Guess what? Shake Shack London is serving halal chicken! Earlier this month, Shake Shack announced that their popular Chick’n’Shack burgers will be launching at all their London outlets. A fellow foodie friend made a simple enquiry about halal in response to this news, and was informed that yes, the chicken would be halal. Astonished, he passed on the message to me, and my jaw dropped!
Having now been publicly confirmed, I just had to get down there to check it out myself and of course, tell you guys all about it. I headed to the Tottenham Court Road branch, enquired about halal and any cross contamination, and was pleasantly surprised to find that yes, the chicken is halal and no, there is no cross contamination. Well, one Chick’n’Shack for me please! Oh, and cheesy fries too.
5 minutes later, my meal was ready. I was officially eating a halal burger from a London Shake Shack; I couldn’t contain my excitement!
A thick, 100% British chicken breast is soaked in a spiced buttermilk, dipped in batter, dredged in flour, and deep-fried to a lovely golden crisp. It is then sandwiched between their signature squidgy potato bun with a slather of buttermilk herb mayonnaise, crunchy sliced pickles, and fresh lettuce too.
Biting in, the humongous chicken breast was juicy and the crispy, flavourful batter remained intact through every mouthful, with the soft, pillowy bun making a nice textural contrast. The buttermilk mayonnaise added a good tang as did the pickles, but a slice of gooey melted American cheese would have really finished this chicken burger off nicely, as would a slather of hot sauce (the U.S. Shacks hand out hot sauce packets!).
Sure, it isn’t mind-blowing nor does it beat their fantastic beef counterparts that I’ve had in Dubai, but when a London establishment like Shake Shack offer a halal option as good as this, well, I can’t say no, can I? There is a whopping price tag attached as one sandwich will set you back £6.25, but it is worth a try.
The Chick’n’Shack burgers are available now at most London Shacks: Tottenham Court Road, Victoria Nova, Stratford, Canary Wharf, and Leicester Square, and will be released at the Covent Garden Shack in the summer. In fact, ALL U.K. branches will be serving halal Chick’n’Shack burgers, but please note that it is just the chicken that is halal, for now!
P.S. Don’t forget to order a side of cheesy fries, you’ll thank me later x
Here’s what you need to know:
**Shake Shack London locations serving halal Chick’n’Shacks are :
- Tottenham Court Road
- Victoria Nova
- Stratford Westfield
- Canary Wharf
- Leicester Square
- Covent Garden will be serving the Chick’n’Shack in the summer.
*** They have confirmed ALL UK branches will serve halal chicken
**** Their FAQ right now does not state the halal status, but they are updating this as we speak: