How about some Chicken Delight?

After posting about Burger Chef yesterday, I started thinking of other fast food that I ate as a kid. It is hard to believe, but for many years we did not have Kentucky Fried Chicken near our home. So all my fried chicken experience was either homemade or from a place called Chicken Delight. I have not seen a Chicken Delight in many years (although the one we went to still exists), but here is what I remember about it.

1. We always got the food to go. I never went in, so I have no idea what it looked like inside.
2. The chicken was crispy, which I really liked, it was kind of like the extra crispy chicken you get at KFC now.
3. The quality was not dependable. My Mom complained often depending on the batch.

I could find no US commercials for Chicken Delight, but this Canadian ad from the 1980s is mighty fine.


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4 thoughts on “How about some Chicken Delight?

  1. I remember going to the chicken delight on Rt 35 in Rahway growing up, place had the worst parking but they had good food.
    “Don’t cook tonight, call Chicken Delight”

  2. I did some reading on Chicken Delight this morning and it looked like they did have some very public quality control issues back in the day. Looks like they have that all under control now and I think next time I am in New Jersey I am going to give it another try.

  3. Badwolf says:

    There was a Chicken Delight in a store front up on Jericho Tpke in Floral Park, and then we got another free-standing chicken place at the top of Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park. I forget the name of that one. We had a KFC at Jericho Tpke and Tulip Ave in Floral Park and that’s where we usually went. They used to do 16-piece buckets (which they still do) and 21-piece barrels (which is what we usually got).

    The chicken place at the top of Covert Ave is now a Dunkin Donuts (I think – it was a DD the last time we were there).

    For the life of me, I thought our Chicken Delight was an independent. NOBODY we knew ever went there.

  4. My family tended to go to place that when I look back on, make me scratch my head. I think when it comes to Chicken Delight, it was just the first fried chicken place they had exposure to and so they just kept going, even after they opened other chicken shacks.

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