11 November 2007

Sunday Supper: Rotisserie Chicken

Lately we've been eating only two real meals on Sundays. We have omelets at a little harborside café, and find that this meal satisfies us (and certainly provides our quota of eggs for the week) until suppertime.

At that point, one of us makes a run to the Italian market or the other supermarket in town for rotisserie chicken. Sometimes it is accompanied by cole slaw, other times by oven-roasted vegetables.

Until recently, I cooked my own chicken. But time is scarce these days. The chicken we find at local supermarkets is wonderful, and I can see why my mother has loved it all these years.

We found rotisserie chicken all over Paris and were sorely tempted by some we saw on Rue Cler. But my husband purchased what seemed like tons of sausage, and regrettably, we passed it up. Next time. (My next-time list is getting quite lengthy.)

We did buy a bag of rotisserie chicken potato chips, which were OK, but not nearly as delightful as olive potato chips. We wondered if olive was a southern preference.

What is your favorite deli meal?

23 comments:

breadchick said...

I too sometimes pick up a rotisserie chicken but of late the deli meal that I have been craving is the curry turkey salad wrap from Wild Oats prepared food section.

I love the combination of turkey breast chunks in a nice mild curry paired with raisins, celery, and onion. Sometimes, I buy a small tub of the turkey salad and have it with a few stuffed grape leaves for lunch.

Kalyn said...

This is pretty much exactly what I buy when I'm rushed and need something to eat fast! Usually it's on Friday night at Costco.

Betty C. said...

I like the gratin de pommes de terrethat I can buy at the traîteur/primeur near my work. It's not better than mine, but it's different, and makes for a nice change when I'm too busy to cook (like you, a bit too often these days.)

Mimi said...

Oh, Mary, that sounds wonderful! I think I'll try something like that with leftovers this year!

Kalyn, I am still trying to keep the carbs low. If you buy it, it must be OK!

Betty, gratin de pommes de terre sounds awfully good, too.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I seem to have grand plans when I buy a rotisserie chicken but by the time I think about making salad with it, my husband has been eating breakfast, lunch and dinner off it and there is nothing left. It must be the most common "fast" meal around. Mary's does sounds really good.

Mimi said...

Tanna, it is often the same thing at my house.

I feel bad about not cooking, and I miss it, but I am just so darned tired at night now!

Michael said...

I like rotisserie chicken very much. But since I have a preference for dark meat in chicken, I just buy the leg quarters. The leg quarters are cooked on the rotisserie, only I'm not buying the whole chicken. And it’s less than half of the price per pound for the leg quarters, than buying the whole rotisserie chicken.

Toni said...

There is something so basic and satisfying about a roast chicken. I've got the remains of one now in the fridge, which will no doubt serve as the beginning of the next meal.

Blame It on Paris said...

Rotisserie chicken definitely. I love in France getting the potatoes they roast at the bottom that catch all the chicken drippings. Well, I don't actually eat much of either the chicken or the potatoes, but it will definitely please almost whatever other crowd there is to feed.

Violette Severin said...

I always get the chicken too, but I don't know about those olive or chicken potato chips. They don't sound appealing to me. Of course, some beaujolais is a must.

Mimi said...

Excellent idea, Michael! My husband does the same.

Toni, my mom says she can live on one for a week. I think she exaggerates a bit...

Oh, Laura! Yum! I used the drippings to flavor rice from the Camargue last night. Oh my. Very good.

Violette, the olive chips are out of this world. Hope I find some next year in the Lot.

Judy said...

Rotisserie chicken it is. I usually raid the frig and do a veggie or salad depending on what I can find. If I go to Whole Foods and I'm not in the mood for chicken I pick up one of their wonderful entrees and of course a scrumptious sinful dessert. Whole Foods is a wonderful and fun place to shop.

Wanda said...

Rotisserie chicken with a nice potato salad, coleslaw and a green salad are an great choice when you don't feel like cooking.
Or throw some roast veges in the turbo oven for a complete roast meal in a short time.
I coat the roast veges in garlic butter for a yummy finish.
Wanda
from
www.only-cookware.com

Mimi said...

Judy, the rotisserie chickens I buy are supposedly hormone and antibiotic free, I should note. Still, a Whole Foods would be nice to have locally.

Wanda, sounds like we are on the same page, foodwise. I am truly a coleslaw addict.

Jann said...

The chicken is a winner on days when time is short around here...and it is getting shorter now with the store opening.I have purchased a number of roasted chickens from Sam's Club and as a rule, they are wonderful.I try to hit it when they pop them out of the ovens~then head home.One other deli delight I indulge in is Publix's pork roast, always such a crispy crust and so meaty.We live so far away from any of the better deli's-just have to rely on what the supermarkets have available.

Fiona said...

Rotisserie chicken's are great for a satisfying meal when you are rushed. My cats like them too ;)

They sell them in the supermarkets here complete with roast vegetables.... yum !

Mimi said...

Jann, I make do with supermarkets, too, and I'm satisfied. The closest Sam's Club is 50 miles away - darn!

Fiona, what a great idea to sell the veggies, too. I would like that. So often my days last 12 hours or more and I am truly beat when I come home - too tired to slice or trim.

Kristen said...

I love rotisserie chicken. My hubby makes it on the grill quite often but if I am in a rush it is what I turn to at the grocery store to get a good meal on the table fast. It is so versatile...there is so much you can do with it! We love it as is, or in quesidillas salads. etc.

Mimi said...

Kristen, I agree that rotisserie chicken is great in salads and other dishes. I love the flavor! I see that you can buy pre-mixed rotisserie spices, too.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Most definitely, it is lemon/herb rotisserie chicken. I usually prepare a huge salad at home to go with it, and anyone who wants to add the chicken to their salad, does so. For $4.99, you cannot go wrong, and so far, I have been unable to get the same delicious results at home. (you certainly are busy these days, Mimi! We hardly hear from ya!!!....same her, tho)

Mimi said...

Lemon herb rotisserie chicken! Oh, Cyn, to die for!

Jesse said...

Lovely entertaining ideas here. I lived in Paris for a few months in college and this brings the culture right back to me.

Mimi said...

Funny how time in Paris does that to you! All day long, little snippets have been coming back to me, too.