Canadian Chicken: Delivering on Sustainability


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The Canadian Chicken Sector: Did you know?

Chicken farmers in Canada follow a national, mandatory Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care Program that is enforced and includes third party audits.
Chicken farmers in Canada follow a national, mandatory Raised by a Canadian Farmer On-Farm Food Safety Program which has received full recognition from the federal, provincial, and territorial governments.

Over the last 40 years, the Canadian chicken sector has:

  • Decreased its carbon footprint by 37%
  • Decreased its water consumption by 45%
  • Worked to ensure that now, 62% of the sector’s energy comes from renewable resources

Canada’s 2,800 chicken farmers are here for you. For more information, please visit:

Chicken is Canada’s number one meat—and for good reason. Its taste, nutritional profile, and versatility make it an excellent choice for Canadians and their families. The average Canadian consumes 35.1 kgs of chicken per year—and Canada’s chicken farmers are proud to deliver on your expectations for excellence.

We know that sustainability is important to Canadian consumers. They want to know where their food comes from and they want to know that the work behind producing it is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable—chicken farmers deliver.

Over 90% of Canada’s chicken farms are family-owned. Our farm families are proud to bring Canadians the chicken they trust. Canadian chicken farmers take their stewardship seriously and are proud of the innovation and hard work they put in every day.

For Chicken Farmers of Canada, sustainable chicken production means protecting animal health and welfare, producing safe chicken, preserving the health of the land and of Canadian farms, and contributing to the Canadian economy by providing affordable food to Canadians.

Prosciutto Wrapped Roast Chicken recipe
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Prosciutto Wrapped Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables


It is hard to beat the classic roast chicken. While we aren’t trying to compete, this new twist on the classic is perfect for the holidays. To keep the prosciutto crisp without burning, make sure to baste the chicken often. If the prosciutto is still burning then tent it with tin foil.

Serves: 6 | Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-4 lb (0.5 kg) roasting chicken
  • 6 strips prosciutto
  • 2 sweet potatoes, medium, chopped
  • 3 red skinned potatoes, chopped
  • 1 red onion, medium, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, fresh
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line the bottom of a roasting tin with a rack to let the juices from the chicken to drain.
  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Drape the six slices of prosciutto over the chicken until the top of the bird is completely covered. Place the chicken on the rack in the centre of the roasting tin.
  3. Place the vegetables into a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Spread the vegetables around the chicken.

4. Place the pan in the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked entirely and registers 180°F (82°C) on a meat thermometer, about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Every 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and baste the chicken with the juices at the bottom of the pan.

5. Remove from the oven and let the bird rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. Serve with the roasted vegetables.

Nutrition Information

Per 445g serving Amount

  • Calories 780
  • Protein 56g
  • Fat 50g
  • Saturated Fat 14g
  • Carbohydrate 21g
  • Fibre 3g
  • Sugar 3g
  • Cholesterol 225mg
  • Sodium 470mg

Per 445g serving % Daily Value

  • Potassium 31
  • Calcium 6
  • Iron 25
  • Vitamin A 180
  • Vitamin C 30
  • Vitamin B6 73
  • Vitamin B12 47
  • Folate 18
  • Magnesium 35
  • Zinc 40

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