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Pakistani Couple From North Bergen Open Halal Fried Chicken Restaurant

Usman Chaudhry and Amena Chaudhri will hold a grand opening ceremony for Namkeen Hot Chicken in Chatham on Oct. 30.
Usman Chaudhry and Amena Chaudhri will hold a grand opening ceremony for Namkeen Hot Chicken in Chatham on Oct. 30. Photo Credit: Contributed

A Pakistani couple from North Bergen is opening a Halal chicken restaurant in Morris County.

Usman Chaudhry and Amena Chaudhri will hold a grand opening ceremony for Namkeen Hot Chicken in Chatham on Oct. 30.

"My husband's life goal was to open up his own restaurant, and we decided to take this step very spontaneously," Amena told Daily Voice.

"It was a huge step especially during COVID-19, but we went for it anyways."

Usman stumbled upon the 223 Main St. storefront accidentally. He called the realtor and within days, had the keys to the store, Amena said.

And so, Usman quit his job as manager at a Morristown bakery and dove in head first.

"[Usman] was very passionate about hot chicken," Amena said. "We wanted to incorporate our Pakistani roots with Nashville style hot chicken."

Namkeen, Amena explained, is an Urdu word meaning a salty, good item.

Menu options range from Nashville hot and spicy to Pakistani tikka style. There are chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, chicken mac and more.

“Our passion is creating the ultimate cult street food sensation for those who love it, and to introduce a completely different side of hot chicken for those that are new to it,“ its website says.

Namkeen Hot Chicken, 233 Main St. in Chatham.

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