Today’s the day! It’s hard to believe it’s already been 8 weeks since we took delivery of our newly hatched chicks from Hoover’s Hatchery in Rudd. All one has to do is look at the photo from Day 1 until now to see these babies have grown up fast. They’ve become strong legged, heavy breasted meat birds, which means you can enjoy locally raised chicken – fresh from your freezer – all winter long!
Ready-to-make chicken available for purchase this weekend at Enchanted Acres. Stop by The Market, anytime between 9 AM Thursday and 6 PM Sunday, to get yours. Since supplies are limited, it’s a good idea to shop early!
Why buy locally raised chickens?
Since I’m feeding this same meat to my own family, I’ve taken the best care possible of these chickens.
There’s no comparison between the taste of a tomato that was either picked from your own garden or purchased from a farmers’ market verses a tomato that was packed before it was vine-ripened and shipped a great distance to your local grocery store. The same holds true for meat! You can expect locally raised meat to be more flavorful.
Plus, you can feel good about supporting small businesses right here in North Iowa. We purchased our chicks from a family-owned company in Rudd. We purchased the feed and bedding from a nearby family-owned feed business. Now the meat is being processed at a state-inspected facility, which is also family owned, in my hometown of Greene. Your food dollars are helping support all of these rural Iowa businesses, and these businesses are the backbone of the small Iowa towns that we know and love.
It’s a good feeling knowing that our freezer is filled with nutritious and delicious foods that we will be able to enjoy throughout the long winter months. Below is one of my family’s all-time favorite recipes for Rice Krispies® Oven Baked Chicken.
For a special fall meal, serve up oven baked chicken with a side of Warm Harvest Apple Salad. I truly believe it’s work the extra time to make the Maple Whipped Cream. It’s so creamy and delicious! The topping makes this salad taste more like a dessert, but I’m calling it a serving of fruit. :)
4 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3 pounds chicken pieces, washed and patted dry
3 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
Place KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal in shallow dish or pan. Stir in paprika. Set aside.
In medium mixing bowl, beat egg and milk slightly.
Add flour, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Mix until smooth.
Dip chicken in batter. Coat with cereal. Place in single layer, skin side up in shallow baking pan coated with cooking spray or foil lined. Drizzle with melted margarine.
Bake at 350° F about 1 hour or until chicken is tender, no longer pink and juices run clear. Do not cover pan or turn chicken while baking. Serve hot.