Much to our delight, chicken — which has been playing second fiddle in recent years to more popular proteins like beef, lamb and duck — is currently staging a comeback on menus across the country. In Philadelphia, lots of classic chicken dishes are being revived and reworked, making this farm-to-table staple the comeback main course of the year. Here are a few of our favorite chicken renditions in the City of Brotherly Love:
1. HOT CHICKEN – The Fat Ham (Philadelphia)
Don’t let the name fool you, The Fat Ham in Philly knows how to dish out chicken. Swing by this southern-inspired favorite for some Hot Chicken — a favorite of chef Kevin Sbraga’s — on brioche with ranch dressing and dill pickles.
2. WOOD GRILLED CHICKEN – The Chef’s Counter at SOUTH (Philadelphia)
The Chef’s Counter at SOUTH in Philadelphia crafts upscale southern fare, like their Wood Grilled Chicken made with lima bean puree, Sea Island succotash, house-made Tasso ham and pearl onions — perfect alongside many of their great whiskeys.
3. SALT & WHITE PEPPER CRISPY CHICKEN – DanDan (Philadelphia)
At chic, Asian-inspired DanDan in Philadelphia, try the Salt & White Pepper Crispy Chicken off their extensive menu of Taiwanese specialties, including noodle dishes, vegetarian stir-fries and more.
4. KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN – Southgate (Philadelphia)
Crispy double-fried wings — nicknamed kfc for “Korean fried chicken” — hit the spot at Southgate in Philadelphia. Choose from soy garlic or spicy gochujang sauce (a savory, fermented Korean condiment), grab a few extra napkins, and dig in at this Asian-inspired gastropub.
A New American eatery in Philadelphia, Vernick Food & Drink does chicken right with their Organic Amish Chicken, served whole or by the half and made with lemon and herb jus.