EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve had a few readers report getting boxes that only contained a few pieces, and small pieces at that. This hasn’t happened to us (yet), but we do know that Kirkwood products are covered under Aldi’s Twice as Nice Guarantee: Aldi will replace the product and refund your money if there is a problem. We recommend taking the box back to the store if that happens. It won’t save your meal, unfortunately, but it should provide some compensation for not getting a full box. You can also contact Aldi to let them know what happened.
Fried chicken is an American favorite, but it is also expensive, especially if you buy it from a restaurant. Groceries also sell fried chicken, and it can be pretty good, but it can also be on the expensive side and it doesn’t always live up to restaurant standards.
That makes Kirkwood’s Fully Cooked Breaded Crispy Chicken — what some people might call “Aldi fried chicken” — really interesting. This Regular Buy from the store’s frozen section is not only is easy to prepare, but it comes closer to restaurants than you might expect, and for less than you’ll pay most other places.
The title doesn’t say the word “fried chicken” in it, but don’t let that fool you; the contents of this frozen box taste like fried chicken. The box gives two preparation options — microwave and oven — but recommends the oven for the simple reason that the chicken comes out more crispy. If you have the time, follow the box: the microwave only takes about 10 minutes to the oven’s 60, but those extra 50 minutes give you a much better meal.
Once it’s finished, prepare to enjoy chicken that is crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and is not a bad imitation of KFC’s Extra Crispy Chicken. The portions in the box are decent but not huge, so don’t expect it to feed a large party — probably 2-4 people depending on appetites and what side dishes you have.
One other thing: if you prefer Southern-style fried chicken — that is, chicken with more kick like you’d get at Popeye’s or Bojangles — then you might be interested in another Aldi product, Kirkwood Southern Style Breaded Crispy Chicken. Unfortunately, the Southern Style version is a Special Buy that is most likely to show up in the summer months, so if you’re out of season, getting the normal chicken and spicing it up from your pantry is your best option.
If you’re wanting to experiment on a grocery store alternative to restaurant crispy chicken, this is a worthy shot. Recommended.