CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Depression-era pork dish known as city chicken isn't really known outside of the Cleveland area, apparently. An Eater story has gone viral after author Missy Frederick found out that after she left Cleveland, no one really knew about city chicken outside of Midwest Ohio.
The meal is, of course, is pork or veal (not chicken) cubes of meat on a wooden skewer which is then breaded and fried or baked. It was called chicken during the Depression because it was one of many mock-chicken products that was more affordable.
To be fair, city chicken is also known in Pittsburgh and other parts of Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York that have deep Polish and Ukrainian roots.
Frederick interviewed Chef Michael Symon about the skewered dish: