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Nov 27, 2011 04:15 PM

Costco rotisserie chicken...why is it so good?

One of the only reason i shop at costco is because of the rotisserie chicken, not because its cheap, not because its convenient, simply because its the best spit roasted chicken.
Just wondering if anyone has any idea why the costco chicken is that much better? is it the chicken, the the special seasoning, the special plastic container it comes in? any input or thoughts would be appreciated, and if you know if another place to get great tasting rotisserie chicken or meats- please share on this thread...thank you and to great eating.

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  1. I'm not a huge fan, but will pick them up from time to time because they are plump, cheap and convenient for making potpies or enchiladas or the like. They are definitely injecting them in some kind of solution that I would probably prefer not know about.

    As for my fave, it can be found at Inka's.

    Inkas Restaurant
    3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. Which other rotisserie chickens are you comparing them to?

      Costco's are probably better than most supermarket chickens because the turn over is quicker and you are not getting a bird that has been sitting around for hours. I think they also use somewhat larger birds. It has been a while since I have had one. They definitely inject them with some kind of seasoning. I personally find them overly seasoned and salty.

      For a delicious roast chicken try the Roli Roti trucks, which are at various farmers' markets around the Bay Area. Very good quality chickens, simply seasoned and cooked perfectly.

      Roli Roti
      , Hayward, CA

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      1. re: pamf

        Agree with pamf, roli roti uses quality fulton ranch chickens and does not oversalt their brine the way costco does. I just got tired of how salty the costo chickens are, though i still buy them from time to time. Roli roti also has fingerling roasted potatoes.

        1. re: chuckl

          I agree on both points. Costco's chickens are so salty as to be inedible to me.

          1. re: artemis

            Head-to-head, I don't think there's a comparison - Roli Roti's chickens are definitely superior tastewise. But you can't really beat the convenience of the Costco chickens when you're already there loading up on Charmin and gigantic blocks of Cheddar - plus, they cost, what? Half of what the Roli Roti birds do? Economical as hell, which is no small consideration in this day and age.

      2. Civil Bear is close to the right answer. They come in brine from the source and I do not think you do not want to know what is in the brine.

        I was did see the ingredient list and it has a lot on it, but if you are interested in seeing the list just ask.

        But I love the chicken for making Chinese Chicken Salad.

        1. Definitely brined. I find it a bit salty, but not too much.

          Ingredients: whole chicken,water,salt,sodium phosphate, modified food starch, sugar,carrageenan,soy lecithin,flavorings and xanthan gum.

          "No Preservatives,MSG, Gluten, Artificial Flavors or colors."

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          1. re: Joel

            is this the ingredient list straight from the package?

            1. re: riceisnice2011

              When I asked the cook at Costco he went inside and pulled off the tub the chickens came in. Not sure if it on the package the chicken comes in.

              But if you ask he will show you.

            2. re: Joel

              Ingredients list is a bit different in Canada

              Chicken, Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Modified Tapioca Starch, Modified Potato Starch (Potato Dextrin), Sugar, Dextrose, Spices, Flavour

            3. Brined and a bit too salty if you ask me. I don't particularly care for them but that's just preference. Good for second meal uses, as mentioned.