After walking into an inner-city KFC, Luke Mangan asked himself why no-one was doing a better version of the comfort-food offerings. So he opened Chicken Confidential, a Chifley Plaza chicken-burger stall set to be replicated all over Australia.
The restaurateur, chef and TV personality says it’s his attempt to modernise the Australian/American chicken shop. Underneath the store’s blaring neon sign and shiny tiled countertop, there’s a menu structured similarily to KFC but more reflective of the contemporary culinary landscape.
The first point of different is the chicken itself – all organic birds from Queensland’s Inglewood Farms. Then there’s the burgers. Gangnam Style has a massive Korean fried-chicken patty, kimchi and a spiced mayo; Yes Ma’am has Southern-style fried chicken, red onion, pickles and the house sauce; and Curry Up has spiced and grilled chicken, raita and buffalo mozzarella.
While burgers are certainly the focus, Mangan and executive chef Joe Pavlovich have brought in other chicken shop dishes such as salads, chicken tenders, and a chicken and tarragon pie.
This will be the exact same menu you’ll find at each of the upcoming Chicken Confidential locations. The fit-out may vary slightly when a stand-alone shop opens, but the industrial American design will remain.