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We've been buying Costco roast chicken as a convenience. It's saltier and fattier than I would like, but it's easy and fast after work. It's way too much for the two of us, so we use the leftovers for chili, curry and sandwiches. They must sell a lot of them, so I'm wondering if other chowhounds eat them, or if there's anything about them that I don't know that might make me think they're not a good idea?

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  1. IIRC, the West Coast versions are seasoned differently than the East Coast versions.

    Anyway, I love them - if I have a choice between a dry, bland chicken (which is what most reasonably-priced rotisserie chicken is these days, and I would expect no more anyway) and a fatty, salty chicken, I take that latter hands down. I usually debone them (save the bones for broth making, of course) and chill them before using.

    1. I do a Costco run about every 5-6 weeks and inevitably end up with a chicken. IMO they have the best rotisserie chicken in the area. Sadly they aren't the bargain they were 6 months ago--they were $4.99 and I think they are $6.49 now--but what is?

      After chicken dinner, and maybe lunch from the leftover meat the next day, the carcass goes into the stockpot and I make soup or chicken pot pie (frozen puff pastry from TJ's as a top crust.)

      My understanding is that Costco keeps a close eye on their suppliers, so I don't think the meat they sell is from sick cows or inhumanely treated animals.Those chickens look too good to be Tyson/Perdues, so I'm fine with them.

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      1. re: coney with everything

        It's 5.49 in the Boston area, a 10% increase. Still a deal, especially since their birds are often at least a pound bigger than anyone else's.

        1. re: Karl S

          In the Toronto area they are 8.99 or 9.99. I forget which.

      2. We just got a Costco in Tallahassee a couple of months ago and are still learning shopping tactics there....but several things are essential each time we go: one of the roast chickens, the hummus, some of the great cheeses, and wine....oh and the flats of strawberries and bunches of asparagus and a tankful of gas.

        1. I don't buy them often, but they are a wonderful tasty convenience on occasion. We have 3 adults in our home now and it makes a nice dinner plus leftovers.

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          1. re: anni

            We buy them often. It's a nice first meal with rice and a side of broccoli or a side salad. Then we use the leftover meat for enchiladas, chicken salad, and then we still have some leftovers. Great price for such a tasty bird.

          2. They are a great value, as they are much larger than regular mega-mart varieties, I prefer to take the skin off, the meat is always moist and juicy and plenty leftover for sannies!

            1. Here in Sacramento, they use Foster Farms chickens (with injected salt water) which are mighty tasty and juicy. The skin is nearly perfect, flavorful and crisp, with just enough fat for flavor. Nearly every piece of meat is cut, picked, or gnawed off the bone after the meal, with the bones boiled to make a good broth. They usually hold their heat on the way home after shopping with most of the excess juice dripping off. It is one of the best values at Costco.

              1. I was in Costco today and was tempted to get a chicken, but I really overdid it a few months back and have not been able to convince myself to get one since....

                1. nope, I dont eat prepared foods from Costco or any grocery store. Especially roasted chicken, it is so easy, and cheap to just throw one in the oven at home, and do it yourself.

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                  1. re: swsidejim

                    Well, on hot days with no AC in the kitchen, Costco birds more than pay for themselves by comparison, particularly because they are roasters rather than fryers.

                    1. re: Karl S

                      I wouldnt live somewhere without a/c.

                      I only by roasting chickens, and they are usually around $1.00 per lb @ my local butcher.

                      I guess its a matter of choice, I choose to not eat prepared foods.

                      1. re: swsidejim

                        Well, this is just like rotisserie take-out at the butcher's, so if you don't do take out, I understand.

                        We may all have to get used to living without AC in the future.

                      2. re: Karl S

                        They do, let's do the math, buying a quality 3lb roaster at say $1. pp, preping it, seasonings, energy used to cook it and clean up the roasting pan. I'd say, if you like preped foods, Costco is probably a wash on the cost part with no mess to clean up.