What's new

Waitoa premium chicken fillet burgers

NEW and available in stores now in both ancient grains and gluten free. 

Spring recipes

Embrace the warmer weather with healthy and delicious spring recipes. 

World Sushi Day

World Sushi Day is on Monday 18 June. To celebrate, our friends at St Pierre's Sushi will be serving Waitoa free range teriyaki chicken all day long at no extra cost to you!

Healthy Food Guide Awards

Our free range chicken tenders have been named the winner of the Gluten-Free category at the 2018 Healthy Food Guide Awards.

Waitoa & Emirates Team New Zealand

Congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand for bringing home the America's Cup! 

Healthy Food Guide TV Recipes

Healthy Food Guide TV recipes featuring Waitoa Free Range Chicken are available to download here.

Waitoa wins Buy NZ Made Hero Award

Waitoa free range chicken is the latest NZ company to win the Buy NZ Made campaign's monthly Hero Award for February.

Waitoa and Farrah's Recipes

Waitoa and Farrah's created a series of easy and delicious recipes for you to make at home

Perfect for the BBQ

We've recently added sausages to our range of products. Available in two delicious flavours - Chicken and Herb and Chicken.

High animal welfare standards

Waitoa free range chicken products all carry the SPCA Blue Tick. Our farms are regularly audited to ensure we maintain high animal welfare standards.

Supporting Healthy Lifestyles

Gymsports and Waitoa come together to support healthy, active lives.

Gluten Free Parmesan & Black Pepper Mini Fillets

Introducing Waitoa's new gluten free Parmesan & Black Pepper Mini Fillets. Delicious Waitoa free range chicken coated in a tasty gluten free crumb with a touch of parmesan and black pepper.

Warm up the family

Our new chicken, chorizo and bean casserole gives the family a comforting Spanish meal to keep them warm this winter.

A healthier choice for the family

Waitoa gluten free chicken nuggets provide a healthy and convenient option for busy mums on the run.

From Our Chefs

Executive Chef at Wharekauhau Lodge, Marc Soper, makes it his business to understand where his ingredients come from, whether from the Wharekauhau gardens or further a field.

A wide network of stores

Waitoa products are available throughout New Zealand. You can find us in all major supermarkets and many independent food stores.

Fast facts

Find out more about Waitoa free range chicken with our chicken fast facts.

Latest recipe from Tay Street Beach Café

The famous Thai green chicken curry from Tay Street Beach Café in Mt Maunganui is the perfect balance of salty, spicy, sweet and sour.

Top tips for cooking chicken on a BBQ

We know how much New Zealanders love their summer BBQs. We also know how delicious BBQ chicken tastes, when prepared and cooked properly on the BBQ. Below we share some tips with you, to make sure you get the most out of your Waitoa free range chicken this summer.

  • Pick your desired cut of chicken – The type of chicken you pick will depend on how much attention you need to pay to it while cooking. Larger cuts of chicken will take longer to cook, so stick with boneless pieces or skewers if the meal needs to be prepared quickly. We have a great range of kebabs that come in different flavours and are perfect for a quick meal. 
  • Butterfly whole chickens – Barbecuing whole chickens is an impressive task, but also a time consuming one. Another alternative is to butterfly a whole chicken instead, which requires you to remove the backbone, so the chicken lies flat. This speeds up the cooking process and will also make carving the chicken that much easier once its finished. You could try barbecuing one of our Butterfly Chicken’s, even easier than butterflying one yourself.

  • Add flavour before you BBQ –Adding some extra flavour to your chicken will make your meal that much tastier. It doesn’t need to be anything too extravagant, try a brine, rub or a marinade. Or, alternatively you could try our already flavoured and seasoned products such as our Butterfly Chickens or Kebab range.

  • Prep your BBQ properly – A BBQ needs to be maintained, cleaned, and prepped to work properly and efficiently. Make sure you have enough fuel in the tank before you start cooking, and a little oil rubbed onto preheated grates helps the chicken to not stick during the cooking process.

  • Stay away from high heat – Chicken needs to be cooked differently to steak as the heat needs to be hot enough to sear the outside of chicken and cook it thoroughly through too. It's wise to cook it over medium, indirect heat for most of the cooking time. For a charcoal BBQ, this may mean building a two-level fire or only having coals on half of the BBQ, and for a gas BBQ, a medium heat works best.

  • Cover the BBQ –An uncovered BBQ loses a lot of heat and wastes fuel. It also takes longer for the food to cook. A covered BBQ creates a sealed, oven-like environment that surrounds your food on all sides, which is especially important when you're trying to thoroughly cook chicken.

  • Avoid cross-contamination – When handling raw chicken, its especially important to avoid cross-contamination. Once raw chicken is on the BBQ, make sure you thoroughly wash anything in hot, soapy water. Don’t ever just wipe the platter where raw chicken was sitting and reuse it for cooked chicken.