They Sell for $4.99 a Bird from 15 Secrets of the $4.99 Costco Rotisserie Chicken Slideshow
15 Secrets of the $4.99 Costco Rotisserie Chicken Slideshow
They Sell for $4.99 a Bird
That’s an insane bargain, especially when you compare it to chicken breasts that are being sold for $4.99 per pound!
For That $5 You Get a 3-Pound, Fully-Cooked Chicken
That’s right! For just five dollars you get a fully cooked, fully seasoned, three-pound bird that is ready to eat.
That’s a Unit Price of $1.67 per Pound
That’s an unbeatable price per pound which has customers flocking to Costco to get their hands on this eternal bargain!
The Company Moves 157,000 Whole Birds Every Single Day
Costco sells an unbelievable number of rotisserie chickens every single day.
They Sell 60 Million Chickens a Year
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 Aren’t as Terrifying as You Might Think
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.
The Chickens Are Shipped to Costco Already Seasoned
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.
The Rotisserie Chicken Has Its Own Fan Page
Fans of the Costco rotisserie chicken post recipes on a dedicated Facebook page and share ideas about using the iconic chicken.
Devoted Fans Raise a Ruckus When They Notice Changes
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.
The Chickens Are Injected With a Saline Solution
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).
Each Serving of Chicken Contains 384 Calories
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.
Costco Chickens Aren’t Full of Antibiotics
In 2015, Costco announced their plan to gradually eliminate the use of meats containing antibiotics.
You Can Make Multiple Delicious Dinners With a Single Chicken
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.