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May 18, 2013 09:55 PM

Looking for a great rotisserie chicken to go ...

Someone said Rimel"s. Not. Any better ideas? Maybe home roasted organic bird is the only answer?

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    1. re: SaltyRaisins

      By the way, has anyone tried the rotisserie chicken from Sprouts?

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I've tried it. Its not bad. . .a little juicier than Saffron, but nothing that will blow you away. Then again, at $7/bird, its a pretty good value.

        1. re: jmtreg


          Dunno why I replied below SaltyRaisins' post on Saffron Thai ... brain lock.

      1. re: cstr

        Dog approved and you can't beat the price!

        1. re: cstr

          Lord knows what's pumped into it, but it is good and usually moist.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Salt. And lots of it. And there's nothing wrong with that.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I think there are also other flavorings that are pumped into the bird as well, "natural" or not.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Not much "natural" stuff left - sodium phosphate is normally used as a binder when a chicken is injected with so much saline (up 20% of its weight) that there a problems to retain all fluids and give the meat some structure. In addition they have to add spices to it to give it at least some flavor as there is not much left. This is some of the worst chicken you can buy.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Framed and sitting on your nightstand!

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Dontcha just love it...

                      The lable says no hormones and no steroids, but the label shows modified food starch (why? in a chicken), potato dextrin, sugar and spice extracts among other things.

                      I don't know what is worse, chicken on steroids (hello 18 oz single lobe breast) or one pumped full of "stuff" it doesn't need to be.

                      I've long had a love/hate relationship with those Costco chickens. I know they're pumped full of things that probably aren't very good for me and do nothing but add weight and artificial flavors. On the other hand, when it's 6 pm, I've worked all day (I don't *do* Costco on the weekend) and I'm tired, they're a quick and easy meal that I don't have to make, plus I get leftovers for at least lunch and another meal.

                      1. re: DiningDiva

                        18 oz single lobe breast?? What cup size it that? Your're correct those suckers taste great and it's an easy buy.

                        1. re: cstr

                          Your guess is as good as mind...double D?

                          Foster Farms at Keil's

                        2. re: DiningDiva

                          I know they're pumped full of things that probably aren't very good for me and do nothing but add weight and artificial flavors.

                          How do you know they're not good for you?

                          And what does it matter if they aren't?

                          I eat a piece of bacon, and I'm pretty sure the saturated fat and nitrates in it are not good for me. But, so what?

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            The difference is that fat and nitrates are known and "normal" ingredients of bacon everybody is aware of (without those you can't produce bacon). On the other side "ingredients" like sodium phosphate are not naturally part of any chicken but just added to increase the profits. In addition sodium phosphate is known to cause renal diseases and there are correlations between increased phosphate intake as food additives and higher mortalities


                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Bacon isn't perceived to be "healthy", chicken is.

                              So what? My health is my concern and I'm responsible for it. And given some of my family history, it is important that I DO make reasonable choices the majority of the time.

                              If I were a diabetic (and for the record, I am not) I think I'd want to know that Costco chicken has added sugar. It might not prevent me from buying and eating the chicken, but it might affect what else I eat along with it.

                              If were a celiac patient - or feeding a celiac patient - I might want to know that there is modified food starch (frequently from wheat) in the chicken.

                              I am not gluten or wheat intolerant, but like a good portion of the population I do have a sensitivity to wheat since it's been so overused in the processed food industry. What the hell is wheat in the form of modified food starch doing in my chicken?!?!?? Chickens have done just fine for several thousand years without it. My grandparents raised chickens in Lemon Grove for 25 years and never added wheat to either the feed or their butchered chicken. And I truly resent having to pay $25 or more to acquire a chicken that hasn't been shot up with antibiotics, hormones, steroids, sugar, wheat and "natural" flavorings in the form of spice extracts.

                              I recently had some DNA testing done on 72 genes related to metabolism and exercise. I now know where I have gene mutations or gene variants (yes, I have an extreme snacking gene variant), if my body metabolizes certain things quickly, slowly or normally. So, what goes in my mouth may not matter to you, but it does matter to me because, well frankly, it's my body, not yours, and I now have a pretty good idea what my body is, or isn't going to do with it.

                              Your choice is yours and mine is mine. I happen to love bacon and I also eat Costco chickens from time to time. I eat both in moderation and don't really worry about either one all that much.

                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                With all the diet concerns de jour, we will probably be reduced to eating twigs and insects.

                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                  Lots of people do consider bacon to be healthy. Just ask those Atkins-ites.

                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                  I've been told their chic's are brined, a good thing. Also, I believe the food starch maybe a drying agent which will produce crispy skin, and it does! 'Sides the food starch is low on the ingredient list, very minor.

                        3. re: DiningDiva

                          Health concerns aside, I've rarely gotten a rotisserie chicken at Costco that I really liked. Quite often, I've found them to be a bit overcooked, but I guess that is likely to happen when you have the sheer volume that they do.

                          Oddly enough, and it may be just me, I've been pretty happy with the chickens my local Von's churns out.

                          1. re: RB Hound

                            The well done yields a crisp skin. Who gives a care about health when it comes to a rotisserie chic anyhow.

                            1. re: cstr

                              "Who gives a care about health when it comes to a rotisserie chic anyhow."

                              Not really me (unless I was eating it a few times a week), which is why I said "health concerns aside". But you had to bring it back up - thanks for ruining my diversion. :)

                              But seriously, you don't need to cook the bejesus out of a chicken to get a crisp skin. For all the talk about brining, I've gotten an awful lot of drier rotisserie chickens from Costco. This seems to be in disagreement with a lot of people here, which is why I bring it up.

                              In addition to Von's, I've gotten some very tasty and moist chickens from Sprouts/Henry's. I wonder if a lot of it is timing.

                              1. re: RB Hound

                                I've had good luck with the rotisserie chickens at Sprouts in La Mesa.

                                If you are in Costco in the late afternoon and early evening (especially Mission Valley), there are people waiting for the chickens to come off the rotisserie, and Costco is cranking them out big time. When you can get them right off the spit and not sitting in the warmer for any length of time, they are generally pretty juicy. Just be forewarned, you need to be aggressive to get the fresh ones, people will run over the top of you to get the ones that are just being put out.

                              2. re: cstr

                                I'll opt for less fillers and artificial ingredients in any type of food.

                          2. re: cstr

                            I was going to say that!

                            But I didn't have the creds to get away with it...d;^(

                            My poached, skinless thighs or breast is MUCH better for you,

                            but I still like the greasy, salty, easy, Costco CHICKEN!!!

                            1. Let me just say that the rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods is to be avoided at all costs.

                              Dry, tasteless bird. Awful stuff. And expensive.

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                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Wholefoods has only a low turnover with their chickens and they sit around too long. They are quite good when very fresh. Their freshly smoked chickens (as some of their other in-house smoked stuff) are surprisingly good.

                                1. re: honkman

                                  The reason they sit around so long is because no one buys them, because they taste like damp styrofoam.

                                  And there's no reason WholeFoods can't swap them out for fresh ones every few hours like other markets (eg Ralph's, Vons etc).

                              2. I love grabbing the Costco chickens but Albertson's on Balboa has several differently seasoned ones. Anyone try those?


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                                1. re: knifesavers

                                  Never had their rot chicken, but Albertsons makes some might fine fried chicken.

                                  1. re: knifesavers

                                    My favorite, amongst Vons, Albertsons, and Ralphs roti chicken is Ralphs. Our local Ralphs (Hillcrest) usually has a very juicy chicken. I do emphasize usually. There has been, once a while, a dried out mess.

                                    1. re: wrldtrvl

                                      Our Ralph's carries 2 varieties of rotisserie chicken. The ones in the bags can be dicey, but the ones in the plastic tray are usually pretty decent.

                                  2. There was a fascinating article on the development of chicken as food in the Smithsonian Magazine.


                                    Turns out, people haven't been eating all that much chicken for very long, certainly not for thousands of years. It may very well be that chickens are better than ever.