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Berched Chicken

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  • hobie Jul 22, 2010 10:39 AM
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Anybody know of anywhere to get berched chicken in the Boston area? There used to be a place in Bellingham called Ma Glockners that had great chicken but unfortunaly closed.

Ma Glockner's Restaurant
151 Maple St, Bellingham, MA 02019

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  1. Thereb was a post on the Southern NE board a while back that mentioned a place in Wonsokett that does it on Sunday. Try asking there...

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    1. re: sulo

      You must be thinking of River Falls Restaurant in Woonsocket, RI. Served only on Sunday, 12-8.

      River Falls Restaurant
      74 S Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895

    2. Okay, I'll bite: how exactly does one berch a chicken?


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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        The “Berched Chicken” was a sight to behold. Clearly one of those regional secrets that stemmed form some sort of a mistake in the kitchen. It looked as though it had been run over by a truck many, many times. The entire half chicken was flattened onto the plate and pressed into a crispy, crunchy splat of meat of juice. My guess is that they heavily brined a bird, partially cooked it in the oven and then finish it in some sort of heated press like an industrial panini machine. The results? unreal, somewhere between friend chicken and chicken stew. So soft and juicy you can cut it with a fork!


        1. re: ScubaSteve

          As I understand it, it is steamed for hours - then a quick grilling yields the desired results.

          1. re: okra

            Google claims it's poached in an herbed liquid, then seared on a griddle. Sounds good to me.

          2. re: ScubaSteve

            "Berched," eh? Perfectly describes how I feel after days like today.

            My in-laws described Ma Glockner's fondly. Definitely something I'd like to try, as a fan of anything flattened and fried.

        2. mmm....berched chicken. I had actually forgotten that I once had it at Ma Glockner's, happy to have my memory jogged!

          Pic on roadfood:

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          1. re: Rubee

            Woah. Thanks for the link Rubee -- that chicken looks scrumptious!

            1. re: Rubee

              Also remember Ma Glockner's but the thing that made it special was the cinnamon rolls. Sorry to hear that it's gone.

              Ma Glockner's Restaurant
              151 Maple St, Bellingham, MA 02019

              1. re: gourmaniac

                River Falls has em on Sunday.Yams w marsmallows too.

                River Falls Restaurant
                74 S Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895