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Mar 4, 2013 04:13 PM

Free Range Fried Chicken in Los Angeles?

A year and a half ago, I decided to stop supporting the cruelty of factory farms by only eating grass-fed meat and free range chicken. Luckily, Los Angeles is filled with places to get amazing grass-fed burgers, and I've had a ton of them.

However, I haven't been able to find free range fried chicken anywhere! I miss that crispy, deliciousness more than anything else.

Have any of you guys found any restaurants in the area that serve great fried chicken that comes from a humane source?

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    1. re: Thor123

      Thank you for that! Yes, it looks very good, and I will definitely try it, but I'm really looking for fried chicken pieces more than sandwiches :)

      1. re: justbeforedark

        Try Huckleberry

        Photo by Joshua Lurie

        Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s bakery café is always bustling, but on Thursday nights, they tend to slow things down, gathering the community to sit side-by-side for a proper three-course meal. They occasionally feature Free Range Fried Jidori Chicken. To start the summer of 2012, they revised the recipe, which still involves buttermilk brine, but now includes a flour batter seasoned with cayenne and hot sauce. They feature de-boned thighs and airline-cut breasts, both of which have a pronounced chicken flavor that comes from free-ranging the birds. During our dinner, they accompanied the chicken with a summery bowl of beans (purple runner and fava), string beans and sweet Brentwood corn.

    2. I'd venture a guess that the Ad-Hoc fried chicken night at Bouchon would fit the bill.

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      1. re: TracyS

        Thats the best, Is it free range?

      2. On Sundays, Farmshop in Brentwood had a three course fried chicken dinner and I believe uses Jidori chickens. The chef is an Ad Hoc alum and I like his prep better than that at Bouchon.

        1. FYI, jidori by definition is free range in Japanese, literally "chicken of the earth". Plan Check also makes a nice jidori fried chicken.