What Makes Our Pasture Raised Chicken Different?

What Makes Our Pasture Raised Chicken Different?

Finding Organic Chicken With Flavor

It turns out chicken can actually taste amazing. The flavor of our heritage chickens tastes like the chicken your grandmother would remember when she grew up!

Before Betsy and I had our own farm, we tried to find someone raising organic chicken that would be as different as the pasture raised eggs we were enjoying.

I volunteered at one of these farms. Sure it was nice that the birds were outside, but those genetically manipulated breeds are cheap to raise because they doesn't 'waste' feed growing feathers or strong bones or organs. The result was a strange combination of a beautiful natural pasture full of birds that didn't behave or look so natural at all. It was disillusioning at best.

Amazing Pasture Raised Chicken

After starting our own farm, we researched how to raise the best chicken. We learned that chickens' don't really start to develop flavor until they are almost twice as old as those fast growth birds. Meat from slower growth genetics actually has micro-marbling that adds to the health and flavor.

We started off with an experiment between three different slow growth breeds. Each night we'd taste test different cuts of all three and were astounded at how different they each tasted. In the past, chicken had tasted like whatever sauce we happened to use. These each had their own robust, yet delicate flavors that were fantastic with just a sprinkling of sea salt.

There was no turning back. This was food like we've never had before.

Heritage Chicken

We offer the following pasture raised chicken:

  • Whole Chicken
  • Boneless Breast
  • Thighs
  • Drumsticks
  • Wings
  • Stockbones
  • Liver (by request only)
  • Smoked and Salted Wings or Drumsticks (with our sous chef meals)

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Click the images below to learn what makes our pasture raised chicken better.

  • Lush Green Pasture

    When we say 'pasture raised' it means our animals thrive on actual green pasture.

    You'd think that should be obvious, but apparently for others 'pasture' can just be a factory barn full of straw or patch of dirt.

    Learn more: Green Forage
  • Organic Grains

    Our birds get up to 30% of their diet from the pasture; however, all chickens require some grain.

    I was surprised to learn almost all local small farms are using conventional GMO feed.

    Learn more: Why Organic
  • Slow Growth = Flavor

    Factory style chickens are amazing feats of engineering, growing fast cheap meat. This is the type you'll usually see at even the crunchiest farmer's market.

    Taste the slow growth difference.

    Learn more: Slow Is Best
  • Space to Roam

    Our chickens are actually free to range, wherever they want to go.

    Other local farms claim to be 'free range' because the chickens are uncaged inside of their factory farm, just like every other factory.

    Learn more: Truly Free
  • No Drugs

    Most chickens receive routine antibiotics to compensate for living conditions I'd honestly rather just not know about.

    Yeah...That's not for us.

    Learn more: Just Say No

Favorite Chicken Packs

Deli Smokehouse Chicken

$65
4.48 lbs avg

Box 187
$14.51/lb

Finally a poultry TC Farm deli product!

  • Chicken deli meat 

Thin sliced with a touch of smoke and salt as the only ingredient. No nitrates so use within 7 days of opening. ~0.5 - 0.75 pound packs.

Since this is emulsified, there are no fat chunks (perfect for all ages!). We use the cornish cross chickens for this. Read about the differences here.

Sunday Evening Chicken

$89
11.13 lbs avg

Box 302
$8.00/lb

Our best chicken sampler

  • 4 boneless breasts (2 packs)
  • 4 thighs (2 packs)
  • 8 drumsticks (one pack of 8)
  • 12 chicken wings (one pack, 12 per pack)

Our famous Red Ranger breed: Most feel this is better flavor and when you buy a mixed package like this, it isn't much more expensive than the Cornish Cross. Learn more about the two breeds we offer.

Whole Chickens - Ranger

$57
9.12 lbs avg

Box 303
$6.25/lb

Every Sunday Dad would roast a chicken, this is the bird that changed our lives...

  • 2 whole Red Ranger chickens

Our famous Red Ranger breed is why we started our farm (we wanted better breeds of chicken than we could find at the market). Learn more about the two breeds we offer here.

Box size varies, may sometimes contain one or three chickens (remember you'll pay price per pound of the food you actually receive)

Chicken Breasts - Ranger

$95
5.94 lbs avg

Box 305
$15.99/lb

Tastes like chicken was meant to be

  • 10-12 boneless, chicken breasts (2 per pack and usually skin-on)

These are from our famous Red Ranger breed. This breed has much smaller (and thus more expensive) breasts, but they have amazing flavor and texture like a perfectly cooked steak (not mushy like that store-bought chicken)

I love cooking these over high heat to crisp the skin and topped with sea salt as the only seasoning. When Betsy and I first tried these on our hobby farm, we were shocked at the flavor. I hope you enjoy!

Learn more about the two chicken breeds we offer here.

Chicken Thighs - Ranger

$54
6 lbs avg

Box 306
$9.00/lb

On the grill or as confit - this is the best chicken you've ever had.

  • ~6lbs of bone-in chicken thighs (2 per pack)

These are from our famous Red Ranger breed. These will cook up different than the factory chicken you may be used to. They are fantastic, my favorite fresh cut of chicken we offer.

Here are some cooking tips specifically for this cut - hope you enjoy!

Learn more about the two chicken breeds we offer here.

Ground Chicken - Cornish

$70
6.1 lbs avg

Box 307
$11.48/lb

You've never had ground chicken like this

  • Ground chicken in 1lb packs

Ground chicken from our Cornish Cross birds made with dark meat for flavor

These are the breed of chicken you'd find in the grocery or farmers' market. We take special care to slow their growth down so they can live a good life. Other management practices push them to grow so fast there is no way for this breed to live good, humane life.

You can read all about our standards as well as their taste, health and environmental impact here.

Chicken Stock - 24oz packs

$35
9 lbs avg

Box 317
$3.89/lb

The best chicken stock unless you make your own

  • Six 24 ounce packs of our chicken stock made with a 24 hour cook and organic veggies.  

Did you know that store-bought broth is watered down so much so that the USDA doesn't consider it a meat product and rather a 'drink' so that the manufactures can save money by selling water and avoid USDA inspection costs?

Ingredients: Water, TC Farm chicken stockbones and backmeat, organic veggies (onion, celery, carrot), sea salt

Learn more about what sets our stock apart, some great recipe ideas and ways to use it.

Chicken Stockbone

$29
9 lbs avg

Box 319
$3.22/lb

This makes the most amazing soups and broth - out of this world (for real)

  • ~6 chicken stockbones (one per package)

 



Seriously if you haven't tried making your own stock with our chicken bones you haven't lived. It is super easy and amazing. These are from our red rangers (stronger bones make amazing stock)

Includes backbone, neck, ribs and backmeat.

Click to read why and how to make your own chicken broth

Chicken Liver

$59
5.1 lbs avg

Box 320
$11.57/lb

Hearty, healthy, packed with vitamins and raised right.

  • 5lbs chicken liver (1 pound per pack)

Spring Chicken

$78
8 lbs avg

Box 325
$9.75/lb

Sample pack of our famous Red Ranger

  • 4 boneless breasts (2 packs)
  • 4 thighs (2 packs)
  • 8 fresh drumsticks (1 pack)


These are from our red ranger breed, the exact number of items included in this variety package may vary.

Learn more about the two chicken breeds we offer here.

Chicken Breasts - Cornish

$67
6.1 lbs avg

Box 345
$10.98/lb

Cornish chicken done right

• 6-8 Cornish Cross chicken breasts  (1-2 per pack)

Boneless and skinless

These are much larger than our regular chicken breasts

These are the breed of chicken you'd find in the grocery or farmers' market. We take special care to slow their growth down so they can live a good life. Other management practices push them to grow so fast there is no way for this breed to live good, humane life.

You can read all about our standards for raising them as well as their taste, health and environmental impact here.

Meals in a Hurry? Leave the Cooking to Us

Try our Sous Chef Chicken

This is probably my favorite product. I'd highly recommend trying them out.

Great for when you are in a hurry!

To use, simply warm in hot water (to remove from the package) and then crisp them up.

Enjoy with just a touch of finishing salt, add a favorite sauce, or shred them and use them in any recipe that calls for shredded chicken (tacos, curry, chicken salad, and more!)

Be sure to save those bones to make some amazing stock, too!

Read more ideas and see the recipe we use to make it.

Wing Sous Vide

$39
5.58 lbs avg

Box 332
$6.99/lb

Game Night Perfection

  • 2 packs of our favorite wings (~12 per pack)


Wings are lightly smoked and slow cooked with just a pinch of salt. Crisp them up and add finishing salt or your favorite sauce for an amazing meal. Click here for cooking tips and more info.


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Some TC Farm Chicken Recipes