After winning rotisserie chicken taste test, can Fiesta beat Sam’s Club, Randalls?

Remember that rotisserie chicken taste test we did in January? For my Facebook livestream video earlier this week, I took many of your suggestions to include Sam’s Club, Walmart and Randalls in their own taste test with Fiesta, which won the previous round.

Sam’s Club, Randalls, Fiesta and Walmart all make rotisserie chickens, and we taste-tested them recently at the Statesman. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

If you missed the original taste test, we compared rotisserie chickens from six local stores — H-E-B, Central Market, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Costco and Fiesta — and the Fiesta chicken was the unanimous winner. I knew we wouldn’t be able to include every chicken in that original taste test, but six chickens were plenty to taste at once.

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Sam’s Club sells lots and lots of rotisserie chickens, and the flavor and texture were comparable to Fiesta’s, which won the first round of our rotisserie chicken taste test. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

After the story and video published, I heard from lots of readers who love the rotisserie chickens from Sam’s Club, Walmart and Randalls, so I decided to host another showdown between those three and the previous winner. This time, the results weren’t so clear. Many tasters like the Sam’s Club chicken as much as the Fiesta chicken, but the Walmart and Randalls birds couldn’t match the other competitors in taste or texture.

Randalls’ and Walmart’s chickens didn’t fare as well as Fiesta and Sam’s Club in our recent taste test. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

The only issue with Sam’s Club is that you have to have a membership to the buy the chicken, which costs $45 per year. The company does allow you to get a free day pass to shop in the store, but you have to pay 10 percent extra on whatever you buy. As with Costco’s chicken, the Sam’s Club chicken was a full pound larger than the others and it was about two dollars less.

I’d still love to hear about your favorite ready-to-eat grocery foods, including rotisserie chickens! Leave a comment below or email me at abroyles@statesman.com.

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