At some point you’ve probably come across the words “Jidori Chicken” on the Farm Stand menu and wondered what exactly “Jidori” means. Luckily, we are here to the mystery and fill you in on what makes Jidori special. You can think of Jidori as the Kobe Beef of Chicken – the highest quality meat for that particular animal. The biggest difference between Kobe and Jidori, however, is that unlike Kobe (Kobe, Japan), Jidori is not linked to a specific region on the map. Rather, Jidori is given its name because of its organic, free-range characteristics. The term “Jidori” roughly translates to “from the ground” in Japanese.
Jidori-style chickens first began being delivered by Chinese-American Dennis Mao in the early 1990s, who saw a market for high-quality, cage-free chicken. At Farm Stand we use Jidori chicken as part of our commitment to the freshest and most natural ingredients. Unlike many factory farmed chickens, Jidori chickens are fed an all-vegetarian diet that is free of hormones, steroids or other meat byproducts. The chickens are slaughtered and delivered on the same day to ensure meat freshness. Some Jidori-style chicken is even served raw, sashimi-style!
We encourage you to try the Jidori Chicken on your next visit to Farm Stand and let us know if you can taste the Jidori difference!