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What: Jumbo chicken thigh

Where:   Chicken Valley , Pike Place Market, 624-2774

Price: $1.50

Recommended: Yes, unless you'd like to lose, rather than gain, 10

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I Ate This: Jumbo Fried Chicken Thigh

Easy-to-miss Pike Place greaseria celebrates poultry's redheaded stepchild.

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What: Jumbo chicken thigh

Where: Chicken Valley, Pike Place Market, 624-2774

Price: $1.50

Recommended: Yes, unless you'd like to lose, rather than gain, 10 lbs. Which I certainly could stand to do, but fried chicken is like crack to me. So fuck it.

Official Tasting Notes: It's easy to miss Chicken Valley amidst the international flavor that accompanies most Pike Place Market food vendors. Specializing in corn dogs and fried chicken, one wonders why Chicken Valley's Asian-American proprietors don't drop anchor in Puyallup or Monroe instead. But there's a reason why they're here, and that reason is one-fold: they respect the chicken thigh in a poultry universe that's obsessed with legs and breasts.

So much does Chicken Valley respect the chicken thigh that they sell "jumbo" chicken thighs, rather than just standard-issue chicken thighs. So much more does Chicken Valley respect the chicken thigh than other places that actually respect the chicken thigh that Chicken Valley's chicken thighs come out of the hot-case as though dipped in a honey glaze. Only the glaze is not honey, i'ts pure grease, enveloping the meat with enough moisture to where you feel like you're consuming a fried chicken milkshake.

If you think that sounds really gross -- and we'd forgive you if you did -- remember: peanut butter milkshakes are yummy. And if peanut butter milkshakes can be yummy, than surely jumbo chicken thigh milkshakes can be yummy, too. And once you drop your barriers and embrace the idea of a yummy jumbo chicken thigh milkshake, you'll find your lips upon this greasy thigh, and you'll find that never before has a greasy thigh tasted so good. Unless of course, your lips were Conrad Bain's, circa Diff'rent Strokes, and the thigh was Dixie Carter's. That's actually the best-tasting greasy thigh ever tasted. But Chicken Valley's greasy thigh is a close second.

 

 
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