Heritage Chicken Cooking Guidelines
1. Remove the giblets from the cavity (they might be hard to find, but they are there). Allow the chicken to come to room temperature prior to cooking.
2. Preheat oven to 300°F. Wipe and pat dry with paper towel. Season inside and out with salt, pepper, and your favorite fresh herbs. In a roasting pan with sides place the chicken, breast side up, on a rack and fill the bottom with more fresh herbs and a shallow layer of white wine or chicken stock.
3. Cook for one hour at 300°F, then turn oven temperature up to 400°F for an additional 5-10 minutes to brown and crisp the skin. Heritage breed chickens require a long, low temperature to help break down the intramuscular structure. The chicken will be tough if cooked at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time, which is why we recommend cooking it low and slow. Cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.
4. Always allow the chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving to allow for the redistribution of juices.