Are Supermarket Rotisserie Chicken Prices Going Down?

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    Sep 23, 2014 10:56 PM GMT
    We just brought one home for $6.00, over 2 pounds whole, pre-cooked lemon flavored the way we like. We'll get several meals for us both out of it. Finishing with my husband boning it and making chicken salad. And rotisserie chicken is a pretty healthy meal, that we really like. Is there anything that's a better pre-cooked food deal in the US?

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    Sep 23, 2014 11:15 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidWe just brought one home for $6.00, over 2 pounds whole, pre-cooked lemon flavored the way we like. We'll get several meals for us both out of it. Finishing with my husband boning it and making chicken salad. And rotisserie chicken is a pretty healthy meal, that we really like. Is there anything that's a better pre-cooked food deal in the US?

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  • Kwokpot

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    Sep 23, 2014 11:34 PM GMT
    They're $4.99 for a 3 pounder @Costco!
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    Sep 24, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    Kwokpot saidThey're $4.99 for a 3 pounder @Costco!

    Better & better! (I actually think ours was a 3-4 pounder, it was a pretty good size, but they don't put a weight on them, except to say "At least 2 pounds")

    When guys here ask about inexpensive food they can prepare at home, I'll suggest they look into rotisserie chicken. A single guy with a frig can get quite a number of meals out of one, cheaper than going to MacDonalds. It's good, fairly low-fat protein. And it's cooked for you, easy to warm as leftovers if you prefer.
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    Sep 24, 2014 6:47 PM GMT
    Kwokpot saidThey're $4.99 for a 3 pounder @Costco!


    I got a huge bird at costco for 4.99 really good

    FRESH COOKED MEAT
  • carew28

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    Sep 24, 2014 8:28 PM GMT
    I like supermarket rotisserie chicken, too. The prices seem to have held pretty steady over the last few years, haven't gone up or down. I think that maybe the supermarkets realize that the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken draws a lot of people into the market, and so they try to hold the line on that, as well as with basic loaves of bread, bagels, milk, eggs, etc. They make a greater profit off of the people who do impulse buying at the deli-counter for other kinds of things (different pre-made salads,etc.) to go with the rotisserie chicken.

    And as the link posted above stated, it might give the supermarket an opportunity to sell its surplus whole meat-counter chickens as rotisserie-chicken. Even the unsold hot rotisserie-chickens can be sold as frozen, or made into rotisserie-chicken salad. I know my local supermarket does this. They sell the rotisserie-chicken salad for about $2.00 more per pound than their regular chicken salad, but I occasionally buy it, its worth the extra price.

    I only get two meals out of a rotisserie-chicken (one hot and fresh right after I buy it, the second one the following day after I take it out of the fridge. ) There's never enough left over to make chicken-salad, I have to buy that separately.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 24, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    They're great. I melt a little butter, pour it all over the lemon-pepper chicken, salt and pepper, then a ton of thyme and throw it in a 250 oven for the 30 minutes it takes to cook brown rice and a veggie. Yum!
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    Sep 25, 2014 5:55 PM GMT
    I always assumed that they were "loss leaders" - items sold at a loss which a store more than makes up for in profit on other items you get while there. For example, my local gourmet supermarket paradoxically marks down its fresh ground turkey and chicken breast, regularly $5.99/lb, to $1.99/lb. That's when I stock up and freeze it, bypassing their $9/lb potato salad.

    While Manager's Special's of meats marked down a couple days before their expiration dates is expected this rotisserie-chickens-are-chickens-cooked-past-sell by date fact is more covert and sketchy. I'm assuming Costco doesn't do it because they're famous for their moist, juicy, over-saline-injected-accounting-for-plumpness rotisserie chicken (perhaps a Costco buyer can confirm they're fresh?) but it begs the question:

    If rotisserie chickens are old and represent a half week's worth of meals, how many days after purchasing are they safe to eat?
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    Sep 25, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said

    If rotisserie chickens are old and represent a half week's worth of meals, how many days after purchasing are they safe to eat?[/quote]

    A half a week?....maybe two days......*burp*
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    Sep 25, 2014 8:04 PM GMT
    Overinjected COSTCO chickens can last for 3-4 meals!
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    Sep 25, 2014 10:15 PM GMT
    rotisserie chicken is pretty good but the supermarket ones generally scare me because i seem to only notice them when they are put up front at the end of the day on "manager's special." i wouldn't turn one down if someone brought it home though icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 26, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    Kwokpot saidThey're $4.99 for a 3 pounder @Costco!


    I was buying Costco chickens because they were larger, juicier, and less expensive...but something seemed different. They seemed saltier. I could feel my heart beating a little stronger every time I ate a Costco bird.

    Well, the other week I went to my physician for a regular check up and my normally 125/79 blood pressure was 154/85. We took four more readings over the course of my visit and the lowest was 140/82. At first we thought it was just because I had walked/hiked from my home. Then, the nurse asked what I had eaten that day and Costco chicken came to mind and so did the realization of the salty sodium infused flesh. I threw the rest of the chicken away when I got home.

    I'm back to eating Safeway roasted chickens. They're not as big, not as inexpensive, but they're also not as salty. Same thing with Publix roasted chickens when I'm in South Florida (I usually get "plain" so as to avoid salty or sugary marinades and such).

    Ironically, Whole Foods here in San Francisco (Haight and Stanyan) does frequent sales on whole rotisserie chickens 2 for $14.99 and they're big and not salty.
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    Sep 26, 2014 6:23 AM GMT
    When I was single, I learned to buy these McCormick packages and cook four chicken breasts at a time. I coated the breasts with the seasoning, and placed them in the bag. The bag went into an oblong glass dish and baked for an hour. Then, I had four dinners, by adding rice or sweet potatoes and vegetables. Whole Foods has chicken breasts on sale for $3.99 (boneless & skinless). Other stores may beat that price. Finally - no mess in the oven to clean up. This is a delicious way to have moist chicken breasts.
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    Sep 27, 2014 10:24 AM GMT
    Here in the South GA Winn-Dixie offers decent deals with their roast chickens. I believe they sell for $5.

    Harveys has a similar offer for $4.99.
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    Sep 27, 2014 11:07 AM GMT
    He bones chicken? WTF? icon_lol.gif