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10 Best Chicken Plates at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has some great food, and chicken is such a popular dish that you will find it served in many different ways in various restaurants around Walt Disney World.  From fried to Indian, Wings to Barbecue, there is a chicken plate to please everyone.  Here are 10 of the best:

 

 

10. Fried Chicken, Hoop Dee Doo Revue

It is hard to beat the atmosphere at Hoop Dee Doo Revue for enjoying some good, old-fashioned fried chicken.  While enjoying the antics of the Pioneer Players on stage you are served up an actual bucket of on the bone fried chicken.  It is freshly fried, perfectly spiced with just the right amount of breading.  And the best part?  It is all you care to eat, so if you empty your bucket you can ask for more!

9. “Tastes Like Chicken,” Jungle Navigation Company, Ltd. Skipper Canteen

Jungle Navigation Company, Ltd. Skipper Canteen is a zany restaurant in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland that is run by the off-duty Jungle Cruise skippers.  The menu features some delicious, but slightly exotic, eats that have unique names that only Jungle Cruise skippers could come up with—like “Tastes Like Chicken” Because It Is.  That is the name of the dish you will order if you want a tasty version of fried chicken.  “Tastes Like Chicken” features Crispy-fried Chicken served with Jasmine Rice, Chili Glaze, and Seasonal Vegetables.  That chili glaze gives it a kick and makes it different than your average fried chicken.

8. Smoked Chicken, The Polite Pig

The Polite Pig at Disney Springs is one of my very favorite quick service restaurants in all of Walt Disney World.  They offer a variety of freshly smoked meats all of which are juicy and delicious.  If you are looking for chicken there are a couple of ways you can enjoy it here.  There is the Half Chicken Plate:  Citrus-marinade Half Chicken served with Jalapeño Cornbread, Signature Polite Slaw and choice of one Market Side.  Or the Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich:  Whole-grain Mustard, Celery, Grapes and Marinated Tomatoes and Romaine Lettuce served with a Pickle Spear.  Along with a couple of salads like a Cobb and a Caesar that you can get with their smoked chicken.  For any of these the fresh citrus marinade blends perfectly with the smokiness for a delicious flavor throughout the chicken.

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7. Fried Chicken, 50’s Prime Time Café

Yes, you may find fried chicken listed a few times on this list . . . but hey, it is fried chicken!  This version is found at 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it is my go-to entrée when I eat here.  Like Hoop Dee Doo Revue, Mom’s kitchen from the 1950’s also seems like the perfect place to enjoy fried chicken.  Sitting watching 50’s shows on the TV surrounded by all kinds of kitschy knick-knacks seems pretty perfect for Aunt Liz’s Fried Chicken:  served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, and Seasonal Vegetables.  As far as the vegetables, if green beans are available I recommend them—just be sure you eat them all so you can get dessert.

6. Honey-Coriander Wings, ‘Ohana

While ‘Ohana is a feast of meats on skewers (including chicken), I want to highlight the wings that come out as a starter here.  The honey-coriander wings are simply delicious, sometimes I think they are my favorite meat of the whole meal.  The flavor is such a great combination . . .and again, the high point here is that you can ask for more!  The wings are served with served with Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour Sauces for dipping or drizzling.  If you can’t get a reservation to ‘Ohana or just want the wings check out the menu at the Tambu Lounge also at the Polynesian Village Resort.

5. Orange Chicken, Morimoto Asia

Orange Chicken is a classic Chinese dish, but when you bring in anything with an orange flavor to Florida you can expect it to be a little extra special.  And when that is served at Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant at Disney Springs you know you are in for a delectable chicken dish.  The Orange Chicken at Morimoto Asia is my favorite:  tempura chicken, chinese broccoli, wok-tossed with a sweet Florida orange sauce.  The chicken is lightly fried and that Florida orange sauce is amazing.

4. Crispy Fried Chicken on a Biscuit, Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory

Port Orleans French Quarter is one of my favorite Disney resorts, and their food court, Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, features a fantastic menu inspired by Southern Cooking and New Orleans Cuisine.  On a recent trip I stopped in to sample the Fried Chicken Biscuit for dinner.  When I was there this was available on both the breakfast menu and through the day.  I was surprised at how delicious this was—the boneless chicken breast was freshly fried and the seasoning was perfect with just a slight spice for flavor but not spicy hot.  And the pickles were delicious.

3. Tandoori Chicken, Sanaa

I love eating at Sanaa at the Kidani Village section of Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I prefer to eat there at lunch time or early evening when you can easily see all of the animals on the savanna.  It is such a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere.  The food is inspired by Asian and African flavors, and besides the outstanding bread service, the Tandoori Chicken on the lunch menu.  This is served like an open face sandwich:  Traditional Naan, Rocket, Pickled Onion, Tomato, and Sambal Mayonnaise.  The flavors of the chicken combine perfectly with all of the accompaniments (especially that mayonnaise).

2. Bell & Evans Chicken Breast, Hollywood Brown Derby

As a signature dining restaurant, Hollywood Brown Derby is known for creative and delicious flavor combinations on their menu, along with serving the freshest ingredients.  Sometimes the menu items change with what is in season, but one recommendation I can make is the Bell & Evans Chicken Breast.  This delicious chicken dish is prepared with Pancetta, Guajillo Pepper, Tomato Stuffing, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Seasonal Mushrooms, Romanesco, Sun-dried Tomato Sauce.  You had me at Pancetta.  (and tomato stuffing, and mushrooms . . . ).  It is a delicious combination of ingredients creating a juicy and flavorful chicken breast dish.

1. Chicken & Doughnuts, Art Smith’s Homecomin’

When I find myself thinking about restaurants at Disney Springs, I always come back to Art Smith’s Homecomin’.  Chef Smith’s menu of Florida Fresh ingredients inspired by this southern roots make so many great dishes. And, as you can imagine, this means some amazing fried chicken.  The fried chicken here is full of flavor, juicy, and perfectly prepared with a light batter and fried fresh.  My menu choice?  The Fried Chicken & Doughnuts.  Um, hello . . . fried chicken AND doughnuts??  Yes, please.  Two pieces of Chef Art Smith’s famous fried chicken served with house-made sugar doughnuts and creamy mashed potatoes.  And if fried chicken with doughnuts isn’t enough, just throw on a side of mashed potatoes.  You may roll me out of Disney Springs, but I will be happy.

What are your favorite chicken eats at Walt Disney World?

About Sarah Chapman

I am a long time Disney fan since I was hooked on Walt Disney World with my first trip in 1987. Since that time I’ve tried experiencing everything I can in the parks, with a total of 30 visits and counting (I’m always planning my next trip) to Walt Disney World—not to mention Disney Cruise Line and even (shhh!) Universal Orlando and Sea World. I’ve turned my Disney obsession into a profession helping others plan their magical vacations as a Dream Vacation Maker at LBAC Travel. I am a work at home mom to three wonderful boys, and each one has been properly indoctrinated with all things Disney. Walt Disney World is definitely our “Laughing Place.” Look for me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SarahLBAC for updates, discount announcements, tips, tricks and planning advice for your next vacation. You can also find me on Instagram (sarahdreamvacationmaker) and Pinterest (sarahlbactravel).