Fran's Chicken Haven

1925 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33432
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Christina Mendenhall


  • Mon-Sat 11am-8pm
  • $
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Free Parking, Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
If you're curious as to the intricate techniques in making good chicken, pay attention: Fran's chickens are scalded before getting dipped and fried. Dipped in what? Employees won't say, but grab a seat at the counter, peer into the open kitchen, and you can pretty much see for yourself. What separates Fran's chicken from the sad birds at ubiquitous fry-huts is a commitment to cooking every order from scratch. The formula has kept them in business since Lyndon Johnson was in office. Half a chicken (four pieces) with coleslaw, fries, and a biscuit costs less than $11; it's the juiciest, most thickly crusted bird around.

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