Rotisserie Chicken Nutrition – Worth it?
Rotisserie chicken isn’t as good for you as you may think. It is an easy way to come up with an easy meal and the leftovers are great in casseroles and on salads. But is it worth
the nutritional cost?
Rotisserie cooking means the chicken is constantly basted in its own fat, so it won’t be as healthy as a grilled chicken breast.
It will however be better than most meats if you remove the skin. One reason they’re juicy and delicious is because they were brined for a few days before cooking. Brining food is simply immersing the meat in a saturated salt/seasoning/sugar solution.
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One of the reasons for the brining is brined chicken is almost impossible to overcook.
If you have any food sensitivities you need to know the ingredients in the brine solution.
Aside from food allergies, here are some general facts about rotisserie chicken:
- A 3 ounce serving of rotisserie chicken contains 170 calories, 12 grams of fat and 3.5 grams of saturated fat.
- It usually has a large amount of cholesterol; ~28% of the daily value
- Rotisserie chick has 11 percent of the daily value of sodium.
To make rotisserie chicken healthier you can remove the skin. The skin on the chicken adds another 147 mg of cholesterol to your meal.
There are other positive reasons for having rotisserie chicken:
- It provides essential vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zince, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, vitamin B6 and B12.
- Rotisserie chicken also contain healthy fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
- It provides 38 percent of your daily requirement for protein
My recommendation is to make your own rotisserie chicken. You control the quality of the meat and the added ingredients.
I know it is tempting to just drop in the store and pick up a chicken. I have done this many times. But since my kids have food sensitivities I have to think differently about health and convenience.
Making my own chicken will provide both. I can look for whole chickens on sale as well as look for free range chickens. I can remove the skin before cooking it. The marinade I use to baste the chicken will have non-allergenic ingredients.
Now I am off to research different rotisserie ovens on the market to see which ones will meet a variety of needs. It would be nice to grill in the winter and it would be nice to be able to cook small items without turning on the oven in the winter.