Is Rotisserie Chicken Healthy?
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Rotisserie chicken has more nutritional benefits than it does drawbacks; like other types of chicken, rotisserie chicken is often a healthier choice than fatty ground beef, sausage or a plate of cheesy lasagna. But you need to take some precautions when buying and using the chicken to ensure that it stays safe to eat as it travels from the store to your kitchen and your table.
The American Heart Association, or the AHA, recommends that Americans eat more chicken, along with more fish and beans, than red meat. With rotisserie chicken, you get a good amount of protein with lower amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol than you find in red meat. What's more, the chicken contains robust amounts of niacin and phosphorus as well as smaller amounts of other minerals and vitamin B-12.
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Although rotisserie chicken contains fewer fats than prime rib, it contains more than the skinless chicken breast you might buy in your grocery store. To keep rotisserie chicken on the healthy side, remove the skin and any visible fat before using it in recipes or serving it to your family, and pay attention to portion size. The AHA guidelines call for a total of 6 ounces of protein per day, and they note that one-half of a chicken breast typically contains 3 ounces of protein.
In addition to eating rotisserie chicken as is, you can use it in any recipe calling for chicken. The chicken saves you time and energy when making chicken enchiladas, chicken salad, chicken chili or chicken and pasta.
One reason rotisserie chicken tastes so good is that it is typically made from chickens that have had injections of fat and broth during processing. This processing, which also happens with most whole turkeys you buy in the grocery store, increases the amount of sodium in the meat. Too much sodium in your diet can increase your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, so consider buying rotisserie chicken only on your busiest days of the week.
Reduce the chances of bacteria like Salmonella growing on your rotisserie chicken by ensuring that it's hot when you buy it and that you either use it or refrigerate it within two hours of purchase.
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Susan Lundman began writing about her passions of cooking, gardening, entertaining and recreation after working for a nonprofit agency, writing grants and researching child development issues. She has written professionally for six years since then. Lundman received her M.A. from Stanford University.