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whole chicken stew soup bird hen on cutting board with vegetables

Black Dirt Farm Whole Stewing Hen

Average rating
(based upon one review)

These chickens are top notch for soups and stews. They are very lean and not suited for roasting - you will likely be disappointed should you roast this hen as you would a broiler chicken. They require low, slow cooking in a pot of water, and the result is a nutritious full flavored soup stock. Hens also have more collagen than males, which are typically raised for the meat market.

appx. 2.5 lbs

Storage Tips
Keep refrigerated at below 40 degrees for up to a week. Freeze if your plans change and you will not be cooking it within the week. To thaw meat that has been frozen, place in a sealed bag in a bowl of cool water. Allow at least a day to thaw your poultry prior to cooking.

Black Dirt Farm, Greensboro Bend, VT

Black Dirt Farm's chickens forage on active compost and pasture and are fed non GMO, locally milled grain, certified organic minerals, and oyster shells.
To prepare a stew hen, simply simmer in a stock pot on the stove top, or in a crock pot with vegetable scraps, bay leaves, salt, pepper and a dash of apple cider vinegar. Simmer for 4 - 24 hours. Strain, pull the meat off the bones. Season and use in a dish, or enjoy on its own.

Great for chicken soup
March 20, 2022 by

As advertised, the hen has to be stewed for a long while before you can eat the meat. It's really a hen for making excellent, flavorful, long-simmered chicken soup with carrots, cabbage, celery, onion etc. We added bite-size chunks of boneless chicken to have meat with the vegetables and then only ate the meat from the hen after about the third time we had heated it up.