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There are many reasons why you might enjoy going to Costco. For some, it’s shopping in a store where you usually get more than you need. For others, it’s the low prices.

One thing that many Costco customers have come to appreciate is the tasty rotisserie chicken. It makes a great meal, and it does so at a budget price.

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The problem is, many Costco customers are now on Reddit saying that the rotisserie chickens have started tasting like chemicals. It has raised some alarms from those customers, with many calling it a distinct chemical flavor.

After one person came on Reddit and complained about the off taste, others began saying they had experienced the same thing in the past few weeks. Some of them have even been buying Costco chicken for years.

People often come on Reddit to complain about things that aren’t quite as they should be, so it wasn’t unusual to see someone complaining about Costco. The problem is hundreds of people agreed with them and started saying that the rotisserie chicken not only tasted bad but had a bad smell as well.

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Of course, when you’re paying $4.99 for a rotisserie chicken, you would expect that it isn’t going to be top-of-the-line. Then again, people who have been buying these chickens for years do so because they are tasty and affordable.

What does the chicken taste like? For some Reddit commenters, it tasted similar to a swimming pool. Others chimed in, saying it had a distinct chlorine taste.

Others expressed concern that they had COVID and had lost their ability to taste, so they were thankful to hear that others have been having the problem for as long as a year.

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According to Fox 7, the chief financial officer for Costco, Richard Galanti, said they would continue to keep the chicken at an affordable price to entice customers to purchase a membership. That price, which is just under five dollars, is incredible considering the rising cost of food.

Some people on Reddit feel that the cooling process after the chicken is butchered may lead to a chemical taste. They would cool the chicken quickly after butchering to prevent bacteria from forming.

Others say that there is a difference from one supplier to another, including one who claims to work for Costco at a warehouse. At any rate, we hope they get it sorted out soon so we can continue to enjoy the delicious taste of Cosco chicken and save some money in the process.