Hot chicken sandwich a la mode? This dessert-dinner hybrid is one popular eatery’s antidote to Houston’s heat

Ice cream chicken sammich, anyone?

Hot chicken sandwich à la Mode
Hot chicken sandwich à la Mode (Mico's Hot Chicken)

Beloved Height’s restaurant, Mico’s Hot Chicken, dropped a drippy new dish that blurs the line between dinner and dessert -- an ice cream chicken sandwich.

The unique new offering is built like Mico’s standard hot chicken sandwich, but with a sweet new addition. The “sammich,” which ranges in heat from nada to extra hot, consists of a fried boneless chicken breast and two scoops of ice cream nestled between toasted brioche buns.

“The sandwich taking the city by storm,” the Heights area restaurant wrote in a post announcing the new menu item.

Unsurprisingly, the sweet and savory sandwich proved divisive, spawning dozens of comments and quite a few questions. Responses ranged from appreciation and excitement to well, shock and mild distaste.

“Why?” commented one succinct skeptic.

“Look, I don’t doubt this is good and all. But Mico’s chicken sammich doesn’t need anything but that slaw and pickle,” a fan wrote of Mico’s unique new offering.

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“I’ll pass with the ice cream but give me that medium and it’s all good!!!” another fried chicken sandwich traditionalist wrote.

Meanwhile, some burgeoning ice cream chicken sandwich connoisseurs wanted Mico’s to up the ante -- and the ice cream -- even more.

“Put fried ice cream and you got me,” one person wrote.

“Can you also get it on the loaded fries?” asked one particularly enthusiastic ice cream fan.

It’s unclear how long the Mico’s will serve its sandwiches à la Mode, so as the old adage goes, get it while it’s hot.

Don’t consider yourself an experimental eater? Other items on offer at Mico’s include it’s Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich, tenders and loaded fries.

Mico’s Hot Chicken is located at 1603 North Durham Drive in The Heights. View the menu here.


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Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.