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Chicken Five Ways – Weird Week

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Chester Fried Chicken

Chester Fried Chicken

I know, what the hell is BurgerDogBoy doing writing about chicken?  On any given day, if you asked me what i wanted to eat for my next meal, chicken usually wouldn’t even be in the top 25.  Yet, this week, I had it no less than 5 times!  WTF?  Do I need to start a new blog?  Chickenman?  Oh, wait, somebody already did that.

In a fit of anti-burger madness, one can only surmise, this week I had fried chicken at home, via Chester Fried, KFC, Popeye’s, and from the local Chinese place.

Maybe I cracked.  Maybe I have mad cow.  Maybe I am just bored as shit from eating the same stuff over and over again?

In no particular order, except oops, it’s an order, I am starting with the best, Mrs. BDB fired up the cast iron tonight to fry chicken and home. Never a shortage of condiments or boxes of every kind of mix one can imagine in the world, naturally, this week on the road, I picked up more, including fried chicken mix from Sylvia’s, the original soul food restaurant of Harlem. The package proclaims “it’ll make the colonel cry”, which would be quite a feat, considering his tear ducts turned to dust decades ago. Maybe they mean some other colonel.

In any event, this powder made some of the best damned fried chicken we have ever had at home. Mrs. BDB makes champion fried chicken in any event, but this was extra tasty, and a beautiful golden color. See?

I have written in the past about c-store pizza vendors and franchises, but didn’t include a discussion of Chester Fried, which is a similar notion to people like Hunt Brothers Pizza, but purveying fried chicken instead, from various locations ranging from c-stores to food courts. The company was started in the 50s but evolved into Chester Fried by the mid 70s and now boasts over 1500 locations. That ain’t chicken feed, as they say!

While not purporting to be a chicken expert of any kind, among KFC, Popeye’s and Chester, I find the latter to be a far superior product, even tho their menu offerings like the depth of the larger mentioned chains. Why? Often KFC seems to be out in the alley shooting junkyard dog chickens, I find their meat stringy and tough more often than not; Popeye’s seems to use dwarf chickens exclusively, or maybe it’s the equivalent of chicken veal, as these are the smallest chicken parts I have ever experienced. Chesters, on the other hand, offers large, flavorful, juicy chicken pieces, and some pretty fair “potato wedges’ to go with it.

Chester Fried Chicken

Chester Fried Chicken

Their menu has an odd assortment of other deep fried items, using the same batter – corn dogs, burritos, and curiously, deep fried corn on the cob, which I haven’t tried. I love corn on the cob in almost any form, but I fail to see how deep-frying it would enhance the product in any means. As for sides, there’s barely a fast food side that can touch the quality of Popeye’s red beans, but that dish in itself is kind of a regionally acquired taste. Having lived in New Orleans (the birthplace of Popeye’s btw), I have a fondness for it, and local legend speaks to it’s fine taste coming from using lard as an ingredient. Maybe yes, maybe no.

I did like the Chester Fried, however, and won’t hesitate to order it again.

My local Chinese restaurant, which has fairly authentic offerings on the menu (I judge this only because I lived in China for some years), also has the standard Americanized entrees, and his (whatever your local place calls it) fried chicken with the sweet orange colored sauce, is above reproach.

I don’t know what possessed me to get that for take out on a) the first nite home from a burger tour, and b) in a week where I had eaten chicken several times, and c) the nite before Mrs. BDB was going to whip up HER fried chicken.

Maybe it’s all because I just felt “chicken” about coming home. An inside joke here.

All in all, I was happy with each of my chicken selections this week, but of course, Mrs. BDB’s ruled the roost.

Mrs. BurgerDogBoy's Fried Chicken

Mrs. BurgerDogBoy's Fried Chicken

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Nationwide – KFC Extra Crispy Strips

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While Mrs. BDB eschews my burger passion most of the time, she has her own, and it’s always fried chicken, with KFC having a slight edge for her, mainly because of their numerous locations, and a weakness for the childhood memories their mashed potatoes evoke.  Now if they would just add Popeye’s red beans (I know), we’d never hit “the other guys.”

We stopped into a local KFC last nite on the way home from doing errands, and I was confronted with a HUGE decision upon seeing their “weekday menu special board”.  Who knew the Colonel had chicken fried steak on occasion?  Not I!  But as tough a decision as it was, I wanted to try the new Extra Crispy Strips, so I ordered the $5 value box, which comes with 3 strips, a side, biscuit and Pepsi product.

Mrs. BDB went with her usual, the two piece dark meat meal, which comes with two sides and a biscuit.

For some reason, the clerk was in a largess mood, and comped us an order of potato wedges and an extra drink.  Our other side choices included slaw, mashed, and green beans.  So we “doubled down” on starch, w/ two kinds of potatoes.

I passed on dipping sauces, and immediately regretted that in the car on the way home.  Curse me, BurgerDogBoy, I could have used a mound of those sauces for something else in the future, if not tonight!

Mrs.BDB was seeking a decaffeinated beverage, and went with Pepsi’s “Mug” root beer.  I went with the sugar-free peach iced tea, which was ‘peachy.”

The Extra Crispy strips were just fine, with 3 pieces actually being a lot of food.  These must come from  chickens with HUGE racks, as they were some damned big pieces of white meat!    The potato wedges….hmmm, extruded potato products, dipped in batter, fried, seasoned.   Like deep-fried mashed potato fries.  Far too tasty.

I was prepared to not enjoy the meal, because I have had a “thing” lately about US chicken, in all its brine-injected plumped up weight glory.  There’s just something about the texture which doesn’t appeal to me, but the KFC Extra Crispy strips passed the test.

When I asked Mrs. BDB if she enjoyed her chicken, I could not make out the answer, as she was gnawing on the bones, and one knows better than to get between Mrs. BDB and her bone chewing!


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