Eat This Now: Meal for 2 at Chicken Box

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When a restaurant has been around so long, putting out consistently great food the entire time, it's easy for us food writers to forget as we're off searching for the next best thing.

That's the whole point of this column, of course, but it's especially so when it comes to Chicken Box, tucked way up there in freeway-less La Habra. But, for 39 years, this tiny one-room shack has been slinging fried chicken that bests sorry KFC on flavor and shames Mrs. Knott's on value.

The best bet is the chicken meal for two ($11.98). With six pieces of chicken (two legs, two thighs, a breast and a wing), you'll have enough to share or leftovers for round 2.

It's the method called broasting that gives Chicken Box chicken its light, nearly greaseless crust. A cross between pressure cooking and deep frying, the method renders the bird's flour-dredged skin as crispy as a Lay's chip with a crunch that maintains after 20 bites (I counted); a brine makes the meat flavorful and juicy.

If you're partial to wedges, try the broasted potatoes. The skin on each fat stick crackles before yielding a steaming, pillow-y inside that's awesome with ranch. There's a choice of salad (go with creamy coleslaw) and warm rolls with butter and honey.

Chicken Box's special isn't an everyday meal, both for the arteries and to save on gas, but one that is worth the trip every time.

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Chicken Box

330 E. Whittier Blvd., La Habra, CA

Category: Restaurant

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Jason310
Jason310

chicken box is the best chicken in california! much better than knotts berry farm.

Anon
Anon

But if you swing by El Cholo which is not far at all from the chicken box and drink a couple LA lemonade's, you'll forget that your in La Habra. Actually you'd probably forget to go get your chicken too, those things are powerful.

BuggleB
BuggleB

How come this wasn't on the Top 10 Chicken restaurants list? 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Good question... But as Edwin said that list was his opinion and he did welcome all suggestions.  

JB
JB

The photo of that chicken makes me want to board a helicopter there...right now

909Jeff
909Jeff

Yeah, the problem is wanting to venture into GuadaLaHabra... But damn does that look good! 

JB
JB

Agree Jeff!  On the extremely rare times I'm in La Habra, I feel that if I go any further north, I'm going to fall off the end of the earth.  I get the same feeling when I'm heading east on Crown Valley Parkway in Ladera Ranch. 

"Guadalahabra" is not that ghetto, though, comparatively speaking. 

And rumor has it that it's most famous native is an ice cream lovin' food blogger.  :-)

909Jeff
909Jeff

Its not.. you're right, my wife actually grew up there... But its fun to rag on them a bit!

We have family in Whittier close to Whittier blvd and Colima... The next time we visit I may have to take the long way home and hit this place up.  So far Mr. Pirani has not lead us astray! 

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