Kickin' Chicken – new Peruvian Pollo place in Rockville
Kickin' Chicken opened last Monday on Rockville Pike and was giving away free samples this weekend. The bird appeared to have been marinated but not spice-rubbed like most pollo a la brasa and was extremely juicy. The yuca fries were light-crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Their drink menu has the usual canned and bottled drinks plus homemade Chicha Morada and Maracuya (passion fruit). Both were good. Their sauces were better than those at most Pollo places IMO. The mayonnaise/mustard sauce was light, creamy, and had a more pronounced mustard taste than most. They don't have the usual jalapeno green sauce, but use a creamy greenish/yellow sauce made from aji peppers that includes cheese. Many peruvian restaurants have this delicious spicy sauce. Available desserts include Tres leches, alfajores, flan and rice pudding. Anyway, a fine addition to the pollo a la brasa scene.
I have to strongly disagree with this review. I did take-out from there last night and REALLY wanted to love this place as it's very convenient to home. I bought 2 family platters (each containing a whole chicken and three large sides). The sides I chose were plantains, rice and beans and fried yucca. Now for my take:
The chicken was much sweeter then most other pollo a la brasa's in the area. The sweetness overwhelmed all the other spices and flavors. It's almost as if they needed to add more salt in the marinade. As such the chicken reminded me of the birds at Chicken Out. Very disappointing for peruvian chicken.
Similar review for the rice and beans. The beans were devoid of flavor (no discenable taste of spices, including salt). Tasted like they poured them straight from a can.
The fried Yucca was fine.
They forgot to include my two orders of plantains so I can't comment on them.
The "medium" dipping sauce was almost straight mayonnaise and didnt taste like much else. The "hotter" sauce was slightly more tasty but again was disappointing.
Unfortunately this place would go towards the bottom of my list of pollo places around the Rockville/Gaithersburg/Wheaton areas. While I was waiting for my order, a few latino's walked in to try the "free samples" they were advertising. All did an about-face without placing orders after the "free sampling." I suspect this place will be out-of-business in a few months..............
On a related note, who can comment on the Chicken place in the Ritchie center, sort of diagonally across The Pike to the north? It is in the back corner of the shopping center, next door to El Mariachi. I've walked past quite a number of times, and it always seems fairly busy. It is unfortunately not the really the style place we would choose for dinner out, but I'm thinking it could be a decent solo lunch destination.
It's La Limena and it's really good. They serve all the traditional Peruvian dishes (and some Cuban) and everything we've had there was pretty much a home-run. The pollo a la brasa is much better than Kickin Chicken although many don't think it's in the same league as Pollo Rico but Im not going to travel to Wheaton for chicken. Another complaint amongst some is that they serve on plastic plates and plastic utensils even if you dine-in. Who cares if they food is really good.
la Limena does have good food, but last time i tried the rotisserie chicken from there, it was dry and not good.
i would complely 100% tell people to go to Kickin Chicken, or anyother place for rotisserie chicken, than from La Limena.
and what kind of location is that? in the back? can anyone say dumb?
but the dishes from there are good. so i would go there for the Big Meals.
I agree with Ciaoda - I thought this place was pretty terrible. My husband and I went about a week ago and while the chicken was ok, the cole slaw was AWFUL! So much mayo it was inedible (and I LOVE mayo). The fries were frozen, not fresh and the service was kind of surley. Maybe we were spolied living in Arlington with so many good pollo places for so long, but this was just plain poor.
I really liked this place, and the people there are really nice. Everytime I went, the cashiers are really friendly. There is one annoying boss man who tries to talk to you while your eating. but other than him the employees are realy nice.
the chicken: is really good, and juicy and tender.
the homemade juices: are good, and if you ask, they'll gladly give you a sample. i love the chicha morada, although i found out it was made from purple corn. which is different, but the taste is nothing like corn, its a good drink.
I love LOVE LOVE the 3 leches cake, but its a bit pricey.
i have gone there at lunch time, and then other times with my family. we all love the chicken, and the yucca is amazing. soft and crunchy. unlike other places where it is dry.
next i am going to try the chicken sandwich. my son said it was really good. and my husband ate mine last time i ordered it. so im going to buy another one.
i give kickin chicken 5 stars. all around