Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken Review

People actually line up and wait for these!

Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.

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Sean and I were coming home from vacation and we had nothing to eat. All the chicken we had was frozen. Usually I cook my own chicken using the Costco Kirkland Signature Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. For a quick and mostly healthy dinner, I decided to pick up a Costco Kirkland Signature Quinoa Salad and Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken. It’s no wonder I see people lining up and waiting for these to be ready! The Costco Rotisserie Chicken is super convenient and tasty but maybe not the healthiest chicken option.

Taste

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, the bottom of our chicken was sitting in congealed liquid/oil and there are definitely some fatty, inedible pieces. I’m actually a skin fan so I love the crispy, salty, golden skin. Definitely a change from our boneless, skinless breasts I usually make. The Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken is seasoned well and tastes delicious but I find it to be a little too oily and salty.

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Cost

For $7.99 Canadian, you get an entire Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken. The price is really good. Even though there were bits of chicken I didn’t eat, it was a lot of chicken for $7.99. I think it’s a pretty good deal. You could also make a soup with the leftovers!

Convenience

This is the most convenient way to buy chicken. It doesn’t get more convenient than this. Well, maybe if they removed the bones for you? When Sean and I were in Hawaii last year, we would buy a Rotisserie Chicken from Costco and a salad and I would just pull it apart with my hands (after washing them of course) for a very easy dinner. The best before date is only one day after purchase, but I have eaten the chicken a few days after the best before date and didn’t have problems. 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, reasonably healthy and easy. Costco probably has cooking these chickens down to a specific science to ensure they’re cooked well so you also don’t need to worry so much about your chicken being fully cooked.

Nutrition

The Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken definitely isn’t your healthiest chicken option. You’ve got the fatty skin (which I love so much), the dark meat and the fact that there’s 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. A 100 gram serving, which isn’t much in my opinion, contains 140 calories, seven grams of fat, 18 grams of protein and 350 milligrams of sodium. The quantities of calories, fat and sodium aren’t outrageous if you only eat a 100 gram serving, but it’s pretty easy to eat three times that much and consume a high amount of sodium and fat. I absolutely love that there are 18 grams of protein in one serving. I’m a big fan of protein because it’s good for me and keeps me full for a longer period of time.

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If given the choice, I prefer to make my own chicken at home using Costco Kirkland Signature Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts. However, when I need a quick, convenient meal and want lots of protein, I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to purchase a Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken again.

Taste: 7/10

Cost: 9.5/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 5.5/10

What do you serve with your Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken? Do you prefer white or dark meat?

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13 thoughts on “Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken Review”

  1. Best chicken ever, because of the pink meat I always thought it was undercooked as well but it’s not! It’s the brine. You cannot pull apart uncooked chicken meat ever! Costco rotisserie chicken is not only cheaper but bloody delicious and fast!

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  2. I bought this costco chicken and I have to say this is the 3rd time that I find that the chicken is not fully cooked, there are parts that are still so pink that I had to re-cook them to ascertain they were safe to eat
    Useless team at Costco Kitchens if you cannot ensure that the chicken you serve out there is not safe to eat

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  3. The “not fully cooked” comments are mistaken. The confusion is understandable, and I also made this mistake, at first.

    The issue is the use of brines and/or enzymes to soften the chicken. Excessive concentration and/or time can cause the pink colour and a soft, slippery texture, both of which can give an impression of being undercooked.

    My experience has been that Costco rotisserie chicken are the worst offenders for this among all supermarkets – by a wide margin. The price is lower, but the salty taste and awful texture put Costco rotisserie chickens into a distant last place.

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  4. Same here, the chicken has not been cooked the last two times, we got it. This time, my daughter ate some without us noticing right away that it was raw. She was terribly sick from it! We definitely will never buy a Costco chicken again! As i said this wasn’t just once.

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  5. We have been buying and enjoying Costco’s Kirkland Signature rotisserie chicken for years. We have never been disappointed…the chicken is always hot, tasty and cooked to perfection. I take most of the skin off before we eat the chicken. We hope to enjoy eating Costco’s rotisserie chicken for many more years 🙂

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  6. the last two rotissere chickens we bought were NOT done. thighs and part of the breast were red and did not look or feel done. had to pitch most of it. what is going on?

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  7. Worst chicken ever bought!
    Not cooked thoroughly, thighs and legs still red.
    Threw in in the trash after one bite.
    $4.99 is just what you get, garbage.

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  8. I bought a Costco rotisserie chicken yesterday after several months of abstaining.
    Well, they’ve finally done it. The chicken was so salty that it was not fit for human or dog consumption! In an effort to try to save it for my dogs, I have broken it apart and am soaking it in warm water, which I will discard, and do again.
    Sorry to say my days of buying Costco rotisserie chickens is OVER!
    I am in Central California.

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  9. Oh, I hate to write a negative review, because we have bought so many Costco Rotisserie Chickens that have been moist and fantastic, perfect!! But today that was not the case. Makes me wonder if the meat counter is actually even open on Sunday. The front ‘window’ was well stocked with chickens, and they all looked about the same as I have come to expect… couldn’t wait to take ours home and have it for lunch. It was totally DRY!!! The breast (white meat) was ‘chewy’.. chicken gum…. 🙁 … the drumstick was ‘better’, not as dry, but definitely not what we have always known to be the case ‘moist’… not really moist, just not chewy, like the breast. So now I wonder if they don’t really cook these on Sunday?? I didn’t pay any attention, but maybe they were set out and not freshly cooked… Has anyone else ever had DRY rotisserie chicken from Costco.. a huge disappointment!!

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    • These chickens are cooked to temperature so nothing is under cooked. They have times on the label, and don’t stay in the warming shelf over 2hrs. Costco cooks 7days a week, unless there is a holiday. My wife brings home one a week. She works in the “chicken “ room, so I know all about the process. Some members are a little fussy

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      • Hi Arthur – at the Canadian Costco? Can she confirm what the wheat contamination might be from?
        My daughter is celiac and loves these chickens but the label says “may contain wheat” so isn’t safe for her to eat but I can’t figure out what may have wheat – would love if your wife had any insight?

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  10. I disagree with the health issue. You can always remove the skin. Common misconception is that thighs are unhealthy. It is primarily calories in vs calories out and some fat is acceptable. I do agree that costco chicken is a very convenient and cost effective way to get a well cooked multi purpose chicken.

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