Here at Thrive Market, we’re taking a stand against factory-farming. Our two chicken offerings, organic and pasture-raised, begin with the belief that the chickens should be allowed to live in habitats that mimic their natural surroundings. They’re raised on small farms and permitted to roam outdoors at their leisure. This allows them to get plenty of exercise and display their natural behaviors, like pecking, flapping, bobbing, and clucking. The chickens never receive antibiotics and eat feed grown by farmers committed to improving soil quality over time. Sadly, this is not the case in the “big chicken” industry. Factory-farmed birds are cramped in small, inhumane conditions and rarely enjoy time outdoors. And many chicken farmers live contract to contract, without much security in their livelihood. For many of them, it’s extremely difficult to transition to a free-range chicken raising model even though it’s well worth it—both for the birds (better treatment) and for the farmers (fairer wages for their labors). Help support chicken farmers who have gone through the effort to raise their birds in humane conditions by buying Thrive Market organic or pasture-raised chicken.
Thrive Market Chicken Standards
We’re proud of our high poultry standards. Read on to learn more about our certified organic chicken and our pasture-raised chicken.
Certified organic: Our organic chicken cuts are 100% certified organic white and dark meat. No pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics are used.
Pasture-raised: Our pasture-raised chicken cuts come from heirloom and heritage birds that grow to be stronger and more flavorful than conventional chickens. As with our organic chicken, no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics are used.
GAP animal welfare certified: Both our organic and pasture-raised chicken offerings are certified by the Global Animal Partnership, one of the largest animal welfare standards and labeling organizations in North America. GAP’s five-leveled set of animal welfare standards (with 5 being the highest rating) is specific to each species, which helps account for differences in the ideal living conditions and best care for different types of farm animals. Overall, the higher the tier, the more the farm mimics the animals’ natural environments.
Our organic chicken producers received a Step 3 rating because cooler East Coast temperatures require that the chickens are kept in an enclosure during the winter months.
Our pasture-raised chicken producers are Certified to GAP’s Pasture Raised (Step 4) animal welfare standards because the birds are given unrestricted access to the outdoors and habitat enhancements like perches that double as shelters.
Additionally, Thrive Market joined a nationwide movement to improve the lives of chickens because we value the compassionate treatment of farm animals as part of building a better food system. That is why we offer our members GAP certified frozen chicken, beef, and pork. GAP is an independent welfare certification recommended in the ASPCA® Shop With Your Heart program. We joined the nationwide movement to improve the lives of chickens by committing to reach the requirements laid out in the Better Chicken Commitment. As such, by 2024, we aim to require 100% of our Thrive Market branded chicken to be GAP-certified and processed using multi-step CAS processing, which is widely considered more humane.*
*This policy applies to Thrive Market branded frozen chicken items. This policy does not apply to packaged combination food products (such as soups, sandwiches, pizzas, burritos, and similar processed and prepared food products that are comprised of more than chicken meat with seasoning, curing agents, coloring, flavoring, preservatives, and/or similar meat additives).
Top Chicken Offerings, Organic or Pasture-Raised
As part of our frozen meat and seafood delivery service, we offer two types of chicken: organic and pasture-raised.
Budget-conscious shoppers, this is your store. Thrive Market saves you time, money, and hassle as you stock up on your favorite non-GMO brands.
Best Organic and Pasture-Raised Chicken Boxes
Whether you’re looking for organic or pasture-raised chicken, we have several different box options for you.
Free-Range Organic Chicken Breasts Box
With 16 breasts totaling 8 pounds of organic chicken, this free-range chicken box will have you covered for all of your sandwiches, salads, and tacos.
Free-Range Organic Chicken Thighs & Breasts Box
Unwrap this organic chicken variety pack to keep dinner interesting. Opt for flavorful dark meat one night and lean chicken breast the next.
Mary's Poultry Organic Chicken Box
With organic chicken tenders, chicken breasts, and bone-in chicken thighs, there’s something for everyone here. Plus this free-range poultry is the perfect source of protein for your Paleo or ketogenic diet.
Organic Meat and Seafood Samplers
Chicken’s great but it might get old if you don’t mix it up. Check out these protein samplers.
Organic Chicken & Sustainable Seafood Box
Get your chicken as well as wild-caught shrimp, wild-caught cod, and wild-caught salmon with this special medley.
Ultimate Sampler: Pork, Beef, Chicken, & Seafood Box - Value Size
Want to shop for meat once a month and be done with it? This meat and seafood sampler is your solution.
Chicken, Beef, Pork Box - Value Size
There’s plenty of organic beef, chicken, and pork in this value-size box. Once it’s delivered to your door, store it in your freezer and then defrost and cook your cuts as needed.
Pastured Chicken Box
You’ll find all your favorite cuts of our non-GMO and pasture-raised chicken in this box, including boneless skinless breasts, bone-in wings, bone-in drumsticks, bone-in chicken thighs, or whole chicken.
Chicken was made to be spiced, sauced, chopped, and combined in creative recipes. Here are some of our favorites:
Herb Chicken With Mustard Recipe
Serve this savory chicken dish for your next family dinner. Don’t expect any leftovers!
Indian-Style Chicken With Cauliflower Recipe
Skip the hassle of going out and make this chicken tikka masala recipe instead. Home cooking always tastes better anyway.