Chicken is fast becoming the most widely-eaten meat in the world – and per capita, Australians and New Zealanders are among the planet’s largest consumers of poultry.

You don’t need to be a poultry lover to know why – though of course it might help: the fact is it’s easy to prepare, versatile to use, packed with protein and relatively inexpensive.

It’s also flavoursome – especially after it’s been spit-roasted.

The origins of the rotisserie chicken stretch back at least several hundred years: there are depictions of birds being rotated on horizontal spits in European art dating back to the 14th century. And the word ‘rotisserie’, French for “shop selling cooked food”, is also not especially modern, being widely used in the 1800s.

But the widespread practice of spit-roasting chickens, found now everywhere from takeaways to supermarkets, was developed far more recently.

For this you only need go back to the 1980s and 90s, with companies such as Boston Chicken – now Boston Market – in the US expanding rapidly off the back of their popular packaged rotisserie chickens.

That popularity has only increased in the years since, with consumers prizing the ready-roasted chicken’s mix of good taste, value for money and convenience.

There’s also the small matter of its versatility: a rotisserie chicken can be served as it is with hot chips or rice on the side, turned into a light summery salad, added to curries, stir fries and pastas, or picked apart and made into delicious sandwiches. It’s a winning ingredient for quick, nutritious meals. 

And now you can offer customers a smart and handy way of transporting them home, thanks to Advantage Plastics’ hot food bags.

These high-clarity, heavy-duty bags have been designed with a zip-lock top to help preserve the chicken beyond the day of sale, as well as vent holes to allow excess heat and steam to escape. 

Just perfect for Australians and New Zealanders and their ever-growing taste for chicken.