Jul 28, 2017

Pelicana Chicken Is Coming To Astoria

Korean-style fried chicken giant Pelicana Chicken is coming to Astoria later this year.

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Thanks to an Instagram tip, we’ve learned that Pelicana Chicken will open up shop in Astoria later this summer—August or September. They are taking over the space that for a long time was home to the Golden Fruit Market (22-56 31st Street). I shopped there for many years but around, say, 2015/2016 they made a bad decision—remodeled, raised prices, but kept their inconsistent produce quality the same. I stopped shopping there; its not a surprise to me that they closed.

But back to Pelicana Chicken. Its a Korean-style fried chicken franchise and has been around since 1982. There are over 2,000 locations around the world, so this is a global chain. In the NYC metro area, there are locations in Flushing, Palisades Park NJ, Sunnyside, and their Bayside location opened earlier this month; Astoria will be the fourth NYC location. You can see their menus, here and here. If you want to order from them now from their Sunnyside or Flushing locations, you can do that here.


Photo credit: Pelicana Chicken

They boast “50+ flavors of premium, all-natural chicken” and assert that they use “FRESH, NEW oil daily.” This article indicates that the chicken is halal. Another interesting detail:

“In 1982, the chicken chains started to put their own spins on the fried chicken, with Pelicana Chicken in 1982 starting to coat the chicken in hot and sweet sauce, now famously called “yangnyeom (seasoned) chicken.” It was the first such recipe in the world.”

We look forward to seeing how Pelicana Chicken will feed the Korean-style fried chicken fans in the neighborhood. It’s an exciting development!

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About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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