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National Rotisserie Chicken Day

by | Jun 2, 2020 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Jeff’s favorite type of chicken, Rotisserie Chicken. In 2015 Boston Market submitted a request to the National Calendar Day folks to deem June 2nd National Rotisserie Chicken Day, and that request was granted. It’s undoubtedly favored as a quick family dinner option when paired with some of your favorite sides. We hope you’ll cook up a way to celebrate National Rotisserie Chicken Day, today June 2nd!

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about my favorite type of chicken, Rotisserie Chicken.

In 2015 Boston Market submitted a request to the National Calendar Day folks to deem June 2nd National Rotisserie Chicken Day, and that request was granted. It’s undoubtedly favored as a quick dinner option as Boston Market encourages people to “take a side against fried”. 

So what exactly is a Rotisserie Chicken? It’s a whole chicken cooked on a rotisserie also known as spit-roasting as the meat is skewered on a long rod and cooked slowly over an open fire or within an oven. This method of cooking uses the entire animal and is also commonly used to roast pigs. 

This style of cooking sears the skin to seal in flavor, resulting in a tender, juicy chicken and is often injected with a blend of seasonings for a heightened taste! The rotation or rotisserie helps cook the meat evenly in its own juices for continuous basting. 

So how long does a Rotisserie Chicken take to make? With cooking temperatures between 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit, it takes a chicken about 20-30 minutes per pound to cook. So for example, a 6lb chicken will take about 3 hours. Some grills and ovens may be equipped with rotisserie equipment, but if not, you can still celebrate as many restaurants and supermarkets offer rotisserie chickens to-go! 

Detroit Free Press reported in 2015, when this national day was established, that the National Chicken Council predicted Americans would consume 900 million rotisserie chickens throughout the year. For those of you who are fans of Cosco rotisserie chicken, their stores sell more than 60 million chickens annually. 

This healthier alternative to frying is a quick and easy way to serve up a flavorful family dinner with common sides like rice, mashed potatoes, or your favorite vegetable. It’s a great way to enjoy all cuts of meat and leftovers can easily be repurposed into salads, casseroles or sandwiches. 

We hope you’ll cook up a way to celebrate National Rotisserie Chicken Day, today! And that’s your weekly Moment with Meyer. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always thank you for listening!

Hosts & Guests

Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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