Mama Chicken – You’ll Want to Lick Her Bones Clean!

By Mark Wiens 9 Comments
Time 2 Eat Mama Chicken Mama Franky House
Time 2 Eat Mama Chicken Mama Franky House

With a name like “Time 2 Eat Mama Chicken Mama Franky House,” and huge smiley faces on the sign, how could you not eat there?

I sure couldn’t resist.

But let me tell you, this street pop-up kiosk in Agra, India, is not a motherly home cooked meal establishment like the name may suggest, but it’s a rather male dominated street kitchen where they’ve got a pretty good recipe for tandoori chicken and roti and other delicious things like that.

There are two branches of Time 2 Eat Mama Chicken – the Non-Veg and the Veg side – separated by about 50 meters of parking lot, a segregation of the non-veg versus veg eaters.

Getting ready to dig into some tandoori chicken in Agra, India!
Getting ready to dig into some tandoori chicken in Agra, India!

I chose Non-Veg.

It was about 11 am when I arrived, and the crew of grillers and cooks were moving extremely slowly, the way many restaurants and businesses in India begin their days.

Mama Chicken House is more of an afternoon / night restaurant spot.

They have a pretty big menu actually, not just tandoori chicken, but kebabs, kati rolls, curries, and a variety of other North Indian tasty food specials.

At night, the restaurant is a munchers hang out, similar to wondrous Rajinder Da Dhaba restaurant – one of the top food things to do in Delhi.

Chicken and roti prepared in the tandoor clay oven
Chicken and roti prepared in the tandoor clay oven

One thing you won’t be able to get enough of in North India is the fresh and always hot breads – tandoori roti being one of the most popular.

The balls of dough were slapped on the outside of the tandoor clay over into thin rotis before being placed on the side of the oven to cook in just a few moments.

A thing of beauty
A thing of beauty

Big, juicy, succulent, chunks of poultry…

I could hear the soft sizzle of the oozing meat juice hitting the coals at the bottom of the tandoor oven… music to my ears!

Tandoori chicken and tandoori roti at Mama Chicken House!
Tandoori chicken and tandoori roti at Mama Chicken House!

My 1/4 tandoori chicken arrived on a styrofoam plate accompanied by a wonderful yogurt corriander puree and a side of sliced red onions.

The chicken on its own was so flavorful it didn’t need anything extra. However, grabbing some tandoori roti, adding a piece of chicken, some onions, and then dipping it in the sauce was a heavenly combo as well.

Marvelous tandoori rotis
Marvelous tandoori rotis

The tandoori rotis, cooked in the same oven and bathed in chicken smoke, were hot, crispy on the edges, and fluffy all around.

You'll want to lick these bones clean
You’ll want to lick these bones clean

Now that’s what I call finger-lickin’ goodness!

Tandoori Chicken in Agra, India
Tandoori Chicken in Agra, India

Here’s a video of this marvelous tandoori chicken:

(if you can’t see the video, you can watch this tandoori chicken video on YouTube)

Total bill came to 150 INR for 1/4 tandoori chicken and 4 tandoori rotis.

Time 2 Eat Mama Chicken Mama Franky House is located right at the Sadar Bazar in Agra, India. You’ll see it in the parking lot of a small strip mall – you can’t miss their signs!

I’m sure many of the items listed on the menu are delicious, but all I tried was the tandoori chicken and tandoori rotis, which I very much enjoyed.

Address: Sadar Bazar, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

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  • High Rated Gabru

    3 years ago

    Historical blogs. Please keep writing!!

  • Mat

    10 years ago

    I am a great fan of your travel videos. Aren’t you concerned about getting sick from eating street food. In India there Hep B and Hep C is very common. You eat a lot on the street in Calcuta. Do you get immune shots?

    • Mark Wiens

      10 years ago

      Hey Mat, thank you for watching my videos. Yes I did get all the current vaccines, and also I tried to mostly stick with hot freshly cooked food.

  • Peter Lee

    11 years ago

    Yummy ! The mouth-watering dish. Asia is always known for its delicious cuisines.

  • Noel

    11 years ago

    Wow.. the photos make my mouth waters. Have you tried tandoori chicken in Malaysia? I wonder how it will hold up to the Indian counterpart?

  • Maria

    11 years ago

    The signage would have definitely gotten my attention but the food would have kept me there for hours – that looks sooo good.