The Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken is well known for being cheap and convenient. People line up to get one warm off the rotisserie! Why is this chicken from Costco so famous and popular? Find out here why customers flock to this product!
When Sean and I were in Hawaii years ago we went to Costco for quick and easy dinners. One dinner we came up with was this Costco Kirkland Signature Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken with the Costco Kirkland Signature Quinoa Salad. This is the first time I was introduced to the rotisserie chicken from Costco and I’ve had it a handful of times since. I picked one up recently and decided to review it here!
Other pre-made meals from Costco are the Kirkland Signature Roasted Garlic Chicken Legs, Kirkland Signature Chicken Pot Pie, Kirkland Signature Chicken Tacos, Kirkland Signature Chicken Chow Mein, Kirkland Signature Chicken Penne Alfredo and the Kirkland Signature Seasoned Chicken Wings.
Location in Store
You can find this in the pre-made meal and deli section at Costco, the item number is 347937.
The Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken definitely has tasty parts such as the white breast meat but I also find it has parts I find unappetizing. For example, there are some fatty and inedible pieces as well as gristle. All the oil and congealed liquid in the bottom of the tray kind of turns me off.
The chicken is seasoned really well, and that saltiness is addictive. I like chicken skin in small quantities and like that the skin is crispy and golden brown.
You can tell there’s a lot of oil in the chicken, it’s very shiny and glistens and also tastes pretty oily. Even the breast meat is suspiciously super moist! Day to day I prefer my chicken less oily and not so salty for health reasons. But I do admit the parts of the rotisserie chicken that are edible are pretty darn tasty.
For $7.99 Canadian, you get an entire Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken. The price is really reasonable. Even though there are bits of chicken I don’t eat, it’s a lot of chicken for $7.99.
One reason Costco chicken is so popular is that Costco hasn’t raised the price of rotisserie chicken despite inflation. The chickens aren’t actually profitable for Costco but they make money off the numerous other products shoppers pick up when they go in to buy a chicken. It’s hard to enter Costco and only buy one item and Costco knows this!
This is the most convenient way to buy chicken. You can do so much with one! Enjoy it with some rice and vegetables, and use it to make sandwiches, casseroles, soups or even your own chicken pot pie. I think a lot of people pick these chickens up when they’re out of ideas for dinner, have a busy night or need to find something that’s quick, reasonably priced and easy.
The best-before date is only one day after it’s packed. The chicken either needs to be stored at four degrees celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower. Alternatively, it can be stored at 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher.
To reheat the Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken, remove the packaging and transfer it to a microwaveable plate. Then heat on high for three to five minutes in the microwave until the temperature reaches 74 degrees celsius or 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
A 100-gram edible portion (this means no bones) is 140 calories, seven grams of fat, 350 milligrams of sodium, two grams of carbohydrates, one gram of fibre, zero grams of sugar and 18 grams of protein. A 100-gram serving isn’t actually that much so it seems easy to eat a decent amount of fat when having the Costco Rotisserie Chicken.
The amount of protein is always good because it keeps you full for longer and chicken is notorious for being high in protein!
I think there’s a reason the rotisserie chicken tastes so good and that’s because there are a lot of things added to it! The Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken definitely isn’t your healthiest chicken option. There’s the fatty skin, the dark meat,. added oil and a lot of sodium. It’s not the worst option for a meal, but also not as healthy as some may think.
There are also a few ingredients that I’m not in love with the sound or Google-sourced description of, like tetrapotassium pyrophosphate, silica and sodium triphosphate.
Taste: 8/10 (The parts that are edible are pretty tasty).
If given the choice, I prefer to make my own chicken at home using Costco Kirkland Signature Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. However, if you need a quick, convenient meal and want lots of protein, I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken just based on the price alone!
What are your thoughts on the Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken?
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52 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken Review”
Haven’t bought one lately so I can’t speak to shrinkage, but I like these so much. A meal, then sandwiches, then into soup. Freeze bones, skin, other inedible parts for stock.
Why does Cosco inject phosphorus in their chickens?
Some people on dialysis are not aware of this. It should be on the label.
I appreciate the informative article, but it is not correct to say that dark meat is unhealthy.
The chicken I bought last week was smaller & dry compared to the usual. Inflation seems to have taken its toll ☹️
I can’t go to Costco without bringing home a rotisserie chicken. It’s a cheap dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day! Can’t go wrong.
To the person who commented they cost 4.99 in the states and 7.99 in Canada, they have to factor in the exchange rate , and the difference is minimal. Regardless, it’s a bargain!
So it’s not Costco rotisserie chicken, per se that’s unhealthy. It’s a whole rotisserie chicken that’s unhealthy according because of the skin and dark meat and all the preservatives.
FYI, as for the number of grams of fat in white meat vs dark meat, dark meat is actually healthier for you. Yes, there is more fat on dark meat than there is on a breast. However, it’s the good kind. Not all fat is bad. Another myth. Monounsaturated fat — the kind that’s in chicken thighs — can help aid in weight loss, control and reduce cholesterol numbers, and even lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. The American Heart Association even recommends that the majority of your daily fat intake should be of the monounsaturated kind. And as far as flavor goes, chicken thighs win before you even start the seasoning or marinading them. Because they’re dark meat, chicken thighs naturally have a more intense and flavorful edge to them, not to mention thighs cost less here in the US and Canada. Anywhere else in the world, breasts are cheaper, because most people think white meat is inferior tasting. Dark meat is also easier to cook. Thighs are extremely forgiving when it comes to cook times. Cook them for several minutes after they’re done, they’re still moist and juicy. However, do that with breasts and they go from tender and flavorful to bone-dry and just plain sad after a few too many minutes of cooking. Dark meat rules!!!
The packaging has now changed to a sealed bag – there’s now no chance for the chicken juices to spill out of the container. A creative improvement.
Yet, I should have weighed the chicken because when I cut it up into dinner portions, it seemed that I ended up with less than usual. But I’m not 100% sure – perhaps someone else can confirm.
Can I place an order in advance for 3-4 chickens, for a party?
I Always buy a chicken when i go to cosco.you need to eat it the same day you buy the chicken.dont put it in fridge unless you plan on making chicken salad with it or chicken sandwich.you need to eat it same day or that evening.the juices and flavor are delicious.skin is delicious.the chicken is very moist and falls right off the bone.good choice.dont miss out.
Wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
I am searching to find out if the chicken I just purchased from Costco is the same size as the one I purchased in December. The packaging has changed. This is the same packaging that BJ’s in the states use. I usually have dinner for two with the chicken and leftovers to make a beautiful chicken salad. This time there is not enough to make anything except stock. This bag is horrible, I placed it on the floor of the back seat of the car and still, it leaked! Wow, good thing it wasn’t on my seat! In Quebec, this chicken cost $7.99 in the states it’s only $4.99. I really feel like this time the chicken is much smaller I also noticed that the liquid from the chicken is greater.
Hi Lisa – I just bought a Costco chicken yesterday. At a Costco, west of Toronto.
I always cut up the chicken when I get home – into dinner portions for 2 people. I noticed as well – that I had 1 less Ziplock bag of portioned chicken to freeze. I thought I was imagining it, but after reading your thoughts – apparently not.
What a disappointment – here’s yet another example of shrinkflation. You get less product for the same price.
Reseason it with seasonings of your choice or barbecue it in an air fryer. I did, it was very delicious
We wonder if they are injecting salt water or a brine to increase weight