SE Ohio Edition: Miller’s Chicken

In advance of going back to Athens tomorrow, I wanted to talk some more about my trip to Athens last month. Let us not kid ourselves. It was ALL about the food. It always is for me. I think you can tell so much more about an area by the food you eat than by any other factor. And Athens is quite the foodie town.

I think one of the best things we ate that weekend was completely by accident. We had been stalking the Burrito Buggy unsuccessfully, and in the process of trying to find them at the county fairgrounds, got turned around on a back road and ended up at Miller’s. Miller’s Chicken is an Athens institution which honestly didn’t look like much on the outside (or the inside either, really – unless aged formica is your thing). We really didn’t hold out much hope, but decided to order a bucket of 10 thighs for the road anyway, along with some salads.

Miller's Chicken in Athens, OH

OMFG. If we hadn’t already been on our way back to Columbus when we dug into the bucket 10-15 minutes later, we would have turned the car around and gone right back and got more of everything. This, quite honestly, is THE best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Completely moist meat, with almost a dual layer of fried skin – not the way you normally think of fried chicken, but instead a cracklin’-like layer of skin, followed by another layer of fried skin underneath. It was crisp, but not by being artificially breaded. KFC, eat your hearts out. Paul said it was pure torture on that ride home – between hearing the “crunch crunch” of my teeth savoring the skin, the sound of me smacking my lips in happiness, and the way the fantastic smell filled up the car, he darn near pulled over a dozen or more times not content to let me feed him some now and then as he was driving.

Bucket of Fried Chicken from Miller's Chicken (Athens, OH)

The salads were nearly as good. If I had known how good, I would have opted for more than just a small potato salad and individual sized macaroni & cole slaw.

Potato Salad from Miller's Chicken (Athens, OH)

I’m notoriously particular about macaroni salad, but theirs was quite solid. Not cloyingly sweet like most.

Macaroni Salad from Miller's Chicken (Athens, OH)

Ditto with the cole slaw. I like my cole slaw to have a finer chopped texture rather than long shreds, and this did not disappoint.

Cole Slaw from Miller's Chicken (Athens, OH)

No matter where else we go, this *will* be a stop on our next visit. It’s even good cold.

If you’d like to go: Miller’s Chicken, 235 W. State St, Athens, OH 45701, 740-593-6544

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6 thoughts on “SE Ohio Edition: Miller’s Chicken

  1. Millers has been bringing the chicken for many years. Went to OU myself 20 years ago and that was one of my crave foods. I wonder if they still sell deep fried chicken hearts? Next time you go, as well as getting the fried chicken see if they still sell hearts. Used to get a big box of them for 2 bucks. Before you get squeamish, the heart is all muscle, popcorn chicken before it was invented.

  2. Best way to find the burrito buggy??? 2:00am any morning, guaranteed goodness. I went to OU and never ate at Millers, but probably covered the rent on the space the buggy occupies. I'll be down there in about three weeks for homecoming and will continue my tradition of putting on a burrito buggy eating clinic!!

  3. Miller's has been one of my favorites since I was a little girl! Its the only place where I will eat Chicken Gizzards as I've tried others in the past and been thoroughly disappointed. Their chicken is divine and the best part is its all local. Their sides are prepared with attention to detail, you could call it love, and you can taste it in every bite. I typically find that little places like this (holes in the wall) have the best food. I now live in Dayton and every time I'm in Athens, it is a requirement that we stop there and my family knows it, they've never dared to try to leave Athens without getting me my Miller's. If you go to Athens or live there and never try Miller's Chicken you have no idea what you've missed!

  4. My husband and I both attended Ohio University back in the late 70's early 80's and Miller's chicken was the place to go to back then when you wanted some fried chicken. 30 years later we have been back to visit a couple of times with our kids and each time we have to make a stop by and pick up some chicken….Such fond memories….

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