Jonathon Liedtke – OurWindsor.Ca – October 15, 2013
Broiler, chicken, flour, battered, and fried (either by means of pan, deep or pressure) are the key ingredients required to cook delicious fried chicken. Juicy chicken and well-seasoned crispy skin: the two essential outcomes of a successful meal.
Fried chicken has existed in Europe since the middle ages and some West African countries feature dishes where chicken is fried and battered. Scottish immigrants to the southern United States deep fried their chicken in fat, unlike the English who boiled their chicken. In the midst of the slave trade, slaves from Africa who became cooks would incorporate seasoning and spices from their homes which was absent in Scottish cuisine, and the style of cooking endured the fall of slavery and became a staple in the American south.
Closer to home, ourWindsor.ca wanted to seek out the best fried chicken which Windsor has to offer to our readers.
Flings Fried Chicken (561 Wyandotte St. E): Family owned and operated for over twenty years, this Flings Fried Chicken is most known for their fried chicken, taters and homemade salads (coleslaw, macaroni and potato). In addition, the restaurant serves chicken wings, fingers and nuggets, fish dinners and homemade poutines.
Rotisserie Mom’s (387 Walker Rd.): Marinated chicken, a special blend of spices prepared fresh every day and juicy and tender chicken: this is what Mom’s advertises as to what makes them as a unique concept of fried and BBQ chicken under one roof. The new restaurant to Windsor offers counter service, table dining and delivery service.
Smoke N’ Spice (7470 Tecumseh Rd.): Finding that their former location on Ottawa St. was too small and cramping their style, Sweet T’s Soul Cookin’ moved to their new location on Tecumseh Rd. to be able to accommodate the number of guests they regularly hosted. Specialties include smoked chicken wings, pulled pork, St. Louis cut pork side ribs, roaster chickens and homemade sides.
Deb’s Place Family Restaurant (1387 Grand Marais West): While the restaurant was originally a coffee shop, it uses 100% fresh ingredients absent of chemicals or artificial ingredients to make their meals. Featuring Genuine Broaster chicken, Deb’s Place allows for dining in or taking out and advertises that their chicken seals in the flavour and natural juices and prevents penetration of cooking oil.
Mighigan Diner (1331 Manning Road and 7435 Tecumseh Rd. E..): Folks in the Forest Glade and Tecumseh area know full well that one of the best chicken places around is right in their backyard – The Michigan Diner – now with two locations.The Michigan’s broasted chicken always satisfies, with a crispy skin and a moist and tender meaty inside, all the while topped off with an assortment of sides sure to please.
Jonathon Liedtke is the Features & Opinion Editor for the University of Windsor Lance Campus/Community Newspaper and a reporter for ourWindsor.ca. As a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, he is committed to representing, connecting, engaging with and advocating for local youth. He is also a member of Windsor’s “Punk with Horns” band The Nefidovs, and as such, is committed to enhancing and sustaining the arts community.