Chicken Express - Cooking Oil Over Used & Saturated in Chicken Fat
Fried Chicken - Complaint
3506 N. MAIN STREET, TEXAS -- On my way home to Hutto from Rockwall, Tx, (250-Mile drive) today, 7/6/2013, I took the Loop around Temple, Tx to Hwy 95 to Taylor which is 8 miles from Hutto where I live. It was around 3:30 pm and I was tired and did not want to cook when I got home so I drove a little past the loop around downtown Taylor and saw a Chicken Express. Hooray...No cooking when I get home! I whipped in, went inside and ordered a 3 pc combo. Went back to the loop to 79, arrived home in Hutto, unloaded the car and was anxious to dine on still hot fried chicken.
First bite was chewed and swallowed with a noticeable burned taste…not from burned chicken, but from the taste of the oil. The chicken was so heavily saturated with oil that it coated my lips and teeth as though they had been coated with lard. The grease hit my stomach and it was not pleasant. I was no longer hungry but mad as you know what when I examined the chicken and noticed it was saturated in glistening grease. I pulled it apart and it was just dripping grease. I'm 65-yrs old and I know that the oil has been reused to the point that it is saturated in chicken fat from each previously cooked batch. A heart attack waiting to happen for a person my age. Well, the trash was waiting for this one for it was not even suitable for the dog. Close to $9 down the drain.
I called Chicken Express and spoke with the manager/owner of the franchise who insisted they changed their oil regularly. I said "Obviously your cooking staff is not aware of this rule, nor are they following it". She said I could drive back over for another order.."As if...". I refused and decided to write a review. I wonder if their " take-out” orders get the "over-used oil" orders and the sit down customers get the chicken cooked in fresh oil so they don't go to the counter to complain. Or, maybe the customers in Taylor, TX are accustomed to their chicken being fried in over-used oil. If you are hungry and driving through Taylor, TX, Chicken Express is not recommended. Go to the next town for chicken or try another eating place. I had to cook tonight. :-(