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Two New Restaurants Slinging Crispy Fried Chicken Arrive in Houston

Find Nashville-style hot chicken at Main Chick, and crispy yardbird from Taiwanese chain TKK

a cripsy breaded chicken on a bun with cole slaw and pickles
A Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich at Main Chick HTX.
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Houston’s fried chicken scene offers a bounty of crispy and juicy takes on the humble yardbird, and two exciting new restaurants have officially thrown their hat into the ring. The first, Main Chick HTX, is a food truck slinging 100% halal, spicy fried chicken sandwiches. The second, TKK Fried Chicken, brings a Taiwanese favorite for super-crispy fried chicken to Bellaire Boulevard.

Scope out the details on each spot below.

Main Chick

Main Chick, at 1731 Westheimer Road, is a food truck serving spicy Nashville-style friend chicken. The truck, which welcomed customers for the first time this past weekend, has already seen long lines and has had to limit orders to two entrees and two sides per person due to overwhelming interest.

The food at Main Chick food is 100% halal. Dishes include a slaw-slathered crispy chicken tender served slider-style with pickles and sauce, waffle fries smothers in ‘comeback” sauce and hot chicken bits, and sides like mac and cheese. The chicken comes in five levels of heat, from no spice to extra hot — the hottest level is called “cluck it.”

Spicy chicken lovers can follow Main Chick on Facebook for updates on when they’re serving next.

TKK Fried Chicken

Meanwhile, TKK Fried Chicken, a popular Taiwanese chain, has opened inside the Dun Huang Plaza at 9889 Bellaire Boulevard. The chain, which was founded in 1974, is known for its super-cripsy on-the-bone chicken, as well as kwa kwa bao, a sticky rice roll filled with ground pork and mushrooms and wrapped in a salty, crunchy fried chicken skin. Other dishes include fried cheese curds, loaded fries topped with crispy bacon bits, and fluffy biscuits.

TKK opened in a revamped spot in the shopping center, Suite E211, and is sharing space with KungFu Tea, which serves up boba teas, espresso and other refreshments. The restaurant, which debuted in late May, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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