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Apr 26, 2011 10:52 AM

In search of a really good chicken

I've tried all the top brands / most expensive brands at the usual suspects (Lunds, Whole Foods, Kowalski's) and still can't find a chicken that tastes like chicken. All are styrofoam with grotesquely over-sized breasts.

Nothing can compare to the chickens my grandmother raised. Anyone know where I can buy good chicken? I'm willing to take a country drive.

Every time I make homemade chicken broth, it's such a disappointment.

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  1. Midtown Global Market on Lake Street and/or St. Paul farmers' market.

      1. MInnesota Grown has a listing of those you can purchase from.

        Local D'Lish also carries organic, locally produced chicken and meats.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions. Should have thought of the MDA MN Grown site, myself. Just browsed it. Can anyone speak to any of the specific farms' chickens? Thanks!

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          1. re: SarahInMinneapolis

            I've had excellent luck with Kadejan Farms chickens. They've been my preference over the other local chickens I've tried.

            1. re: foreverhungry

              +1 on Kadejan. They are far and away the best I've had (though I haven't tried many farmer's market offerings).

          2. Most chickens today, whether organic or supermarket cheapies, are the same breed -- Cornish Cross. I think they taste like cardboard. I'm too far away from you --NH -- for a country drive but what you want to ask is for a pasture raised, heritage breed chicken. You can put a Cornish Cross on pasture but you can't make it leave the food dish to eat anything else but grain. A heritage breed chicken will eat the grass and the bugs and anything in your garden that it can steal. They also usually are kept weeks longer than the Cornish X, which also helps develop flavor. You'll pay more but they will be worth it. Good luck.

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            1. re: susanl143

              Gee, thanks, Susan! I know a lot about gardening but very little about chicken and meat. Your comments are super helpful.

              Interesting fact about the Cornish Cross and that it won't leave the food dish. Will now be looking for heritage breeds that are bug-eatin', thievin' fools.