Best City Chicken


City chicken is a skewer of pork cubes that are breaded, deep-fried, and then baked to resemble fried chicken. I like to use all pork, but the tradition is to use pork and veal combined. I grew up in Northeast Ohio, and this was my all-time favorite dish when I was little. Now I make this old-fashioned comfort food for my family, and they love it too!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
14 skewers


  • 2 pounds boneless pork, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes

  • 14 (4 inch) skewers

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • seasoned salt (such as LAWRY'S®) to taste

  • 4 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  1. Thread 2 or 3 cubes of pork onto each skewer. Sprinkle pork on all sides with salt, pepper, and seasoned salt; set the skewers aside.

  2. Whisk eggs and milk together in a bowl. Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Pour 2 cups of water into a 9x13-inch baking dish with a wire rack set in the dish; set the dish aside.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Dip each pork skewer into egg mixture, then press into bread crumbs to coat; dip pork skewers a second time into egg mixture and then crumbs.

  5. Lower pork skewers carefully into the hot oil in batches. Fry until crisp and golden, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining pork skewers. Arrange fried pork skewers on the wire rack in the baking dish. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.

  6. Carefully transfer the baking dish into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes more to dry out the crumb coating.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

369 Calories
16g Fat
23g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 179mg 60%
Sodium 619mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 396mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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