Food & Drink

The Best Fried Chicken Joints in London

Published On 09/29/2015 Published On 09/29/2015
BIRD
Joe's Souther Kitchen NW5
Whyte & Brown
Clutch Chicken
Mother Clucker
Jubo London
Tramshed
The Lockhart London
The Clove Club
Chick'n'Sours
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1. BIRD 42-44 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8DA (Hackney)

This spacious Dalston resto nails it when it comes to free-range fried chicken (they claim it'll be the best you've ever tasted), which you can get in dark or white meat, and with sides like hand-cut potato crisps and pickled veggies.

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2. Joe's Southern Kitchen 34 King Street, London, W4 2ND

The offerings here present the deep South at its finest, and they’ve rolled out all of the American chicken classics; buns, grilled, fried - you name it, there’s a chicken done exactly how you want it. Recommended is the classic Southern Fried, tea-brined for 24 hours before being loaded up with spices and fried to perfection.

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3. Whyte & Brown Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW (Soho)

A free-range chicken purveyor that also serves seafood, hefty amounts of libations, and a killer Affogato.

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4. Clutch 4 Ravenscroft St, London, E2 7SH

These guys take a very playful approach to a very serious selection of chicken: Love Me Tenders (breast fillets), Put A Wing On It (wings), and Happy Hens (whole birds and then some) are loaded with imaginative flavours like curry leaf sesame, sweet soy garlic, and lemon & parmesan.

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5. MotherClucker 1 - 15 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR

These guys don’t believe in doing things by halves, apparently -- and they prove it by tea brining, milk soaking, and then twice-frying their chicken. Serving from a converted ambulance, they’ve also taken over the reigns for the kitchen at the Cat & Mutton in London Fields. Double trouble.

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6. Jubo 68 Rivington St, London, ec2a 3ay (Shoreditch)

Jubo serves up "Korean drinking food" in Shoreditch's Bedroom Bar.

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7. Tramshed 32 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3LX (Shoreditch)

After you enter the Tramshed through its massive doors, a large sunlight-filled warehouse space opens up before you, but your focus will quickly change once you take a bite into one of their steaks, chickens, or other meat-o-tastic options.

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8. The Lockhart 22-24 Seymour Pl, London, W1H 7NJ

You won't be questioning culinary legitimacy here. Mississippi born and bred chef, Brad McDonald, is the brains and pallet behind this spot so you best believe it’s going to be authentic. Letting the food speak for itself, this place is refreshingly gimmick-free, with your fried bird served simply with collard greens and coleslaw.

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9. The Clove Club Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London, EC1V 9LT

There’s a reason we frequently say how great the fried chicken at Clove Club is. We're serious. Sure, their booking system is a bit difficult to navigate, but deal with it, and thank us after.

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10. Chick 'n' Sours 390 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AA

From Carl Clarke, king of inventive London pop-ups, comes this permanent, rustic-chic Seven Dials space that specializes in carefully sourced fried chicken (from free-range, herb-fed birds), sour cocktails (pineapple & black pepper margaritas), local craft beer, and soft-serve ice cream. It's a winning lineup, to say the least. The traditional boneless, white-meat chicken tenders take comfort food to a new level via their delicate Asian flair: seaweed crack, Xian Xian spice, coriander, and sesame. On the side, order some crispy, sticky Szechuan aubergine accompanied by green slaw with ginger miso mayo.

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