People actually line up and wait for these!
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Sean and I were coming home from travelling and we had nothing to eat. All the chicken we had was frozen in the freezer. 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.
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.
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) and it would be the easiest dinner. The best before date is only one day after buying but I have consumed the chicken a few days after the best before date and had no 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.
The Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken is definitely not 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 high amounts of sodium. It's not the worst option for dinner or a meal but also not as healthy as some may think. There's also a few ingredients that I'm not in love with how they sound or their google description, like tetrapotassium pyrophosphate, silica and sodium triphosphate. A 100 gram serving which is not that much (at least in my opinion) is 140 calories, seven grams of fat, 18 grams of protein and 350 mg of sodium. The amount of calories, fat and sodium isn't outrageous at all if you only eat a 100 g serving. However it's pretty easy to eat three times that and consume a high amount of sodium and fat. I absolutely love that there's 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.
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 did not eat to get that amount of chicken for $7.99 I think it's a pretty good deal. You could also make a soup with this!
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.
What do you serve with your Costco Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken? Do you prefer white or dark meat?