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Chicken Cooking Guides

Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world because its mild flavors are easily adapted to regional tastes. It’s a protein low in fat, and high in protein - making it a healthier alternative to some cuts of red meat. An average dish of cooked chicken meat, weighing about 4 ounces, contains about 337 calories.

Chicken Cut Stove/Oven Temp Avg Time Finish Temp
Breast Medium Heat (sear) 15 mins 165 °F
Thigh Medium Heat (sear) 20 mins 165 °F
Drumsticks 400 °F (oven) 30-50 mins 165 °F
Whole Chicken 350 °F (oven) 1.5 hrs 165 °F

Note: The above guidelines are only guard rails. Stove tops, grills, and ovens all vary. Cook times should also take into account thickness of meat. To achieve a perfectly cooked chicken, always check temperature intermittently; a meat thermometer comes in handy.

Chicken FAQ

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What makes Crowd Cow chicken better?

When it comes to chicken, Crowd Cow is the best place to buy. We emphasize quality and taste above all else, and our transparency and sustainability practices are top-notch. Our customers love Crowd Cow for its high-quality, pasture-raised meats, and we're the only retailer that is 100% carbon neutral. We only work with farmers who share our commitment to quality and sustainability.

There are a few things to watch out for when purchasing chicken from other retailers. First, be sure to check the label to make sure the chicken is actually pasture-raised. Many grocery stores sell conventional chicken that is raised in overcrowded barns, which is not nearly as healthy or tasty as pasture-raised chicken. Second, be sure to avoid frozen chicken. Frozen chicken is often lower quality and has been sitting on the shelf for months. Finally, be sure to ask the butcher about the chicken's freshness. If the chicken has been sitting around for a while, it won't taste as good as fresh chicken.

Can you cook frozen chicken without thawing it?

Yes! You can safely cook frozen chicken, but you’ll need to increase your cooking time by at least 50%. Since the cooking time is substantially longer, we don’t recommend cooking larger cuts (like whole chicken) from frozen.

Once thawed, how long will chicken stay good for?

If the chicken is thawed in the refrigerator, you don't have to cook it right away; it can be safely kept in the fridge for an additional 1 to 2 days.

What is the difference between pasture-raised and free range chickens?

Pasture-raised chickens are raised outside, always on open grass pastures with plenty of space to roam and forage for bugs, worms, grasses, seeds, and more in their natural habitat. Packed full of rich flavor and nutrients, these chickens are higher in omega-3s as well as vitamins A, D, and E, and lower in fat than most any other chicken.

Free range, organic chicken have outdoor access with space to forage on bugs, grubs and greens as well as nutritious 100% Organic, non-GMO feed their entire lives. Our free range chicken is raised with these same practices, but their feed is not Certified Organic.

All the chicken we offer is free of unnecessary antibiotics and added growth hormones.

Is anything added to the cuts, such as salt flavoring?

Our regular chicken cuts — like whole chickens, breasts and thighs — contains no additives or salt flavoring. Our chicken sausages contain added ingredients, like herbs and spices, but do not contain preservatives or fillers. Full ingredient lists by product type can be found here.

What is Crowd Cow's freezing process?

Crowd Cow's chicken is not flash frozen. Some processors use blast freezers, which freeze in a couple of hours. Others use standard freezers, frozen on racks. In both cases, chicken is frozen at peak freshness to retain high quality and moisture.

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