Chicken has been consumed as food by humans for thousands of years. As we discover more about the breeding of chicken, whether they are free-range, organic or conventional, we can try to be as ethical as possible, especially if you're like me and have grown up eating chicken, along with other meat and fish (and some veg!). Almost 30% of chicken is protein... fat, iron, phosphorus (eyes, nails, teeth), potassium, vitamin A, B6, C, D, E and K!*
*Source: USDA, organicfacts.net
Now that I have created the 'base' of my article (I won't call it an argument... and yes, my vegetarian friends still like me... unless I offer them chicken wings for the hundredth time at a restaurant), I would like to share with you places in London that make chicken that have left a mark on my taste buds... TimeOut's mentioned two of them, but they've clearly not been to the other places yet!
1. Assenheims, farringdon
Don't go by the 'looks' of the green sauce when you search for them on Google. It is delicious. You can grab a table at the Farringdon branch.
2. tikkarito, leather lane
Annoyingly, they have deleted their website, but they have a Twitter account. Which makes sense, as they run out of all their food before 2pm, they probably don't need a website... they can focus on cooking those Chicken Tikka Naan Wraps.
3. baba g's, pop brixton
Oh my goodness... their 'Bhangra Burger' is divine.
4. NANdo's (sorry...)
They have loyalty points for regular diners... and the thigh burger is actually quite good!
5. chicken shop, holborn
Probably a nicer version of Nando's, but fresh, marinated and succulent chicken and a Tripadvisor rating of 4.5 out of 5 is a giveaway!
6. roti chai, marble arch
When you really can't be bothered with the queues of Dishoom, this may be an equally good place to check out, especially for their not-so-healthy: deep-fried chicken lollipops. Drool.
7. breakfast club, LIVERPOOL STREET
They have recently changed their 'Brinner' menu, so if you're in luck you may get to try the fried chicken and waffles. It even comes with Mac n' Cheese!
8. TGI FRIDAYS, leicester square
The only things I would order here is the 'Jack Daniel's Chicken Wings'... and maybe the Oreo Milkshake.
9. only jerkin', rupert street market
Crisp, fried jerk chicken, triple-dipped in ginger beer batter, served with fries, coleslaw and jerk gravy. Their twitter handle not only promotes their chicken, but also the latest gigs in town.
10. jamaican shack, under the bridge between waterloo and blackfriars
I'm quite sad that these lovely Jamaican men, who serve jerk chicken and plantain chips or rice under a bridge, who taught me how to say 'plantain' (plaaanteeeen), don't have any presence on the world wide web! I need to do something about this...
Watch this space!