Grocery Store Rotisserie Chicken
Revisiting this thread from last year.
Noticed Safeway has them now for $5. That's cheep! (sorry but couldn't resist)
Anyone tried them yet?
Interesting that Metropolitan Market chickens just don't appeal to us, maybe I'm trained for a more "common" chicken. They are pricey too.
QFC is tasty if a little on the salty side.
Costco has a big flavorful chicken for $5 as I remember. It is our winner so far. Both in taste and value.
From my research last year, Whole Foods chicken isn't that much different a chicken from the rest but a lot more expensive.
What chickens are you eating and which ones do you like?
We still go back to the Costco chicken as the best. We have tried the Safeway, Fred Meyer and Albertson's chickens, and find Costco to be superior. However, in terms of the hot or cold fried chicken, Albertson's is head and shoulders above the other grocery store chains.
Since QFC was swallowed by Kroger, the QFC and Fred Meyer chicken seems like it has an identical prep to me, and I think theirs are not as good as Safeway. I like the fact that Safeway has multiple seasoning choices.
I am not a Costco member and don't have an Albertson's nearby, so I don't have a basis for comparison.
At my house, we tend to prefer smaller chickens, at around 3 lbs. The larger birds seem genetically mainipulated and un-natural, and I tend to think the smaller ones cook more evenly.
I think they're all OK as far as convenience food goes. The problem is the plastic clamshells they put them in... Within a very short period of time, they become *steamed* roast chickens.
Considering how cheap and easy it is to roast your own, for me it's an easy choice to cook at home. And if you're willing to take just a little bit of trouble to prep ahead of time (brining, herbs under the skin, etc.), you get SUCH a better result, even without the roti.
E, Mr. Nelso:
Exactly. Unless we are so starved for time as to forego a cocktail or pupu, there is ample of it to pimp the humble chicken. What have we become, wageslave barbarians?
Will try the tapenade. You tried fresh bay laurel leaves under the skin?
Here's another tragedy... One Ulysses Grant will land you a vintage Sunbeam roti, the results from which will drop your jaw...
Costco is my favorite as well. I will go with Fred Meyer if I can't get to Costco at the appropriate time.
Reportedly Costco will sell you the de-breasted chickens 5/$5 (or so). They remove the breasts for their prepared foods and that leaves the dark meat/carcass. It sounds like a good deal if you want to make stock.