Urban Bird Hot Chicken Fires Up Katy’s Restaurant Scene

Photos by Kelley Sweet Photography

By Melissa Gautier

What’s tastier than Nashville-style hot chicken? Not much if you’re a fan of the super-spicy bird that’s trending nationwide. Connoisseurs of the zesty flavor now have one more reason to get excited. Urban Bird Hot Chicken recently opened its doors in Katy, Texas and is shaking up the dining scene. The original, hot-chicken recipe is creating a flock of devoted fans craving the distinctively southern flavor. Urban Bird is the first restaurant of its kind in the city, giving hot fried chicken the fanfare it deserves.

Fiery and Fierce

While visiting Las Vegas last summer, Urban Bird’s future owner saw a restaurant advertising hot chicken, Nashville-style. Eager to try it, she took one bite and was blown away by the unique blend of tasty flavors and spicy heat. Craving more, she went back each following day. When she returned to Houston, she was on a hot chicken mission, seeking city-wide restaurants and fast food establishments for that same Nashville-style flavor she experienced before. She found a few places, but none delivered that perfect blend of heat and spice she craved.

The Heat is On

Attempting to duplicate the same hot chicken she enjoyed in Las Vegas, she decided to create her own original recipe. It took more than 60 experiments before she finally mastered the signature spice combination that would become the secret sauce for Urban Bird’s jumbo chicken strips. They’re lightly breaded with a proprietary cayenne pepper/brown sugar mixture, providing just the right amount of wicked-hot flavor to make feathers fly. Fried in spicy oil, they deliver sweet heat with every bite. “Nothing compares to our hot chicken,” says Urban Bird’s general manager. “It’s addictive and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.”

Simple Menu, Complicated Flavor

Originally developed in Nashville, Tennessee, hot chicken has become a nationwide, viral sensation.  Restaurants dedicated to creating the best Nashville hot chicken are popping up all over the country. Using only all-natural chicken free of hormones and antibiotics, Urban Bird keeps it simple with three main hot chicken meals. Choose from a jumbo tenders sandwich, chicken tenders basket, or chicken and waffles basket. All are served with crinkle cut or waffle fries, pickles, and their original bird sauce for dipping. The tempting sandwich is served on a toasted brioche bun, topped with kale slaw, bird sauce, and pickles. Choose from five different levels of heat ranging from no heat to “fire in the hole” heat. Good ole southern extras and sides are available, including white cheddar mac and cheese, kale slaw, and sweet potato waffle fries. Wash it all down with an ice cold beer, your choice of soft drinks, or a rich and creamy salted caramel milkshake. Don’t forget dessert – sweet-cream frozen yogurt served in a crisp waffle cone is perfect for fanning the flames of a hot chicken dinner Nashville-style.

Hot on the Inside

Red is the color signifying heat and flames, and Urban Bird is not shy about using it. The restaurant’s 2,500 square feet of space offers ample room for dining and visiting. Bright red barstools are tucked under a long, family-style dining table while bright red chairs are paired with smaller tables and booths. Red walls stimulate the appetite, readying your taste buds for a flavorful experience.

Visit Urban Bird’s website to check out the menu or to learn more. Better yet, stop in and try a bite to discover why their Nashville-style hot chicken is all the rave in Katy.

Hella Hot! Hella Good

  • Jumbo Chicken tenders
  • Chicken Strips Sandwich
  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
  • Crinkle Cut Fries
  • Original Kale Slaw
  • White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
  • Sweet Cream Frozen Yogurt
  • Milkshakes

Five Levels of Heat:

  • Country (no heat)
  • Mild (a little heat)
  • Nashville Hot (beautiful burn)
  • Xtra Hot (hella hot!)
  • Fire in the Hole (will burn you twice)

Contact

21788 Katy Freeway, Suite 500
Katy, Texas 77449
(346) 388-2901
UrbanBirdHotChicken.com