So, Saturday night I was staying with a friend in NYC and wanted to treat her to a nice meal at home after she worked a long, difficult day. Being terribly short on oven and counter space, I decided to do my produce shopping at the Union Square farmers market and just get a roasted chicken from Whole Foods as the main. After all, how much difference could there be? As long as the sides were fresh, the store-cooked chicken should be a decent stand-in for home-made, right?
Well, I was totally shocked at how truly terrible the chicken was. While it was a gorgeous golden brown on the outside, it was overcooked to the point of sawdust in the white meat, and it had absolutely zero seasoning. I'm absolutely sure there wasn't a grain of salt anywhere in this bird. I chose the "plain" variety, by the way. I'm scared of what "herb" or especially "lemon pepper" might mean.
I made a jus out of the wings along with some garlic, thyme and a good glug of port, so that made the meat palatable. But is this the norm? I have bought pre-roasted chicken maybe three times in my life, and those I bought at Costco and a local supermarket were more than acceptable. Is this one of the places Whole Foods just drops the ball habitually? Or is it more a symptom of the Union Square location's unbelievable traffic dooming it to half measures?