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Broasted Chicken Anywhere?

CapeCodGuy Oct 13, 2013 11:20 AM

The fried chicken thread got me thinking. It's been years since I've had 'Broasted" chicken. I have no recollection where I might have tasted this. As I recall, it was a heavily marinated chicken cooked in a pressure fryer, much like KFC, but had far less fat and carb content. Am I dreaming? Does it still exist anywhere?

  1. GretchenS Jan 20, 2014 10:37 AM

    Based on the fried chicken thread I tried the Broaster(tm) chicken at Eri's this weekend, very tasty if a bit too salty for my taste. http://www.eriswingsandseafood.com/location.html
    My comments on the chicken here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3337...

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    1. re: GretchenS
      RoyRon Jan 20, 2014 03:21 PM

      Hi I totally agree with you about Eri's being way too salty. It is very moist and has a minimum of spicy flavor but if they reduced the salt it would be ten times better. I think they probably brine the chicken but don't rinse it well after taking it out of the brine.

      1. re: RoyRon
        CapeCodGuy Jan 23, 2014 04:50 PM

        The Broaster Company requires the restaurant to use it's marinades and coating to use the "Broaster" name. It's likely nothing they can do, unless they add salt to the process.

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      grumpyspatient Oct 17, 2013 02:55 PM

      An interesting aside on early broasting and KFC


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        Posenose Oct 15, 2013 04:42 PM

        Mark's Pizza in Wellesley:


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          CapeCodGuy Oct 15, 2013 05:08 PM

          Posenose....Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!!

          That's the real deal and Wellesley is close enough to grab a taste next time I'm over the bridge! Thanks!!!

          If anyone else gets there first, please post a report.

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            hyde Oct 16, 2013 02:37 AM

            They used to make the best italian subs around but the ownership seemed to change about 7 or 8 years ago and the sandwiches became usual house-of-pizza fare.

            Never tried the chicken.

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            Tucker23 Oct 15, 2013 10:59 AM

            Bongis Turkey Farm Duxbury

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            1. re: Tucker23
              CapeCodGuy Oct 15, 2013 03:57 PM

              Bongi's has pretty good fried chicken, but I don't believe it's broaster chicken. At least they don't claim as such.

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              Tom34 Oct 14, 2013 06:43 PM

              I know exactly which "Broaster fried chicken" you are referring to. We had a small privately owned German butcher shop with a deli in our area for over 30 years that sold it. I can still envision a glass case on the counter with heat lamps and a sign advertising Broaster fried chicken.

              The Broaster fried chicken had a very different flavor from virtually all the other's, including KFC, Roy Rogers & Popeye's. It even looked different in terms of color and type of batter. My wife and I loved it.

              My local butcher shop that had it has been gone for years. The last place I knew that sold it was Campbell's Seafood in Ocean City NJ. We usually end up south of OC these days but have often thought about making the run north for a couple buckets of it. Just as good cold as hot.

              PS: If you Google "Broaster Fried Chicken" the Co may have a locate it near you option.

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                CapeCodGuy Oct 14, 2013 07:03 PM

                Yes! That's my memory. Crazy tasty and nowhere near KFC et al. Wandergirl gave me a link for a store locator and unfortunately, any outlet is 75 miles away from me and the closest seem to be either institutional food service or supermarkets, like Roche Bros. We actually found ourselves in Mashpee today so we decided to "taste test" a piece at Roche Bros and it was blah. No flavor and overcooked dry. But was probably sitting on a steam table for 3-4 hours.

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                  Tom34 Oct 14, 2013 07:40 PM

                  Absolutely different taste. Other than delicious, I can't think of words to describe it. Like everyone else, I had eaten my fair share of very good tasty fried chicken over the years but that first bite of Broaster was just so different and so good that if I live to be a 100 I will still remember it. While quite a hump, I am thinking future road trip to OC. (Bucket of Broaster & case of Corona)

              2. Infomaniac Oct 14, 2013 09:37 AM

                Chicken Connection in Haverhill has been doing some very good breasted chicken for the past 20 plus years.
                Great stuff!

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                  treb Oct 14, 2013 11:32 AM

                  2nd that, excellent dhow.

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                    Infomaniac Oct 14, 2013 01:08 PM

                    I meant broasted chicken

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                      treb Oct 14, 2013 06:10 PM

                      I knew that, dang those fat fingers on that tiny keyboard.

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                  pemma Oct 14, 2013 08:35 AM

                  There was a place on Route 1 in Wells, ME that sold something they called broasted chicken. I don't know if it's still there.

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                    mmocpi Oct 15, 2013 05:02 PM

                    The Hayloft is gone, sadly. The did have broasted chicken and it was good.

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                      pemma Oct 16, 2013 05:40 AM

                      Yes, it was the Hayloft.

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                    tysonmcneely Oct 14, 2013 07:40 AM

                    The only place I've had it was at this diner in Northampton, and this was about 10 years ago. I do remember being intrigued by it, I don't remember it being particularly amazing, but to each their own. They definitely called it broasted, so I assume it is the "brand" you are looking for.


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                      mats77 Oct 14, 2013 06:40 AM

                      Not very helpful to you but your post brought me back to my childhood and the broasted chicken at Crandall's in Hebron, Il.

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                        CapeCodGuy Oct 14, 2013 06:48 AM

                        So I'm curious, was it as good as I remember, or is it just a nostalgic thing?

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                          mats77 Oct 14, 2013 10:39 AM

                          Haven't had it in probably 20+ years. I appreciate your post as I too would like to try some again.

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                        phatchris Oct 14, 2013 04:40 AM

                        Is Chester Fried Broasted? If so they had a sign for Chester Fried on the window of Chansky's Market in Brighton.

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                          Luther Oct 14, 2013 05:23 AM

                          The crispy moisturized chicken

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                            Boston_Otter Oct 14, 2013 05:35 AM

                            I saw one on a small market in Magoun Square; didn't know what it was.

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                            wandergirl Oct 13, 2013 07:15 PM

                            You can search for locations on the Broaster website:


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                            1. re: wandergirl
                              CapeCodGuy Oct 13, 2013 07:59 PM

                              Thanks! Looks like providence is the closest to me.

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                                wandergirl Oct 14, 2013 06:28 AM

                                You're welcome! I'd be interested in hearing your report if you are able to track some down. The location in Providence sounds a bit unusual (a veteran's canteen?). I wonder if it is open to the public.

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                                  CapeCodGuy Oct 14, 2013 06:47 AM

                                  I doubt it. Using the search the veteran's canteens (there are several listed) are all classified as "institutional". There are also several supermarkets listed. I'd rather try it at a restaurant or sub shop or some such.

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                                    wandergirl Oct 14, 2013 07:36 AM

                                    I can understand. It looks like Woonsocket might have an option. I hope you are able to find something fresh.

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                                    digga Oct 14, 2013 04:50 PM

                                    Don't knock a VFW til you try it! One of RI's greatest food treasures, Mike's, is located in a VFW in Cranston. It is definitely open to the public. And the food is glorious.


                                    1. re: digga
                                      wandergirl Oct 14, 2013 05:25 PM

                                      The Providence location looks to be in a Veterans Medical Center, not a VFW hall. I wasn't knocking the freshness of the food in the veteran's canteen, I just wondered if it was open to the public. What I was knocking was the freshness of this kind of chicken from a supermarket. Mike's sounds like a great place to try!

                                      1. re: wandergirl
                                        digga Oct 14, 2013 05:38 PM

                                        Definitely give Mike's a whirl. You can find the best food in the damndest places sometimes. The VA canteen sounds intriguing. If it's a hospital cafeteria, it should be open to the public.

                                  3. re: CapeCodGuy
                                    Scruffy The Cat Oct 16, 2013 03:33 PM

                                    The list says that Roche Bros IS Broaster chicken. They are one of the approved outlets.

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                                      CapeCodGuy Oct 16, 2013 05:23 PM

                                      It is indeed. Unfortunately, it's impossible to gauge when one can get it fresh from this type of source. As mentioned earlier, my DW tried some at our local Roche Bros just the other day, and it was rather dry and flavorless. Not at all how I remember fresh Broaster Chicken. Gotta try some freshly cooked.

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                                        Tom34 Oct 16, 2013 06:17 PM

                                        The German butcher near us years ago sold the left overs from the previous day at 50% off and it was noticably different (dryer ) from the fresh cooked stuff.

                                  4. re: wandergirl
                                    Clams047 Oct 14, 2013 06:25 PM

                                    Most places seem to be convenience stores / gas stations, etc.

                                    It's probably what we used to refer to as "gas station" chicken.
                                    Quite excellent when done well, including the broasted potatoes.

                                    Very popular in the southeast - not some much in the northeast.

                                  5. Nab Oct 13, 2013 04:41 PM

                                    Riverside Pizza & Seafood has a pressure-fryer (not the Broaster brand) and fry up a good bird, albeit occasionally a little underseasoned.


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                                    1. re: Nab
                                      CapeCodGuy Oct 13, 2013 06:59 PM

                                      Thanks, but I don't want just anybody's pressure fried chicken. I can get that at KFC or Popeyes. I want authentic Broaster Chicken. As I understand it, their patented equipment is quite different than other pressure fryers and their marinade and coating is also proprietary.

                                      MMOCPI, thanks for the tip, but that search comes up empty for me on Google Maps. I could try Roche Bros, but was hoping for a better location where I might be fresher.

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                                      mmocpi Oct 13, 2013 04:37 PM

                                      If you put your address into Google, then go to Google Maps, then type Broasted Chicken in the search field, you will find places. Like this place. Looks good. Thanks for the idea. I might have to go there!


                                      1. Allstonian Oct 13, 2013 02:21 PM

                                        The second hit I got on Google when I searched "broasted chicken" was for the Roche Bros. website, so you might try there.

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                                          catsmeow Oct 13, 2013 03:14 PM

                                          That rings a bell. I think I did see it at the one in West Roxbury a few months ago.

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                                            CapeCodGuy Oct 13, 2013 03:33 PM


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                                              kt1969 Oct 14, 2013 08:43 AM

                                              Yes, I see it at Sudbury Farms [owned by Roche] all the time...it is yummy. :)

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                                              adventuresinbaking Oct 13, 2013 01:01 PM

                                              I worked at a diner, King of the Frosties, about 12 years ago in Speculator NY. Not much has changed there, they might still have it on the menu. I've never seen it anywhere else! :)

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                                              1. re: adventuresinbaking
                                                CapeCodGuy Oct 13, 2013 02:02 PM

                                                I've found lots of discussion on the LA and Toronto boards. Mostly very favorable comments. Nothing locally as far as I can tell. Well, at least I'm not crazy!

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                                                grumpyspatient Oct 13, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                check out the description of the fried chicken...is that broasted? never been but its on the list to check out.

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                                                  grumpyspatient Oct 13, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                  i suppose it would of helped to include the link duh!

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                                                    CapeCodGuy Oct 13, 2013 01:03 PM

                                                    That's the idea, yes. But I think that "Broasting" was a patented process with special equipment and recipes.

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                                                      dtremit Oct 13, 2013 09:08 PM

                                                      The Broaster Co. manufactures pressure fryers. A good friend's parents ran a diner in Wisconsin (where Broaster is based) and from his description, there's not much else to it. I think Broaster may sell a marinade/coating, but the real magic is in the pressure frying.

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                                                    Bellachefa Oct 13, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                    I'm thinking Ma Glockners berched chicken that had an outpost in Mashpee? Alas they are no longer. Is that the type of chicken your thinking of? I think there was some place in upper rhode island serving it.

                                                    Edit: found it but haven't been.


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                                                    1. re: Bellachefa
                                                      CapeCodGuy Oct 13, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                      While that is interesting, that's not what I'm referring to. Broasting was a frying method where the breaded or floured coating doesn't absorb as much of the oil so it has lower fat and calories than regular fried chicken. I remember it being crispy and incredibly juicy.

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                                                        Kat Oct 13, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                        Haven't thought about Ma Glockner's for years. Went there often as a kid and still crave the chicken, sticky buns and coconut cream pie. Yumm......

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                                                          Clams047 Oct 14, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                          Enjoyed their "road-kill" chicken several times (tire marks?).

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