Chicken-N-Spice – Joliet, IL

18 12 2008
  • 251 N. Chicago St.
  • Joliet, IL 60432
  • (815) 727-1100
  • No Known Website
  • No Online Menu
Chicken-N-Spice in downtown Joliet, IL

Chicken-N-Spice in downtown Joliet, IL

The biggest chicken breasts you’ll ever see.  That’s how I used to describe the chicken from my favorite chicken joint.  I went to school at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.  I wasn’t quite the foodie then that I am now.  When I ordered out, it was usually to Papa Johns or one of the other national chains.  I wish I knew then what I know now about food in the Chicago area.  I’m sure there are hundreds of places I missed out on.

Fortunately, one of the places I didn’t miss out on was a little chicken joint in downtown Joliet.  Chicken-N-Spice sits on Chicago Street near the ballpark, theater, and casino.  There’s not a lot of food options in downtown Joliet but as far as I’m concerned, there only needs to be one.

I was on my way to my parents how from DeKalb when I got the idea to detour to Joliet.  I was tired of paying tolls anyway and I was running out of cash.  I now owe the Illinois Toll Authority some money since they still have the change baskets on I-88.  Seriously, who carries $1.10 in change?   I thought they were doing away with all of those and didn’t bring enough home with me.  Instead of dealing with that, I got off  I-88 and made my way to Route 30 which would eventually take me into Joliet.

Chicken-N-Spice is the kind of place you look at and think twice about before going in.  It’s not a very inviting building.  It’s a small store that needs some work down to it.  The thing I always notice is that it’s constantly surrounded by Joliet PD, Will County Sheriff and a number of prisoner transport vehicles from surrounding counties.  For once, that’s not a bad thing.  Chicken-N-Spice is a gathering spot and if the cops eat there, it must be a good place.

There’s a small parking lot that runs from the side to the back of the building and it’s usually full.  I found a spot along the side and headed in.  The inside is about as unimpressive as the outside.  There’s a counter in the front and a number of booths and tables that look like they were salvaged from a 1970’s restaurant surplus auction. 

Chicken-N-Spice does a number of things.  Of course, you can get chicken in both mild and spicy.  They do beef and hot dogs.  They have a chicken creation they call “chunks” and potato wedges they call “jo-jo’s.”  When I was in college, I would alternate between chicken and Italian beef.  Since I haven’t been back in Joliet in a number of years, I wanted chicken. 

There was a sign for a 10 piece chicken for eight bucks, so that’s what I got.  I always choose the spicy.  Other places try to do spicy chicken, but no one does it like Chicken-N=Spice.  Like most chicken places, the chicken is already cooked and waiting to go, so it only took a couple minutes from the time I crawled out of my truck until the time I crawled back in.  The unfortunate thing was I was going to be teased by the smell of the chicken for another hour as I continued the drive back to my parents house in Iroquois County.

Once I got home, I had to fend off my parents.  Everyone I’ve taken there loves their chicken. I did end up giving my mom and wing and I offered a piece to my dad, but he turned it down…..for now.  My brother actually called me as I was coming into Joliet to see if I wanted to meet him in Kankakee for dinner later.  I told him I was going through Joliet and he knew exactly why I took a little bit of a detour.  The chicken is amazing. 

The breasts weren’t quite as big as I remember, but they still tasted the same.  The spice really comes through and punches you in the nose.  When you get the skin off, you can actually see a red tint in the meat from the chili pepper that they use.  The breading is some of the best I’ve ever had. 

If there’s anything at all I miss about my days in college, it’s Chicken-N-Spice.  I don’t remember why I went there for the first time, but whoever told me about it deserves a big hug.  Chicken-N-Spice is quite simply, the best chicken I’ve ever had.  The Colonel has nothing on this little joint in downtown Joliet.




26 responses

25 02 2014

Come across this great site and decided to buy a steam shower
and never glanced backwards, awesome content on this site cant give thanks

13 04 2014
orange lake at lake geneva

Thanks on your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading
it, you will be a great author. I will remember to bookmark your blog and may come back down the road.
I want to encourage that you continue your great posts,
have a nice day!

1 05 2014

Hi! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with
us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely enjoying the information.
I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

Exceptional blog and fantastic design.

20 05 2014

gone through the material on the website a lot, hoping to take the leap in the near future and get a steam shower cabin, very likely immediately after the holidays

24 05 2014
opiate withdrawal symptoms

Hello my family member! I want to say that this article is awesome, nice written and include almost all significant infos.
I would like to look more posts like this .

26 05 2014
overcoming opiate addiction

I blog often and I seriously appreciate your content. The article has truly peaked my
interest. I will book mark your site and keep checking
for new information about once a week. I opted in for your Feed

1 06 2014
yoga poses for weight loss

You actually make it appear really easy together with
your presentation but I in finding this matter to be actually
one thing which I feel I would by no means understand.
It kind of feels too complex and very wide for me. I am
looking ahead to your next put up, I will try to get the cling of

6 06 2014
download the forest free

Quality articles is the main to attract the visitors to visit the web
page, that’s what this website is providing.

6 06 2014
steam shower with whirlpool tub

Nice steam showers, my family had a unit installed approximately
5 years ago and so it may perhaps do with modernizing, never get a bland old routine form of shower ever again

25 06 2014
Programming Microsoft Visual C pdf

We’re a group of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.

Your web site provided us with helpful information to
work on. You’ve done an impressive activity and our entire neighborhood will probably be thankful to you.

5 07 2014

Thanks for every other great post. The place else could
anyone get that type of information in such a perfect approach of writing?
I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the look for such

29 07 2014

Hello would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with?
I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this blog
loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider
at a fair price? Kudos, I appreciate it!

17 08 2014

This seems to be like my shower enclosure we bought just recently, so satisfied about it for someone on the fence on the subject of acquiring one, do it, you wont regret it

19 08 2014
port royal rattan sun loungers

Fantastic page, previously been looking forever and a day
for ideas on the perfect rattan furniture pieces for our home and in our back garden. This site really helpedgreat blog some great info here

20 10 2014
on Bing

I like the valuable info you provide for your articles.
I will bookmark your blog and take a look at once more right here frequently.
I’m moderately certain I will be told lots
of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

23 10 2014
trafic aerien

I try and compare this along being on the front page of this newspaper.
Up to now we have discussed expert services and produdts which can be advisaable to implement but what could yyou truuly physicallly do on a regular
basis to maintain issues at bay. But though you might have
a warranty, there’s nevertheless a need to execute some common upkeep
to be certain everything runs easily.

23 10 2014

Therefore, it is always best for your corporate video production to include
images of people from the top rung all the way to thebottom.
When looking out for video production companies, look at the
size of the video production company as it plays a huge role
in determining the reputation of the company in the market.
It follows that businesses around the globe are seeking directions in which they can take
benefit of this trend.

23 10 2014

I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading very
slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end?

I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

23 10 2014
famous game

Hi colleagues, how is everything, and what you want to say concerning this paragraph, in my view its genuinely remarkable for me.

26 10 2014
Athletic Greens view site...

Although you could switch to organic (a really suggested choice), the option could be pricey
and may possibly not be easy for all create, depending
on in which you reside and what is accessible in your neighborhood.
So it has a less full bodied flavor than tamari and it has a larger alcohol content which isn’t necessarily
a problem but there’s less flavor to it and
since it has wheat in it people with wheat
allergies and people with gluten intolerance which is a
big percentage of the population cannot consume it.
If you wish to get the highest possible concentration of antioxidants, pure
cocoa beans, or cocoa supplements can be purchased for an affordable price.

27 11 2014
bird dogging opportunity

Hello to every , for the reason that I am genuinely
keen of reading this blog’s post to be updated on a regular basis.
It carries nice material.

15 12 2014

It’s very easy to find out any matter on web as compared to books, as I found this piece of writing at this site.

22 12 2014
Philadelphia injury lawyer

Philadelphia injury lawyer

Chicken-N-Spice – Joliet, IL | Mid-Michigan Dining

24 12 2014
maryland immigration lawyer

maryland immigration lawyer

blog topic

4 01 2015
21 day fix review

You can definitely see your skills in the work you write.
The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid
to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

15 02 2015
how to find an HVAC company

how to find an HVAC company

Chicken-N-Spice – Joliet, IL | Mid-Michigan Dining

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: