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Bulk Fried Chicken Prices

I'm in charge of food for a baby shower next month and the theme is hot air balloons and the food will be picnic themed.

Toying with either making fried chicken (ad hoc recipe) or buying it. Anyone have a good gauge of the bulk pricing at the local grocery stores or chicken joints? Looking at 30+ people so probably 60-75 pieces of chicken.

Trying to figure out which is more economical although I imagine making Ad Hoc chicken will be tastiest although time consuming. Shower is in San Gabriel area... Thanks in advance!

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  1. You don't want to do it on your own.... the price and harzard of dealing with the oil won't save you any money.

    Most supermarkets sell their deli fried chicken in bulk. Another option is Yum Cha Cafe. They do a BIG bulk business and they make a tasty fried chicken.

    --Dommy!

    1. Unless you have a deep fryer and some restaurant-quality ventilation system, I would not do it at home. The oil will coat every surface of your kitchen and most likely a good portion of your home.

      If you like the fried chicken from any restaurant or supermarket, ask the manager/owner how much they'll charge. I'm sure they'll give you a bulk discount.

      1. Chicken Box in West Covina will do that amount within an hours notice. Juicy broasted chicken. Or maybe if you ask real nice they will let you use their fryers since they have a whole bunch.

        1. Jim Dandy is cheap and deliciously hood.

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          1. re: chrishei

            Last time I was there an exotic dancer was passing out business cards. Chicken is juicy and love their corn fritter even though they only have like one kernel of corn in it.

            1. re: A5 KOBE

              I also loved those corn fritters, though I was pleasantly surprised with the powdered sugar coating. Made it almost a dessert.

              Jim Dandy's is really good chicken, while it is take-out only and not in the most convenient locale (though not unreasonably far from the SGV). Their prices are very reasonable. I liked the dark meat, but their breasts were extraordinary, crisp but wonderfully juicy. I would call beforehand to make sure they can handle your order in a timely fashion, work out the sides (be sure to get lots of those corn fritters), and packaging. Their combos, which I know come with 12 pieces (at least) plus sides, will be comparable with Albertson's (which is chicken alone) and probably better.

              1. re: nosh

                Yeah, like fresh powdered sugar donuts right out the fryer. I mean the fried chicken is juicy and crispy but the corn fritters keep me coming back.

          2. If you still have an Albertsons near you, they do a pretty decent fried chicken and sell in bulk. We got it last year for a company lunch and 200 white and dark pieces cost us about $130. Can't beat that.

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            1. re: boogiebaby

              Albertson's market on Las Tunas in SG made fantastic fried chicken, but I have not been in 5 years. That particular store made better fried chicken than other local Alb's, and I tried them all back then. They have bulk deals which were really cheap. Currant reconniassance would be required(& perhaps delicious).

              1. re: DWB

                That Albertsons is now a 168 Market.