“I got a hot take,” said the chef known for his culinary hot takes, including his love for Domino’s pizza, which he mentioned in the episode. “I think the Costco chicken is the worst rotisserie chicken."
"They’re not good. They’re not seasoned,” he continued. “The reason why it’s important to have it properly seasoned is, you might eat it the next day cold, and it’s got to taste good cold.
“There’s something about all the nitrates and all the crap they pump into the chicken that makes the chicken breast even more disgusting the next day when it’s cold."
He said the bird’s lack of seasoning makes it “inedible” when eaten cold.
It’s a whole roast chicken for $5. Is it Michelin 3-star chicken? No. Is it a solid base for a quick meal? Shredded into enchiladas? Sliced into a sandwich? Hell yes!
It’s worth noting that Costco calls the dish “Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken” and has the “seasoning” ingredients listed on the label: salt, sodium phosphates, hydrolyzed casein, modified cornstarch, sugar, dextrose, chicken broth, isolated soy protein lecithin and mono-and-diglycerides.
Like I said, they’re a good and cheap protein base for a meal.
I don’t know if there is a difference between the American Costco chicken and the Canadian one. I live in the greater Toronto area and I am in general agreement that the Costco chicken is not that great. Its okay, and is certainly a great price but we choose to pay a little extra for our supermarket rotisserie chicken.
We buy from Safeway when we opt for the rotisserie chicken. We’ll pick it up, some mozzarella balls, basil, tomato, olives, and a baguette and have a picnic-style meal at home with some quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
He must have different standards for chicken than he does for pizza, because Domino’s definitely wouldn’t pass the next day test. You’ve got about an hour from the moment it leaves the oven. Anything left after that is for emergency consumption only.