Finally! AZ finally has it’s first Korean Fried Chicken joint!
If you happen to watch any cooking shows or networks like Top Chef, the Food Network or the Cooking Channel, you have seen chefs making or talking about Korean Fried Chicken, aka (“KFC”). Yes, Korean Fried Chicken is a thing in cities like LA and NYC. If you have been to Korea, you know exactly what I am talking about.
What is Korean Fried Chicken (“KFC”)?
Korean Fried Chicken is chicken that is lightly coated with potato or corn starch and is typically cooked twice. Cooking the chicken twice renders out the fat in the skin, which gives it a lighter and crispier skin. It is not as heavily breaded like southern style fried chicken. Korean Fried Chicken is typically prepared two ways, one is your more standard or traditional fried chicken and the other is with a marinade called yangneom (sweet and spicy).
Crazy Chicken & Crab is a family owned restaurant located in Chandler, AZ on the SEC of Chandler Blvd and Dobson Road in the old Chino Bandido space tucked all the way in the back, behind Walgreens, The Goddard School, Break Masters and Desert Car Care.
Crazy Chicken & Crab offers half or full chicken orders served in smaller chopped pieces. Half an order should be enough for one adult. Half order is enough for two younger children. They also have a mix of more American appetizers and sides like fries, corn, coleslaw and mozzarella sticks as well as some Asian sides like egg rolls and various fried rice dishes.
All chicken orders come with a complimentary side of cubed sweet pickled radish in sugar and vinegar called mu (pronounced moo) or danmuji.
RECOMMENDATIONS (Joseph Yu)
If you want more heat, try the Sweet & Spicy Chicken. I have yet to try the Extreme Spicy Chicken. I initially attempted to order it, but the waitresses eyes got really big and suggested I order the Sweet & Spicy instead, which I did. It is spicier than the Sweet & Mild, but did not satisfy my craving for spicy.
One item I would suggest not ordering is the Honey Butter Garlic Chicken. I ordered some for my kids and after one bite, they did not want them again. I tried them myself. I suggest you pass on this item.
I highly recommend the Padak Chicken. It is your standard Korean Fried Chicken with a nest of shaved scallions on top. It comes with a side of Padak sauce which is a soy dominated sauce with enough wasabi (in terms of flavor, not heat) to let you know it’s there, a hint of garlic, vinegar and lemon juice. The sauce is not overly spicy and compliments the scallions well.
The Sweet & Mild Chicken Korean is a must! The chicken is slathered with sweet and slightly spicy sauce made out of a Korean chili paste called gochujang. If you can’t handle spice or if you have young kids, this may not be for you.
Crazy Chicken & Crab currently does not serve alcohol, however, they are working on getting their beer and wine license. They believe they should have it in a month or two. In the meantime, I was told if you bring in your own beer, they would be happy to open and serve! FYI, I haven’t tried this myself….yet.
In the past, if I wanted to get my fix of Korean Fried Chicken, I had to go to places like OB Bear and KyoChon in Koreatown (“K-Town”) in LA. Now I can get my fix down the street at Crazy Chicken in Chandler, AZ.
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