Walmart Rotisserie Chicken Review

Walmart Rotisserie Chicken

July 16, 2017   22 Comments

This Walmart rotisserie chicken review is long overdue.

I have covered Costco rotisserie chicken and taken a look at a number of other chickens in the dazzling article:

Is Rotisserie Chicken a Good Choice?

I didn’t even know Walmart sold rotisserie chickens until someone asked me about them. Not every Walmart has a food market (the one nearest to me does not). At first, I was confused that a place where I buy socks would also have chicken.

You need one of these “markets” to have rotisserie chickens:

I found it right away at the front of the store! The package looked good. How could you go wrong with “Lemon Pepper”. It cost $5 for 2 pounds which is 30% more than the Costco $3 chicken (also $5).

Where I was concerned was the time. As you can see, the chicken was finished at 11 AM, but I was at the store at 1:30 PM. I asked if they had any ones that were cooked closer to 1:30 and they didn’t. Yikes!

I don’t know about you but 2 ½ hours sitting on a hot table in Walmart does not sound like a safe bet to me. Food poisoning and chicken are a real thing.

I went ahead and bought it because I had driven 30 minutes to buy and taste this chicken. Whaddaya gonna do?

As you can see from the top photo, when I unveiled it – it looked burned. It also tasted burned – surprise!

I applaud Walmart for putting the nutrition facts on the side of the chicken. I had a tough time finding those facts for the Costco bird.

What is shocking and I mean SHOCKING is the amount of sodium in 3 ounces of chicken – 690 mg!! Wowza. Costco was 460 mg – which wasn’t great but this is really out of this world.

You can guess what it tasted like – burnt, salty, meat. Was it juicy? Yes, but it didn’t taste good to me. I am probably going to make chicken salad with it.

If I learned anything, I learned not to buy a chicken that was sitting there. I was sure that the time on the hot table didn’t help its flavor.

The best bird for people who want to control their salt intake (me) is the one at Whole Foods. They have a “No Salt” bird. Whole Foods may cost a lot more but it is by far the best product out there that I have found thus far.

Do you buy Walmart rotisserie chicken? What do you buy?


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First 20 Comments: [ see all 22 ]

Hi! please take a second to always check the amount of sodium in the nutrition facts because it changes frequently evn with the same brand. The last time I checked, the Walmart brand was actually the lowest in sodium in the rest of my city in Canada: 130 mg for 100 g edible portion. The Your Independent Grocer brand was 330 mg and the Food Basics....can't remember but it was higher than Walmart's. Costco's is likely at least 330 mg as it tastes as salty or saltier than the YIG's one.
The recommendation from health authorities is less than 200 mg sodium in a portion of any food....so good to keep that in mind, especially if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, are older or hope to live a long, healthy life!
PS I don't shop often for food at Walmart (not many lower sodium or lower fat items there) but I do deliberately go there (in Canada) for their rotisserie chicken, which hasn't been burnt yet ....I'm lucky....a lower sodium bird that is always nicely cooked.
Susanne, a friendly RD.

on July 16, 2017

I very seldom buy anything at a Walmart. I don' have one closer than 1 hour away. I do buy rotisserie chicken from the local grocery stores. I have never checked the nutrition label as I do on other things. or the time. I will do so from now on. Love your column.

on July 16, 2017

Weird. I've bought several chickens at WalMart because Whole Foods is 80 miles away (and too expensive) and they've always been cooked perfectly. Never burned. I have to admit I haven't looked at sodium so I need to do that. I also won't buy one that's been cooked more than a half hour previous.

on July 16, 2017

I buy the Walmart chicken. It is the only option in our area. My family likes it, but then again we have nothing to compare it to.

on July 16, 2017

I prefer Kroger or Sam's Club rotisseerie chickens. The walmart taste so salty and now I know why! Funny thing is that although Sam's and Walmart are the same company, the chicken tastes better at Sam's! It's also a large chicken for a better price. I've never had a burned chicken in any store I've purchased...sometimes they are darker than other days, I think it's really whoever is cooking and not keeping an eye on them.

on July 16, 2017

fyi - most supermarkets that sell cooked foods, also sell some articles of clothing.

on July 16, 2017

I'm with you, if I buy a rotisserie chicken it is always from Whole Foods. Our store has
a deal on Mondays that makes it more affordable. i mostly eat chicken skinless breasts so one of these chickens is a treat for us.

on July 16, 2017

I love Sam's Club rotisserie chicken - but our local Walmart ALWAYS has burned chicken...one glance turns me away.

on July 16, 2017

The Walmart closest to me doesn't sell precooked chicken. I wouldn't buy one even if it did.I rarely use salt at all even to cook with. Chicken is pretty cheap and I would simply cook my own if I wanted one and I would use my own spices.

on July 16, 2017

My family loves the rotisserie chickens from Sam's Club - and what a great bargain for a large chicken. I sometimes buy 2 in the winter if we can't get to our grill outside - one for dinner, and one to have for lunches for the next few days. Sorry you had a bad experience with your experiment...

on July 16, 2017

You must be in the USA. The one and only BBQ chicken I bought from WM here in Canada was not even cooked - yuck!!!

on July 16, 2017

I would advise anyone who buys ready to serve whole roasted chicken to roast their own. My son works at a grocery store (first the kitchen and now the meat department), and I have heard enough horror stories to know that the only way to guarantee that your food is cooked when and how you want it with no added anything except what you, the cook adds, is if you cook it. What goes on behind the scenes would scare the living daylights out of you. My son cannot wait to find another job. The food industry, as a whole, could care less about you, the consumer. It is all about the money. Trust me, I heard it from someone who knows.

on July 16, 2017

Great article. I bought rotisserie chicken only once, from Shaw's on the Dartmouth line. Uncooked near the bone, fatty, salty and dried out. Never took a chance on one again. I remove all fat, remove the skin and rub on olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, usually five-spice powder and that's it. Has an Asian flavor, not salty, and is juicy.

on July 16, 2017

I stopped buying them because every one I bought was raw and they would not refund my money either.

on July 17, 2017

Really? It's a chicken. The sodium is in the skin. Just don't eat that part if you don't like it.
We always get the original not the lemon/pepper. Could it be that was the seasoning that wasn't liked? Our chicken is not burned, btw.
If I was you, I would worry more about hormones in some chickens rather than sodium in the skin that you can remove.
I used to feed my male cat exclusively chicken. He buffed out like a pro wrestler! Make of that what you will.

on July 17, 2017

Kroger/Ralph's also had a no salt chicken that I buy in a pinch. As a single mom, entrepreneur, sometimes, my days go long and I'd prefer to grab a salt free pre-roasted chicken and a bag of salad for dinner than hitting a drive thru!

on July 18, 2017

Love your website and your commitment to low sodium. I also like that you review products for your readers. I would like to point out that with chicken you need to be aware of the sodium solution that is injected into the chicken. It can add tons of unwanted sodium to the meat. Always try to look for all natural chicken that has not been injected.

on July 20, 2017

After reading this article I had commented on it; but the information stuck in my mind. I went to my local Giant and looked at their package. There was a date, time and ingredients. So I sent them a Email requesting that they place a nutrition label on them. I received a call back with in a couple of hours from the deli manager at our local Giant. She said that because the chicken is considered a deli product and not a butcher product, it is labeled differently according to the FDA. They have the nutrition information in a notebook and willing to share it with me. I later went on line and found the nutrition info for Giant, and Wellsley Farms (BJ'S) Giant also told me that the FDA just recently came out with requireing that ingredients are needed on the label. I suggested that Giant go 1 step further and add the Nutrition information. I also found out that after a certain # of hours the chicken is removed and placed in another case nearer the checkouts, no reduction in price. The time in the 1st case was 12N and I was there at 12:15pm. The ones in the front the time was at 10:am.

on July 21, 2017

The chicken stories never end! I recently purchased Longo's rotisserie chicken - SOOOO GOOOOD! And less sodium - the best I have had yet! FYI

on July 29, 2017

I am so surprised at all of the purchasing of cooked Chicken!! I only cook using a crockpot but even I can buy a whole chicken that's not Huge and put it in the oven..... weekends are an option. I never use salt so any of those would be awful to me.

on July 30, 2017

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