Rotisserie chicken a la Columbia

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2004/08/07 19:08:36 (permalink)

Rotisserie chicken a la Columbia

Rotisserie chicken is apparently very popular in Central and South America, especially Columbia, and we have a several places here. One opened near my place of work and the blurb in the paper said they spritzed their chicken with lemon-lime soda as it was roasting and that it was common among street vendors and fast food shops in Columbia to use various soft drinks for flavoring.

That place didn't last long (teenintsy servings and long waits probably part of the reason) but another place, Pollo Riko, has been in operation perhaps as long as 15 years and now has three locations. They claim to marinate the chicken overnight in beer and a secret blend of 30 spices, then cook it over mesquite and it's really good. Very tasty, large portions, very modest prices. They have some typical American sides (potato salad, slaw, rice) plus fried plantains, yucca and cassava, arepas, etc. But the best reason to go is the chicken itself; it's probably the best in town. It's counter service, always very neat tho a little spartan decor. You can get whole chickens or meals withs sides; they do a lot of take-out business.

I went to still another place that says they marinate the birds in Fanta Fresa -- Fanta strawberry flavored soda! - then cook over mesquite. I got smaller pieces and it was pretty dried out so I haven't gone back to that one yet but I have acquaintances that like it better and I'll have to give it another try.

I like to pick up a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket or Sam's occasionally, but these places offer a tasty and inexpensive alternative.


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    RE: Rotisserie chicken a la Columbia 2004/08/09 13:18:21 (permalink)
    I love S. American rotisserie chicken!!! It is so delicious! The place I frequent near me is a small local chain called Crisp & Juicy. The name is what the give you--crisp and juicy chicken. It comes with a slightly spicy creamy dipping sauce. You have a choice between french fries and fried yucca as well. They have lots of other stuff that I haven't tried yet either. I am always needing a hit of their chicken. I swear, once you've had it the stuff at the supermarket or the national chains becomes only a faint memory!
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