Chefs coat fried food with a layer of batter to seal in juices and appease chicken fingers after taking their brass knuckles. Feast on concealed meats with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of chicken, seafood, and sandwiches at The Chunky Chicken in Joliet.
Chefs at The Chunky Chicken fry up a menu of fresh chicken and seafood to pair with a sweeping selection of made-from-scratch sides. The eatery's signature chunks showcase 4 ounces of chicken breast marinated for 48 hours in special seasonings before they're breaded, serenaded, and sent to the deep fryer. Tender chunks come in combos of 2 ($4.95), 10 ($15.95), and 50 ($78.95), paired with buttery biscuits and classic sidekicks, such as mac 'n' cheese, sweet-corn fritters, or vice presidents. Fried chicken comes in mild and spicy varieties, and an eight-piece combo fills two bellies with duos of sides, biscuits, and drinks ($13.95; $9.95 for 8 pieces alone). Peckish Poseidons tame the foot-long Sea-Dog, a cod sandwich heaped with cheese and tartar sauce ($5.95; $7.95 for combo), and the Fisherman's platter reels in appetites with fried cod, walleye, and three jumbo shrimp ($8.95; $10.95 for combo). Creative eaters customize their feasts by plunging chunks and shrimps into cool dressings or hot sauces ranging in spiciness from "mild" to "suicidal" ($.40 for a bowl).