Lucky Chick's Southern-Style Fried Chicken Hits the Jackpot
Their Sriracha Butter chicken will get you hot and bothered.
3/F Ayala Malls The 30th, 30 Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Thursday) and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) It looks like second time’s the charm for Lucky Chick. The fried chicken restaurant closed their first branch in UP Town Center quietly, and soon after, reopened at Ayala Malls The 30th.
But it’s never ever their fried chicken’s fault. In fact, their signature Fried Chicken still has that incredible crunch only Chef Francis Asuncion’s sourdough breading can provide, plus full flavor and juiciness from 12 hours of brining.
“Honestly, we just decided it was time to move to the Ortigas area,” shares owner Patrick Santos, “It’s closer to where we stay so it’s easier for us to man this branch. Plus we felt the space here’s better than before; it’s in an air-conditioned mall, and we’re on the same floor as the cinema.”
Their new location meant they could start playing around with more to-go items that would be perfect for sneaking into the movies. The Popcorn Nuggets (P160) are addicting chicken nuggets that come in either Original or Hot Chick variants. These bite-sized pops have a satisfying crunch and are chockful of flavor, like miniature versions of their fried chicken. Served with butter popcorn, there’s no better movie snack.
Sriracha Butter and Lemon
The move also meant an excuse to add more fried chicken flavors to their arsenal. You can still get your spicy fix with the Hot Chick (P110), with the spices added to the brine itself so you get that piquant flavor up to the bone. But if you want hot fried chicken with a buttery twist, have the Sriracha Butter (P110), which will remind you of the best Buffalo wings.
The Lemon (P110) doesn’t seem to be much different from their Original (P110)—not that it’s a bad thing, mind you—until you get that citrus kick that you’ll want to keep chasing until the last crumb.
Lucky Chick has also added more sandwiches to their menu. While there’s no doubt the fried chicken is the star of Lucky Chick’s sandwiches, it’d be an injustice not to give a special shout-out to their amazing brioche buns, which they make in-house. Much like their chicken, these buns have a crisp crust but a pillow-soft interior, yet are still sturdy enough to hold their hefty fillings. You almost want to take home these hot buns, butter them up, and have them with a cup of coffee—except why would you, when
Though it’ll be hard to pry us away from the Hot Chick (P160) sandwich and the beautiful contrast between spicy fried chicken and tangy Southern slaw, the Sriracha Butter (P160) is a strong contender, the refreshing slice of pickled cucumber balancing out the richer buttery flavor of the chicken fillet. Milder but no less flavorful is the new Crispy Chicken (P160), which comes with punchy barbecue sauce.
A fried chicken restaurant, especially one that cooks up the classic dish as excellently as chef Francis, is a sure-fire hit, but Patrick, his brother and co-owner Mikko Santos, and chef Francis aren’t quite done yet. “We plan to roll out more desserts,” says Patrick. “And maybe, more side dishes, too.” Still, what's already on offer is more than enough. So the next time you feel like having your usual popcorn at the movies, make a beeline instead at Lucky Chick. Their fried chicken will make you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel