While Kuwait might still be experiencing a burger obsession, the time has come for awesome, crunchy, juicy fried chicken to reign supreme. As eager, and usually quite hungry, editors, it is our job to point out to our dearest readers the yummiest food trends to hit the local market and we believe that fried chicken is making a huge comeback. The trick though, is finding fried chicken done right. This is precisely what we found when this bazaar team ordered from the Kuwaiti-established fast-casual concept, CHKN.
There’s something so comforting about dining on fried chicken that brings people together. We think it’s all about that first piece of chicken that is offered to a close friend or colleague, and sharing the goodness to go around. Established in Kuwait in 2016, CHKN prides itself on delivering perfectly fried chicken. In doing so, they’ve specialized in streamlining their delivery service to ensure that diners are provided with a consistent, and incredibly delicious, meal every single time.
The menu at CHKN is small, but mighty. It is also worth mentioning that you immediately taste the difference in the quality of the ingredients used. In sampling both boneless and bone-in fried chicken options, we noticed one common feature: Expertly breaded, crunchy on the outside chicken pieces that are extremely moist and succulent once bitten into. Biting into CHKN’s original Chicken sandwich was truly one of the most satisfying sensations that we experienced, and if you’re a fan of sandwiches rather than eating with your hands, then we highly recommend that you go with the original fried chicken sandwich. You can even opt for the spicy version of the same.
This bazaar team went a little CHKN crazy, however, as we ordered a selection of smaller sliders for variety, original and spicy sandwiches, glorious chicken tenders and several pieces of bone-in spicy and original chicken pieces. To accompany our feast, the homemade milk buns and the variety of homemade sauces available at CHKN were equally addictive! From chili honey mustard, Garlic Aioli, BBQ ranch, spicy Sriracha, creamy buttermilk ranch with aromatic herbs, to CHKN’s signature, mouthwatering special sauce, our chicken pieces were dipped and dunked to no end. We couldn’t believe how quickly we annihilated our shared meal.
If you’re dining solo or in a smaller group, we love how CHKN also offers great combo options as well as delicious sides like their House Slaw salad, Buffalo wings, and various takes on classic French fries. The Dirty Fries, for instance, with skin-on fries, cheese sauce, chicken bits, herbs and breadcrumbs, are refreshing twist on classic street fries.
As for dessert, CHKN’s menu offers simple American classics like the Turtle Cake, a chocolate cake filled to the brim with caramel sauce and topped with a chocolate ganache and salted pretzel sticks, and a good old Cheesecake. You can never go wrong with either option!