Dr. Oz reveals interesting details about Costco’s rotisserie chicken

May 22, 2018
10:05 A.M.

The food and medical experts join forces to explore the secrets of one of the most popular meat item in America.


In an episode of The Dr. Oz Show, the famous doctor invited food journalist Mark Schatzker to get to the truth of one of the cheapest food items in America, Costco's rotisserie chicken.

In the episode, Schatzker visited Costco, which he stated was the nation's largest source of rotisserie chicken, and investigated the manufacturing process of this unbelievably low-priced chicken.

The journalist explained to the audience that the process for preparing Costco's rotisserie chicken was similar to all other grocery stores. They were also "pre-seasoned in factories" and then sent to the store where they are cooked-on-demand on a skewer by a store employee.


So, the real secret behind the taste of the rotisserie chicken is in the blend of seasoning in which the chicken is marinated in.

It was disclosed that the tender meat was prepared by mixing ingredients including sodium, sugar, spice, extractives, and cornstarch. To make it tastier, and to give it a 'can't-stop-eating' quality, the skin is seasoned with MSG and sugar.

However, the Dr. Oz went on to explain that the lovers of the rotisserie chicken need not be afraid of the wide mix of the ingredients, which might seem a bit out of the tradition.

He explained that contrary to the popular beliefs, the much-adored chicken was actually "one of the healthiest processed foods" available in the market.

Costco had also announced back in 2015 that they were avoiding the use of antibiotics in their meats. Additionally, the chicken is also made gluten-free.

There was more good news for the audience. It was further explained on the show that the chicken could be made even healthier by simply taking off the skin of the rotisserie chicken.

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