Over ten years ago, a close friend of mine always talked about this restaurant he loved to have lunch at in Kendall (107th & Kendall Drive) called Chicken Kitchen.
At the time, I lived a couple of blocks from there. He was very detailed in his description of their menu. It didn’t sound particularly interesting to me until I ate there.
It was something as simple as grilled chicken breast chopped up, topping yellow rice with a couple of sauces available for drizzling.
I instantly became obsessed with Chicken Kitchen, but I ended up moving out of the area a few months later.
BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL
Then all of a sudden, it seemed like everyone was doing their version of the Chicken Kitchen Original Chop.
Even Pollo Tropical (South Florida’s local chicken chain) jumped on board, and clones like Chicken N’ Grill & Natural Chicken Grill, one of who I believe was an original Chicken Kitchen owner/investor.
3 Chefs and a Chicken restaurant are another one in that long line of copycats. Hell, even the founders are former Chicken Kitchen employees.
The one difference I did find with 3 Chefs is that it’s an improvement over the original. Quality and portions across the board on everything I’ve eaten is better.
The original restaurant location is right near Tropical Park in Westchester, and the parking there can be a rough situation. There is a drive-thru, and the line can also get crazy cause of its popularity, luckily it moves fast.
I usually order the Signature Chefén, which is Chopped boneless breast (fresh never frozen) on a bed of your choice of rice with pita, sometimes with a double portion of chicken if you’re me. Recently I’ve asked for them to chop some of the crispy chicken skin and then top my platter like a cherry on a sundae.
You have the option of either Curry Mustard, BBQ, Sweet & Sour, Salsa Fresca Sauces, or Fire Hot Mustard to add as condiments.
There are a few other Cheféns that include anything from black beans, shredded cheese, or even guacamole.
Doesn’t it sound useful to you? There’s Whole or 1/4 Grilled Chickens and sides to choose from like Corn on the Cob, Baked Potato, Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes, or Baked Plantains.
You wouldn’t think Grilled Chicken on Yellow Rice with some Sauce on top would be so good, but it is. I usually eat my pita gradually throughout my meal.
I am warning you before you try it (if you haven’t already), the Curry Mustard is highly addictive.
That liquid gold is made up of just a few ingredients, check out my copycat recipe.
The simplicity of it might be why it’s so good, or maybe it’s the mayo, lol.
The best part of eating this is it’s filling. I don’t ever walk away from 3 Chefs and a Chicken feeling sluggish or horrible.
I feel content and satisfied—what a nice change of pace.
It was only a matter of time before 3 Chefs, and a Chicken expanded beyond its massive fanbase of Westchester.
Their second location is on US1 in the old Wendy’s spot across from Sunset Place. It’s a much larger spot with way more parking but with the same great food as their original location.
The parking at this location is plentiful, so I find myself eating in at the Coral Gables more often than the takeout situation at the other spot.
I had not mentioned the soups. I’m a giant fan of their Tomato Basel Soup, but that Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup might be just a notch above it if that’s even possible.
Get Grilled & Sauced:
3 Chefs and a Chicken – Westchester
8195 SW 40th Street
Miami, Florida 33155
3 Chefs and a Chicken – Coral Gables
6601 SW 57th Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33146