Wednesday 5 August 2009

Review - Abel & Cole Free Range Chicken

Some time ago I was asked if I was interested in testing one of Abel & Coles Free Range Chickens and who was I to say no?

I must admit that I was a bit worried about having a chicken delivered and sitting outside until I made it back home from work. Especially since I was getting it delivered during quite some hot weather.

I didn't need to worry. The chicken was delivered in a sturdy insulated box and was packed together with a frozen gel pack. It was still well chilled by the time I got home.

Their whole chickens are reared by a number of growers but I couldn't find any information as to exactly where this specific bird had grown up. Not that I really need to know the exact farm or the name of the farmer.

The chicken came complete with the giblets if you want to use those. I used mine to make some Louisiana Dirty Rice.

There's quite a lot you can do with a whole chicken, most of them illegal in the state of Massachusetts, but I decided that roasting it would be a good way of comparing it to the chickens I normally cook/eat.

I used exactly the same methods and timings as I normally do when I roast a whole chicken, trying to be as fair as possible.

I must say that I was surprised by the end result. The bird itself looked healthy, or as healthy as a dead chicken can look, before I started cooking it but what came out of the oven surpassed my highest expectations.

This was one of the juiciest and most well tasting roast chickens I've ever cooked/eaten. It reminded me of roast chicken dinners I had as a child with chickens from my first cousins farm.

I know that people say that free stuff always taste better but I must say that I will gladly pay for this quality in future. The Abel & Cole Free Range Chickens are a couple of pounds more per kilo than what you pay for normal supermarket chickens but I must say that I think it is well worth it.

I had a very nice roast chicken dinner and then I used the leftovers for chicken sandwiches the next day. Very tasty chicken sandwiches as that.

Mikey says: I highly recommend you trying one of Abel & Cole's Free Range Chickens. I don't think you'll regret it.


  1. Hello!
    Glad to read another review of the A&C chicken - mine is on my blog a few weeks back - as I too was impressed with the taste and texture. I have also tried some of their red meat and been blown away by the beef in particular. I was sent the wrong cut so have another on the way which I am sooo looking forward to!

  2. Kavey,

    I'm glad that I'm not the only one who was impressed with their chicken. ;)

    Not sure what's different with these chickens to the other free range I've tried but they're damned good!

    Sounds like I need to give their red meat a go too.

    // Mike

  3. Yah, read my reviews of the lamb and beef... totally delicious!

  4. Kavey: I've done that right now. For some reason the RSS feed was failing so I had missed that one :(

    Great post!

  5. Åh! Skinnet ser då där perfekt krispigt och saftigt ut, jag kan känna smaken i munnen!

  6. Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post "No teme" in your blog with the link to you?


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