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Fowl Play: The Best Chicken Dishes in Mumbai – Vol I

16 Mar , 2016  

Chicken suffers from a bit of an image problem – in the wrong hands, it can be bland, boring and, worst of all, as chewy as rubber (don’t eat rubber). Often, it’s treated as something of an afterthought – something to appease the slightly less carnivorous of the non-vegetarian patrons. But in the right hands, like any ingredient, chicken can really shine. It’s a versatile meat that works any number of ways in any number of cuisines. Here’s where to eat to get your chicken fix:

1. Crispy chicken burger at Indigo Delicatessen

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Indigo Deli actually has plenty of great chicken dishes to choose from, so which one you prefer is down to personal choice. For me, it’s the fried chicken burger with its crispy, juicy patty, an extra dab of the deli’s great mustard, and thick-cut fries on the side. You may also like (I know I do) the chicken Caesar salad; the Bombay chicken wings, which come with blue cheese dip; simple, hearty roast chicken or even the fried chicken with slaw and aioli.

2. Peri peri rubbed smoked chicken at Smoke House Deli (Reserve now)

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Image Credit: Lettuce Review

Despite a menu packed with delicious dishes, this chicken is the one that’s kept me coming back for more. Smoky and full of flavour, this is chicken done right.

3. Boneless chicken wings at The Table

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Image Credit: Medium & Rare

One of the more innovative dishes on our list, The Table’s boneless chicken wings are served as little cubes which come with a delicious ginger glaze and brioche on the side. Belying the fancy presentation, the meat is tender and simply seasoned.

4. Chicken farcha at Ideal Corner

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Parsi-style fried chicken is just one of many ways you can fry this meat and (maybe I’m being biased here) it’s one of the best as well. The chicken is coated in a special masala, dipped in an egg batter (which gives the chicken its lacy, frilly coating) and deep fried.

Remember: Ideal Corner’s Parsi lunch menu changes daily, with a fixed rotation every week, so you may not always get what you’re looking for.

Also try: Chicken dhansak.

5. Grilled chicken at TerttuliaFine Dine Love

Terttulia’s grilled chicken is simple, straightforward and delicious. The meat is treated with a sea salt rub before being grilled and is served in a red wine jus, with mashed potatoes and veggies on the side.

6. Hot basil chicken cups at MamagotoFine Dine Love

Spicy, coarsely minced chicken is served in lettuce cups to make for a juicy, addictive chicken starter.

7. Chicken chelo kebab at Copper Chimney

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You’ll be dreaming about this one for days. It’s a slightly bastardised version of the Iranian dish, but so, so good. Tender chicken kebabs are buried under a mountain of buttery, creamy, slightly sweet rice. It’s decadent and guilt-inducing, but worth the extra time on the treadmill – trust me.

Also try it at: Zaffran.

8. Tandoori chicken at Khane Khas

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This one’s a little tough to call, and I’m not brave enough to declare just one tandoori chicken the best in the city. At most places, it can be very hit-and-miss: a minute too long in the tandoor and its dry, a minute less, and it’s undercooked. Usually, though, Khane Khas gets it just right.

9. Grilled chicken “on the board” at The Sassy Spoon (Reserve now)Fine Dine Love

Grilled chicken is one of the simplest ways to prepare chicken, but also one of the easiest to mess up. The Sassy Spoon is yet another restaurant that blessedly gets it right and serves it with a fresh, zesty jalapeno dressing and potatoes of the day.

Also try: The grilled chicken flatbread to share with a large group, and the BBQ grilled chicken.

10. Chicken and waffles at Ellipsis (Reserve now)Fine Dine Love

Sourdough waffles and juicy buttermilk fried chicken are a match made in heaven while the house-made Sriracha with caramelised bacon manages to achieve the perfect balance between spicy, sweet and savoury, holding the whole dish together. This is American soul food at its best.

Did we forget your favourite chicken dish? Leave a comment below and look out for it in Volume II next week!


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Freyan Patel is a Mumbai-based freelance writer who nourishes her fixation with good grammar by writing high school-level English textbooks by day and fretting over typos in tweets by night. She also indulges her unhealthy obsession with food by eating, dreaming of, and occasionally writing about it in her free time. She likes funny people, reality TV, words that are fun to say, pina coladas (but isn't too keen on getting caught in the rain), and anyone who gets her references to corny retro songs.

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