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Farran’s Broaster Chicken

April 23, 2012

  • 57649 Murray Street
  • Mattawan, MI 49071
  • (269) 668-2499
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

BBQ and chicken.  Two of my favorite foods (outside hamburgers and pizza of course) and two of the hardest things to find in Southwest Michigan.  I’ve had minimal luck with chicken as the only real choice outside of the big chain is Chicken Coop, but they seem to be inconsistent.  I like the Plainwell and South Westnedge locations, but don’t like most of the other ones.

A couple weeks ago, I noticed someone checked in to a chicken place in Mattawan.  I recognized the Broaster Chicken name, but had never heard of this place.  I did a Google search hoping to come up with some info, but found almost nothing other than an address.

Last weekend, I went to Paw Paw to pick up a pizza from Amore.  On the way down I-94, I decided to take a detour to find this chicken place.

What I found was a little carry-out place that looked fairly new.  I didn’t stop, but I should have to at least pick up a menu.  It always helps when you can order chicken ahead of time, but without a website or menu, that’s a little tough to do.

This afternoon, J had a doctor’s appointment and I had some yard work to do.  I finished up the mowing as she was getting ready to leave.  Neither of us had eaten lunch yet.  I told J I was going to make a trip to Mattawan and check out this chicken joint.

Farran’s Broaster Chicken is on Murray Street just north of Front Street.  It sits right next to Halftime Food and Beverage.  The building is pretty small and looks awfully new.  They’re still working on an outdoor patio area which will provide more seating.

Inside the building there are less than half a dozen tables.  The majority of the space is taken up by the kitchen and order counter.  When you walk in the door, you have to go around the corner to get to the cash register to find a menu.  There’s a big one on the wall as well as a handful of take out menus on the counter.

I noticed on a dry erase board as I walked in that the special today was an 8 piece mixed meal.  That included two sides and dinner rolls.  Perfect.  Exactly what I was looking for.  The two sides I got were french fries and potato salad.  I paid the $13 bill (much less than the Chicken Coop) with my credit and took a seat at one of the tables to wait for the chicken to be cooked.

The restaurant itself if locally owned and operated, but the Broaster name is something you can find all over the country.  The technique was invented in the 1950’s in Wisconsin.  Instead of the traditional deep frying, Broaster uses a combination of pressure cooking and deep frying.  Broasting cuts the cook time down by close to half.

I beat J back home by just a few minutes, so I opened the box containing the fries.  They were standard food service fries with a light coating of salt.  I sat there and ate them as I waited for my wife to get home not wanting to be totally rude and eating without her….but I was still really hungry.

About the time I finished the fries, J walked in the door so we got out some paper plates and cracked open box containing our chicken.  The Broasting process is supposed to make the outside crispy while leaving the inside moist and tender.  The first piece J pulled out was a wing.  The meat was nice and juicy like it was supposed to be, but the breading wasn’t as crunchy as she would have liked.  The second piece she pulled was a breast and this one was cooked the way it was supposed to.  The breading was super crispy  and the meat was juicy.  I had about the same experience.  The breast I pulled was deliciously crunchy, but the leg was still a little soft.  The thigh I pulled out was about right in between the leg and the breast.

Overall, the chicken was really tasty.  It’s still not that knock your socks off kind of place that I crave, but I knew that going in.  I’ve had Broaster chicken several times over the years and Farran’s is right on par with what I was expecting.  This little restaurant is definitely a place I will be going back to when I get that chicken craving.  It’s not an awful drive from Kalamazoo and it’s still one of the better chicken places I have found in the area.

Potato Salad

Eight Piece Mixed Broaster Chicken

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Melissa permalink
    May 4, 2012 12:14 pm

    Have you tried Wagoner’s fried chicken yet? It’s right around the corner. It totally beats Chicken Coop.

  2. linda Mariew welling permalink
    May 11, 2012 8:34 pm

    this polish gal say’s this a great new spot to take all moms for there special mothers day Lunch..i will be at Farran’s too..been wanting to try it since they opened here in Mattawan,Michigan ..hear the chicken is grreat…

  3. Eric permalink
    January 11, 2013 3:40 pm

    Best fried chicken is at Hide Away bar in Vicksburg. I do like Farran’s as well.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      January 18, 2013 12:20 am

      I ate at the Hide-A-Way a couple years ago and really liked it…had a hamburger though…will have to go back and try the chicken.

      https://swmichigandining.com/2011/11/27/village-hide-a-way/

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