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Chicken on the Way

1443 Kensington Rd. NW, Calgary, AB, XX - (403) 283-5545
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/30/2007 11:28:00 PM
A take-out fried chicken shack serving Calgary since 1958, Chicken on the Way is a classic of its kind. Amenities are few. Seating is limited to a couple of picnic tables outside. Ordering is done at a counter inside and everything gets sent out in a bright yellow box.

When you stand in line waiting to place your order, you see a bin full of potatoes waiting to be cut and deep-fried and you smell the alluring aroma of hot chicken pulled from boiling oil. Although shrimp and flatfish are available from the fry basket, chicken rules this roost; and the standard meal ranges from two pieces in the Snack Pac to five pieces in the Hungry Man Dinner. It is sturdy-crusted, oil-infused, luscious chicken, a joy to overeat. The skin pulls off the meat in great chewy strips; and the meat below is moist and flavorful. Side dishes include excellent French fries and big, super-crusty, slightly sweet corn fritters. Gravy is also available – for dipping chicken or fried potatoes.

Special thanks to Elise T, roadfood.com user, who tipped us off to Chicken on the Way, writing that her mother remembered it as β€œthe only chicken place in Calgary when she lived there in the β€˜50s.”

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The huge chicken breast and ample drumstick virtually eclipse the rest of the meal that comes in this box: French fries and a spherical corn fritter.
"The huge chicken breast and ample drumstick virtually eclipse the rest of the meal that comes in this box: French fries and a spherical corn fritter."
Michael Stern





The lush, crunchy skin that envelops each piece of this chicken, shattering at first bite, is irresistible ... and it makes silverware irrelevant.
"The lush, crunchy skin that envelops each piece of this chicken, shattering at first bite, is irresistible ... and it makes silverware irrelevant."
Michael Stern


Decor at Chicken on the Way is mostly empty boxes ready to be filled with dinner.
"Decor at Chicken on the Way is mostly empty boxes ready to be filled with dinner."
Michael Stern


Chicken on the Way is now graced by a biggggg chicken.
"Chicken on the Way is now graced by a biggggg chicken."
find, anne


Most people carry away their boxes of chicken; but a few picnic tables are provided (visible at the far right of the photo).
"Most people carry away their boxes of chicken; but a few picnic tables are provided (visible at the far right of the photo)."
Michael Stern



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