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Why Eating Out Doesn’t Have to Be Unhealthy at La Rosa Chicken & Grill

July 16th, 2020 by

The average American eats out four to five times a week. That’s a lot! There are many reasons why people eat in restaurants so frequently – it’s fun, relaxing and convenient. Eating meals out also saves families from having to grocery shop, cook and clean every night. But dining in restaurants does come with some considerations. Not only can it get expensive, but what about the added fats and calories you’re consuming?

Studies have shown that eating out is worse for you than eating at home. Restaurant foods tend to be higher in calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium. This is due to the fact that restaurants cook with more oils, salt and butter to make their dishes taste good. There’s also the temptation to order fattening dishes and sugary desserts.

Nevertheless, most families eat out on occasion. So where can you find healthy food that tastes great and won’t raise your risk for heart disease? La Rosa Chicken and Grill of course!

La Rosa Chicken and Grill: A Healthy Restaurant Option

La Rosa Chicken and Grill is something you can feel good about. You can dine in at one of our restaurants, eat at home (pick-up or delivery) or use our catering services. Here are some reasons to love us – and our food!

  • Natural, preservative free. Our chickens are natural and not made with any preservatives. They contain no hormones and no MSG. You can feel good feeding the whole family while knowing they’re getting the nutrients they need and nothing more.
  • No fillers or chemical flavors. Another thing that’s important to us is that our flavors come from the quality and freshness of our foods – not from fillers or chemical flavors. All side dishes are made daily using fresh vegetables, and our meats are marinated using our own natural process.
  • Healthy cooking. Unlike other fast food restaurants, our chicken restaurant does not just toss our chicken into grease-filled friers. We cook our meats in kettles, ovens, rotisseries and open-fire grills. This allows our meats to cook perfectly while letting the fats extract.

Feed the Whole Family at La Rosa Chicken and Grill

Natural, freshly prepared foods are important to La Rosa Chicken and Grill, which is why we built a menu that centers on chicken. Chicken is loaded with protein, and when cooked right, can be just as delicious as any other tender meat.

We also focus on healthy meal options that are low in fat and calories such as grilled chicken sandwiches, fresh salads and homemade side dishes. Stop in today to see why eating at our chicken restaurant doesn’t have to be unhealthy!

Summer BBQ Ideas to Enjoy with Family

July 14th, 2020 by

\July is many people’s favorite summer month – and for good reason. The fireworks, sparklers, parades, festivals and barbecues combine for the perfect midsummer treat. Ready to enjoy some red, white and blue this July? Fire up the grill and enjoy these barbecue ideas.

Pork Ribs for a Crowd

Baby back pork ribs are a great bbq staple. They’re sweet and tangy and they smell oh-so-good on the grill. Because they contain rich, delicious fats, you’ll want to pair them with the right sides. We recommend baked beans, corn on the cob, pasta salad or potato salad. Plus, ribs are a great option when you’re serving a crowd. Throw a slab on the grill and you’ll have food for everyone!

Tender, Juicy Barbecue Chicken

Another summer favorite is BBQ chicken on the grill. You can use whatever parts of the chicken you want – the breasts, thighs, wings or legs. Dark meat is more tender and juicy, but chicken breasts can be equally delicious. If you’re worried about overcooking the chicken, brine it first in a salt-water solution. Not only does this prevent overdrying, but it also makes it easier to leave fancy grill marks!

Classic Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

Almost every summer gathering has some variation of hot dogs and hamburgers. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to toss on the grill, making them a top pick for social gatherings. And because there’s not a lot of prep with these meats, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the 4th of July festivities.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is one of the most commonly eaten foods on the 4th of July. It’s juicy, delicious and goes great with barbecued meats. The nice thing is that you can toss the corn cobs on the grill along everything else for a fresh, hot meal straight off the grill. While there are many ways to season and cook corn, we feel that some of the best recipes are the simplest – a dash of butter and a sprinkle of salt are all that’s needed for this veggie!

S’mores on the Grill

Love s’mores but don’t have a bonfire to roast marshmallows? That’s okay – bust out that grill one last time for the day! Heat the grill to a medium heat, skewer the marshmallows onto roasting skewers and hold them over the grill just like you would a fire pit. If you’re not comfortable holding the skewers over the flame, you can put the s’mores together, place them on the grill, cover the lid and cook them until the chocolate is melted.

Tired of spending your summer days cooking and cleaning? Consider catering from La Rosa Chicken and Grill. You can get all your favorites – barbecue chicken, baby back ribs, fresh sides, cornbread and more! This way, it will still feel like summer but without all the work!

Start Summer Right with this Delicious Chicken Dinner

June 18th, 2020 by

We can all agree that summer is one of the best seasons! While this summer may look a little different due to COVID, we still get to enjoy many of our favorite activities – going to the beach, exercising outdoors, enjoying time off school (or e-learning in this case) and relaxing in our backyards. Grilling is another summer pastime, as people from coast to coast fire up their grills to cook savory ribs and juicy chicken.

Chicken on the Grill – It’s Quick, Easy and Nutritious!

One of our favorite recipes for the summer is a simple grilled chicken breast. You can eat this white meat with your favorite vegetable side dish, or slice it up to place on a fresh bed of greens or whole-wheat wrap.

Here are the steps to making this perfectly delicious chicken dinner.

  • Brine the chicken using 4 cups of water and ¼ cup of kosher salt for 30 minutes. Brining meat before grilling keeps the moisture in. We recommend it!
  • Season the chicken breasts with the seasongins of your choice. For 2 pounds of chicken, use 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1½ teaspoons of paprika.
  • Brush olive oil onto the grill grates and toss the chicken onto the grill. Cook one side until browned, turn over and cook the other. Remove chicken once the internal temperature is 155 degrees. Let the meat rest before serving – this helps to lock in the juices.

This simple, easy dish is an excellent way to start the summer off right. You’ll love the smoky grilled taste and the tender, juicy insides. Plus, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it!

Want Mess-Free Dining? Order Freshly Prepared Chicken from La Rosa Chicken and Grill

Now, what if you want to enjoy a healthy, freshly prepared chicken dinner without all the mess? Stop into La Rosa Chicken and Grill and pick up food for yourself, your family or your guests. We have options for everyone!

One option is to purchase individual meals like our Chicken Platter with marinated char-grilled boneless chicken, two sides and a slice of buttery cornbread. Or pick up a family meal with roasted chicken or crispy chicken. La Rosa Chicken and Grill also caters large events, so let us know how we can make your summer event spectacular.

All chicken used in our dishes is natural and preservative-free. We never use chemicals or fillers to flavor our dishes, as we believe high-quality chicken cooked the right way is delicious on its own! We also make our own side dishes using fresh vegetables and herbs and spices. Customer favorites include our Steamed Garlic Broccoli and Garlic Parsley Potatoes.

Whether it’s a graduation, wedding celebration or post-quarantine family gathering, start your summer off right with mouth-watering chicken made on the grill or ordered from La Rosa Chicken and Grill.

5 Easy Barbeque Chicken Recipes

June 16th, 2020 by

The best barbecue chicken recipes don’t call for complex marinades or dry rubs. It’s all about starting with high-quality ingredients and cooking the chicken the proper way. Too often, people overcook chicken, causing it to dry out.

Fortunately, we’ve handpicked five of our favorite barbecue chicken recipes that turn out great each and every time. Check them out and choose one that sounds mouth-watering delicious to you – though they probably all will!

1. The Best BBQ Chicken

With this simple recipe, start by drizzling the chicken breasts with olive oil and ground black pepper. Arrange the breasts on the grill and cook for 4-6 minutes with the lid closed. Flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Baste with your favorite barbecue sauce and flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes on each side.

2. BBQ Chicken Skewers

Chicken skewers put a spin on ordinary chicken. You can use either traditional breasts or thighs. Soak the skewers for 30 minutes and season the chicken with BBQ chicken seasoning. After soaking, skewer the chicken and vegetables of your choice (peppers, onion, mushrooms, etc.), then cook them on the grill for 10-15 minutes.

3. Pineapple Barbecue Chicken

Start with your marinade – barbecue sauce, pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and Sriracha – and let the chicken sit for 30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the marinade and toss on the grill, cooking 4-5 minutes on each side. Do the same with the fresh pineapple slices. Boil the excess marinade and drizzle it on the chicken and pineapple when finished grilling. Delish!

4. Two-Ingredient Crispy BBQ Chicken

Don’t let the weather cancel your plans – you can still make juicy, tender BBQ chicken in the oven! Pick your chicken – we recommend bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts or thighs and legs. Coat the chicken on all sides with olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes, coat with barbecue sauce and bake another 7 minutes. You’ll do this several times and then broil the chicken for 3-5 minutes.

5. Grill Master Chicken Wings

We’ve covered chicken breast and thigh recipes, so here’s one for wings! Marinade the wings for 4 hours using soy sauce and Italian seasoning. When ready to cook, melt butter, soy sauce and hot pepper sauce in a saucepan and reserve. Cook the wings on the grill, turning occasionally, for 25-30 minutes. Pour butter sauce over the wings and serve. Bon appetit!

Take a Night Off from Cooking and Eat at La Rosa Chicken and Grill

These five easy barbecue chicken recipes should keep you busy for the summer! Plus, they use basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Be sure to start with quality chicken and follow the instructions when it comes to marinating, as this will help your chicken turn out tender and juicy. And if you need a night off from cooking, you can still get your chicken fix from La Rosa Chicken and Grill!

Why Coronavirus Should Not Keep You From Ordering La Rosa’s Takeout Food

May 19th, 2020 by

New Jersey residents are unable to eat at dine-in at restaurants for the time being, but what about takeout? Is it safe to order food to bring home? This is a question that many people are asking, as we know that the novel coronavirus can live on surfaces. The good news is that it’s safe to eat food prepared at restaurants, as long as you take the proper precautions.

What are the Risks of Ordering Takeout?

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been no links of COVID-19 being transmitted through food. Rather, the virus is spread through droplets in the air from an infected person who sneezes or coughs. These droplets can end up in the mouths, eyes or noses of nearby people or inhaled into the lungs.

For these reasons, the best prevention we have right now is to practice social distancing and stay 6 feet apart from others. While it is possible for the virus to spread through food or food packaging, it’s highly unlikely. That said, health officials do recommend washing your hands after handling food packages.

What are Restaurants like La Rosa Chicken & Grill Doing to Keep Food Safe?

La Rosa Chicken & Grill is a New Jersey/New York staple for grilled, fried and BBQ chicken, as well as homemade sides, fresh salads and baby back ribs. We remain open during this time, though we have made many changes to keep your food safe!

  • Various pickup options. To make ordering takeout safe and efficient, La Rosa Chicken & Grill is offering a variety of pickup/delivery options. For example, you can pick up your food curbside or have it delivered to your doorstep. This minimizes contact from other people.
  • Minimize cash exchange. Our chicken restaurant is now offering contactless pay. This allows you to pay for your order and leave a tip without having to handle money. Cash, wallets and credit cards all carry a lot of germs.
  • Food-handling hygiene. Right now, proper food handling is crucial, but restaurants always take certain precautions to reduce the risk of illness. For example, our staff is trained to:
    • Wash their hands often with soap and water
    • Wear protective gear like aprons, hairnets and gloves
    • Stay at home when sick
    • Regularly sanitize kitchen and surfaces

Is it Still Worth Ordering Takeout During the Pandemic?

With New Jersey’s stay-at-home order extended indefinitely, ordering takeout is definitely worth it. Everyone needs a night off from cooking and cleaning!

La Rosa Chicken & Grill is taking all the proper precautions to ensure your food is safe. Because we work with chicken, our staff is well-trained to clean and sanitize all surfaces, including refrigerator handles, countertops and other areas that come into contact with food. When combined with our various pickup/delivery options and contactless pay, you can safely enjoy dinner on us!

3 Benefits of La Rosa’s Meal Delivery and Take Out Service During this Pandemic

May 13th, 2020 by

La Rosa Chicken & Grill is open during the coronavirus. We are taking special precautions to ensure our customers and staff stay safe. Our restaurant works with raw chicken on a regular basis, so we already follow strict food handling procedures like sanitizing surfaces, washing hands and wearing protective gear.

If you are thinking about ordering a dinner or two from us, here are three benefits to consider.

1. Enjoy high quality meals for the whole family.

The average American eats 4.2 commercially prepared meals every week. Now with the pandemic, people aren’t able to sit down and dine in restaurants. They can, however, order takeout. But do you really want your family eating fast food 4-5 times a week?

La Rosa Chicken & Grill serves high quality meals that you can feel good about. Unlike fast food chains, our chicken restaurants serve preservative-free, non-hormone injected, MSG-free chicken. Everything is cooked as naturally as possible to preserve the nutrients in the food. We also do not use fillers or chemically flavored food products.

2. Serve your family healthy meals with plenty of protein.

Not only are our meals high in nutrients, but also they come packed with protein. For example, adding chicken to a salad keeps you feeling full longer and also helps repair and build tissues. Eating healthy is especially important right now, as you want to keep your body strong.

With a large menu, you can order individual meals or take advantage of our healthy, cost-effective family meals that include roasted chicken, crispy chicken or baby back ribs with the sides of your choice. Or, add a fresh salad for a full serving (or more!) of vegetables.

3. Give yourself a break from cooking and cleaning.

Lastly, everyone needs a night off from cooking and cleaning every now and then! With families staying home for the most part, it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking for a change. Place your order with La Rosa Chicken & Grill and let us know how you want everything cooked.

Because we make food fresh in our kitchens, we can modify your order to meet your dietary needs and preferences. We also have convenient pickup and delivery options, as well as contactless pay, helping to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Whether your mouth is watering for crispy chicken, a slab of baby back ribs or a fresh Mediterranean salad, La Rosa Chicken & Grill has you covered. Order from us today and enjoy a night off cooking while getting the same health benefits as if you made it yourself!