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The Latest Korean Fried Chicken Lands in Rancho Penasquitos

Rice Chicken open its first location

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A local franchise of a Korean fried chicken chain has opened the first of at least three locations coming to the San Diego area; Rice Chicken is now serving lunch and dinner in Rancho Penasquitos, where the 2,500-square-foot restaurant includes a bar serving beer, wine, and soju. Its fried chicken is coated in a gluten-free rice flour batter for a crispy crust; half or whole chicken pieces are available as well as wings, boneless nuggets, and gizzards. Optional sauces and toppings range from honey-garlic to sweet and spicy and snow cheese, a parmesan cheese powder.

The eatery also offers a slightly lighter version of the chicken that is battered and oven baked, instead of being deep-fried, and even does batter-less roasted chicken. There are a few sides, including sweet potato or radish pickles, and Korean-style ramen and spicy rice cakes. General manager Phillip Chung told Eater that there should be two more Rice Chicken outposts coming later this year.

Rice Chicken

13219 Black Mountain Road , San Diego, CA 92129

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