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Our chickens come from Chris Labdon’s Devonshire farm. He’s a fantastic farmer and all round good egg, making sure his chickens have the best possible life. Chris' chicks are healthy and resilient because they’re very active, slow-grown and eat an organic diet. Chris plants trees so his chickens can peck and scratch about and explore (it’s a favourite pastime of chickens). Chris really does go above and beyond to see that his chickens’ quality of life is the best it can be.
Chicken, as with all meat, is a good source of protein. However the chicken liver itself, provides us with more specific health benefits, high in iron, folic acid and zinc. Chicken can help prevent and treat anaemia, due to its concentrated source of nutrients. Chicken liver will be especially useful for you if you are recovering from surgery. Being rich in zinc, chicken can benefit growth (especially young children), and our immune system. People who eat little, or the elderly, ill or anorexic will find eating chicken extremely beneficial to them due to the high level of zinc.
Chicken should be kept refrigerated, wrapped and away from other foods, in the bottom of the fridge. Chicken can be frozen, but should be thoroughly defrosted before cooking. Our meat and poultry is vac-packed, which keeps the packaging to a minimum. Upon opening, vac-packed meat can sometimes have a strong smell and be darker in colour, but don't worry, remove the plastic & let the meat rest for 10-15 minutes & the odour will disappear and the colour will return to normal! Slow cooking really brings out the flavour of chicken thighs - after browning the meat first in a hot frying pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, just pop the thighs into a casserole dish and add garlic, wine, stock, spices, herbs or chopped tomatoes, then cook in the oven at 190C/374F/gas 5 for about 35 minutes. Make sure the juices run clear when you pierce the meat with a skewer and that there is no pinkiness. Cooked chicken should not be reheated.