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Rotisserie Chicken (not from a supermarket)?

I was just looking through recent posts and noticed that someplace in Quincy (Eat Fresh Rotisserie) has recently opened. I was reminded how much I love Rotisserie Chicken. Realistically, I probably won't make it all the way to Quincy for the "convienent" take-out dinner, at least not often.

I have been disappointed with the take out rotisserie from the big grocery stores, dry meat and oily skin. Is there some place in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville doing rotisserie Chicken well that I don't know about?

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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  1. There are a number of Peruvian roast chicken places in the area. El Chalan in East Boston and Chelsea and Pollos en la Brasa Machu Picchu in Somerville offer chickens roasted on a charcoal rotisserie. In East Boston there are a number of other options (Pollos Mr Mario which is columbian, Victor's which is Peruvian).

    There is la Rotisserie on Rt 9 which others have talked about (and they might have another location in town). Plus there are some latino rotisserie places in JP, but not certain which ones. Also places like Blue Ribbon BBQ for smoked whole chicken and a couple of Brazilian bakeries which were doing rotisserie in Somerville and Medford, but I would try the Peruvian ones first.

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      1. re: itaunas

        The best known rotisserie chicken in JP is at Alex's Chimis, on Centre Street in the "Hyde Square" area of JP. I haven't been in lately to check the price.

        1. re: powella

          Second Alex's, and the flavors/spices are unlike the traditional rotisserie you'll get in most other spots. The chicken is always juicy and flavorful there, runs abt $12 for a whole chicken.

      2. Savenors makes a pretty tasty rotisserie chicken with herbs de Provence and paprika ...usually can get them at Kirkland St store after 4pm..

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        1. re: capeanne

          +1 on the savenors rotisserie. You can either call and reserve or get there before 5PM or so - they frequently sell out.

        2. I'm not completely sure it's rotisserie, but Pemberton Farms market in north Cambridge had great roast chickens. Skin is crispy, chicken is stuffed with big garlic cloves, lemon, and thyme or rosemary. The meat is always moist and delicious. Especially great in hot weather when you don't want to cook!

          1. Costco's is famous and deservedly so at 4.99 but you need wheels to get there.

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            1. re: ginnyhw

              5.49 now. The price of corn led to a 10% price increase.

              1. re: Karl S

                A Costco chicken needs to be cooked for an additional 30 minutes at 350. They even recommend that - if you ask. It really helps.

                Their basting glaze is too sweet but is still much better than BJ's.

                1. re: lergnom

                  Costco chickens are also MUCH bigger than any other place

                  1. re: lergnom

                    I've not found that necessary at all. They are fully cooked. I normally don't serve them hot but bone immediately and chill quickly for later use while I simmer the bones for brothe (and then reduce that by 50%) before discarding the bones.

                    1. re: lergnom

                      Whenever I buy my rotissarie chicken at Costco, it's falling off the bone practically. And it's amazingly good.

                      At $5.49 for a 3lb cooked bird, it's like a gift to me ; ) . So, so good.

                      1. re: mcel215

                        Am I the only one that finds Costco's roast chicken to be really dried out and way too salty?


                        1. re: BJK

                          My roast chicken from Costco is never dried out.

                          And I use the breast meat to slice on top of salads for lunch. So, I don't notice it being too salty.

                          1. re: BJK

                            I've never had a dry one. Only very moist.

                            They are salty, but if you remove the skin, much less so. I almost always use mine chilled after I debone them.

                  2. I haven't been yet, but I hear that Citrio's in Newton Highlands has a good smoked chicken.

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                    1. re: pamalamb

                      Bj's chicken is more flavorful and juicier than Costco's chicken. It is also $5.49.

                    2. The rotisserie chicken (large Bell and Evans birds) at Russo's is so good that it's sheer agony having to be in the car with it on the drive home. It's the only rotisserie chicken I'll buy.

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                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                        Stood in front of them yesterday (trying not to drool) while ordering some other stuff. How much for one of these babies?

                        1. re: ginnyhw

                          They're priced by weight and I think they run around $10. Not the cheapest option, but oh so good.

                          1. re: Allstonian

                            Wednesday night we picked up a rotisserie chicken at Russo's and it was so delicious. The meat was juicy and flavorful and the skin nice and crispy. They have a dinner special for $12 for one chicken and 2 sides (the sides are fine but not as good as the chicken). MR and I stuffed ourselves but I think this meal could easily feed 3.

                        2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                          Having just read this thread, found myself near Russo's this afternoon and bought one -- $3.49/pound or about $8.50 for my 2 1/2 pound bird. The wing I snuck on my way home was very tasty indeed!

                          1. La Rotisserie in Chestnut Hill (Rt 9 in the shopping center at Hammond) has been around for many years. I haven't tried their chicken for a while but it was very good and they have other options as well.

                            1. It's not an American style chicken, but the whole soy sauce chicken from the Hong Kong Eatery in Chinatown (they also have a branch in Quincy Center) is incredibly moist and succulent. I believe it's cooked in a rotisserie oven.

                              The Hong Kong Eatery's siu mei is a favorite comfort food of mine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_...

                              1. Try Artu's on Charles St. in Beacon Hill. When I order a whole chicken the go there, the guy usually throws in some fresh bread with it.

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                                1. re: wontonton

                                  It's been a while but I always got the chicken at Artu's and was never disappointed. I use to go to the one in the North End before they opened Charles St.

                                2. It's not a rotisserie bird per se, but Fresh Pond Market in Huron Village/Cambridge uses the pizza ovens across the street at Village Kitchen to turn out some very good chickens daily. If you're lucky, around 4 pm you get to see an "olde worlde" moment of a Fresh Pond Butcher carrying a huge baking sheet of steaming birds across the street.

                                  1. In the Belmont area, Chicken Express at Cushing Square is excellent and nicely seasoned. A whole chicken + 3 sides is around $20.