6. Chicken momos
> Restaurant: Cumin
> City: Chicago
Momos are steamed dumplings popular in Nepal, Tibet, and parts of India. At the “modern Nepalese / Indian” Cumin, the slightly chewy purses of dough are filled with minced, spiced chicken and served with tomato sauce.
7. Chicken parmigiana
> Restaurant: Louie’s by the Bay – Pasta & Carne
> City: Newport, California
For 46 years, Piero Selvaggio ran what was possibly the most consistently excellent Italian restaurant in America, offering both traditional and contemporary fare. At his new venture in the Orange County beach community of Newport, he concentrates on steaks and pasta — but also serves up an absolutely classic “chicken parm” — made with top-quality fowl, non-greasy breading, and real mozzarella.
8. Chicken sandwich
> Restaurant: Popeyes
> City: Numerous locations in 46 states and Washington, D.C.
If you haven’t followed the “chicken sandwich war” set off by the introduction and promotion of this chain’s first chicken sandwich, you must have been asleep. It has been called “a sandwich that launched a thousand Twitter battles,” and two weeks after its launch, it was sold out nationwide (though a return is promised when the company can source more chicken breast). It’s a chicken breast filet with “authentic” Louisiana-style seasonings, fried in a buttermilk batter and served on a buttery brioche bun with barrel-cured pickles and regular or spicy mayo. And, yes, it really is that good.
9. Chicken whole-roasted for two
> Restaurant: NoMad
> City: New York City
Established by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of the Michelin three-star Eleven Madison Park in 2012 (the partnership dissolved earlier this year), NoMad became famous above all for this dish. It’s the most indulgent chicken around: a whole roasted chicken carved at the table into white and dark meat, the former stuffed under the skin with black truffles and basted with foie gras, the latter returned to the kitchen to be sautéed with shallots and mushrooms.
10. Den Den Korean fried chicken
> Restaurant: Den Den Korean Fried Chicken
> City: Providence, Rhode Island
Korean chefs fry their chicken twice so the exterior is especially crisp, even sometimes brittle. This casual Rhode Island restaurant does it especially well, serving wings and drumsticks (boneless upon request) with a choice of a dark soy-garlic sauce or a spicy red one. There’s kimchi on the side, of course.