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Jan 5, 2009 08:27 AM

Murrays chicken vs kirkland/CostCo

We've been very happy with the flavor and quality of Murrays.
I've always been a little shy of fresh meats at CostCo. Anyone have any experience with their whole chickens?

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  1. No experience with fresh, but I can tell you that their rotisserie chicken is HORRIBLE. It is loaded with brined ingredients and gave me an aversion to any chicken for months. Do not ever buy their cooked whole chickens. Murray's is the best chicken I've ever tasted. I won't buy anything else.

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    1. re: Kodozzz

      Kodozzz, i'm SO glad you said that about the Costco rotisserie chicken. i know a lot of people like it, and i just don't understand how. my father picks it up for mom, and the couple of times i was at their house when he had just brought it in, i couldn't get past the stench. it smelled like putrid, sweaty gym socks. ugh, even the thought of it now turns my stomach.

      Fritz, i don't kow the details of the Kirkland chickens, but my guess is that they're not going to be of the same quality as Murray's, which i agree are great. i know Costco does offer organic, kosher chickens on their website (they're shipped frozen), but i have no idea if you can get them in the stores.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I could not disagree more - I first tried the Costco rotisserie birds last year because so many posts on the Chains board raved over it. It was very convenient during the summer months when I couldn't bear the thought of turning on the oven. Though I don't find that it tastes overly salty, I know that it does contain considerably more sodium than I'm accustomed to, so I keep that in mind when portioning. The same goes for poultry that I have home-brined. I have not bought their raw chickens - I get mine at a local poultry farm if I'm cooking chicken from scratch.