Firstly, chickens arrive at the store pre-stuffed (so, unfortunately, we can’t give you the recipe!) and are then placed in a rotisserie oven for 1hr 15 mins at 180 degrees with some ovens cooking up to 54 at one time!
After that, the roast chickens are packaged and left on display on one of the self-service trays (heated at 60 to 80 degrees) for up to three and a half hours before they are discounted for a further 30 minutes before they are thrown away.
Woolworths used 100% Australian RSPCA approved chicken and ethical farming methods.
The Woolworths employee continued 'the first batch of chicken is cooked so that it comes out in the store for between 7:45am to 8am for people on their way to work.’
'This means that around three-and-a-half hours after then you will start seeing the chicken being discounted.
'After that it is often dependent on how many chickens are left and how many we are expecting to sell.
'But we often have another batch which comes out at around 3.30pm to meet the after school rush as this is often when parents will buy the family dinner.
'So this means that if you turn up at about 7 pm you are likely to get discounted chicken. As long as they have not sold out.'
As usual, there is a contentious price battle being fought between Coles and Woolies with Woolworths offering whole BBQ chickens for $7.90 and Coles offering them for $8.00 a chook.
If you want to make your own at home you can buy chicken for the following prices*
Rspca Approved Chicken Breast Fillet $9.50 kg
Rspca Approved Chicken Thigh Cutlets $6 per kg
Rspca Approved Woolworths Fresh Chicken Drumsticks $4 per kg
*depending on specials