If you grew up in Southern California during the 50s and 60s you'll remember this jingle - "Don't cook tonight, call Chicken Delight". Chicken Delight was a franchise operation specializing in broasted chicken AND they delivered it direct to your door piping hot...or not. Broasted chicken was easy to find back then, not so much now that we're all more health conscious and the idea of one more fat gram strikes fear into the dining plans of many.
But broasted chicken is good, very good. Lightly seasoned, sometimes with a little flour added, the chicken is deep fried under pressure. The results is crackly skin that shatters at the touch of a fork or tooth, while the flesh stays moist and tender. Definitely not a dieters delight, but certainly the chowhound's friend. Scootz in Santee does broasted chicken, they do it well...but the broasted potates are unbelievably good.
For $1.99 an order, which is easily well over a pound of potatoes and enough to feed 2 generously, thick, meaty wedges of potato are seasoned and broasted. The interior is perfectly mealy, soft and tender, while the exterior is crunchy with just the right amount of seasoning. Add some ketchup (Heinz in this case) and this is nirvana for potato lovers. I am sure there are a bazillion fat grams in these spuds and probably a bazillion and one calories, but who cares when they taste this good. They'll make you swoon when they're hot and they aren't half bad when they cool off either.
The broasted chicken was a bit too bland and a bit too greasy, the potatoes suffered neither of those problems. At any rate, both the chicken and the potatoes are better than anything Chicken Delight even thought about turning out.
Scootz is on Mission Gorge Rd. across from the post office. Reasonably priced, informal, order at the counter and they'll bring you the food.
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