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Rotisserie Chicken Central NJ

Looking for Rotisserie Chicken/Roasted Chicken in Central NJ.
Would have to be takeout since we eat this almost every night with a homemade salad.

Are there any other places in NJ that we should try.

Comments or suggestions welcome.

Realize some are organic and some are not. (and yes I do know how to roast a chicken at home don't always have time)

Stop and Shop – Amazing Rotisserie Chicken and Chicken Breast Only – Cooked well but not dry, nicely seasoned, not greasy.

Shop Rite – Very Good Rotisserie Chicken cooked well, good seasoning

Sage Rotisserie and Grill Freehold NJ – Very Good Flavor but super small chicken

Joe Leone’s – Very Good roasted chicken but expensive

Delicious Orchards – Bell and Evans Rotisserie Chicken Good

Boston Market – Good but very very greasy

Stickles Market – Less then OK, spoke with them a few months back, they tasted and agreed, changed supplier but have not been back to taste the new chicken they selected.

Whole Foods – Less than OK gamey

Lox Stock Deli – Less than OK kosher chicken

Dolce and Clemente’s – Less than OK

Places have not yet tried:
KickN ChickN Jackson NJ
Long Branch Rotisserie Chicken Branchport Ave Long Branch NJ
El Oaxaqueno Restaurant #3, 9 Memorial Parkway.Mexican Rotisserie Chicken Long Branch NJ
La Rosa Chicken and Grill Marlboro Manalapan or Freehold NJ

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  1. Years ago there used to be a place in Yardville called Nick's that did rotisserie. I remember that everyone in my family used to love it (I can't recall if I did or not - I was just a kid). But what I heard had happened was that after Nick's went out of business, Marazzo's Thriftway bought the recipe. it might be worth investigating if no one else on the board knows the answer to that.

    Has anyone tried Wegman's rotisserie chicken?

    1. Have you tried Costco's? Can't beat it for $5.99!

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      1. re: tonirog

        I second the Costco Recommendation. They are amazing and always fresh.

        1. re: MegDangelo

          Third vote for the Costco chicken. It's really delicious. However, if you have an Amish market near you, try their rotisserie chicken. It's a smaller and more tender bird, and usually very, very good. I know there is an Amish Market on Route 27 in Kingston. Check it out sometime if you're near there. There is also another one in Medford. BTW: they also sell ribs which are also very good and tender
          http://www.padutchfarmersmarket.com/c...
          There is a Costco in Brick on 70.

      2. I'm happy with the ShopRite chicken. It comes in several flavors (I like toasted garlic) and they often have sales - $4.99 for a whole, albeit small, chicken. I love their leg quarters - from Perdue roasters, so quite large; those are often on sale for $2.99 for 2 leg quarters.

        1. have to say that Long Branch Rotisserie Chicken is excellent ... worth a visit to be sure

          and I have to add my 2 cents in on Costco-- not free range, nothing fancy, but a good deal at $6 and better than many others in the area ( i just don't WANT to like it, but I do)

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          1. re: aklein

            Brought this home for dinner last night!
            What a great place! Nice people! Very good chicken!
            They have been in business since 1939 - pretty cool!
            Thanks.

          2. Shabby...
            Surprised that Costco is not on your list. Guess I am the 5th one to say 'try it - you'll like it'. It maybe a little out of the way, but your postings seem to have you all over NJ. Costco's chickens are well prepared and much larger (think they are 3 lbs.) than the others. Plus you'll get a fresh one that hasn't been sitting for a long time and getting stale.
            La Rosa use to be good, haven't tried it in a few years due to Costco's.

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            1. re: eatinman

              Do not have a membership to Costco (Or Sam's club)
              It is just the two of us, never had a need to buy anything in bulk.

              That being said sure I could tag along with a neighbor to get a costco chicken.
              Chowhounds know good food.
              Thank you.

              1. re: shabbystorm

                ain'toshabby...
                you can use my Costco card..

                1. re: eatinman

                  A Random act of kindness.
                  Thank you!

                  1. re: shabbystorm

                    How about BJ's rotisserie chicken? You can rec' a one day free pass at BJ's to buy & check out the store as a guest.

            2. Holy Cow Grill in East Windsor has my favorite rotisserie chicken around here - only they're usually sold out of it by dinner time.

              It's best with the Yuca Frita.

              http://www.holycowgrill.com/

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                1. re: gbean

                  Oh... shoot. Look's like you're right.... Bummer.

                  1. re: Paul N

                    Yah, I never got a chance to try it but it sounded great.

              1. I'm generally with the Costco crowd, but, on the edge of the concept of rotisserie chicken - if you don't mind it butterflied, cut in pieces, and served with rice or salad - is the rotating Portuguese BBQ Chicken at 28 Barbeque in Bound Brook.

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                28 Barbeque & Restaurant
                303 W Union Ave, Bound Brook, NJ 08805

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                1. re: fpatrick

                  This place is a Churrasqueria. This chicken was very good!
                  They have Pork and Beef Ribs as well.
                  They did sell an whole BBQ chicken, wonderful seasoning!
                  Keeping with the parameters of the original post, the relative price point was a little high for a whole chicken 13.00. Nice people too!

                2. I personally like to go to oahaqueno for my rotisserie chicken. I used to love Costco rotisserie but I'm thoroughly tired of it now.

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                  1. re: joonjoon

                    Agreed. To not have hit the Long Branch mexican joints for rotisserie chicken is simply missing out. Have some of their tacos as well.

                  2. Just want to add to the many Costco replies that while they are not "organic" they are antibiotic and hormone free. Another reason in my book to pick one up.

                      1. re: Welcoboy

                        I can't help but envision the Costco Rotisserie 8 Pack - featuring 7 to 9 pound chickens that could easily be mistaken for turkeys!

                        Coming soon - the 1,000 piece fried chicken bucket! When you're done with it, the "bucket" can be used as an oversized garbage can.

                        1. re: angelo04

                          Wegman's Manalapan NJ make me crazy, Why do they have all the produce right there in the front of the store, can't they see people are walking! Mayhem!

                          In any case, went for a chicken last night.
                          We tried the BBQ Rotisserie (4.99) and it was AMAZING!

                          This just went to the top of the chicken list. Thanks!

                          1. re: angelo04

                            Count me in as a Wegman's fan - I think their rotisserie birds are terrific. They're a great deal and don't have any of the funny aftertaste I've experienced from Shop-Rite birds.

                          2. Thanks much!
                            Don't have security clearance for Costco but sure I could find someone at the door who would grab a chicken for me. (just joking)
                            Looking forward to the Portuguese BBQ Chicken place in Bound Brook and the stops in Long Branch.

                            1. Sam's. Cheap juicey and perfectly cooked....unfortunately there are no nearby Costcos for me.

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                              1. re: gbean

                                Roasted King Rotisserie Chicken
                                189 Rt 70
                                Toms River, NJ
                                732-901-7130

                                http://www.coffeenewsfoodfinder.com/r...

                              2. Not sure if ever Pathmark carry the honey roasted chicken, I got it once in Toms River and it was really tasty. Tried to look for it again but was unable to find it!

                                1. Brought home an Amazing BBQ Rotisserie Chicken from the PA Amish Dutch Market in Kingston NJ today! Cost 5.39

                                  I had forgotten all about this place!

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                                  1. re: shabbystorm

                                    The Amish Market is only open on Th-Sat, so it's easy to forget. I think their chickens are the best; so tender. But I still really like the Costco chicken, which is much larger and you couldn't even buy the chicken raw for the price they sell it for roasted.

                                    1. re: shabbystorm

                                      Shabbystorm, there is also an Amish Farmers' Market in Flemington. It's just off Route 31, behind the ShopRite (south of the Flemington Circle)

                                    2. For dinner tonight, take home from La Rosa Rotisserie Chicken Manalapan NJ
                                      It was less than OK, tasted like chicken roll memories of my childhood not real chicken?!

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                                      1. re: shabbystorm

                                        Shabby,

                                        I love that we have a resident Rotisserie expert here. :) So is Wegmans your official favorite?

                                        Give Oaxaqueno a try and let me know! I don't know if it's cheating but rotisserie chicken is so much better with salsa!

                                        1. re: joonjoon

                                          LOL - Still eating - a few more to try and I will let you know.
                                          Wegman's - Stop and Shop - on top.

                                          1. re: shabbystorm

                                            The best for me was at a little Peruvian chicken joint called Super Pollo II in Brick. Here is a post about my visit. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5839...
                                            I hope they are still around.

                                            1. re: bgut1

                                              Funny you mention Super Pollo II, I was just about to bring it up as a great option!

                                              I went there a little over a month ago, and they have some of the most delicious rotisserie chicken I've ever had. I don't know what kind of peruvian spices they put on the 'bird, but it sure makes it taste great. I usually get mine with their onion salad, since it compliments the chicken incredibly well. I hope they're still open too, since you got me in the mood for more of it. =)

                                              1. re: zerohour3k

                                                Zero - I'm happy that I'm not the only one. The spices they use are spectacular. It's suprising that there are few posts about this place. I intend to drive by and try it again soon.

                                                1. re: bgut1

                                                  Went there last night, since I had a craving for the stuff. Yep, they're still open, and busier than I remember them being. Ordered a whole chicken ($9.00) with some rice and beans and their delicious "Salsa Criolla".

                                                  I really need to go back there more often. I had forgotten how great their chicken was!

                                              2. re: bgut1

                                                This place is great!
                                                Rotisserie Chicken - AMAZING chicken AMAZING flavor!
                                                Feel like this post is like a horse race, a underdog, take the lead into first place!
                                                WOW~muchas gracias

                                                  1. re: shabbystorm

                                                    Shabbystorm, have you tried the chicken at Planet Chicken in Dunellen? This place, which has been described as either Spanish or Peruvian, gets high marks from a lot of people. I'd be interested in knowing how the chicken compares to that at Super Pollo II.

                                                    Here's a review from 2005:

                                                    http://www.nj.com/dining/reviews_ledg...

                                                    and here's the menu:

                                                    http://www.boorah.com/restaurants/mpM...

                                                    1. re: ambrose

                                                      I stopped by there 2 weeks ago. They were closed for renovations at the time. You might want to call first.

                                                  2. re: bgut1

                                                    Speaking of Peruvian-Style Rotisserie Chicken, don't forget La Fogata on George's Road in New Brunswick.

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                                                    La Fogata
                                                    23 Georges Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

                                            2. Sickles Market has switched to a Murray's chicken for their in house Rotisserie.
                                              This was very good!
                                              Kudos to management for listening to a customer complaint, taking it seriously, actually tasting the food in question, and deciding to make a change.

                                              1. Took home a Rotisserie chicken from Mccaffrey's Princeton NJ

                                                They have selected a Bell and Evans Chicken - It was Very good!
                                                Of Course natural chickens are smaller.

                                                1. question- do you keep the chickens warm when you get home if you're not eating them for a while or do you keep them in the fridge? i usually try to keep them warm, but they tend to dry out. the last one i bought from shop rite was barely edible.

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                                                  1. re: njchowgal

                                                    I am no Martha, but usually keep it warm in original packaging until dinner, cut it up skin on, wrap in foil, bake for 20 minutes, take skin off, and serve. Hope this helps.

                                                  2. Had a Rotisserie Chicken from Top Tomato Freehold NJ for dinner - It was excellent - just moved to the top of the list with Stop & Shop! Bought this late in the day and served warm without reheating - great chicken excellent flavor!

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                                                    1. re: shabbystorm

                                                      I've never had a good Wegman's chicken - i go to the one in Ocean and they've all been terrible. We go to A&P for one thing only - the chicken! We buy 2 at a time, just to have leftovers.

                                                    2. We had a chicken from Anthony's Chicken & Grill
                                                      http://www.anthonyschickenandribs.com/

                                                      The chicken really had potential, good flavor but the chicken had a bit of a 'Griswold Turkey' issue when plating, as suggested on their menu will call ahead and order next time so they can make it fresh rather than just popping in and picking up.

                                                      Luckily had other leftovers to serve for dinner.

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                                                      1. re: shabbystorm

                                                        My Ron Popiel Showtime Rotisserie makes some of the best chicken I have ever had......& its so easy to use.

                                                        http://www.popeilfamilystore.com/roti...

                                                          1. re: shabbystorm

                                                            shabbystorm....your very welcome & btw, I want to thank you for all your
                                                            heads up chowhound info all the time while your out there I really appreciate it.

                                                      2. Our dog is dying from lymphoma..she loves it when I bring home a Rotisserie chicken..for some reason this, and cupcakes, makes her very happy.
                                                        Picked one up from A&P
                                                        The chicken was very small, all natural, extremely moist, chicken fell off the bone, It was good.

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                                                        1. re: shabbystorm

                                                          My condolences, Shabbystorm.

                                                          I did the same for my dog when he was sick - rotisserie chicken.

                                                            1. re: shabbystorm

                                                              Just got some Lemon Pepper chicken from Wegman's. So tasty!

                                                              1. re: joonjoon

                                                                Oooh, yeah. I got that there a couple months ago - really yummy.

                                                          1. re: shabbystorm

                                                            I'm very sorry to hear about your dog - it's so tough to go through something like that.

                                                            And hey, rotisserie chickens and cupcakes make me happy too.

                                                          2. Thanks flourgirl :) That dog is a trooper!

                                                            Cause there are still more chickens out there.
                                                            Picked up a Rotisserie Chicken from Pathmark, this was the exact same packaging and chicken as A&P, gold brand, it was good. They also sell a Sunday Roaster which was a much larger chicken, different packaging, did not try that one.

                                                            Then the other day when roaming, picked up a chicken from Manny's Rotisserie Freehold NJ. On Main Street just across the train tracks from El Meson. A Pleasant Surprise - Very Good Chicken and seasoning, not mexican seasoning, just very tasty. Kind people. Cost a little expensive whole chicken was 9.00 but will return.

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                                                            1. re: shabbystorm

                                                              Your rot-chicken passion is amazing, shabbys!

                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                Hubby has lost 85 pounds since we started eating chicken and salad for dinner.
                                                                Cycling and walking also a huge factor in his weight loss.
                                                                It is grill season, but the dog has gotten so use to the routine - gotta keep picking them up!

                                                                1. re: shabbystorm

                                                                  Shoprite's Rotisserie's are 3.99 until Saturday 5/6. I got the Italian Style and it was great...can't beat it for 4 bucks!

                                                                  1. re: shabbystorm

                                                                    congrats to your husband for the weight loss- do you put the chicken on the salad or eat it as separate dishes?

                                                                    1. re: njchowgal

                                                                      We change it up, different greens, dressing, side vegetables...
                                                                      My favorite is greens with apples or pears, rotisserie chicken cut up with a homemade dijon mustard salad dressing.

                                                              2. It sounds like you are in Central-Southern Jersey, but my parents SWEAR by rotisserie chicken from Bishops (Market/Grocery Store) in Whitehouse (Hunterdon County). That being said, I am a huge fan of Joe Leone's in Point, but I've never had the chicken.

                                                                1. On the Radar for after grilling season
                                                                  Zamba Chicken - Union County
                                                                  http://www.zambachicken.com/menu_rose...

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                                                                  1. re: shabbystorm

                                                                    Shabby have you tried SUPER POLLO II in Brick town for rotiserie chix...Excellent! I have to go back very soon to sample the rest of the menu also so many good items listed....

                                                                    1. re: Tapas52

                                                                      Oh yes - SUPER POLLO II ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                      1. re: shabbystorm

                                                                        shabbystorm, I've returned to this post just to see where you've gone for rotiss. chicken. The 'where's waldo" of poultry quests!

                                                                  2. I haven't been up there in a while, but didn't a Peruvian chicken place open up on Route 1 in Edison? I remember seeing it a couple years back, but never got the chance to visit. There also used to be a place in Elizabeth called Al Carbon that had excellent roasted chicken.