Healthy Take-Out That Won’t Break the Bank
After a long day of chasing the kiddos around, do you really want to top it off feeling like a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen? Wouldn’t you rather sit down with a lovely plate of hot food and actually enjoy the meal every now and then? Well, get over the guilt, cut yourself some slack and buy some healthy, rotisserie chicken take-out that isn’t Boston Market or KFC. You’ll be feeding your little ones with new, healthy options to excite their taste buds, and you’ll be buying yourself quality time with them at the dinner table instead of a date with your sauce pans. We’ve rustled up 6 delicious, healthy, and affordable rotisserie chicken spots that have quick and convenient take-out.
Located in a strip mall right down the street from South Coast Plaza, this Mediterranean joint sizzles up excellent, juicy rotisserie chicken and kabobs. A whole chicken combo (Maison Original Chicken or Lemon Basil is best for kids) comes with two side orders, pita bread and garlic sauce for $15-$18. Not bad for feeding a family of 4. Definitely get Maison rice and potato salad for the sides. The hummus and the cole slaw are good options as well. Avoid the spicy-lemon garlic chicken for the kids because it has a lot of heat. Also, it’s worth noting that the chicken feast is advertised to feed 4-6 people but really it’s enough food for about 8 adults. They also have daily specials so always inquire about those. Call ahead to order your take-out because this place does get busy!
3332 South Bristol Street
Santa Ana, Ca
Voted best fast, casual restaurant in San Diego by Ranch & Coast Magazine, this Mediterranean ultimate kabobery just opened its doors at the popular Irvine Spectrum this past year. Everything is made to order, fresh, and healthy. The individual platters are large enough to split between 2-3 little ones. Situated by the spacious food court, you can dine in or carry out. If you are dining in, it’s best to get the kids meals because for $6 you get choices of burgers, kebabs, and gyros, fries or rice, a treat, and a drink! If you are ordering take-out, call ahead and try the chicken kabob entrée ($10) that includes basmati rice, salad, pita bread with cucumber yogurt dip, and your choice of carrots or grilled tomato (get the tomato!). One entrée has enough food to feed two adults, so for a family of 4 you might want to order two entrees. The chicken is all natural and free range so you can be sure you are filling your little ones’ tummies with the good stuff.
55 Fortune Drive Suite 602
Wholesome Choice Market
This Middle Eastern market delivers amazing a la carte hot meals, deli and desserts display that will be met with unbridled enthusiasm from your kiddos. The sights and smells of this market will leave you eager and salivating for dinner. Items offered range from Persian rotisseries and shawarmas, Indian cuisine, Italian, Chinese, Thai, and Mexican. If you’re not feeling like chicken tonight, you can definitely find something else to curb your craving. And if you are looking for a quick dinner option while out with the kids, try the $8 chicken shawarma wrap! It is colossal in size and can easily feed 1 adult and two little ones. The low prices and unbelievable portions make this a good pit stop for take-out.
18040 Culver Drive
This popular franchise has gotten a lot of love from Los Angeles Magazine, The New York Times, and Zagat to name a few. Known for its juicy, mouth-watering rotisserie chicken, it’s a no brainer in terms of a delicious, healthy take-out dinner. The generous family meal deal comes with a whole chicken, 1 large hummus, 1 large cabbage salad, 1 small pack of pickles, 1 small pita pack, and 2 garlic sauces. If you feel that’s too much food, you can also order the half chicken deal as well.
2424 West Ball Road Suite S
A Mediterranean grill that offers more mainstream versus the authentic stuff. What’s great about this place is the kid’s meal: for $4.49 you get a drumstick, a small side and a drink! If you are looking for a family style take-out to feed a family of 4, order the whole chicken meal that comes with 2 large sides for $17.99. Definitely get the garlic fries and steamed veggies and add on a side of hummus. Convenient online ordering is also available.
15333 Culver Boulevard
Hen House Grill
Located just around the corner from the public library, this authentic Persian grill cooks up your classic rotisserie chicken with basmati rice and pita bread for $10.99. Convenient parking allows you to zip in and out with ease to pick up this healthy meal. Orders do take about 20 minutes to prepare so be sure to call ahead so that you aren’t waiting around too long with the hungry kiddos.
18040 Culver Drive
Bonus tip: Many of these spots offer large portions that are sure to have leftover chicken. Don’t let the leftovers go to waste! Here are some kid-friendly chicken recipes:
What’s your fave spot to score an easy dinner?
Written by: Sommy Rhee
All photos courtesy of Sommy!