There is no specific breed of chicken that is called “fowl chicken.” However, the term is sometimes used to refer to chickens that are raised in a traditional or free-range manner. These chickens are typically allowed to roam freely and forage for food, and they are not given antibiotics or hormones.
The term “fowl” refers to a domesticated bird that is raised for its meat and eggs. Chickens are the most common type of fowl, but ducks, geese, turkeys, and other birds also fall into this category.
Fowl chicken is often seen as healthier and more flavorful than conventional chicken raised in factory farms. This is because fowl chicken is typically allowed to grow at its own pace and develop its natural muscle and fat. Additionally, fowl chicken is often slaughtered and processed on a smaller scale, which can help to ensure that the meat is fresher and of higher quality.
This type of poultry is prevalent among Caribbean islanders. Range-free chicken, closely related to fowl chicken, is widely consumed in the Caribbean. Because of the similarities in taste and its health attributes, it is the preferred poultry of many immigrants. It is considered healthier than conventional chickens.
Here are some of the benefits of eating fowl chicken:
- Good protein source, essential for building and repairing muscle tissue.
- Low in fat and calories, making it a healthy choice for people trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight.
- Good source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, and niacin.
- Sustainable and environmentally friendly choice of meat.
If you are looking for a delicious and healthy alternative to conventional chicken, fowl chicken is a great option. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, including roasting, grilling, baking, and frying. It can also be used to make soups, stews, and other dishes.
Where to purchase Fowl Chicken
Fowl chickens are primarily sold in “Live Poultry and meat” markets or specialized local markets. These regional markets are usually located in a highly populated Caribbean/Latin America area.
Fowl chickens are priced higher than regular chickens. When bought at a live poultry market, the chicken is as fresh, and the taste is different than if it was prepared to be sold at supermarkets.
The meat is tough. Yes, it is! This is not your ordinary poultry that will take about 1 hour to roast or less than one hour to cook on the stovetop. This type of poultry is best cooked in a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, or a crockpot.
Best way to cook
Fowl chickens are not cooked the same way as regular chickens. The reason is because of their tough meat. A heavy bottom pan such as a Dutch oven is ideal if you do not own a pressure cooker or a crockpot. When using a Dutch oven or a heavy bottom pan, cooking time is about 2 – 3 hours on low heat.
As long as you have patience, the result will be surprisingly good. You can check the Easy and Simple Fowl Chicken recipe by our team member Natacha.
Here are some recipes to try:
- Roasted Fowl Chicken: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken in a roasting pan and season it with salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices. Roast the chicken for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until it is cooked through.
- Grilled Fowl Chicken: Preheat the grill to medium heat. Brush the chicken with olive oil and season it with salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices. Grill the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side or until it is cooked through.
- Baked Fowl Chicken: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken in a baking dish and season it with salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices. Bake the chicken for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until it is cooked through.
Fowl chicken is a delicious and healthy choice of meat that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you are looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal or a special occasion dish, fowl chicken is sure to please.
Why you should and why you should not
If you’re looking for a unique and flavorful poultry experience, try fowl chicken. My sister Erika and my friend Natacha will tell you that no other poultry compares. With the right seasoning, fowl chicken is truly exceptional, and some people even enjoy eating the bones.
However, this type of chicken is not for everyone. It is not as meaty as conventional chicken, and the meat can be tough if not cooked properly. Fowl chicken also takes longer to cook than other types of chicken.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal with plenty of meat, this type of chicken is not the best choice. But if you’re looking for a delicious and unique poultry experience, fowl chicken is definitely worth trying.
Here are some cooking tips:
- Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before cooking. This will help it to cook more evenly.
- Season the chicken generously with salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices.
- Cook the chicken over medium heat until it is cooked through.
- Be careful not to overcook the chicken, or it will become dry and tough.
If you’re new to fowl chicken, I recommend starting with a simple recipe like this one shared by Natacha, Easy Crockpot Fowl Chicken Recipe prepared with Noubess seasonings. This is a classic dish that is easy to make and showcases the unique flavor of the chicken.
Here’s a list of items you will need to cook your poultry.