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BBQ Chicken – Best Fried Chicken In The OC

written by John Chow on February 5, 2013

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Today, Oscar and I went for lunch at BBQ Chicken. They claim to make the best fried chicken in the world. Now, you might be wondering if this place makes fried chicken, why are they called BBQ Chicken? Well, the BBQ doesn’t stand for barbecue, as most would expect. Instead the letters BBQ stands for Best of the Best Quality.

BBQ Chicken is a division of Genesis BBQ. Genesis is the master franchisor for a whole range of restaurant brands based out of Korea, where they obviously don’t know, or care, that BBQ should stand for barbecue. There are eight BBQ Chicken locations in California. We dined at the Irvine outlet at the Diamond Jamboree Center.

What makes BBQ Chicken unique is it’s fried in olive oil. BBQ claims this “gift from God” oil adds a much needed “healthiness” to chicken. I don’t know if olive oil actually makes fried chicken healthy, but I do know it makes it take awfully good! The skin was nice and crispy with a great crunch when you bite into it. The meat inside stayed tender and juicy. If you love fried chicken, you will love BBQ Chicken. In addition to great tasting chicken, BBQ offers an international selection of side dishes. They range from traditional french fries to fried spaghetti and rice.

If you find a BBQ Chicken near you, it’s well worth a visit. Right now, BBQ has outlets in California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Washington, with more on the way. Genesis plans to have 50,000 stores worldwide by 2020. They also have one of the most epic corporate promotional videos that I have ever seen!





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sapna February 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

HI John

The food on the photograph really appears to be YUMMMMMY, I don’t live in USA so not for me, and having said so I have the latest post dedicated to TOOO much of BACON or meat…..the side effects. Mine will surely complement with yours, hahaha.


John Chow February 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I’m sure there is a BBQ Chicken in your country. :)

Dario Petkovic February 5, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I hate to be a party pooper but it is all deep fried (in olive oil :))
Having said that – I’d love some right now! :d

John Chow February 6, 2013 at 1:39 am

I don’t care how they make it or if it’s really healthy or not. It just taste great! :D

sapna February 6, 2013 at 12:15 am

Hi John

It’s not there in India, I have checked their global site, bbqglobal as well, if it’s there they might haven’t updated that..



John Chow February 6, 2013 at 1:39 am

Well that sucks. I’m sure they’ll get to India soon!

Kashif Ali February 6, 2013 at 2:13 am

Looks really yummy. Unfortunately it doesn’t have a branch in Dubai. Would try it when I am visiting Singapore or Malaysia next time. KFC sucks these days.

Daniel - The #1 Player February 6, 2013 at 2:48 am

Mmmm looks very good that fried chicken…. :D

I make at home my own fried chicken with a recipe from grandma but never look like this.

Best Regards John!

faisal February 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

It looks like KFC!

Oscar Gonzalez February 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

That was pretty damn good chicken. I’m surprised they use olive oil because I thought olive oil had a really low flashpoint so you wouldn’t be able to use it in fryers but it shows you what I know.

I will go again soon… just not sure about that “spicy salad” lol

Roni Mmi February 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

wow. its so nice. i like Barbecued
hey John, you should invite us…ok. lets meetup…xiexie

Marbella apartments February 7, 2013 at 2:23 am

Jepp, Chicken is delicious, here in Spain, they eat lots of chicken and there’s chicken grills and BBQ grills everywhere. Good and cheap.

meble February 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I love fried chickens!

Ummi February 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I really loved chickens………

Shannon February 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Theres nothing like country fried chicken. My mouth is watering right now just looking at these pictures.

Whitney February 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

We don’t have any here in Missouri, but next time I visit family in California I’m definitely gonna check this out..looks so tasty.

Jenna February 10, 2013 at 4:52 am

You made me hungry alright… now i really want some junk food :))