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!",,, 10702,"5 Easy Barbeque Chicken Recipes","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!",,, 10706,"Start Summer Right with this Delicious Chicken Dinner","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.

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