Broaster Company

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Broaster Company
IndustryManufacturing, foodservice
FounderL. A. M. Phelan
HeadquartersBeloit, Wisconsin
Key people
ProductsGenuine Broaster Chicken, Broaster Pressure Fryers, ventless fryers, marinades, seasonings, coatings, frozen foods, cooking oils and sauces[1]

Broaster Company is an American foodservice equipment manufacturer headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin.[1] It was founded by L. A. M. Phelan in 1954.[2] The company is known for producing pressure fryers, licensing "Genuine Broaster Chicken", and operating a branded food program, "Broaster Express".[3]


The Broasting technique began in 1954 when American businessman and inventor, L. A. M. Phelan combined parts of a deep fryer and pressure cooker as a way to cook chicken more quickly. With his invention, Phelan trademarked the words "broaster" and "broasted food".[4][5] Phelan manufactured the first Broaster Pressure Fryers under Flavor Fast Foods, Inc. and in 1956 formed the Broaster Company, expanding its line of offerings to include food product ingredients and accessories.[6][7]

In 1970, the Alco Standard Corporation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania purchased the Broaster Company. In 1991, Alco sold the Broaster Company to a group of private investors.[8]

In 2009, Jay Cipra was named CEO of Broaster Company LLC, after serving as president of its parent company Broaster Company, Inc.[9] Broaster Company celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2014.[10]


Broaster Company is the owner of a proprietary process that creates Genuine Broaster Chicken.[3] The process uses the company's marinades and coating to prepare chicken which is then fried in a Broaster Pressure Fryer by an employee with training from the Broaster Company.[11][12] The Broaster Company also distributes other frozen, ready-to-cook food products that are designed to be prepared in Broaster Pressure Fryers or the company's Countertop Ventless Fryers.[13] Customers can serve the foods as part of the Broaster Express branded program, or include them on their own menu without the branding.[10] The Broaster Company sells its equipment and food programs through a worldwide network of authorized distributors.[14]

The Broaster Company licenses more than 5,000 restaurants, bars, and carryout locations in the United States with additional locations in 54 countries.[6] Among them is High Life Lounge in Des Moines, whose chicken broasting process was shown on a Season 3 (2010) episode of Man v. Food.

Broasting equipment, accessories, and ingredients are marketed only to service and institutional customers, including supermarkets and fast-food restaurants; they are not available to the general public. The company licenses the Broasted trademark to the more than 5,500 purchasers of its system, who follow its specifications and recipes, and undertake a periodic (re-)certification process. The licensing certification arrangement is not part of a traditional franchising scheme in that the arrangement does not incur traditional royalty payment obligations.


Broasted chicken with rice and sauce

Broasting is a method of cooking chicken and other foods using a pressure fryer using techniques invented by L. A. M. Phelan and marketed by the Broaster Company.[8]

The method essentially combines pressure cooking with deep frying to pressure fry chicken that has been marinated and breaded. Other modern fast-food chains also deep fry chicken under pressure, but use different recipes or equipment from one of several alternative suppliers (e.g., Henny Penny).

Internationally, broasted chicken remains highly popular in Middle Eastern and South Asian countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, as well as in Latin American countries such as Colombia and Peru. Many restaurants and fast-food chains in these countries also have the word "broast" in their names.

In Pakistan, the term "broasted" is often used to describe various kinds of fried chicken and does not necessarily mean it is pressure-fried.[15] In neighboring India, the Broaster Company has opened multiple branches of the Genuine Broaster Chicken restaurant chain, which serves broasted chicken according to the Broaster Company's techniques.[16]


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  2. ^ Calhoun, Patricia (December 19, 2014). "Roasted for Broasted! We Get Fried For the Wrong Use of a Term". Westworld. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Lazor, Drew (March 11, 2016). "Speck's Chicken is the 'Broast' of Collegeville". Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  4. ^ DiStefano, Anne Marie (July 4, 2013). "Restaurants Add Another Chapter to JoJos' Long History". The Portland Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  5. ^ Harrell, Jeff (March 24, 2016). "The Skillet Gears Up For Dyngus Day Polish Feast". The SouthBend Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Nicholls, Walter (April 21, 2004). "This Chicken's Not Roasted, Broiled or Fried. It's BROASTED". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Hillbish, Jim (April 16, 2009). "Boiling Point: Broasting is Grease Under Pressure". MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Trademark Trial and Appeal Board" (PDF). United States Patent and Trademark Office. December 22, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 12, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Broaster Boasts Promotions". Convenience Store Decisions. February 2, 2009. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Hanson, Angela (March 10, 2014). "Broaster Co. Rebrands & Simplifies Programs". ConvenienceStore News.
  11. ^ "Broasted Chicken:A Chatterbox Investigation". Slate. July 21, 1999. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Pierleoni, Allen (March 26, 2014). "Counter Culture: Broasted Chicken, Breakfast at Roseville's Country Gables". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  13. ^ Young, Rob (April 3, 2013). "'Broasted' Chicken A Novel, And Delicious, Concept". The Post and Courier. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  14. ^ "2014 Exhibitor Directory". NACS. Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  15. ^ Chu, Louisa (August 28, 2018). "What's the difference between Broasted and fried chicken?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Pandit, Virendra (January 17, 2018). "Genuine Broaster Chicken to open 90 outlets by end-2017". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved July 15, 2020.


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