Chicken and rice sounds like a specific meal request, right? In Southern Illinois, we are blessed with so many wonderful food choices that you may need to clarify your choice. Between brick and mortar sights and food trucks/carts, there are many ethnic variances on this classic dish.
It seems pretty much every culture has some version of the meal. They may vary by cooking methods, sauces, spices, and sides. Below, you will see just a sampling of some of the wonderful local options for chicken and rice. What are your favorites?
As this is by far not a comprehensive list, I know there are other mouth-watering options out there. Please comment and let the rest of us know about them! Give your favorite locally-owned Southern Illinois eatery a shout out…
Above: Chicken Tiki Masala from India Delight in Marion
Above: Jerk chicken from Caribbean Hut in Cambria
Above: Mini chicken chimichangas from El Paisano in Carbondale
Above: Chicken Shawarma from Pita Alley in Carbondale
Above: A delicious plate from La Cocina Mexican Restaurant in Salem
Above: Hibachi Chicken from Fujiyama in Carbondale (they also have sites in Mt. Vernon and Effingham with a new site on the way in Marion.