Rotisserie Chickens: Quick and Easy

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On the health food spectrum, rotisserie chicken isn't the leanest or healthiest option out there.  But among the choices of something quick when there just isn't time or energy to put something more elaborate together, rotisserie chicken can do a great deal in the battle versus fast food for healthier living.  For just a dollar or two more than it would take to purchase the chicken raw at a supermarket, in the deli, and at most of the big-box membership clubs there is typically available rotisserie chickens.  These chickens are brushed with oil and seasoning rubs, and cooked in an oven that is designed to rotate them over a broiler until they are cooked.  The result is juicy, and meaty, and relatively neutral in its seasoning.  It is also a gold mine of inexpensive instant cooked protein in its native form. 

Rotisserie chicken is marvelously versatile.  A rotisserie chicken yields about four cups of shredded chicken, both white and dark meat.  This chicken is ready to use and easy to use in chicken salads and salads such as a Cobb salad that feature chicken.  Combining this protein with dressings made with yogurt, fat free sour cream, or soft tofu, and a variety of seasonings including fresh herbs, curry or other spices, dried fruit and nuts, or aromatics can result in a quick, satisfying, healthy, and economical dinner that can be customized to fit many different nutritional requirements. It is also great in tacos and sandwiches, and as protein for soups and whole wheat pastas.  

Rotisserie chickens as they come from the supermarket are not healthy because they are heavily seasoned with salt, and because they are brushed with fat on top of the presence of the skin.  They can be made a more healthy choice by removing the skin and trimming the fat off.  It can be made healthier yet if only the skinless chicken breasts are eaten.  


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