This ain't your grocery store's chicken. It's ultra premium poultry from PolyFace Farms that was raised as nature intended! Chickens were not meant to be cooped up inside. These chickens were raised at Polyface Farms where they had fresh air, fresh grass, and sunshine. They were able to scratch around in the dirt and add grass and bugs to their diet.
Why does free-range chicken cost so much more than conventionally raised poultry? These birds are active and run off their calories which makes them a healthier, happier animal but it takes longer for them to gain weight than your factory-farmed birds that are cooped up and raised in a controlled environment.
Much loved and always in demand, our birds are truly pasture-raised and you can see and taste the difference in their meat. Housed in portable field shelters, our meat birds spend eight weeks outside doing what chickens do best - scratching the dirt, fertilizing the soil, and eliminating pests, basically co-laboring with us on the farm.
A whole chicken can be made in so many different ways.
Beer Can Chicken—For an easy way to make it: Brush it with oil, season it, plop it on a beer can and either grill or bake it covered until done (160° F)
Spatchcocked-A great way to grill it evenly. Brush with oil and season. It will lay flat and cook evenly. (Spatchcocking involves removing the backbone and breaking the breast bone.)
If cutting up the bird into parts for frying, baking, breading, shredding, etc. The back that is left will make great chicken broth and enough meat to pick off to make a great soup!
When you are done cooking your whole chicken and eating the meat off the bones, cook the bones for broth! You can make several meals out of one chicken.
Weight: 4-5 lbs.