Best Grilled Chickens in Penang

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For many of us, grilled chicken is our favourite pick yet it’s not as ubiquitous as the fried version and handling a scorching grill isn’t everyone’s jam. What not to love about chicken marinated and grilled to perfection? Teeming with a smoky aroma and charred speckles certainly notch up the level of satisfaction. And yes, grilling the meat is only half the part, to end with a flavour bang, multitude of sauces and condiments share space for optimal gratification. Basted with a Malaysian-style sauce, filled with hefty greens, laid on fluffy naans, baked with fruits or  absolutely sticking to classic - grilled chicken come in various forms in the Pearl of Orient but one thing is for sure, these birds leave an indelible mark on your palate. 



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    Micke’s Place

    This hidden gem has been reaping up positive reviews both online and offline. Upon stepping in the sparsely-lid eatery, you would be hard pressed to find an empty spot on the wall and tables without a signature, which is downright Instagram-worthy!  Among the wonders from the kitchen is their Grilled Chicken Linguine. Deftly grilled to perfection, a huge chicken thigh sits on a bed of silky smooth pasta laced with tomato sauce and finished with a sprinkling of cheese and herbs. Delicious! 

    Tips

    Just look for 7-Eleven at Love Lane, this gem is right beside

    Things to expect

    Sparsely lid and quaint space

    Best with

    Masala tea

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM30.00

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    Micke's Place View restaurant

    94, Love Lane, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124938279

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    12:00PM—03:00AM
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    KapitanHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    What constitutes a good tandoori chicken? If you ask any true blue Penangite, he or she would just say, the way Kapitan does it. This renowned establishment is rather a meat mecca where a range of grilled meats is churned out from the well-loved tandoor oven, along its best buddy, billowy naans. Their tandoori chicken is served in an appealing crimson-red hue with charred speckles that tow a fine smoky aroma. Paired with sweet-spicy chilli sauce, mint chutney, a wedge of lime, julienned onions and carrot, you would polish the bird bone clean within a blink of an eye. Each mouthful is certainly worth the wavering waiting time and bustling ambience.  

    Tips

    Parking is scarce during lunch hours

    Things to expect

    Realm of meat and naan in a spacious atmopshere

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    Teh Tarik

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Restoran Kapitan View restaurant

    93, Chulia Street, 10200, Georgetown, Penang
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    042641191

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    12:00AM—12:00AM
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    Coffee Elements

    Judging by the name, if you’re heading to this eatery expecting a sheer spread of freshly brewed coffee and complementing cakes, you’ll be never disappointed. If you’re one who worries about your waistline yet not giving up on flavours, their  Caesar salad is the best match for you. Grilled chicken chunks are scattered on coral greens, butterheads, rockets, chicken ham, cherry tomatoes, half-boiled omega eggs, a dusting of parmesan cheese and concluded with drizzles of natural yoghurt. Done taking in the beauty, grab a fork and dig in the beautiful mess. 

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    Coffee Elements View restaurant

    6G-2-17, All Season Place, Lebuhraya Thean Teik, 11500, Ayer Itam, Penang
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    0124782693

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    11:00AM—11:30PM
    Saturday, Sunday
    09:00AM—11:30PM
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    Awesome Canteen Sekeping Victoria

    Definitely not an ordinary canteen - this out-of-the-box one would make you forget each and every canteen you’ve been before. With an artistic patchwork of industrial decorations and rustic backdrop, it’s pretty tough to tear yourself apart from Instagram, till the mouth-watering menu greets you. Grilled chicken is certainly a mainstay on the menu, either it’s topped on a nest of ramen lounging in a subtle soup, tossed into a nourishing salad, served with a Spaghetti in Black Olive Pesto or aromatic Paleo Rosemary Chicken – one thing is for sure, your taste buds would be utterly satisfied. The bird is shown lots of love on the grill, delivering it to the table juicy, tender and gently charred. And be sure of saving some space for desserts. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Rather hidden but GPS makes it easy

    Best with

    Coffee

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM30.00

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    Awesome Canteen Sekeping Victoria View restaurant

    164, Lebuh Victoria, 10300 , Georgetown, Penang
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    042613707

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday
    11:00AM—10:00PM
    Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Noor & Dean’s CafePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Housed in a luxury boutique hotel, Noor & Dean’s Kafe is widely regarded as a must-visit to quell your cravings for local and Western delights that score both in taste and presentation. The interior is spectacular as it retains the Peranakan style decorations and ornaments that send you back in time. Food-wise, you may be spoilt for choices but among the winner on the menu is their Grilled Chicken Arrosto – a pleasantly grilled chicken thigh perched atop creamy mashed potatoes, colourful greens and ladled with homemade rosemary sauce. Each mouthful of the meat oozes with additional flavours, thanks to the marination beforehand by the chef.

    Tips

    Be sure of spending some time at the open garden at the top

    Things to expect

    One of a kind decorations and outlook

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM22.00 to RM40.00

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    Noor and Dean's Cafe View restaurant

    71 & 73 Noordin Street, Heritage City of Georgetown, George Town, 10300 Penang, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    042627173

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    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    Mews CafePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    Classic, comfort and classy are words that come to your mind once you’ve stepped in this beautiful restaurant. Do yourself a favour; spend some time strolling through the garden filled with lush greenery and potteries to make up an appetite as you’re sure to be satiated with their scrumptious menu. Among the best sellers here is their Chermoula Grilled Chicken – plump piece of chicken with desired chars is garnished with debris of Harissa sauce, spiced couscous, tomato salad and a wedge of lime. The bird is utterly tender and dabbling in the bright sauce could only cherish your taste buds to a higher degree. 

    Tips

    Call for reservation

    Things to expect

    Gorgeous setting that invites shutterbugs too

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM50.00

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    Mews Cafe View restaurant

    No. 77, Muntri Street, 10200, George Town, Penang
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    04-2636125

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    Every day
    08:00AM—11:00PM
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    Red Garden

    You’ll feel weak at knees walking into this cavernous food court which is draped with never-ending choices of food that won't drain your bank account. Either to whet your appetite or wrap up your meal, grilled chicken wings is a must here. Smoky, succulent, slides off the bone with ease and coupled with a chilli sauce, how to order less than a dozen?  

    Tips

    Parking is tough, so get in early

    Things to expect

    Full of life atmosphere and live band during weekends

    Best with

    Beers

    Price

    RM3.00 to RM15.00

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    Red Garden View restaurant

    20, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia, 10000, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124216767

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    Every day
    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    The Big Fat Hen Cafe

    With an encouraging name, you know they don’t mess around with birds. Speaking off being out of the box, the walls are blanketed with pages of classic fairy tales and children books - surely to boost your Instagram likes straightaway. Among the pride of the kitchen is their Loaded Hen – where juicy and pleasantly charred grilled chicken thigh is crowned with smoked chicken slices, mozzarella, cheddar, coriander, tomato, onions and baked to lip-smacking perfection. Cheesy and meaty – two holy words to have you mopping the plate clean. Another new addition is their Tropical Chicken - perfectly grilled chicken breast baked with mozzarella and bananas then finished with fruit sauce. Sounds a little peculiar yet it does please your taste buds. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Charming and neat ambience

    Best with

    Coffee

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    The Big Fat Hen Cafe View restaurant

    41, Anson Road,, 10400, Georgetown, Penang
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    0175377375

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    10:00AM—08:00PM
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    The Table

    Pretty much a new kid on the Western food scene yet has been drawing a diverse crowd. Backdropped with wooden decorations and furniture with colourful knick knacks, cafe nomads and hipsters would certainly give a big uptick. Their grilled chicken chop is a real standout with a satisfying portion and delish flavours. The plump chicken thigh is grilled till seductively charred on the outside yet retains the juiciness within, then basted with thick BBQ sauce and accompanied with assorted greens and corn. You wouldn’t spare a drop of the sauce which is greater than good, and the tender meat just takes advantage of it.

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Charming ambience

    Best with

    Coffee Latte

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    The Table View restaurant

    37, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10300, Georgetown, Penang
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    0123853892

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    Every day
    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Ahmo

    Housed along Irrawadi Road, Ahmo is one of the best cafes in town that hits the sweet spot between a charming setting and soul-warming meals. The menu is pretty extensive and if chicken is your jam, you’ll surely be excited looking at the varieties. Their grilled chicken is a dish that is super flavourful and colourful. The grilled bird plays host to a bed of crunchy greens and roasted potatoes and ladled with BBQ sauce and sprinkle of sesame seed. Despite being muddled between a bevy of ingredients, the flavour of the chicken absolutely stands out, blame in on the herbs and spices marination. Jazz up your dining experience with their signature juice blends.

    Tips

    Other chicken varieties are equally satisfying too

    Things to expect

    Photogenic interior and huge crowd during weekends

    Best with

    Juices

    Price

    RM15.90 to RM30.00

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    Kith & Kin

    Relatively a newcomer to the Western fare scene yet this kids-friendly restaurant has taken the local crowd by storm. And if you’re an aficionado of grilled chicken, you’re in safe hands. Having that said, what not to be missed is their rempah chicken, oh yes it’s a rhythm to ears if you need that Malaysian punch on your chicken. Marinated and grilled to perfection, the sumptuous chicken is bathed with a thick and savoury sauce that has a tinge of sweetness that somewhat reminds you of Ayam Percik. Butter rice and garden greens come as consorts. Another grilled bird variation comes with a mash of the day, assorted greens and homemade salsa. In a nutshell, expect gamey goodness at its best. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    There is a play place for kids

    Best with

    Delectable cakes

    Price

    RM15.90 to RM30.00

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    Kith & Kin View restaurant

    32, Jalan Tanjong Tokong, Kampung Masjid, 10470 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10470, Georgetown, Penang
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    0129695215

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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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