- Paying extra for an organic or free-range chicken may have other benefits, but it won’t necessarily buy you a tastier chook to roast for dinner.
- Free-range and organic chickens are reared with more space and access to the open air, but these differences aren’t enough to give them more flavour.
For a special family occasion there’s nothing like a roast chicken dinner with baked pumpkin and crunchy roast potatoes.
So what’s the tastiest chicken? Do the more expensive organic and free-range chooks really taste better than standard factory-farmed ones?
To find out, CHOICE bought the different brands and types of chicken widely available in the big supermarkets. A chef roasted the chickens and we asked four food experts to tell us how they rated for flavour.
Please note: this information was current as of March 2008 but is still a useful guide today.
Video: Free-range taste test
Can you actually taste the difference between a free-range chicken and a battery-raised bird?