Why hormone-free, antibiotic-free and cage-free chickens?

Chickens are probably the most commonly consumed protein in many of our lives, whether you are eating out with friends, cooking at home, or grabbing a to-go - We eat a lot more chickens than we realise. But hey, have you ever stopped and think about what kind of chickens you are feeding yourself with? What actually went into their bodies that are now going into yours?

It’s known that many of the chooks found at the supermarket are injected with growth hormones and antibiotics and all these toxins are going into your body with every mouthful of chicken you enjoy. But it really doesn’t have to be this way.

That’s why we pride ourselves on serving healthy and quality chickens that are few and far between. With hormone-, antibiotic-, cage-free chickens, we’re telling you - every bite is as guilt free as it is tender and juicy.

We source our chickens from a farm just an hour drive into Johor Bahru. Where the chooks are allowed to roam freely in spacious pens with natural light and elevated perches. Trust us, we’ve seen this first hand so we know it’s real - Here’s Chef Jason hanging out with a chook at the farm.

They are fed with organic feed with no growth hormones and antibiotics. If anything, the farmers add probiotics into their diet, which strengthens their immune system and keep their digestive tract healthy. These birds are only available for sale after 60 days of growth and above, which means to say that the farmers allow it to grow at a natural pace. 

What this means is that the chickens are happier and healthier to eat, containing less saturated fat and higher omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart.

To give things a little perspective, chickens that grow in intense environment tend to stay indoors and are kept in long hours of artificial light so they stay awake eating longer and growing fatter unnaturally fast. And more often than not, the space that they live on is very tight, which can get to 19 birds per square meter, almost like living within an A4 piece of paper! Not forgetting that most chickens are only 42 days old when slaughtered. Imagine eating unhappy chickens into your body, that’s definitely not ‘healthy’.

The spit-roasted chickens at Chico Loco might not look as plump as those which have been fed with a diet maximised for growth, but with a 12 hour brine overnight, and Chef Jason Jones’ secret 11 Mexican herbs and spices, our chickens are roasted to perfection and does not lose out on its flavour, texture and tenderness! This entire process from rearing the chickens to enjoying the food is actually ethical and wonderful - good for our health and their welfare! What’s not to love?

The next time you’re craving for some spit-roasted chickens, you know where to look for real chickens that are real good. #ChicoLoco

P.S. We’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from Monday to Saturday, serving up locally-roasted artisanal coffee, a huge range of craft beers, natural wines and cocktails. Or if you’re feeling lazy, we deliver islandwide!

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