Onward Tastes: My My Chicken Provides The Wings And Fried Chicken State College Deserves
The State College area has a wide variety of food options to satisfy even the pickiest of college students. Chinese, burgers, pizza, wings, you name it, we’ve got it and most likely ordered it at 2 a.m. However, the State College area has lacked a fried chicken restaurant ever since the Kentucky Fried Chicken closed so many years ago — but that changes now.
The Penn State community’s prayers for a fried chicken place have finally been answered; My My Chicken opened on Friday, December 11. Located on 536 Westerly Parkway right by Weis, this place is only a 10-minute drive away from campus. My My Chicken is a restaurant that isn’t just the answer to fried chicken lovers’ prayers, but adds a unique twist in its offering of both American and Korean-style fried chicken. Onward State sent two staff members with collegiate expertise in eating chicken to check it out.
As a senior that’s been waiting for a fried chicken place to open up in State College, I was quite shocked when I found out this place opened on Friday. In the spirit of procrastination, my colleague Kevin and I, along with some of dearest friends, decided to eat our studying pains away. One of the few downsides to this place is that you do have to pick up your order, but it’s well worth the trip.
When we got there, we were greeted with a very homey looking restaurant. It was well-kept inside and with a side view of the kitchen. The menu itself was written on a chalkboard with all the prices and specials written in multicolored chalk. Overall, the atmosphere and the aroma of My My Chicken screamed home-styled fried chicken. Luckily our order was ready when we got there, so we began the feast when we arrived home.
I, of course, ordered the fried chicken. As shown below, the chicken looked absolutely delicious, and I can personally attest that it looks as good as it tastes.
The chicken looked so good that I forgot to take a photo of it once I opened it. This is the aftermath.
The fried chicken looked very similar to Kentucky Fried Chicken, but after a quick bite, I knew that the comparison was in looks alone. The breading on the skin had just enough crunch to it and enough spices to entice me to eat more without being too overpowering. To me (and I’m sure many of you), the skin is the best part of the whole chicken. Getting past the skin, the meat itself was very tender and juicy. At $20 for a whole chicken, it is well worth the money and enough to feed two hungry people. Overall, My My Chicken’s fried chicken ranks up at an 8.5/10 in deliciousness and has won my heart as one of my favorite restaurants in State College.
For those of you who are not familiar with Bon Chon Chicken, it is a chain of Korean-style fried chicken wings. That makes it the perfect candidate for my comparison to My My Chicken’s Colonel Ling’s Wings. In terms of crunchiness, My My Chicken is definitely up to par in terms of freshness to Bon Chon and looks just as good (as shown in the picture below). However, as a devout Bon Chon Chicken patron, I stand by the oriental blended flavors that pierce my oh-so-delicate nose. Call it a personal preference (because it is), but what Bon Chon Chicken has that My My Chicken doesn’t is the varying levels of spiceness. I enjoy my chicken with some kick to it, but that isn’t to say I dismissed the overall taste of the wings. Once I added a copious amount of sriracha (Which the staff so kindly gave to us once we picked up the order), it won me over at a solid 8/10.
Collectively, Kevin and Steffen agree that My My Chicken is the new go-to spot in State College. Wing and fried food critics alike should check out the final destination for their fried chicken cravings.