• Chicken Crown
  • Chicken Crown
  • Chicken Crown
  • Chicken Crown

Chicken Crown 1.3 kg


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  • Each crown weighs approx. 1.3 kg and typically serves 3-4
  • Free range and slow-grown to 81-days (full maturity)

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  • Delivered fresh
  • Suitable for freezing
  • Great for home roasting
  • Cook on the BBQ

Product description

Roasting a whole bird and achieving perfectly cooked breasts and legs is a formidable challenge - a chicken* crown reduces cooking time ensuring succulent, juicy meat. Simply stuff with half a lemon and sprigs of fresh thyme or bast with a yoghurt-based tandoori marinade, then roast the crown hard. Free range, slow-grown chicken crowns are excellent for numerous preparations and are a joy to both cook and eat providing distinct flavour and a succulent texture. If the breasts of the bird are your preferred cut then cooking** them on the crown is a fantastic option. Remaining on the bone helps the meat to retain as much moisture as possible whilst also lending a little extra depth of flavour. You also have the added benefit of bones for stock.

Chef George Ryle inspires:
"Browned in a pan with foaming butter and then roasted through the oven on a bed of wild mushrooms. Served with a side dish of little Austrian dumplings called Spätzle and a Vermouth cream sauce.

Brined overnight and then poached in stock. Add some rice, pasta or noodles plus some vegetables of your choice for a healthy and restorative broth.

For pure simplicity, roast the crown hard, smothered in butter, with fresh thyme, lemon and garlic in its cavity. Let it cool, carve off the bone and slice thinly. Then proceed to make an epic sandwich – good quality bread, a fairly aggressive aïoli, perhaps with some wild garlic chopped through it if the season is right and watercress. Hard to top that!

Don’t forget to keep the bones for bone broth. Just cover with water and bring to a gentle simmer, add peppercorns, fennel seeds, an onion, a carrot and a couple of fresh bay leaves."

*Swaledale is a whole carcass butcher so in addition to our chicken crowns, a full range of fresh, free range chicken products are available, including chicken thighs, breasts and wings. Our chicken is versatile and can be the perfect meat for whatever meal you're cooking; whether it's a curry, summer barbecue or a roast dinner, our tasty and high welfare chicken will shine.

**The following have been published on our journal: a detailed guide on how to cook a chicken crown and George Ryle's recipe roast chicken crown, wild mushrooms & cream sauce.


Free range chicken, slow-grown to 81-days (full maturity).

Cooking advice

Firstly, ensure the chicken crown is at room temperature as this will help it to cook evenly. Rub a couple tablespoons of olive oil over the chicken crown, then season with a good pinch of coarse sea salt and a decent grinding of black pepper. You may want to put a bunch of thyme or rosemary inside the cavity of the bird, perhaps with a lemon halved. Alternatively, you could flavour some soft butter with thyme leaves, lemon zest, coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper and massage the butter between the skin and flesh of the bird.

Place in an oven at 220°C (200°C if using a fan oven) for 15-minutes. At this stage bast the bird well, spooning the juices over the breasts. Reduce the temperature to 190°C (170°C fan) and roast for a further 30-minutes, basting a couple more times during this period. Insert a skewer into the thickest part of the breast, if the juices run clear the crown can be removed from the oven, if not place back in the oven and test every 5-minutes until cooked.

Following cooking, a rest of 15-20 minutes is advisable before carving.

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