In a basket

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A burger and french fries served in a basket

Food served in a basket, a basket platter or a basket with fries is a sandwich or other main dish that is served on top of a basket of an accompanying foodstuff, usually french fries. The "basket" is usually either made of plastic and lined with paper, or is simply a disposable paperboard box or tray. Sometimes the basket contains other side dishes as well, such as a container of coleslaw or a pickle. This term is common in the Midwestern U.S.[citation needed]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom chicken in a basket, fried chicken on a bed of chips, was a popular dish in pubs and modest restaurants from the late 1960s through the 1970s.[1][2] Believed to be first served by Hank and Eileen Day in the mid 1950’s in their farm house restaurant Bridge Farm, in Bartington Cheshire.[citation needed] Hank was an American GI and was previously based locally at the American airbase at Burtonwood in Warrington.

In the 1970s the dish became so ubiquitous in UK venues offering evening entertainment that the locations became known to musicians and entertainers as the "chicken-in-a-basket circuit".[3][4][5]

Slade guitarist Dave Hill recalled in 2021 how, during a fall in the band's popularity towards the late 1970s, they "played the difficult gigs, the gigs where people have chicken in a basket and then go on the dancefloor."[6]


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  6. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (2021-03-08). "Slade guitarist Dave Hill: 'I'd come out of work, put on my costume and suddenly I'd be Superman!'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2021-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)