Mock Chicken Legs (City Chicken) Recipe

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Mock Chicken Legs (City Chicken) Recipe

This savory City Chicken is golden brown and crispy on the outside and meaty and juicy on the inside. But despite its name, City Chicken does not contain any chicken! Instead, inside its delicious coating are cubes of meat, either pork or veal, that were skewered, breaded, and shaped to mimic fried chicken legs. These mock chicken legs are fun savory snacks that kids and adults alike will surely enjoy.

Serve it best with gravy, homemade aioli, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Tips on Making Mock Chicken Legs

Our easy City Chicken recipe is a must-try. Read on these helpful tips on how to make City Chicken that is not only crispy and delicious but also looks almost like real chicken drumsticks:


  • Shape the mock chicken legs right by skewering smaller pieces of meat on the top, larger pieces in the middle, and smaller pieces again in the lower-middle portions of the stick.
  • The mock chicken legs could be air fried, deep-fried, or fried then finished at the oven just like this recipe. 
  • You can try other ingredients for breading like ground almonds and parmesan cheese, crushed crackers, and crushed cornflakes.
  • For added nutrition, you can also thread in cubed bell peppers and pineapples to the skewers.

How To Make Mock Chicken Legs

Make crispy and juicy fried City Chicken using pork and veal with this easy mock chicken legs recipe. Enjoy it with a dipping sauce like gravy and aioli.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
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  • 2 lbs boneless pork or veal, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • frying oil, enough to cover skewers


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and chili powder.

  2. Sprinkle the spice blend over the meat and mix until all pieces of meat are well-seasoned.

  3. Thread chunks of meat onto each skewer then set aside.

  4. In a shallow tray, whisk together milk and eggs.

  5. Pour the breadcrumbs into another separate tray.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a large baking dish with a wire rack.

  7. Heat the oil for frying to 350 degrees F.

  8. Once the oil is hot, dip your skewers first into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumbs. Repeat this step one more time so they are dipped into each mixture twice.

  9. Fry the skewers for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until the coating is crispy and golden brown.

  10. Place the fried skewers onto a wire rack and cover with aluminum foil.

  11. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

  12. Remove the foil and continue cooking for 10 more minutes.

  13. Serve with dipping sauce and your choice of sides.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are mock chicken legs made of?

Mock chicken drumsticks are made of boneless or ground pork and veal. This dish was invented during the Great Depression Era to bring the experience of eating chicken to those who cannot afford it. Chicken was very expensive and considered a luxury at that time. Veal and pork were more affordable, hence the recipe. It was later on called City Chicken because it was popularly sold in the cities.

What is vegetarian mock chicken?

Vegetarian mock chicken is made from flavored wheat gluten called seitan, an excellent vegan meat substitute. It is made by washing the flour dough with water until all starches are removed, leaving only the gluten. It is chewy, high in protein and iron, and has a pleasant meat-like texture.

Are mock chicken legs precooked?

Most store-bought mock chicken, usually made of ground pork, are pre-cooked. However, you can also pre-cook your homemade mock chicken drumsticks before storing them in the freezer. To do this, follow the recipe instructions but bake them for only 15 minutes. Let them cool completely before storing them in the fridge in sealed containers or zip lock bags. They can be good for up to three months. When ready to eat, simply thaw the mock chicken legs and bake them in the oven for 15 minutes. The baked city chicken should come out crispy, golden brown, and smelling delicious!



Experience the old Polish City Chicken with this easy mock chicken legs recipe. It is crispy, juicy, meaty, and fun to eat. Serve it for snack time or dinner. Kids will love it, and adults will enjoy it too!

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