Why You Should Never Buy A Rotisserie Chicken From Walmart

Rotisserie chicken is a big moneymaker for
supermarkets across the U.S. — hungry shoppers took home a total of 625 million in 2017 alone,
and plenty of those rotisserie chickens had to come from Walmart. After all, the one-stop shop carries everything
from household items to clothing to fresh produce, and holds the number one spot in
the grocery world. When it comes to Walmart’s rotisserie chicken,
though, you might want to think twice before you grab another one. The low price tag on Walmart’s rotisserie
chicken can be enticing — especially if it’s on clearance! — but for $4.98 you’ll
be tossing less than two pounds of chicken into your cart — 1 pound, 13 ounces to be
exact. Why settle for less when for the same price
you can pick up a larger bird at Sam’s Club? Since Sam’s Club is owned by Walmart, you
might think you’re getting the same product — but you’re not. A bird from Sam’s weighs in at a whopping
3 pounds. Costco’s rotisserie chicken also comes in
at 3 pounds, and it’s just a penny more. Why settle for less? Aside from value, flavor is another reason
to take your money elsewhere. Reviews on the Walmart product page are hit
or miss, with several complaints about Walmart’s chicken being either overcooked or undercooked. “Yeah, off to a bad start, unfortunately.” Meanwhile, Costco consistently ranks the highest
in a long line of rotisserie chicken taste tests. Taste of Home ranked Costco’s “super juicy
and flavorful” rotisserie chicken tops, while Walmart came in dead last. Costco also won top honors from Eat This,
Not That!, with Walmart again coming in last. Reviewers noted that the Walmart rotisserie
chicken was, quote, “very fatty, and had too much pepper on the skin,” and said it was
“bone thin.” Snack Girl’s thorough assessment of Walmart’s
rotisserie chicken concluded that it tasted like, quote, “burnt, salty meat.” “I didn’t realize it could be this bad.” Though Costco’s rotisserie chicken does tend
to trounce Walmart when it comes to flavor, they don’t always edge out other competitors. One Redditor proclaimed, “I used to be a Sam’s member now I’m a Costco
member. I can tell you one thing for a fact. Sam’s rotisserie chickens crush Costco’s rotisserie
chickens every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Other than that I’m a Costco guy.” There is one category where Walmart beats
out its competitors without question, though it’s not likely one they’re proud of — sodium
content. For a 3-ounce serving of its rotisserie chicken,
Walmart comes in at 690 milligrams of sodium. That’s a bit higher than Sam’s Club at 550
milligrams, and Costco has even less at 460 milligrams. For a lower sodium option, head to Whole Foods. Though they definitely won’t win the value
category, as their birds sell for up to $10, when it comes to reasonable sodium, they’re
a solid choice. The rotisserie chickens from Whole Foods contain
just 280 milligrams of sodium per one-quarter of a bird, which is about 3 ounces. It’s Publix, though, that puts its competitors
to shame, as their rotisserie chicken comes out to just over 200 milligrams for the same
size serving. That’s almost three-and-a-half times less
sodium than in the chicken you’ll find at Walmart. When it comes to size, value, and flavor,
Walmart just doesn’t stack up. Whole Foods and Publix are obviously the places
to turn if you’re looking for less sodium. Wholesale clubs like Sam’s Club and Costco
deliver larger birds for the same price, and consistently earn rave reviews from taste
testers. While it might not be worth getting a membership
strictly for the sake of buying your weekly rotisserie chicken, it’s certainly a perk
if you’ve already got one. As tempting as they may be, instead of in
your cart, Walmart’s rotisserie chicken should be added to the long list of items to stay
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