January 27, 2021

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4 places serving the best Broasted chicken in Minnesota

Made in a pressure cooker, Broasted chicken is different than fried chicken.

I recently had someone ask me where to get Broasted chicken, and I didn’t have more than one or two ideas. But I knew there are plenty of great places. So I took to my Facebook page and received a surprising amount of comments.

Folks view Broasted chicken differently than fried chicken, although both are fried. The concept of Broasted chicken was invented in Wisconsin and is made in a pressure cooker. This Chicago Tribune article explains the history and differences between Broasted chicken and fried chicken.

Best Broasted chicken in Minnesota

Brass Rail
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Brass Rail

36868 Highway 65 NE, Grandy

  • Grandy is a few minutes north of Cambridge along Highway 65, less than 60 minutes north of Downtown Minneapolis
  • Brass Rail by far and away had the most votes on my Facebook page
  • Brass Rail has served their Broasted chicken for more than 40 years
  • Open 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Sundays – Thursdays, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Fridays – Saturdays

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Blacksmith Lounge
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Blacksmith Lounge and Broaster

17205 Forest Boulevard N, Hugo

  • Hugo is in the Northeast part of the Twin Cities, about 25 minutes from downtown Saint Paul
  • On Thursdays, Blacksmith offers a Broasted chicken deal from 4:00 – 9:30 pm for $10.44. It includes 1/2 of a chicken, along with a choice of potato, salad or coleslaw and toast
  • Their Broasted chicken is available to-go
  • Note that their kitchen is closed Mondays – Fridays from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Carls Corner
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Carl’s Corner

21378 First Street, Essig

  • Essig is just west of New Ulm and is about 1 hour, 45 minutes from downtown Minneapolis
  • Broasted chicken is on the dinner menu, which is served from 5:00 – 9:00 pm; the only day it is available during lunch is Tuesday
  • Heads up: Carl’s only accepts cash or checks

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The Coop
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The Coop

157 Third Avenue S, South Saint Paul

  • The Coop is not far off of 494, just west of Concord Street
  • The Coop’s building dates back to the early 1900s and The Coop has been in business since 1963
  • For just $9, you can get two pieces of Broasted chicken (either white or dark), served with your choice of potato (fries, wedges, mashed or mini hash browns), along with coleslaw and a dinner roll
  • Need to feed a crowd? You can order a bucket of 40 pieces for $99 that will satisfy 15-20 people

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