)
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Niacin
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Phosphorus
- American Heart Association: Know Your Fats