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Where to buy Air-Chilled chicken breasts for less than $7.99 per lb?

nycguy20011 Feb 12, 2014 09:47 AM

Whole Foods sells Bell & Evan's Air-Chilled chicken breasts for $7.99 per lb. They're very rarely on sale.

A) Where could you find the same brand of Air-Chilled chicken breasts for less than $7.99 per lb? I check Gristedes, but they don't even carry it.

B) Are there any other brands that sell chicken that's Air-Chilled? It seems that Bell & Evan's is the only one that's sold--or at least that's easy to find.

  1. sgordon Feb 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    That's actually a perfectly reasonable price for quality air-chilled. If you're buying boneless you can always buy bone-in instead which costs less. If you're already buying bone-in, check a few butchers - Ottomanelli & Sons on Bleecker Street is good (not to be confused with Ottomanelli Brothers uptown)

    You can also use the Bell & Evans Chicken-Finder Page: http://www.bellandevans.com/location/

    1. MVNYC Feb 12, 2014 01:11 PM


      Put in your zip code and it will show you which stores carry their products.

      1. ChefJune Feb 12, 2014 01:57 PM

        What is it about "air-chilled" chicken breasts that is causing to seek them out? I would be more concerned with the chicken being organic and pastured.

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        1. re: ChefJune
          rrems Feb 12, 2014 03:28 PM

          Aside from the fact that air chilling is said to inhibit bacteria, it also results in better taste and texture because the chicken does not retain water as it does from the water chilling process.

        2. loratliff Feb 12, 2014 04:20 PM

          Union Market sells Smart Chicken, also air-chilled: https://www.cafetecumseh.com/smartchi...

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            Elisa515 Feb 12, 2014 06:54 PM

            I just got them on sale for $3.99 a lb. today at Whole Foods. These were split with skin and on the bone.

            This was at the Port Chester store, but I think they have the same weekly sales in the Manhattan stores.

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