By Grace Bascos
It seems like every month a new burger joint is opening on the Strip, but a person can only eat so many gourmet burgers. As an alternative, creative chicken sandwiches have been popping up on menus everywhere, with enough varieties that you won’t get bored with the bird.
YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE AND BAR, THE VENETIAN
If there’s one thing Southern-style favorite Yardbird does right, it’s fried chicken. If you’re not in the mood for a hefty half bird, there’s always the Crispy Chicken on Mama’s Biscuits to help you get your fix. Prepared in the same way as the larger portion—from a secret recipe that involves a 27-hour brine followed by a dredging in a mix of secret herbs and spices and then frying to perfection–the mini version seems downright dainty. But one bite and you’ll realize it packs as much a flavor punch as the famous big bird portion. Mama’s Biscuits serve as the light and fluffy vehicle, while pepper jelly punches everything up with heat and the right amount of sweet. Venetian – Yardbird
SHAKE SHACK, NEW YOIRK-NEW YORK HOTEL CASINO
Though classic burgers have long been the big winners at Shake Shack, the Chick’n Shack keeps up with its beefy counterpart. They didn’t merely swap out the burger to create this simple, yet satisfying sandwich. Start with a chicken breast that comes from a bird raised cage-free and without any hormones or antibiotics, marinated in buttermilk before being dipped into a house-made batter—both of which ensure a tender, juicy, flavorful bite even after that bad boy’s been deep fried. Served on the Shack’s soft potato bun with a house-made herb mayo accented by chives, parsley and thyme, and tart, crunchy pickles, this is the perfect change of pace from your usual burger. New York New York – Shake Shack
BRUXIE, THE PARK
You already knew that chicken and waffles were a big thing, but Bruxie has taken it a step further and created a handheld treat. Tucked neatly into the folded, golden brown Belgian waffle is tasty buttermilk-marinated chicken. The Nashville Hot is a spicy, smoky-flavored chicken thigh rather than the traditional breast and brings the heat with a strong cayenne base, cooled down with crunchy shredded lettuce and pickles. If you’re sticking with the classic, you’ll find it dressed with chili honey and cider slaw. The Park – Bruxie