AQ Chicken House

Chicken Dinner
One of the best

NWA, locals’ shorthand for Northwest Arkansas, produces tons of poultry; and there are several restaurants in the region that make a big deal out of chicken dinner. AQ Chicken House, opened in 1947, is the daddy of ’em all. Now a big, family-friendly outfit with a broad menu that includes ribs, brisket and blue plate specials, it sets the highest possible standards for pan-fried chicken. Each piece seems to be nearly as much crusty skin as supple meat. A great alternative is to have the chicken charcoal cooked, a process that yields spicy skin imbued with the flavor of smoke and a vigorous lemon-pepper smack. Barbecued chicken also is available. If you can’t make up your mind, the menu does offer a sampler platter of three pieces, each cooked a different way.

Meals start with featherweight, glossy-topped cloverleaf rolls hot from the oven; and among essential side dishes are a slightly spicy sweet potato casserole, batter-dipped French fries (insanely, deliciously oily), seasoned green beans, smoky baked beans, and real mashed potatoes. When you order your meal, be sure to put in an order for dessert. Fried peaches take a good 15 minutes to cook, and they must not be missed. Fresh — yes, fresh — slices of peach are battered and fried and served hot under a pile of ice cream.

There is a second location on Highway 71B in Fayetteville. 479-443-7555.

What to Eat
AQ Chicken House, Chicken Sampler Platter
Chicken Sampler Platter
AQ Chicken House, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Dark meat is the way to go. This drumstick is luxurious beyond description, the meat tender, the skin chewy and resonant with spice.
AQ Chicken House, Chicken Over the Coals
Chicken Over the Coals
'Chicken over the coals' is hugely flavorful with a peppery, lemony punch.
AQ Chicken House, Fried Peaches
Fried Peaches
The must-eat dessert: slices of fresh peach are dipped in a sweet, cinnamony batter and fried to a crisp, served warm under vanilla ice cream.
AQ Chicken House, Cloverleaf Rolls
Cloverleaf Rolls
Meals begin with a basket of fluffy cloverleaf rolls.
AQ Chicken House, Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings
The chicken and dumplings has wide flat homemade noodles and big chunks of tender meat.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 8pm
Monday11am - 8:30pm
Tuesday11am - 8:30pm
Wednesday11am - 8:30pm
Thursday11am - 8:30pm
Friday11am - 8:30pm
Saturday11am - 8:30pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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