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Good Fried Chicken - Albertson's

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A co-worker brought Albertson's fried chicken to work potluck. It was delicious, I thought she made it. Was surprised at the end of the day when she said it was Albertson's. She said it's $5.99 for eight pieces and the key is calling to find out how often they fry it and getting it fresh. I called the one in my area (labrea and rodeo) and they said they fry it every 20mins. Another co-worker said to try Ralphs or Whole Paycheck, uh, I mean Whole Foods cuz theirs are better. True?

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  1. I dont know but it would be hard to beat Costco's or Sam's whole barbecued chicken for $4.99, large,meaty,and very tasty.

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    1. re: malibumike

      I think the OP was talking about fried chicken and not the (spit) roasted type.

    2. if you like that - try stater brothers fried chicken. btw - both charge $4.99 in my area. i also agree that costco's chicken - - i've had the rotissere - tasts great and a great price

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      1. re: kj

        I agree on both counts. SB has that great meal deal, too (that is if there is one near you!).

      2. I've never seen _fried_ chicken at Whole Foods--but then I didn't know till I read this board they made great hamburgers, either. However I will say WF's _roasted_ chickens are pitiful--skinniest chickens ever seen, no flavor, and will barely feed 2 people. So it will take some convincing that they do great fried chicken. (BTW, I'm still wiping down my screen from "whole paycheck"). I hate the drive to Costco but have to admit they own me for roast chicken.

        Fried chicken is something I'd much rather buy than do at home anyway so I will check out Albertson's.

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        1. re: tarabell

          I agree w/ you about WF's roast chickens - extremely tasteless and not worth the healthy no-salt factor when you're paying up the wha-zoo.

          I have had their fried chicken, though - and must tastier, actually pretty decent tasting. I make myself feel a little better about eating this though by adding some steamed veggies that are usually right next to the fried chicken.

          1. re: tarabell

            Some friends and I have been calling it Whole paycheck for about a year now. LOL. Thank God for Trader Joe's.

            Anyway, I am at costco often, will try the roast chicken and report back.

            Just make sure to call your albertson's and ask the service deli how often they make it or when a fresh batch will be coming out.

            They said the fried chicken at whole paycheck is usually over by the salad bar/taco bar. enjoy!

            1. re: Renee

              Great, love to hear your report. And I recommend Costco's babyback ribs too (should be right next to the chickens but not always out at the same time). We never leave without one or the other, and most times, both.

              Now that you mention the salad bar at WF, I think I do remember seeing fried chicken there--in the hot entree section.

          2. Of course it is good, see the linked posting...

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            1. re: Chino Wayne

              That was hilarious! I might give your strategy a try if I can round up enough people to help me eat the 24 pieces of chicken. What a well thought out plan! Thanks for the write-up.

              1. re: Chino Wayne
                Chris in Conejo

                Excellent tactical moves which I will integrate into my own shopping trips!

              2. Avoid Ralphs! The chicken is extremely salty.

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                1. re: Fat Fudge

                  I tried Ralphs tonight, wing and leg. It is saltier than albertsons.

                  Albertsons was much better to me. Ralphs' fried chicken kinda reminds me of Golden Bird, but with less batter, and albertson's reminds me more of homemade.

                2. Whaaaa??? The infamous delicious fried chicken from a supermarket? I thought it wasn't possible. I must have had a lot of bad luck with getting heat lamp dried chicken because it hasn't been very good in the past. I must try this soon. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

                  1. I have often heard that supermarket chicken, ribs, etc. that are cooked and ready to eat was the product that was on the shelves and just about ready to expire, dont know if this is true or not but I wouldn't doubt it in some more infrequently visited markets.

                    1. I live not far from Dinah's and was assigned to order a ton of chicken for a party function. Money was a big object because it was a going to be a "filler" for a lot of other items on the menu. I compared prices among several places and Albertson's won out over Dinah's. But being a chowhound...quality was really important to ME.
                      I called Albertson's deli manager and discussed the deal and the time of day it was going to be prepared. She did it up fresh and I picked it up steaming hot. Transported it 35 miles to the event and there were NO leftovers. It disappeared. Big hit. I can recommend it to anyone with the caveat that they do some advance-work and let Albertson's know what your needs are.

                      1. I have seen Albertson's 8-piece Fried Chicken (2 wings, 2 brumsticks, 2 thighs and 2 breasts) on sale for as little as $2.99.

                        Good fried chicken but when I buy it, I wait until they bring out a new batch of freshly fried chicken. None of that heat lamp chicken for me. And I usually eat all 8 pieces myself in one sitting!

                        1. I've sworn off KFC after seeing the prices at the local supermarket deli's! I like the fried chicken at Stater Bros even better than Albertson, Vons, or Ralphs. However, all can be pretty mediocre if left under those heat-lamps too long. Getting it fresh out of the fryer is the key...

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                          1. re: Rich

                            I swore off KFC a couple years ago when a bunch of us got sick off it.

                            Is there a Stater Bros. In los angeles?

                            1. re: Renee

                              I live in Huntington Beach...but look Stater Bros up in the directory because its a fine store with a good deli and low prices.

                          2. Best supermarket fried chicken can be found at a place in Ojai, name unknown, which some chowhounder lost to history once reccd. Flavorful and moist and too damn far, unfortunately.

                            All the local offerings, from Albertsons on down the alphabet, leave me very uninspired. Maybe it's the heat lamp thing...

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                                1. re: Like-GoEat?

                                  Link from Oct. 15, 2005 doesn't work, what's going on? LOL

                                  Where is the Ojai fried chicken place?

                                  1. re: Scotty

                                    this 2003 thread says Starr Market


                                    long time ago, though! would love to hear if it's still great.

                              1. Albertson's fried chicken is *darn* good, but I tell you, Vons/Safeway has greatly improved theirs, which used to taste like freezer-burned Banquet fried chicken.

                                1. Whole Foods fried chicken is horrible. Ralph's is pretty good.

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                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                      Do not know. Whole Foods is surprisingly bad. Small, dried out and flavorless. Other than that its ok.

                                      1. re: Thor123

                                        Lately, many of the prepared items from WF (3rd & Fairfax) have been totally dried out and flavorless: roasted turkey, roast chickens, chicken strips, pork roast and if you can believe it the wine country chicken salad (it appeared that they took some of the left over dried out roast chickens from the previous day, pulled them apart and made the chicken salad from that). UUGGGH. We're thinking of boycotting their prepared items in the future.

                                        1. re: LAgirl2

                                          That's the one I shop at regularly too, and agree 100% that their prepared meats are both dried out and completely tasteless. I love their salads and soups and many other prepared items, but the meats are awful.

                                          1. re: EarlyBird

                                            We've gotten other items from the prepared case lately that weren't good as well: a chicken pot pie without chicken (only what seemed like canned veggies & gravy), the teriyaki rice bowl had died out chicken too, the shrimp spring roll wrappers were rubberized and too tough to bite into.

                                            1. re: LAgirl2

                                              If fried chicken is what you're after take some comfort in the colonel a few blocks west on third.

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                usually I end up taking comfort in Kyochon (since I live in ktown), but there is that 1980's architectural KFC by me on Western/Beverly-ish (that I've never been to) if I ever feel the need to go that route. When I lived by an Albertson's, that was my go to grocery fried chicken.

                                                  1. re: Thor123

                                                    KFC extra crispy works for me.

                                                    To be the king, you gotta beat the king. For many, the Colonel is the king.

                                                    1. re: jessejames

                                                      JJ, I may have to revoke your hiundly street cred. :)

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Never got over the KFC rumor of my youth. Would never eat there. Now Pioneer or Popeyes would be a different thing although for now, I get my fried chicken fix at The Brentwood or Ivy cuz why pay a few bucks at Ralphs when you can finance a meal there.

                                                        1. re: Thor123

                                                          Yes. A second mortgage or HELOC is definitely in order to finance a meal at those joints.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            But I am a fan of each. Not so with Buochon Ad Hoc Fried Chicken. At about $40 they would not even let me substitute a vegetable or fries for the Mac and Cheese that comes with the Chicken. Ridiculous.

                                                          2. re: Thor123

                                                            I have a fantasy where I go to the Colonel and get the 10 piece or whatever original, eat the skin and crust, and chuck everything else. Is the outer part of the fowl still good enough to fulfill my fantasy?

                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                you guys are crazy! but the extra crispy is the way to go.

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  Another dream of mine crushed. Kevin, you owe me one for setting up the fowl/foul joke. Maybe I can be your straight man on the next Tonight Show.

                                                                2. re: James Cristinian

                                                                  Joey on "Friends" once had a bucket of chicken and offered the meat, saying he was going to eat just the skin and crusts.

                                                      2. re: jessejames

                                                        Or maybe hit up the possibility of the best of both worlds at My Two Cents with its eponymous BBQ fried chicken.

                                                1. re: Thor123

                                                  I used to like Ralphs fried chicken a lot too.

                                                  Great stuff.

                                                  But currently I'm on sabbatical from fried chicken.

                                            2. gelsons. also worth getting when it's just out of the fryer.

                                              1. Ralph's makes great fried chicken. Whole Foods makes dreadful fried chicken. Totally tasteless and dry.

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                                                1. re: EarlyBird

                                                  Ralph's is very good (dont know about great). Dreadful is kind for WF fried chicken and I like many of the cooked items at WF, probably there 3 times a week; but not for fried chicken.

                                                  1. re: Thor123

                                                    That's fair. I'll say Ralphs' fried chicken is great for supermarket chicken. Very good.

                                                    I agree with you also on other Whole Foods prepared foods. I generally like most of them, some I love, but that fried chicken is just awful.