Roy Rogers Fried Chicken

Two summers ago, our whole family drove to the States (New Jersey area, close to Philadelphia) to visit my uncles, aunts and cousins. When I say the whole family, I mean we rented a 11-passenger van to fit everyone!

One of our missions on every road trip to the US is to find the elusive Roy Rogers fast-food restaurant. They are famous for their fried chicken and roast beef sandwiches. Every time we’ve visited, my older brother and I HAD to eat their chicken. We even got my younger brother, who didn’t live there when he was little, to share our enthusiasm for Roy Rogers fried chicken. My uncle always wondered why we kept wanting to eat there. He said, “Church’s Chicken is better!” But eating at Roy Rogers brought back fond memories for my older brother and I because it was one of the fun outings with my cousins when we lived in the States.

Roy Rogers has since disappeared from the Philadelphia landscape. They’ve been overtaken by newer and perhaps better fried chicken places. Now it seems like they mostly reside at service stops throughout interstate highways or in certain parts of Philadelphia.

After crossing the border from Canada to the US, our first sighting of Roy Rogers was the second service stop at Clifton Springs. Of course, we were super hungry after we crossed the border and couldn’t wait so we ate at the first service stop instead. Shucks! Every time we go, we forget it’s the second service stop!

We didn’t get to eat at any Roy Rogers chicken during our stay in New Jersey and Philadelphia. But alas, on our drive back, we stopped at the Allentown Service Plaza and devoured the much anticipated Roy Rogers fried chicken! I honestly don’t remember if it tastes better than any other franchised fried chicken restaurants. It’s not the taste or aroma of the chicken that brings back my childhood memories. It’s eating it with my family that does. Hunting for Roy Rogers has become a family tradition. This fried chicken has become a collective Memorable Dish of my brothers and I. I can’t wait for our next road trip to the States again!

Roy Rogers Fried Chicken

2 Thoughts on “Roy Rogers Fried Chicken

  1. I found your post while searching for a copycat recipe for this chicken. It’s SO good!! I live here in Pennsylvania, technically not far, maybe a half hour, from one of the service plazas that has it. The problem is it’s not very fiscally responsible to hop on the turnpike every time I get a craving, so I eat it very rarely.

    I don’t necessarily have deep-seated childhood memories of it, though I’m sure they’re there; my love for that chicken comes from a different place. I was attending a series of concerts at the then Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ. My ATM card ceased to work for reasons I still don’t understand, so I’m there in the hot August sun with just enough cash for bridge and turnpike fare. Fortunately the service plaza on the turnpike accepts Visa! Let’s just say that was THE BEST soda and fried chicken ever for my dehydrated and starving self!

    I had the opportunity to eat it yesterday during a drive to western PA. Got a 2-piece meal and ate it on the way out, then stopped for an 8-piece on the way home! Ate a little and watched the Penguins play, saved the rest for breakfast. Which reminds me I better shut up and go eat it! :))

    • Winnie N on October 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm said:

      OMG! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! We haven’t driven to the States to visit my family in awhile. I should ask them to bring me some next time they drive over! Thanks for sharing your story and I’m glad to hear that people still love Roy Rogers Chicken! 🙂

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