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Whole Chicken Meal Ideas | NIKU Farms

October 22, 2021

Did you know that a handful of our farms provide the option of buying a pasture-raised chicken whole? 

5 Chicks and a Farmer, Howick Community Farms, and Marita Fields all allow our customers to add a whole chicken to their boxes. But it can feel a little overwhelming to cook for those who haven’t ventured there before.

Roasting a whole chicken might be the first thing that comes to mind, but we promise there are so many more things you can do to make this bird sing for your weeknight dinner.

Here are some recommendations for easy whole chicken recipes!

A whole chicken coming out of the oven.

Roast Chicken

Like we said, roasting the whole chicken might be the first thing that comes to mind. But it’s the flavours you add to it that really make it unique. Whether it’s a spicy rub, or citrus and earthy herbs, a crispy chicken really is a blank canvas for you to get creative with and make your own!

Chicken Soup

It’s getting colder outside and soup is becoming a go-to comfort food. Why not cook up the bird and add some shredded chicken and chicken broth to your favourite slow cooker chicken soup recipe? Add some delicious seasonal veggies to make it even more hearty!

Chicken Tacos

While we’re talking about shredded chicken, you can also use that succulent shredded chicken for taco night! Grab some tortillas, add your favourite toppings, some sharp cheese and hot sauce, and we can bet you’ll never want to have tacos with store-bought chicken ever again.

Chicken Penne

Maybe not the place your mind first goes when you hear “chicken”, but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious! Add your favourite white or dark meat to some penne or fusilli with a thick, creamy sauce and some vegetables, seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s a comfort recipe that will warm your heart in no time!

Next time you’re picking products for your NIKU subscription, consider getting creative with a whole chicken!