Whole roasted chicken is a family favorite in many homes. The dish is simple to make, provides a warm, hearty taste that will please even the pickiest of eaters. At Rafter W Ranch, we believe the type of chicken you use in our recipes is one of the most important choices you can make when planning your dinner. We suggest only buying pasture-raised chicken. These chicken have spent their entire lives on the pasture with access to grass, grubs, and sunshine. They have typically been raised to 12 weeks old (as opposed to 6 weeks for the traditional supermarket chicken) and provide a leaner, tastier meat. Because their meat is leaner, they cook faster and are often cooked low and slow.. There are a variety of ways to enjoy pasture raised chicken. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Roasted Pastured Chicken

Straight out of the Rafter W Ranch kitchen, this Roasted Pastured Chicken recipe is a no-fuss, simple way to enjoy your bird. It’s great accompanied by slow roasted, seasonal vegetables.

Spatchcock BBQ Chicken via Raising Generation Nourished

Spatchcock is another term for butterflying a chicken. This butchering technique provides a uniform thickness and allows for a quicker cooking time. This recipe will be on your table in less than an hour!

Rotisserie Style Chicken via Wellness Mama

If you are looking for the taste of rotisserie chicken with the benefits of being pasture raised, this recipe is for you. The combination of spices creates a savory chicken that will make you leave the grocery store rotisserie chicken behind.

Easy Crockpot Chicken Bone Broth via Oh Lardy

One of the great things about buying a pasture-raised chicken is that it makes a delicious, nourishing bone broth. Bone broth is a great addition to many recipes and tasty on its own. It’s also full of nutrients like magnesium and calcium. This easy recipe allows you to throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about it.

Pastured chicken should be a staple in your kitchen. Contact Rafter W Ranch to reserve yours today.