Who makes the best rotisserie chicken in Austin? We put ’em to the test

When grocery stores started carrying rotisserie chickens, most Americans stopped roasting chickens ourselves.

We taste six rotisserie chickens from Austin-area grocery stores. From top left: Fiesta, Whole Foods, HEB. Lower left: Costco, Central Market, Sprouts. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

Why bother when you can buy an already roasted chicken for not much more than it would cost to buy a raw one?

Rotisserie chickens are now sold in nearly every grocery chain, right up near the front where busy shoppers can pick one up in a hurry.

That’s what I did on Wednesday morning, trekking to six local grocery stores to buy seven rotisserie chickens for a livestream taste test at the office. My colleagues tried all six of them and ranked them. To my surprise, they had an unequivocal favorite, which you’ll see pretty quickly into this video we made.

The bonus bird was clearly identified as a specialty smoked Cajun flavor from Whole Foods, which is rolling out new rotisserie chicken recipes that will entice customers to buy them more frequently. Later that day, we also tasted the new flavors of Diet Coke.

Which store makes your favorite rotisserie chicken? Do you ever roast your own? Let us know in the comments below or on the Facebook video!

 

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