Fried food. Much a time has this glorious combo cured a hangover, induced a food coma and brought sheer happiness to any human passionate about crispy, fatty goodness.
No shock, Sydney is spoilt for choice on the fried chicken side of this delicious equation. Meaning, there’s a plethora of joints that can rock the hell out of a deep fryer so you’re going to have to brace your tastebuds for an endless road of tender juicy drumette grease pouring down your hands.
Here are 10 of the best places to score juicy fried chicken in Sydney.
Surry Hills and Parramatta
The food slash sneaker establishment known as Butter has made waves in Sydney with its fried chicken sandwiches and specials. Here, it’s all about the OG chicken sandwich with pickles and dashi butter but if you’ve got room, the “Size 13s Box” is packed with 13 pieces of fried chicken tenders and thighs, pickles, three sauces and three heats.
Belle’s Hot Chicken
Barangaroo, Haymarket and Tramsheds
Belle's Tramshed's location is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Barangaroo and Haymarket are open.
Forget grilled chicken, Belle’s Hot Chicken will turn you into a fried chicken devotee. The vibe here is soaked in fried chicken and natural wines, an iconic duo if we ever did spot one. Hit the crunchy drums, tenders or wings with Belle’s famous hot sauce and order up a side of mac and cheese. You know, for good measure. Also, shout out to Belle's founder Morgan McGlone for that limited-edition Cheetos Flamin Hot menu.
Potts Point and Newtown
You’ll definitely be feeling like a Thirsty Bird once you lock eyes with these bad boys. Their fried chicken burger menu is jam-packed with classics and some absolute masterpieces. The “Thirsty Sanchez” is a game-changing stack of southern fried chicken, jalapeno salsa and chipotle mayo.
Newtown, Circular Quay, Chippendale and CBD
Known for their grungy style and greasy meals, Mary's doesn’t shy away from the spotlight when it comes to fried birds. Choose from half a bird to a whole and pair that with their creamy mash and gravy for the full food coma experience. We also recommend hitting Mary's brand new rooftop burger bar.
The Horse is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Check here for updates.
These folks have one of the best fried chicken burgers you’ll find around town. Called the "Big Bird", expect a juicy double buttermilk fried chicken breast, double American cheese, lettuce, onion, secret burger sauce and that extra middle bun.
Crowned as one of Sydney’s best burger joints, Bar Luca does not disappoint when it comes to their fried chicken hitter. The “Flame Chicanada”, a chicken version of their renowned "Blame Canada", will have you knocking on heaven’s door. It’s a glorious mix of southern-style fried chicken, American cheese, maple glazed bacon, chilli maple aioli, jalapenos and habanero poutine on a chilli milk bun.
CBD, Haymarket and North Ryde
For more varieties of fried chicken than you can imagine, you need to hit Sparrow’s Mill. The signature fried chicken here has stood the test of time but if you’re looking for fried goods with a twist, then go for the snow cheese chicken. Topped with finely grated cheese, onion and parsley sprinkle, this stack of drumsticks is worth every damn bite.
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken is an institution on Liverpool Street (where it originally started) and the king of big fried cuts of the good stuff. We’re talking fried chicken the size of your head. Pop in line (it’s usually long but very worth it) and order up the large fried crispy chicken breast for an intensely satisfying crunch.
Ayam Goreng 99
Locals have been hitting this place up for the last two decades so you know these guys are doing something right. Ayam Goreng 99 is a no-frills takeaway joint with feeds worthy of the foodie-gods. Go for the deep-fried marinated chicken or the marinated Japanese fried chicken with a hint of sweetness. Every single breast or thigh is cooked in all their spices and herbs for up to six hours, so that juicy, tender dish is out of this world.
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Image Credit: Butter, Butter, Rocket Weijers, Thirsty Bird, Juicy Lucy, Hot Star