Heritage flavor is out of this world! With these birds, it’s all about the dark meat. Huge legs/thighs from being active all their lives, and small breasts because real chicken don’t fly! The flavor is more like turkey than the chicken you are used too, but so much better. Fall of the bone, jucy, flavorful, dark meat.
Raised on pasture their whole lives. Pasture raised chicken have greater flavor, healthier fats, high Omega-3, and better moisture retention.
Raised on feed which is GMO free (RoundUP free) for the healthiest meat with no adverse chemical residue.
It takes 8-10 months to grow out a heritage chicken! Regular meat birds only take 2 months. So that’s a LOT more daily moves, feed, and care. That also means they have the time to build amazing flavor. And it means they are extremely limited availability. So reserve now!
Heritage Chicken Cooking Guidelines
1. Take the chicken out of the refrigerator 1 hour prior to cooking to bring it to room temperature. Remove the giblets from the cavity (they might be hard to find, but they are there).
2. Preheat oven to 300°F. Wipe and pat dry with paper towel. Season inside and out with salt, pepper, and your favorite fresh herbs. In a roasting pan with sides place the chicken, breast side up, on a rack and fill the bottom with more fresh herbs and a shallow layer of white wine or chicken stock.
3. Cook for one hour at 300°F, then turn oven temperature up to 400°F for an additional 5-10 minutes to brown and crisp the skin. Heritage breed chickens require a long, low temperature to help break down the intramuscular structure. The chicken will be tough if cooked at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time, which is why we recommend cooking it low and slow. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.
4. Always allow the chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving to allow for the redistribution of juices.