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Food 4 Less chicken: OMG!!

Will Owen | Aug 20, 200512:58 AM

The North Lake (Pasadena) Food 4 Less is just around the corner from me - I seldom go there just because of the usual checkout hassle, but I was out of coffee and too low on money for Peet's...anyway, I was looking for some supper meat, and all the chicken was half-frozen and it's going on 7 o'clock, so what the hey, let's try one of their rotisserie birds. Smells good, cheap enough ($4.79), you can eat anything once...

Well. I've bought a few Instant Chickens in my (considerable) time, starting back when they were around a buck and a quarter each, and they've been getting less and less yummy over the years: drier, leaner, more overcooked - and the "good" specialists, like Zankou and El Pollo Loco, aren't really doing any better. But this sucker was a marvel. It was a mess getting it out of the bag, and when I licked a finger or two afterwards I was suddenly transported to Palo Alto 1969, when as a suddenly newly-remade bachelor I was buying those $1.25 birds just about every night, and they were the best of the breed I'd ever have until, apparently, NOW.

Seriously. The breast meat, which I immediately tried out after having found the seasoning so right, was juicy and tender. All the other bits that "fell off" or "detached themselves" or were "too small to serve" were so good I'm amazed there was any left for my wife to eat. I mean really, guys - unless this was a fluke of some sort, the only good chicken in a sea of duds, I think Castle Owen has a new Purveyor of Previously Prepared Poultry, by appointment etcetera. This chicken and Zankou's garlic sauce...ummmm. How do I do that?

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