Monday, July 29, 2013

nature raised farms chicken dinner kit review & giveaway!

disclaimer: the following post is a product review and giveaway. nature raised farms is sponsoring this giveaway of one chicken dinner kit. aside from receiving my own chicken dinner kit, no additional compensation was provided.  all opinions and views expressed are my own.




a few weeks back i was contacted by nature raised farms about doing a product review and giveaway. after checking out their website and asking some additional questions, i decided to go out and buy their chicken first, before agreeing to anything. one thing that is important for you all to know about any giveaways i will ever do is that i will only work with companies if i believe the product is in line with my personal brand, values and goals. this is why its important for me to test a product out before agreeing to do a giveaway. can't be giving away crappy stuff on my blog! ;)

here's what i liked about nature raised farms on first glance:
  • they work with dedicated farms
  • their chickens are cage free and on vegetarian diets
  • no antibiotics, hormones or steroids are used
  • they are certified by third party animal welfare agencies
  • you can find their products at common stores, like walmart or supertarget (you don't have to have a whole foods, for example, to get better quality chicken)

a little snapshot of the nature raised farms section
at my local walmart

when looking into meat products, i think its pretty important to understand exactly what you're buying. labels like "hormone free", "organic", "free range", etc can be pretty confusing. i found the faq section of nature raised farms' website to be pretty helpful. for example, i found out that nature raised farms chicken's vegetarian diet consists of 70% corn and 30% soybean meal. while i'm not crazy about soy, i do feel better being a knowledgeable consumer about what went into the food that i'm putting on my plate! 

the first time brandon and i tried nature rasied farms' chicken out, we bought a couple of breasts, which was $4.53 at walmart. i smothered the chicken with a little dijon mustard and barbecue sauce and broiled them in the oven. i was really happy with the taste of the chicken; moist, not fatty and it tasted simple. 

after getting my chicken dinner kit, i decided to try something different and purchased one of their whole chickens. i put it in the crockpot with some chicken broth, hard cider, orange slices and whole cloves. the result was incredibly tender (and moist!), delicious chicken. it picked up the flavor of the orange and cider nicely, but wasn't overwhelming.

the chicken i picked out was the most expensive chicken and it was only $7.27. to give you an idea of some of the price ranges, i saw over two pounds of boneless chicken thighs for $5.34 and about two pounds of chicken drumsticks for $3.41. i'd say those are some bargain prices for high quality chicken meat. the fact that you can find this brand at a wider variety of stores makes it a great value, too.

chicken breast from the whole chicken.
crock pot chicken for the win!

happy with my experiences, i decided to work with nature raised farms to offer my readers (that's you!) a chicken dinner kit, so you can try their chicken, too! i was sent the below chicken dinner kit for me to try and i also have one to send to a lucky giveaway winner.

win this chicken dinner kit! 

the dinner kit includes:
  • one bamboo cutting board
  • one shopping tote
  • one visa gift card to purchase your choice of a nature raised farms chicken product

to enter the giveaway, use the rafflecopter below. the giveaway will last until saturday august 3rd and one winner will be picked at random. the giveaway winner will be announced on my blog on sunday!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

24 comments:

  1. I love the fact that these products can be found at local stores (like Walmart). Unfortunately for me, the nearest Whole Foods is 2 hours away! I would make my favorite crock pot chicken and tomato recipe! Yum!

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  2. I have just discovered the joy of a slow cooker- so so easy!! This chicken sounds yumm!!

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  3. I would grill up some bbq chicken on the grill!

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  4. Amy @ Long Drive JourneyJuly 29, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    I agree. It's great that this chicken can be found at Wal-Mart! And I've GOT to get a Crockpot :)

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  5. You don't have a crockpot yet?!?! Your world will CHANGE!

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  6. I don't think I have ever seen this at WalMart!

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  7. I would make some sort of veggie/cheese/chicken casserole, because frankly I love a good casserole!

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  8. +1 for casseroles!! Freakin' yum. Do you have good recipes to share?

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  9. Its pretty new! Worth looking for again :)

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  10. Right? How did we live without them? Or at least, I don't always know how I did!

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  11. Yes, while we still have what's left of summer :)

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  12. Wow, two hours away?? Totally not worth it! I am a big fan of not having to drive all over the city (or cities) just to get groceries!

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  13. What an awesome giveaway! I've never seen one like it, and I'd love to give their chicken a try!

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  14. I thought it was a pretty unique idea too. Who wouldn't want free dinner?? :)

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  15. I would make chicken quesadillas

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  16. We eat chicken a lot so I am not sure what I would make, but I would love to give it a try and see if I can switch brands!

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  17. I'd love to try it in chicken and rice! It sounds great!

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  18. Oh man I love chicken thighs!!! Never heard of this brand since I've been shopping local, but I can't turn down free chicken!! ;)

    I have a recipe I need to blog one day.. it involves coconut aminos and Kerrygold.. YUM!

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  19. We would probably make a stir-fried rice dish with the chicken.

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  20. I would grill up the chicken and top it with my mango avocado salsa! Perfect summer dish!

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  21. Mango avocado sounds delicious!! I hope you've shared the recipe somewhere :)

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  22. Chicken thighs are fabulous! I read they are a better "Fat" for runners (compared to chicken breasts). Have you heard that for CrossFit?

    Curious about that recipe, too!

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  23. I would probably make green chile chicken enchiladas. I haven't made them in a really long time and my family loves them!

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  24. I'd make chicken piccata!

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