Ah, chicken — was there ever a more reliable foodstuff?
Ever versatile, the culinary possibilities that come with poultry are endless! And each more more delicious than the last.
Why, you only need to take a look around Dublin to see what wonders can be achieved by the humble chicken...
1. Rotisserie chicken — Camden Rotisserie
Camden Rotisserie is dedicated to our favourite flightless bird.
BBQ chicken skewers, spicy nachos with pulled chicken, chicken schnitzel, cajun chicken — they've got it all.
That said, our advice is stick with their succulent rotisserie chicken, smothered in gravy, BBQ sauce or piri piri sauce.
You'll find Camden Rotisserie on Camden Street. Obviously.
2. Southern fried chicken breast — Taco Taco
This Mexican joint knows how to cook a hen.
Their mouthwatering southern fried chicken breast is covered in golden parmesan crumb and comes with creamed sweetcorn, sweet potato fries, classic coleslaw & side of honey sriracha hot sauce.
If the heat gets a bit too much, you can always wash down all that deliciousness with something from the cocktail menu, like a Mai Tai (rum, lime, triple sec, orgeat, blackstrap molasses), a Champion Fizz (lime, elderflower, bitters, prosecco), a Heartbreaker (gin, rosewater, strawberry jam, lime) and a whole lot more besides.
You'll find Taco Taco on Dame Court.
3. Buffalo wings — Elephant & Castle
We may not have mentioned this before, but we're partial to the occasion chicken wing.
There are many excellent places to feast on the delectable little appendages, but Elephant & Castle is definitely one of the best. Their hot 'n' saucy wings will leave you fingers stained and your mouth on fire, but you won't give a damn cos you'll be in chicken heaven.
You'll find Elephant & Castle in Temple Bar.
4. Chicken shish meal — Passion4Food
We reckon this is probably the best kebab place in town.
Passion4Food's chicken shish meal contains huge pieces of juicy, tender chicken with its smokey flavour working wonderfully with the bread, sauces and sides.
Passion4Food is on Clanbrassil Street.
5. Soy garlic chicken — CrackBird
If you're a chicken lover, CrackBird is your Promised Land.
You've got your chicken wings, brochettes, szechuan pepper roast chicken and, probably the most popular item on the menu, soy garlic chicken.
You'll find CrackBird on Dame Street.
6. Chicken tikka masala — Diwali Restaurant
Tikka masala officially Ireland's favourite dish, and this is where you wanna get it.
The Indian and Nepalese restaurant's tomato-based cream sauce with grounded cashew nuts may be simple but hey, what's wrong with a little simplicity?
You'll find Diwali Restaurant on George's Street.
7. Fried chicken bao — Bread & Bones
Who knew steamed buns could be so goddamn good?
Bread & Bones has a great selection of baos to choose from and our favourite is the fried chicken & sriracha coleslaw option. It's impossible to eat without going back for seconds.
You'll find Bread & Bones on Millennium Walkway.
8. Chicken pho — Jolin's Café
Pho, if you're not in the know, is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, herbs, and meat, usually served with either beef or chicken. And it's feckin' delicious.
Jolin's pho ga comes chicken, onion, spring onion & beansprouts. The dish has the added benefit of being hearty without being too bold.
You'll find Jolin's Café on Clanbrassil Street.
9. Alabama white wings — Fowl Play
Another establishment dedicated entirely to poultry, so you can be certain they know their stuff.
Our favourite items on their menu are the Alabama white wings, served with a sauce made up of mayo, vinegar and horseradish. It's creamy but tangy, and you can choose to have your wings coated in it, or have it on the side.
You'll find Fowl Play at the back of The Square Ball on Hogan Place.
10. Chicken sandwich — Laine, my love
In Laine they roast whole chickens, slice up thick slabs of breast and stuff it into baguettes along with avocado and light dressing. Now that's how you make a sambo.
You'll find Laine, my love on Talbot Street.