My budget pretty much limits me to regular, supermarket-brand chicken. I used to buy Perdue when it was on sale but in recent years have found it no longer has the flavor it used to, so no longer buy it. On rare occasions, I’ve gotten a whole chicken from a local poultry farm, for about $3/#, if memory serves. These are not organic, pastured, or free-range, but a large wire pen attached to the henhouse does allow them to scratch in the dirt, and presumably to catch a few insects. This chicken has been exceptionally flavorful.
The other day, I noticed a manager’s markdown on a Coleman organic roaster, so I bought it ($2/#). This is the first time I have bought organic meat. Figuring that a plain cooking method was needed if I was to validly compare it to the store brand conventional, I roasted it per my usual procedure. It’s just okay. I have had both excellent and mediocre store-brand birds, no two animals being necessarily identical. So it may be that another organic bird would be worth the higher price, but I am not inclined to repeat the experiment.
I know this will be read, and disputed, by folks who want to know the biography of the meat they buy. I wonder if that really guarantees good flavor every time.