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London’s best fried chicken is at La Barra in Elephant and Castle. One of the best-value restaurants in London
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The Best Fried Chicken in London

Where to find the crispiest American, Indian, Korean, Dominican, Syrian, and Taiwanese fried birds across London

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Fried chicken is omnipresent in London. Originating from Scottish (chicken, fried, unseasoned) and West African (chicken, fried, seasoned) traditions, the dish’s London history can be traced back to Hannah Glasse’s 1747 cookbook ‘The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy’. London’s first experience of ‘American fried chicken (as it’s known today) came with the opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken in North Finchley during 1968. Countless accessibly priced chicken shops have since opened and become pillars of local communities, followed by a clutch of new establishments — all united by a ubiquitous passion for one of the world’s favourite comfort foods.

November, 2020: With England under lockdown and restaurants currently closed, all entries have been noted with details of takeaway and / or delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chick and Beers

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24 Coombe Rd
New Malden KT3 4QE, UK
020 3457 7929

Korean restaurant, Chick and Beers is barely two years old, but already has a second outlet and boasts some of the best fried chicken in the city, with attention to detail lavished on each piece, particularly on one of the most overlooked parts of frying chicken: the butchery. Breasts are cleaved in half with the rib bones connected to underpin them, helping to maintain moisture throughout the fry. Intelligently portioned thighs and legs accompany, producing a whole portioned bird that Jacques Pépin would be happy with. Specify preferred heat level: The standard spicy is more of a sweet hot, and a few notches below the average sweet chilli, but the staff promise to blow the head off anyone willing. Open only at dinner from 5 p.m., for takeaway and via delivery.

Korean fried chicken at Chick and Beers in New Malden
Korean fried chicken at Chick and Beers in New Malden
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2. The Best Broasted

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18-f, High Rd, Willesden Green
London NW10 2QD, UK

On a site in Willesden Green which has always seemed to be a Syrian restaurant, the normality of The Best Broasted’s menu is only punctured by the appearance of broasted chicken ─ a deep-fried and pressure-cooked one-two combo knock-out that can cook a whole chicken in 15-20 minutes, escaping its Wisconsin origins to take off across the Middle East. The result is chicken juicer than its jagged exterior gives it any right to be, but that’s actually not what to come for. The best thing is the potatoes that come with it, huge coins that at some points are cooked to the appearance of a fresh Pringle and at others puff up like pommes soufflés, with a font of outrageously garlicky toum to baptise them. Takeaway and delivery available.

A broasted chicken under a pile of potatoes at Best Broasted The Best Broasted [Official Photo]

3. Good Friend Chicken

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14 Little Newport St
London WC2H 7JJ, UK

From outside, Good Friend looks like a typical outer London chicken shop. Taiwanese fried chicken is the specialty here, however, like that found in the night markets of Taiwan. Various cuts are available, each marinated, coated in three different flours then deep-fried twice. The chicken breast isn’t particularly cheap, but it’s surprisingly vast, thinly sliced to provide a larger surface area for the impossibly crisp batter to shield. A selection of at least ten flavoured seasonings (cumin, curry, ‘mouth numbing’ spice) also line the counter. The slightly sweet plum powder is a must-try. Takeaway and delivery.

4. Morley’s Fried Chicken

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109 Brixton Hill, Brixton
London SW2 1AA, UK

A south London institution, Morley’s was launched in 1985. The company has since grown exponentially, with more than 30 franchises, mostly south of the river. A quintessential London chicken shop with its red neon signage, vividly lit interior and late opening hours, Morley’s numerous outposts champion competitively cheap fried chicken and sticky barbecue ribs. Morley’s fried chicken is liberally spiced with a secret blend of spices, far superior to big-named high street rivals. You’ll also struggle to spend more than £5 per head. Takeaway.

5. Kricket Brixton

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41-43 Atlantic Rd, Brixton
London SW9 8JL, UK

Launched as a pop-up at Pop Brixton, Kricket has returned to its original home with a new permanent space on Atlantic Road, following the success of the modern Indian restaurant group’s first permanent site in Soho. Although Kricket doesn’t focus on fried chicken, the restaurant’s Keralan Fried Chicken has been (understandably) fawned over by countless restaurant critics and bloggers. Adapted from a tandoori chicken recipe, Kricket’s Keralan Fried Chicken is marinated in buttermilk, yoghurt and Kashmiri red chilli powder before being battered, expertly fried and paired with fragrant curry leaf oil and sharp pickled mooli. Available through Deliveroo.

Keralan fried chicken at Kricket restaurant in Brixton

6. Eden's Cottage

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264 Seven Sisters Rd
London N4 2HY, UK
020 7263 9512

When Elijah Quashie’s YouTube series ‘The Pengest Munch’ went viral in 2016, Eden Cottage regulars were furious. Since the glowing review began to cause a stir, business has been booming at the Finsbury Park chicken shop, with prices having marginally increased. A ‘strip burger’, three spicy wings and regular fries now costs £2.49, rather than £1.99. Nonetheless, the strip burger remains a must try. Fries are disappointing but the chicken wings are succulent, crispy and aggressively seasoned: arguably some of London’s best.

7. La Barra

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147, Eagle Yard Arch, Walworth
London SE1 6SP, UK

On the surface, it’s a Colombian cafe, but to those in the know, it’s one of London’s best fried chicken joints. Maria Luisa Riascos-Solis’ Colombian and Venezuelan dishes, including excellent beef empanadas, disguise the real speciality, which is pica pollo — a Dominican obsession, KFC amped-up and given the full Latin American treatment. For £15, get five big fried pieces of brined, spiced thigh, drumstick and wing, along with pork belly and bofes (lung jerky). (The downstairs part of the arch La Barra is housed in normally closes around 8 p.m.) Takeaway.

Maria Luisa Riascos-Solis’ fried chicken at La Barra in Elephant and Castle is some of the city’s best
The fried chicken at La Barra in Elephant and Castle is some of the city’s best
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8. BAO Borough

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13 Stoney St
London SE1 9AD, UK

Regardless of its legions of loyal fans, BAO is not a fried chicken institution. In fact, the classic bao filled with slow-braised pork belly and peanut powder is, perhaps, the kitchen’s most cherished offering. The Taiwanese fried chicken bao, however, is revelatory. Thigh meat is used instead of less exciting breast, shrouded with thin batter and stacked into a steamed milk bun, quickly finished on the grill. It’s still almost impossible to get a seat, but the fried chicken bao (and the pig blood cake) is worth queuing for. Available from the hatch in Borough, during lockdown.

9. Butchies Shoreditch

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22 Rivington St
London EC2A 3DY, UK

Initially a street food stall on Broadway Market, Butchies’ first bricks and mortar site opened in Shoreditch last year. Buttermilk-fried chicken is the main draw here, using high-welfare, free-range chickens from Somerset. On the menu, burgers are prioritised; served like skyscrapers. ‘The Original’ has a chicken fillet at its core, cloaked with well-seasoned, gently spiced and inordinately crispy batter, served in a brioche bun with garlic and herb mayonnaise, shredded lettuce and house pickles. Butchies’ award-winning winglets are also worth tasting, deep-fried then slathered with kimchi, honey and butter. Available for takeaway and via delivery.

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10. Chick 'n' Sours

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390 Kingsland Rd
London E8 4AA, UK

Unsurprisingly focussing on fried chicken and sour cocktails, Chick ‘n’ Sours’ original Haggerston restaurant has just reopened, following a two-month hiatus and interior makeover. As well as procuring a new basement bar, the restaurant has a new menu format and plenty of new dishes. The ‘Ssam Style Half Fry’, for instance, features half a chicken that’s pressure cooked on the bone and served with lettuce cups, pickles, kimchi and ssamjang barbecue sauce. Moreover, the restaurant’s famed sandwiches are still available alongside whole fried chickens served on Sundays. Available for takeaway and delivery.

Fried chicken burger at Chick ‘n’ Sours restaurant in Dalston, London

11. Chick King

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755 High Rd
London N17 8AH, UK
020 8885 4795

Across the road from White Hart Lane, Chick King has been operating since 1981. A family-run business launched by twin brothers, this Tottenham chicken shop offers tremendous value, offering a simple menu mainly comprised of chicken portions, burgers and standard side dishes. Chips are thick cut, hot wings are deftly fried and coated in breadcrumbs, which add pleasing textural depth, and the chicken fillet burger is huge, costing just £2.30. Takeaway.

Chick King fried chicken restaurant in Tottenham, London Zomato

12. Rooster's Hut

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177 Rye Ln
London SE15 4TP, UK
020 7635 9660

One of many chicken shops on Rye Lane, Roosters Hut is a restorative institution for late night snacking — open until 3am on Friday and Saturday. While the chicken isn’t necessarily the best in the area, Rooster Hut’s happy-go-lucky attitude and understated charm is appealing; as are the menu prices. Order the two-piece combo, featuring two chicken portions, two spicy wings, two barbecue wings and fries, all washed down with a can of strawberry Mirinda. Takeaway, and delivery on Deliveroo, Uber Eats, and Just Eat.

Roosters Hut fried chicken shop in Peckham, London

1. Chick and Beers

24 Coombe Rd, New Malden KT3 4QE, UK
Korean fried chicken at Chick and Beers in New Malden
Korean fried chicken at Chick and Beers in New Malden
Chick and Beers/Facebook

Korean restaurant, Chick and Beers is barely two years old, but already has a second outlet and boasts some of the best fried chicken in the city, with attention to detail lavished on each piece, particularly on one of the most overlooked parts of frying chicken: the butchery. Breasts are cleaved in half with the rib bones connected to underpin them, helping to maintain moisture throughout the fry. Intelligently portioned thighs and legs accompany, producing a whole portioned bird that Jacques Pépin would be happy with. Specify preferred heat level: The standard spicy is more of a sweet hot, and a few notches below the average sweet chilli, but the staff promise to blow the head off anyone willing. Open only at dinner from 5 p.m., for takeaway and via delivery.

24 Coombe Rd
New Malden KT3 4QE, UK

2. The Best Broasted

18-f, High Rd, Willesden Green, London NW10 2QD, UK
A broasted chicken under a pile of potatoes at Best Broasted The Best Broasted [Official Photo]

On a site in Willesden Green which has always seemed to be a Syrian restaurant, the normality of The Best Broasted’s menu is only punctured by the appearance of broasted chicken ─ a deep-fried and pressure-cooked one-two combo knock-out that can cook a whole chicken in 15-20 minutes, escaping its Wisconsin origins to take off across the Middle East. The result is chicken juicer than its jagged exterior gives it any right to be, but that’s actually not what to come for. The best thing is the potatoes that come with it, huge coins that at some points are cooked to the appearance of a fresh Pringle and at others puff up like pommes soufflés, with a font of outrageously garlicky toum to baptise them. Takeaway and delivery available.

18-f, High Rd, Willesden Green
London NW10 2QD, UK

3. Good Friend Chicken

14 Little Newport St, London WC2H 7JJ, UK

From outside, Good Friend looks like a typical outer London chicken shop. Taiwanese fried chicken is the specialty here, however, like that found in the night markets of Taiwan. Various cuts are available, each marinated, coated in three different flours then deep-fried twice. The chicken breast isn’t particularly cheap, but it’s surprisingly vast, thinly sliced to provide a larger surface area for the impossibly crisp batter to shield. A selection of at least ten flavoured seasonings (cumin, curry, ‘mouth numbing’ spice) also line the counter. The slightly sweet plum powder is a must-try. Takeaway and delivery.

14 Little Newport St
London WC2H 7JJ, UK

4. Morley’s Fried Chicken

109 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2 1AA, UK

A south London institution, Morley’s was launched in 1985. The company has since grown exponentially, with more than 30 franchises, mostly south of the river. A quintessential London chicken shop with its red neon signage, vividly lit interior and late opening hours, Morley’s numerous outposts champion competitively cheap fried chicken and sticky barbecue ribs. Morley’s fried chicken is liberally spiced with a secret blend of spices, far superior to big-named high street rivals. You’ll also struggle to spend more than £5 per head. Takeaway.

109 Brixton Hill, Brixton
London SW2 1AA, UK

5. Kricket Brixton

41-43 Atlantic Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8JL, UK
Keralan fried chicken at Kricket restaurant in Brixton

Launched as a pop-up at Pop Brixton, Kricket has returned to its original home with a new permanent space on Atlantic Road, following the success of the modern Indian restaurant group’s first permanent site in Soho. Although Kricket doesn’t focus on fried chicken, the restaurant’s Keralan Fried Chicken has been (understandably) fawned over by countless restaurant critics and bloggers. Adapted from a tandoori chicken recipe, Kricket’s Keralan Fried Chicken is marinated in buttermilk, yoghurt and Kashmiri red chilli powder before being battered, expertly fried and paired with fragrant curry leaf oil and sharp pickled mooli. Available through Deliveroo.

41-43 Atlantic Rd, Brixton
London SW9 8JL, UK

6. Eden's Cottage

264 Seven Sisters Rd, London N4 2HY, UK

When Elijah Quashie’s YouTube series ‘The Pengest Munch’ went viral in 2016, Eden Cottage regulars were furious. Since the glowing review began to cause a stir, business has been booming at the Finsbury Park chicken shop, with prices having marginally increased. A ‘strip burger’, three spicy wings and regular fries now costs £2.49, rather than £1.99. Nonetheless, the strip burger remains a must try. Fries are disappointing but the chicken wings are succulent, crispy and aggressively seasoned: arguably some of London’s best.

264 Seven Sisters Rd
London N4 2HY, UK

7. La Barra

147, Eagle Yard Arch, Walworth, London SE1 6SP, UK
Maria Luisa Riascos-Solis’ fried chicken at La Barra in Elephant and Castle is some of the city’s best
The fried chicken at La Barra in Elephant and Castle is some of the city’s best
Cole Wilson

On the surface, it’s a Colombian cafe, but to those in the know, it’s one of London’s best fried chicken joints. Maria Luisa Riascos-Solis’ Colombian and Venezuelan dishes, including excellent beef empanadas, disguise the real speciality, which is pica pollo — a Dominican obsession, KFC amped-up and given the full Latin American treatment. For £15, get five big fried pieces of brined, spiced thigh, drumstick and wing, along with pork belly and bofes (lung jerky). (The downstairs part of the arch La Barra is housed in normally closes around 8 p.m.) Takeaway.

147, Eagle Yard Arch, Walworth
London SE1 6SP, UK

8. BAO Borough

13 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD, UK

Regardless of its legions of loyal fans, BAO is not a fried chicken institution. In fact, the classic bao filled with slow-braised pork belly and peanut powder is, perhaps, the kitchen’s most cherished offering. The Taiwanese fried chicken bao, however, is revelatory. Thigh meat is used instead of less exciting breast, shrouded with thin batter and stacked into a steamed milk bun, quickly finished on the grill. It’s still almost impossible to get a seat, but the fried chicken bao (and the pig blood cake) is worth queuing for. Available from the hatch in Borough, during lockdown.

13 Stoney St
London SE1 9AD, UK

9. Butchies Shoreditch

22 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DY, UK
Butchies Instagram

Initially a street food stall on Broadway Market, Butchies’ first bricks and mortar site opened in Shoreditch last year. Buttermilk-fried chicken is the main draw here, using high-welfare, free-range chickens from Somerset. On the menu, burgers are prioritised; served like skyscrapers. ‘The Original’ has a chicken fillet at its core, cloaked with well-seasoned, gently spiced and inordinately crispy batter, served in a brioche bun with garlic and herb mayonnaise, shredded lettuce and house pickles. Butchies’ award-winning winglets are also worth tasting, deep-fried then slathered with kimchi, honey and butter. Available for takeaway and via delivery.

22 Rivington St
London EC2A 3DY, UK

10. Chick 'n' Sours

390 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA, UK
Fried chicken burger at Chick ‘n’ Sours restaurant in Dalston, London

Unsurprisingly focussing on fried chicken and sour cocktails, Chick ‘n’ Sours’ original Haggerston restaurant has just reopened, following a two-month hiatus and interior makeover. As well as procuring a new basement bar, the restaurant has a new menu format and plenty of new dishes. The ‘Ssam Style Half Fry’, for instance, features half a chicken that’s pressure cooked on the bone and served with lettuce cups, pickles, kimchi and ssamjang barbecue sauce. Moreover, the restaurant’s famed sandwiches are still available alongside whole fried chickens served on Sundays. Available for takeaway and delivery.

390 Kingsland Rd
London E8 4AA, UK

11. Chick King

755 High Rd, London N17 8AH, UK
Chick King fried chicken restaurant in Tottenham, London Zomato

Across the road from White Hart Lane, Chick King has been operating since 1981. A family-run business launched by twin brothers, this Tottenham chicken shop offers tremendous value, offering a simple menu mainly comprised of chicken portions, burgers and standard side dishes. Chips are thick cut, hot wings are deftly fried and coated in breadcrumbs, which add pleasing textural depth, and the chicken fillet burger is huge, costing just £2.30. Takeaway.

755 High Rd
London N17 8AH, UK

12. Rooster's Hut

177 Rye Ln, London SE15 4TP, UK
Roosters Hut fried chicken shop in Peckham, London

One of many chicken shops on Rye Lane, Roosters Hut is a restorative institution for late night snacking — open until 3am on Friday and Saturday. While the chicken isn’t necessarily the best in the area, Rooster Hut’s happy-go-lucky attitude and understated charm is appealing; as are the menu prices. Order the two-piece combo, featuring two chicken portions, two spicy wings, two barbecue wings and fries, all washed down with a can of strawberry Mirinda. Takeaway, and delivery on Deliveroo, Uber Eats, and Just Eat.

177 Rye Ln
London SE15 4TP, UK

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