My friends Kin and Jo have gone all chicken, the chicken business that is. They are now the regional license sellers for Cookies Chicken around where we all live. I've never heard of Cookies Chicken, but apparently there are stores in the US and they are starting to have stores in Austarlia. Since I like eating chicken, when they told me they were doing a taste testing session, I said I would like to come and try it, as well as do some research for this blog of course. See what I have to do for the name of research so that you, the reader, can know about more foods.
So I rocked up to their house and then we went and bought some chicken. One of the rules for selling Cookies Chicken is that only the chicken breast shall be used. So we bought some of that, but I kept insisting that we should get chicken wings too, since I love those the most.
Here is the Cookies placard showing the various cookies food items. Its the usual things of chicken strips, burgers, wraps etc. I commented that their slogan of "lipsmakingood" was strangely familar. Then I said it was sort of a rip off of KFC's "fingerlickingood" slogan. Also, the 12 secret herbs and spices is clearly a dig at KFC and their 11 secret herbs and spices only. Just like KFC, the exact components is unknown and the batter comes in pre mixed bins.
Here is Jo cutting up the chicken breasts into cubes so that it will cook faster, as I was ultra hungry and wanted to eat. You then go through the secret ritual of chicken battering (you get out a big rolling pin and start to beat up the chicken until it submits and screams out in pain) which I cannot reveal here for fear of my life. I did have a hand in helping put the batter on the chicken.
And the final results are below. There are three flavours, original, mild and hot. The original was good, but slightly salty. This is probably due to us not mixing the mix properly and all the large salt particles probably came to the top from the vibration from the transportation of the mix. The mild one was as named, slightly more spicy and also less salty. The hot one was actually not too hot (but I'm quite good at eating hot food) and again even less salty. I preferred the hot one the best, as I like spicy food.
I have to honestly say, the chicken were better than I expected. Usually I'm not a fan of chicken breast meat as after cooking, they tend to be very dry. However, these chicken pieces had a nice crunch to them, the flavour was good, they weren't oily at all, and the breast meat remained quite juicy.
However, call me bias, but these illegal chicken wings were definitely my favourite. The chicken wing meat was so smooth and juicy still. The coating on the wing gave it a perfect crunch and these were some very good chicken wings I've had. However, Jo kept saying that these are not part of the Cookies philosophy of "no bones" and "breast meat" only and that I had to clearly let all the readers know that she was only doing this because I kept requesting it. So below are the non-Cookies conforming chicken wings, hot flavour.
At this point, I should say that if you are interested in obtaining a license to sell these Cookies chicken, please contact me and I'll pass you on to Kin and Jo. And no, I am not being paid to do this and will gain nothing from this. I'm merely writing about another food experience, my first exclusive story for this blog. There are no other Cookies stores in Victoria yet so remember that you read about it first here when it becomes the next Nandos. Reporter Thanh signing out. :-)