We’ve previously discussed the virtues of Kirkwood Crispy Chicken, which is awfully good considering that it comes straight out of a freezer. This product, Kirkwood Southern Style Breaded Crispy Chicken, differs from the traditional Crispy Chicken in two ways.
One, it differs from traditional Crispy Chicken in that it is a Special Buy rather than a Regular Buy. In our experience, it tends to be most likely to show up during the summer months. We’re not sure if it is a national or regional thing; if you have ideas on that, feel free to share them in the comments.
Two, it’s got kick. If the normal Crispy Chicken is Aldi’s take on KFC, Southern Style Chicken is its take on Popeyes or Bojangles. It’s not Tabasco hot, but it’s got some spice, so if mild is your thing this might not be the product for you. But if you do like Southern-style fare, this is definitely worth a look.
Cooking it up is not hard, although it can take a little time for best results. The box contains both microwave instructions and baking instructions; the recommended cooking method is an oven, and it takes about an hour or so. (This reviewer didn’t see any deep fryer instructions on the box.) If you want crispy chicken, follow the box instructions and cook it in the oven.
Once out of the oven, it just needs to cool down for a minute before being ready to eat. Like its traditional cousin, the breading is nicely crispy, the chicken is moist, and the overall flavor is a good imitation of fried chicken given that it’s baked. The serving total is decent but not massive, so don’t expect to feed a huge crowd with a single box; depending on appetites and what other side items are served, this is probably good for 2-4 adults.
If you like Southern-style fried chicken, go for it. If you prefer something more mild, try the Regular Buy counterpart instead.