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Our Chicken

Chicken – the affordable, healthy protein option

Healthy, affordable and versatile, chicken has been a popular part of our diet for thousands of years.

Why is chicken so popular?

  • Chicken is a lean meat
  • Chicken typically contains fewer calories per portion, compared to beef, lamb, pork and duck
  • It’s a natural source of energy that makes you feel fuller for longer
  • It’s a very tender, soft meat with a subtle flavour, so it’s a great choice for young children who need a good source of protein to help them to grow
  • It’s a great source of protein
    • For muscle growth and maintenance
    • To support healthy bones

It contains essential vitamins and minerals

  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) can help keep our metabolism in shape, can help our nervous system to function and can help to reduce tiredness
  • Vitamin B6 is one of the main vitamins in chicken and, like niacin, it also helps to keep our metabolism, nervous system and immune system healthy
  • Phosphorus - this mineral helps to look after our bones and teeth as well as playing a part in our metabolism

Chicken has a low carbon footprint

Not only does chicken taste good, and do you good, but it’s the least environmentally unfriendly of all of the meat proteins in terms of its carbon footprint. *Cows release the equivalent of 16kg of carbon dioxide for every kilo of meat they produce, sheep produce 13kg of CO2, whereas chickens are responsible for only 4.4kg of CO2 per kilo of meat. Not only does chicken produce the least greenhouse gas emissions of the most popular types of meat, but it produces less overall emissions during each phase of production, processing, and cooking.

*Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28858289

Nutritional information per 100g

Light meat (breast fillet and wings) and dark meat (leg meat) in bold
Energy: 106 Kcal/449kJ / 109 Kcal/459kJ
Protein: 24g / 20.9g
Carbohydrates: 0g / 0g
Of which sugars: 0g / 0g
Fat: 1.1g / 2.8g
Of which saturates: 0.3g / 0.8g
Fibre: 0g / 0g
Sodium: 60mg / 90mg

Cooking guidance

Whole bird

Cook from chilled. If freezing at home, defrost thoroughly before cooking. Preheat oven: Appliances vary, but as a guide: 190oC/ Fan 170oC/ Gas 5. Remove all packaging including the trussing band. Place chicken in a roasting tray and onto the middle shelf of the oven. Optionally, loosely cover with foil. Allow 20 minutes per 500g plus 25 minutes for cooking. At the end of the cooking time, check that the food is steaming hot and that juices run clear when probed. No pink flesh should be evident. Let the food rest for 10 minutes before carving.

PORTIONS

Cook from chilled. If freezing at home, defrost thoroughly before cooking. Preheat oven: Appliances vary, but as a guide: 190oC/ Fan 170oC/ Gas 5. Remove all packaging. Place chicken portions in a roasting tray and onto the middle shelf of the oven. Optionally, loosely cover with foil. Allow 18 minutes per 500g for cooking. At the end of the cooking time, check that the food is steaming hot and that juices run clear when probed. No pink flesh should be evident. Let the food rest for 10 minutes before carving.

For recipe inspiration, head to our recipe page and follow this link for more information about preparing and cooking chicken safely.

Grain Fed Chicken

Our Great Taste award winning standard, grain fed chickens are reared in light, airy barns and enjoy a nutritious diet using Yorkshire grown wheat. Follow this link to read more about our farmers - Our Farms

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Higher Welfare Chicken

Our new Higher Welfare chickens live in light, airy barns with natural light and ventilation and have 20% more room than our standard chickens. Follow this link to read more about our farmers - Our Farms

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Free Range Chicken

Our Great Taste award winning free range chickens enjoy a nutritious diet supplemented with grubs and bugs that they find in the pasture. Follow this link to read more about our farmers - Our Farms

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Recipe and Cooking Advice

For recipe inspiration and advice about preparing and cooking our chicken, head to our recipe and food safety pages.