Price Check: Rotisserie Chicken in Dallas Roundup

Too hot to cook or just plain lazy? Either way, these places can ease your pain. Thanks to our editorial intern, Jonathon, for his roundup of ready-to-eat chicken. Around the world flavors in alphabetical order.

Ali Baba Café
Multiple locations.
$10.00. Whole Middle-Eastern rotisserie chicken served with garlic sauce, rice, and pita bread.
Each bird cooked 1 hour and fifteen minutes
Garlic, olive oil, Middle-Eastern spices.

Central Market
Multiple locations.
$7.99 whole.
Each bird is cooked for about an hour.
Flavor options: Classic, Beijing (seasoned with fiery and pungent spices such as sugar, garlic, salt, ginger, cayenne, star anise), Citrus Peppercorn, Herb, Sonoma, Spice Trade, Spicy Thai, Tuscan, Vanilla Pepper.

Chic from Barcelona
$14.95 for whole chicken with roasted apples
Family special pick-up:
$39.95. A whole chicken, a half chicken,
a quarter gallon of gazpacho,
choice of two salads
“Secret chicken recipe”

Multiple locations.
$4.99 for whole chicken
“Standard seasoning and a little salt.”
Each bird cooked 1 ½ hours.
Available 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends.

Cowboy Chicken
2 locations
$7.99 for whole chicken.
Lunch Special: ¼ Rot. Dark, 2 sides and a wheat roll $4.99
Each bird cooked for 2 ½ hours.
“Super secret special seasonings.”
Open 11:00a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call early for pick up or catering.

$7.99 for whole chicken
$10.99 chicken and 2 sides.
$17.99 whole chicken and 2 large sides and corn bread.
Each bird cooked 1:45-2 hours.
Flavors: Peking Chicken, Thai seasoning and soy sauce, and Lemon Herb.

El Pollo Regio
Multiple locations
$14.06. Whole chicken comes with rice, charro beans (kind of like the ones at Matt’s), tortillas, onion, and salsa,
Each bird is coated with a “red seasoning rub” and cooked over open coals.

Fiesta Market

Multiple locations.
Whole chicken: $5.89 to $6.89 depending on what they’re stuffed with and comes with corn tortillas, jalapeños, and roasted potatoes.
Each bird is cooked 2 ½- 3 hours. Available from 8:30a.m.-9:00p.m.

Neighborhood Services
(214) 350-5027 (no website)
Whole chicken dinners to go.
$35 with reusable tote bag, $30 without.
Includes chicken, salads, cucumbers, potatoes, garlic bread, caramelized onions, weekly vegetable, chicken wrapped in butcher paper, separated wings and legs presented under the breasts. Each bird is roasted in the oven, split open, seasoned with butter, chicken seasonings, and cooked for an hour and fifteen minutes

Whole Foods
Multiple locations.
$8.99 whole. Each bird is cooked 2 ½-3 hours.
Flavor options: Plain, Barbecue, Lemon Pepper, Honey Balsamic.
Chickens available 11am-10pm.


  • Rawlins Nichol-Plated

    My plain-roasted FIESTA chick on S. Buckner is $4.99 and so is my SAM’S for flavor options Plain, Barbecue, Lemon Pepper, Jalapena whaever.
    Y’all on the north side of I-30 are paying a premium.

  • Mark

    To be fair this needs to broken down into ounces like the Lobster fest.
    Never mind I’m getting a headache thinking about it.

    IMHO Costco is the best,that is a good price at Ali Babba, and Cowboy chicken has the smallest chickens I’ve ever seen.

  • Bonathon


    Don’t ever give me another assignment involving research of the food of the proletariat. Someone as “comfortable” as me should be at Tei An or Charlie Palmer’s.

  • Randy

    The Eatzi’s chicken meals are the best they offer, IMO. I eat a chicken from there weekly, and it’s good for 3-4 meals. The WholeFoods chickens, OTOH, are an abomination, and I have no idea how they sell them.

  • Kirk

    “A quarter gallon of gazpacho…”

    How about 0.946352946 litres?

    Or one quart?

  • Kirk, I guess you could say, “That’s a quote son, that’s a quote.”

  • John

    Sam’s Club is under $5 also and their birds are bigger than Central Market’s.

  • Kellyn

    Hot damn, Nichols – you know how to make a gal who doesn’t cook a rock star at home. Golf claps.

  • Kellyn

    Oh, and props to you, too, Jonathon.

  • Marcus

    CM has a special running right now, buy a whole uncooked chicken ($6), you get a loaf of bread and a bottle of marinade for free. I believe it’s a wash, since I bought two larger chickens for the same price last week at Kroger. But the bread was good. And my Big Green Egg cooked my chicken perfectly last night.

  • Twinwillow

    I have to say, I find most super market rotisserie chickens to be, way overcooked. The breasts are terribly dry and the dark meat doesn’t fare a whole lot better.
    The worst offender is, WholeFoods!
    Eatzie’s is probably the best around town now that Dallas City Market has closed. DCM had THE best rotisserie chickens in town.

  • JJFoodie

    Don’t forget La Madeleine! Lots of rosemary, garlicky, lemony goodness! I’m thinking ~ $8 gets you a whole bird…works great w/ the potato gallette! Nummy…