March 19th is National Poultry Day: The Benefits of Organic Chicken and New Ways to Season It

Chicken is one of the most important products to purchase organic according to a 2006 Consumer Reports study. Organic chicken does not contain the antibiotics, toxic hormones and pesticides that commercially raised birds do.

Organically fed chickens that are pasture-raised are free to peck at grass and bugs are the best birds to buy as their meat will be leaner and more flavorful.  In addition, pasture-raised chicken meat is higher in minerals, vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids than its conventional counterpart.  Pasture-raised chickens also naturally produce rich, healthy eggs that are unmatched by anything sold at the grocery store.

While buying organic products may increase your grocery bill, the health benefits are worth it.  Here at Fresh & Natural, two of your customer favorites are Gerber’s Amish Farm Chicken and Larry Schultz’s Organic chicken.

Now that you have great chicken, what are some new ways to season it to add pizzaz to your meals?

Here is a brief summary of the many ways to prepare and season your chicken:

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Seasoning for Grilling

Barbeque rub

Moroccan rug (sweet and sour)

Lemon-herb marinade

Orange-lemon marinade

Herb marinated chicken

Basic Brine mixture

Seasoning for Frying

Blackening seasoning

Minced garlic for sauteing

Olive oil and spices

Chili flakes

Basic salt and pepper

Teriyaki marinade

Barbeque sauce

Seasoning for Baking, Broiling, and Roasting

Fresh herb rub

Brined chicken with honey, lemon and sage

Salt and sugar brine

Buttermilk brine

Enjoy trying some of these seasoning ideas and enjoying your delicious chicken this week!

Author: Michelle Hanson

Michelle Hanson, MA, RD, LD is Fresh & Natural Food’s Registered Dietitian. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics with a minor in Community Health from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She is a registered dietitian and current member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Michelle has been a nutrition consultant for numerous years as well as a nutrition research director at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Michelle is passionate about food and nutrition and believes in helping people find simple, realistic ways to make healthy eating a part of their everyday lifestyle.
If you are interested in meeting Michelle or have questions for her, you can email her at: She will look forward to meeting you!



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