Make Way for MoChicken
Once upon a time, I thought that the summer of 2019 was the height of the chicken sandwich craze. That was when Popeyes released the chicken sandwich that seemed to set the world on fire. People were getting in fist fights while waiting in line, Popeyes locations were forced to close for days at a time when the sandwich sold out and other fried chicken fast food giants (ahem, Chick-Fil-A) started picking virtual fights to claim ownership of the chicken sandwich domain.
Today, the chicken sandwich debate is nastier than ever. McDonald’s has entered the arena. Kentucky Fried Chicken has slapped their herbed and spiced fried chicken on a bun and joined the game. Burger King might even have a chicken sandwich now, too? Oh, and Taco Bell has tried to join by introducing their “Naked Chicken Chalupa,” whatever that is. I even dipped my toes into the water earlier this year by rounding up some of the best locally-made spicy chicken sandwiches, and the chefs behind Progress have joined with their new Sundays concept. But, truth be told, even I’m struggling to keep up with the chicken craze. Clint McCann, however, is not.
McCann is part owner of Sugarfire Smokehouse on East Republic Road, and now part-owner of MoChicken food truck/trailer, too. He owns both restaurants alongside Dave Burke and Erin and David Whitman. MoChicken has yet to make its big debut, but McCann says he’s expecting that to happen any day now, whether it’s from the parking lot of Sugarfire, where the trailer is currently parked, or maybe the new Metro Eats food depot.
McCann says he was inspired to explore the idea of quick-prep chicken by the chicken sandwich wars that are drawing so much attention these days. Even though he hasn’t eaten fast food in years, he knew he could out-do their chicken sandwiches. He does that by making use of fresh, local and real ingredients—all of the chicken is fried right in the food truck. He’s also added a few signature sides, like malt vinegar-dusted crinkle-cut fries, pimento cheese macaroni salad and a vinaigrette-style coleslaw. MoChicken also has more than just one chicken sandwich. There’s the straightforward MoChicken Sandwich—fried chicken, crinkle-cut dill pickle and Duke’s mayo on a potato bun. If you like your chicken spicy, just ask for the MoChicken “no refund spicy.” There’s also the Buffalo Springfield, a buffalo-style chicken sandwich served with a blue cheese coleslaw, and a pulled barbecue chicken variation, too.
Until the food truck finds its permanent home, you can get the MoChicken sandwich—the non-spicy version—at Sugarfire in Springfield, and keep up with the truck via Sugarfire's Facebook page.