How can you know you're getting one that's fresh, juicy and crispy?
The rotisserie chickens at the store can make a great, quick dinner for the family. They can also be good pre-made bases for many recipes! But when they're all sitting together in the same case, how can you know you're getting one that's fresh, juicy and crispy? Here are three insider tips for choosing the best chicken.
1. Reach for the Back
Go for a chicken that's in the back of the case. Because the store typically loads the case from behind, you can bet the chickens in the front will have been sitting there the longest.
2. Smooth Skin
Look for a chicken that has smooth skin and just about touches the top of its container. Because they are sitting under heat lamps, moisture is constantly being drawn out of the chicken. And that causes the skin to loosen and may even make the chicken feel lighter. So if you see a smooth skin on a chicken that just about touches the top of the container, it's likely fresh, plump and moist.
3. Leave It for Last
Grab your chicken last! This way it spends less time in your cart cooling down and is as fresh as possible for devouring at home!