A rotisserie chicken slowly spinning on a spit is a beautiful thing. Juicy meat, crispy skin, and unbelievable convenience means that store-bought rotisserie chicken is a fabulous supermarket purchase to make for busy people on the go — those with many mouths to feed as well as those who just love the flavor.
For many loyal members of Costco, a visit to the enormous warehouse without buying one of their famous rotisserie chickens is unimaginable. The price of one chicken is just $4.99, which makes it a deal that is nearly impossible to beat. No other supermarket in the country offers such a bargain when it comes to rotisserie chickens.
The rotisserie chicken is large and affordable and (when used carefully) can serve as the center of as many as five delicious meals! For just $4.99, that’s amazing! Though the price is widely known, there are some facts about Costco’s most popular poultry that you might not know. So read on to discover 15 facts, some more surprising than others, about the famous Costco $4.99 rotisserie chicken.
That’s an insane bargain, especially when you compare it to chicken breasts that are being sold for $4.99 per pound!
That’s right! For just five dollars you get a fully cooked, fully seasoned, three-pound bird that is ready to eat.
That’s an unbeatable price per pound which has customers flocking to Costco to get their hands on this eternal bargain!
Costco sells an unbelievable number of rotisserie chickens every single day.
Costco sells a mind-blowing average of 60 million chickens each year, though they’ve also endured several outbreaks of salmonella related to their rotisserie chickens. In 2013 they had to recall 40,000 pounds of birds from one location in California.
You might not think this is new information, but many supermarket rotisserie chickens actually contain gluten in the seasonings and marinades used to flavor the birds. Costco specifically avoids the wheat protein in their rotisserie birds.
The ingredients listed on the label of a Costco rotisserie chicken are: whole chicken, water and seasonings (salt, sodium phosphate, modified food starch, potato dextrin, carrageenan, sugar, dextrose, spice extractives). Compared to the odd ingredients found in many processed foods, that's not so bad.
This is common with almost all supermarket rotisserie chickens, which are shipped from a supplier pre-seasoned with special spice blends and ready to put on the rotisserie to cook.
Fans of the Costco rotisserie chicken post recipes on a dedicated Facebook page and share ideas about using the iconic chicken.
In January 2017, the supplier of the Costco chickens started using only one quarter of the amount of marinade on the chickens before they were shipped. This caused hundreds of loyal fans of the chicken to make urgent phone calls to Costco’s corporate number, complaining of bland chickens. Costco responded via the chicken’s Facebook page and assured the concerned customers that the issue would be looked at.
Allegedly, the Costco chickens are “marinated” by injecting them with a saltwater solution (a brine) that contains phosphates. That’s how they stay so juicy and tasty inside (and high in sodium).
For each three-ounce serving of the Costco chicken, there are 384 calories, including 151 milligrams of sodium and nine grams of fat and 19g of protein.
In 2015, Costco announced their plan to gradually eliminate the use of meats containing antibiotics.
While one single chicken for a week's worth of dinners might be a stretch, you can definitly make the most of this Costco chicken by planning your week and enjoying it in more than one meal with our guide for 5 ways to turn a Costco chicken into dinner. Of course, the chicken is just one of 23 cult-favorite Costco foods you need to add to your cart.
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