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No Boring Chicken Recipes Allowed

By Megan Myers, August 16, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Chicken is one of the most versatile meats out there so it always has a place on my weekly menu plan. Of course, I have my favorite chicken recipes, but I also get tired of the same dish week after week. I’ve found that chicken is the perfect protein to play with in the kitchen because it can take on flavors from sweet to extra-spicy, and can be prepared no matter your favorite cooking method, from baking to stir-fry to grilling.

If you’re looking to make your weekly chicken dish even more special for your family, choose organic. What’s the big deal you ask? Well, let me tell you.

First off, all the chicken sold at Whole Foods Market®, organic or not, meets our standards that include no antibiotics – ever, no animal by-products in feed and no added growth hormones.* Next, all our chicken is step-rated to Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Standards. These ratings are your way of knowing how the animals were raised for the meat you are buying.   

Now, here’s what makes organic chicken organic:

  • Only chicken raised and processed according to the USDA organic standards can be labeled organic.
  • Like our meat standards, the use of synthetic growth hormones and the use of antibiotics are prohibited
  • Their feed is organically grown and they’re raised on organically managed land
  • They must be raised in natural living conditions appropriate for their species, which includes access to the outdoors

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising poultry

Ready to break out of your normal routine? Don’t be chicken, check out these dishes, from classics done right to weeknight dinner adventures.




What’s your favorite way to serve up organic chicken? Let me know in the comments!



Category: Food & Recipes, Meat




Vered DeLeeuw says ...
I don't buy everything organic, but meat, poultry, dairy and the Dirty Dozen fruit/veggies are definitely on my list of organic-only. My favorite chicken recipe is this recipe for honey glazed drumsticks - super easy, super good. http://healthyrecipesblogs.com/2012/02/27/honey-baked-chicken/
08/16/2012 11:48:32 AM CDT
Arlene says ...
My fav is Jamaican style jerk!! All electric grills are prohibited!!!
08/16/2012 3:03:06 PM CDT
Arlene says ...
...that goes for the gas grills too..
08/16/2012 3:04:57 PM CDT
Arlene says ...
My fav is Jamaican style jerk!! All electric and gas grills are prohibited!!!
08/16/2012 3:07:22 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
my fav chicken recipe in a pinch is "chicken tenders flattened, spread very thinly wholesome black strap molasses some garlic powder & black pepper. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil in the bottom of cast iron skillet when hot. Place the chicken tenders in and cook fast 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until carmelization takes place on both sides. Serve this with your favorite sides and Whoopi a chicken steak dinner...
08/17/2012 12:08:52 AM CDT
reimer1204 says ...
I'm looking for your curried chicken salad recipe that you sell in your deli section. The recipe I found on your website doesn't seem to be the same one. Is it?
08/20/2012 10:54:49 PM CDT
nikki.newman says ...
@REIMER1204 - The recipes in our Prepared Foods department can vary from each store. I would suggest reaching out to the store to see if the chicken salad was a chef inspired recipe or one listed on our website. You can find their contact information at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.
08/21/2012 11:05:29 AM CDT
toni says ...
Where (if anywhere) can I find organic air- chilled chicken?
08/27/2012 12:40:04 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@TONI - Some of our stores carry a Whole Foods brand Organic Air-Chilled chicken option in the meat department. Our products vary at each location so I would suggest calling your local store and checking with the meat department. You can find the store information at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.
08/27/2012 2:36:25 PM CDT
Bearamy says ...
I like to use chiken to make gumbo. Organic thighs are the best!
08/27/2012 3:50:18 PM CDT
zrexb says ...
Those look good. Making my party planning task much easier. Thanks.
08/27/2012 4:07:45 PM CDT
Jennifer Stunz says ...
i would love new recipes with chicken pls sent me new recipes!!!
09/20/2012 6:28:44 PM CDT
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10/18/2012 12:48:38 AM CDT
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