Every country we've lived in makes and loves fantastic rotisserie chickens — with one glaring exception.
This is amazing! As a soon-to-be digital nomad, it will be my goal to look for a rotisserie chicken everywhere I go, haha. I have it a lot here in America, but you have me dreaming of what it will taste like in other countries :)
Michael, a thousand thanks for this. I noticed how tasteless chicken was when I arrived in the US (and this is a Brit complaining about bland food!) Several years ago, I stopped buying supermarket chickens (even the allegedly "better" ones) I now buy only pastured birds from a farmer I know (shout out to Bryant Family Farms in Madison, WI!) Each costs about $20 and I use every bit of the bird, including my own stock. Worth it.
Great post, thank you! I eat mostly vegetarian because of the issues you raise with how meat is "produced" in the US.
I don't normally read food articles, but this was so entertaining and informative. Now I want to go out and buy a local rotisserie chicken!
Hi Michael and Brent, I agree those chickens sure vary in taste. Our local Amish market in Easton Maryland has excellent rotisserie chickens. Large list of No additives and free range $10 for a 2+ pound chicken. Recently my wife had surgery the doctor said I need to hear where you folks get chicken. My wife had been on a 7 day water fast and dreamed of Amish chicken during surgery.
We visited Molokai for 3 weeks during a 3 month Hawaii scuba adventure. If you want chicken in Molokai you must order and show up at noon on Wednesday. Tuesday is ukulele sing along at coffee plantation. The first night at condo pool a lady was setting up for a party. I said hi and introduced myself. She said bring your wife to party and I will introduce you to most of Molokai. A year later we watch Anthony Borden special on Molokai. You guessed it we knew everyone on show.
We scuba dived off Molokai with humpback whales in the area. We could hear the songs and feel the songs in the chest very powerful. My wife also enjoyed Lomi Lomi massage and healing classes.
On the big island the best chickens are at the Mauna Lani food market.
Malta and Gozo the choices are fish and rabbit .
Enjoy your travels. All the best ! Steve
Excellent account of the worldwide rotisserie chicken business. At the start I worried you weren't going to get into the Costco nastyiness, but you did a bang-up job. I'm a big fan of you guys. I think we were in Istanbul hanging around the Balat/Fener area at the same time a year or so ago. Didn't meet then but maybe someday somewhere down the road. Travel well. @davidhunterbishop @realontheroad
I was reading this right before bed. Now I'm hungry!
Damn it, Michael! Now I have to go and wipe the drool off my phone. 🍗🙄