There are a lot of reasons to try to focus on more healthful options for lunch and dinner, but this question does come up: Why rotisserie chicken? In this post, we will go through the "lookfors" and "must avoids" when choosing your perfect rotisserie chicken.
Are all rotisserie chickens created equally?
The answer to this is a resounding HELL NO! Many people ask us why it is that the rotisserie chicken at their local supermarket is priced less expensively than the uncooked whole chicken in the fresh meat market. The answer may surprise you. In most cases, the cooked chicken is cooked because it is about to expire. Supermarkets will cook the chicken on the day of or a day before the expiration date and sell it at a reduced price to avoid having to throw it away in the coming days. If a rotisserie chicken doesn't sell, most stores use the leftovers to create the creamy prepared chicken salads they sell in the deli section.
Are rotisserie chickens good for people on a diet or meal plan?
The honest answer is, it depends. If you are into reading nutrition labels, you should already know that the nutritional value of a rotisserie chicken varies by store and producer. Take a look at this mass produced bone-in rotisserie chicken label:
This is a label for a Tyson brand bone-in Rotisserie Chicken and gives you a solid example of one I wouldn't eat. Your typical big-box rotisserie chicken is LOADED sodium, has too much saturated fat, whopping levels of cholesterol. To put things in perspective, according to the American Heart Association your daily cholesterol intake should be approximately 300 mg. a day -- so this one chicken would put you over. Also, sodium should stay under 2,300 mg. per day and saturated fat should be no more than 5% per day.
In order to ensure that you are eating the best quality rotisserie chicken for you, you need to be an active and aware consumer. Diabetes Daily and other healthy living blogs have some excellent resources for you to use when choosing your rotisserie chicken.
How does Poulet make the rotisserie chicken healthier?
First, we take pride in sourcing our birds. To end up in a healthy place you must first start in a healthful frame of mind. When we went out looking for our chicken provider we thought a lot about you. We went to farms to ensure that chickens are raised properly and that the bird we get is truly farm fresh and organically fed.
Second, the brine and rub. No sugars, hormones, or fillers are added to our chickens to make them look appetizing -- they look good because they are good quality. While we do brine our birds we use a low sodium brine solution that we employ is low salt and no sugar added. These two factors ensure that our birds don't come out of the gate with a high sodium count.
What about the spice rub? Our spice rub is just that -- spice. It gives the skin a bit of zing and adds a nice aromatic to the cooking process. We leave out the salt and use some lemon zest in its place to give it some of the same pizazz without the added sodium.
Finally, the sides. Keeping it healthy does not only apply to the protein portion of your plate. Ensure that you select sides that support the healthy lifestyle you are going after.