Amber's Chicken & Donut -Encino (broasted chicken - yummy!)
Making a rare road trip deep in LA County yesterday, I had an opportunity to pick from many of the restaurants that I've found out about here on Chowhound. My only limitation in choosing was picking something relatively close to one of the major freeways so that I would not go too far out of my way just to get something to eat.
Scanning my 20+ pages of my restaurant list combining OC and LA, one item popped out at me from the list. Broasted chicken. The decision was easy to make.
Because boasted chicken is relatively hard to find, and there are so few restaurants that serve it, it wasn't too hard to pick a restaurant from the short list. Once I checked how far they were from the major freeways, the choice became easy. I would dine at Amber's Chicken and Donut for lunch.
Tucked away in the corner of a strip mall, Amber's was relatively easy to find, with a big enough sign on the outside.
Inside, it's a tiny little shop that more resembles a donut shop than a chicken restaurant. Since I was planning on eating ribs for dinner, I decided to just get the two piece chicken lunch combo, with sides of coleslaw and macaroni salad. Pork ribs were available as a combo, but I hesitantly passed on the ribs.
Just a bit of info first: my experience with broasted chicken is relatively brief. I've had fried chicken for most of my life, and the first time I've ever tried broasted chicken is at Zubie's Chicken Coop in Newport Beach in the past year. After getting my first taste of broasted chicken, I vowed to always order it over fried chicken if it were on the menu.
Here at Amber's, the broasted chicken, which takes 15 minutes to prepare after you order it, was absolutely spectacular. The skin was delightfully crisp and crunchy. The chicken was piping hot, and I burned the inside of my mouth as I tried to take the first bite, but I didn't care. It was like heavenly chicken, almost as good as chicken can ever get to tasting as sweet as duck or pheasant. I gobbled up the two pieces so quickly and debated as to whether to order another 2 or 4 pieces. If it wasn't for another 15 minute wait, I would've ordered more pieces.
As for the sides, the coleslaw was delightfully sweet (not sure what it was, as I'm generally not a fan of coleslaw, but it was really tasty here), while the macaroni salad was just OK.
For a price of $4.99 for this 2-piece leg-and-thich combo, this was an absolute bargain for the meal. I envy those who live close to this place to sample this food at least once a week.
Thanks to the other Chowhounders who mentioned this place earlier. It lives up to the hype, and I hope others in search of broasted chicken will enjoy the food here.
Amber's Chicken & Donut
16900 Burbank Blvd
i'm so there, that is if it isn't too greasy, i'm not really a fan of fried chicken or broasted when it stays with you for hours, hate that feeeling.
if it's not too greasy and heavy , i think that does sound good, wonder if any of the donuts are good too.
sounds like a true chowhound place.
That's why I prefer the broasted chicken over the fried chicken, because it isn't as greasy. It's crispier and tastier without feeling like you've got a pound of lard in your stomach.
I was also thinking of getting a donut, too, but I didn't want to fall asleep in my business meeting afterwards. :-)
If you want broasted chicken in Orange County, the Chicken Box in La Habra and Pittsburgh Chicken in
Los Alamitos are your two options.
I prefer Pittsburgh Chicken but both will satisfy your craving for broasted chicken.
Pittsburgh Chicken and Taters
3671 Katella Ave. (just east of the 605 freeway)
Los Alamitos, CA
330 Whitter Blvd.
La Habra, CA
They use good quality chicken but most of the reason it is so good is because it is made to order. It is rare to get that anywhere else.
Just a slight addendum to my review: I incorrectly listed that I had macaroni salad, which I had at another place on the same day. My order of 2 pieces of chicken came with the aforementioned yummy coleslaw and crinkled french fries, which were very good.
The so-so macaroni salad was at Mom's BBQ, which I'll be writing a review on shortly.
Thanks for reminding me that I need to stop by Amber's again soon. That chicken is SO good. And the owners are so nice too!