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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

Chick King fried chicken restaurant in Tottenham, London Zomato

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

4. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

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6 Westfield Ave
London E20 1EH, UK

A massive U.S. chain turned the hypometer up to 100 when it opened in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre in the autumn of 2021. The reason the fast food outlet still continues to draw such queues daily might well be to do with its brilliantly tender, judiciously seasoned, crisp fried, peppery fried chicken which, while so common in London in 2022, still somehow tastes like the most American fried chicken in the city. For better or worse.

5. 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.

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

6. Koya Ko Hackney

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10 Broadway Market Mews
London E8 4TS, UK

A side dish always worth ordering: Kara-age fried chicken here sees all parts of the chopped bird marinated in soy sauce and ginger brine first, then double fried with potato starch, which lends the crunch real thickness and structure. It is accompanied by a vinegary soy-based sauce, referred to by the kitchen as “Negi sauce (Negi=onion) with lots of chopped nira chives (kow choi), minced leek, and ginger.

7. 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.

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8. 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.

9. 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. 

10. 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.)

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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11. 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.

Roosters Hut fried chicken shop in Peckham, London

12. 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.

13. 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.

Korean fried chicken at Chick and Beers in New Malden
Korean fried chicken at Chick and Beers in New Malden
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1. 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.

755 High Rd
London N17 8AH, UK

2. 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

3. 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.

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

4. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

6 Westfield Ave, London E20 1EH, UK

A massive U.S. chain turned the hypometer up to 100 when it opened in Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre in the autumn of 2021. The reason the fast food outlet still continues to draw such queues daily might well be to do with its brilliantly tender, judiciously seasoned, crisp fried, peppery fried chicken which, while so common in London in 2022, still somehow tastes like the most American fried chicken in the city. For better or worse.

6 Westfield Ave
London E20 1EH, UK

5. 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.

390 Kingsland Rd
London E8 4AA, UK

6. Koya Ko Hackney

10 Broadway Market Mews, London E8 4TS, UK

A side dish always worth ordering: Kara-age fried chicken here sees all parts of the chopped bird marinated in soy sauce and ginger brine first, then double fried with potato starch, which lends the crunch real thickness and structure. It is accompanied by a vinegary soy-based sauce, referred to by the kitchen as “Negi sauce (Negi=onion) with lots of chopped nira chives (kow choi), minced leek, and ginger.

10 Broadway Market Mews
London E8 4TS, UK

7. 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.

22 Rivington St
London EC2A 3DY, UK

8. 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.

14 Little Newport St
London WC2H 7JJ, UK

9. 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. 

13 Stoney St
London SE1 9AD, UK

10. 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.)

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

11. 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.

177 Rye Ln
London SE15 4TP, UK

12. 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.

109 Brixton Hill, Brixton
London SW2 1AA, UK

13. 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.

24 Coombe Rd
New Malden KT3 4QE, UK

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