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Burnaby chicken wars sizzle with new Metrotown spot offering ‘black wings’

Four chicken places at one intersection
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The black chicken wings at Chirpyhut in Burnaby.

There’s a Burnaby intersection that should probably be renamed “Chicken Way” because of all the chicken joints that are now open there.

It’s at Kingsway and Wilson in the Metrotown/Patterson area that already has a Nando’s restaurant, a 24-hour Hi-Five fried chicken outlet and the Hi Chicken Pot.

But apparently that isn’t enough chicken for one neighbourhood.

A fried chicken venture that found its wings (and legs) this year at its original Richmond location has now opened on Kingsway to face off with these other restaurants.

Chirpyhut Fried Chicken is known for its crispy fried chicken, available in pieces or as a whole fried chicken.

But Chirpyhut's most Insta-famous menu item by far is the black chicken wings, aka Meteorite Wings.

How do they do it? They use a well-loved culinary tool: squid ink.

Along with their popular chicken offerings, Chirpyhut serves up sides like thick-cut fried potato wedges, and chicken sandwiches - some even available on a black squid ink bun.

OK, you had me at squid ink, an underrated ingredient that makes most foods better (try the squid ink waffles at La Foret – they are to die for).

Hi-Five chicken is also fantastic. Deep, rich flavour and crunch without all the grease of other fried chicken places.

And then, of course, there’s Nando’s – home of flame-grilled chicken and peri-peri goodness.

This intersection is now the official chicken hot spot of Burnaby.

- With additional reporting by Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver is Awesome.