Few things in life are more satisfying than tucking into the crunchiest fried chicken and feeling it tenderly flake off into your mouth. Well. That’s what we reckon, anyway.
Whether you like to drizzle your chicken in tangy ranch dressing or lightly sprinkle on some salt and pepper, there are plenty of places to feed your chook obsession in the Harbour City.
Read on to find out about the 15 best fried chicken and wings in Sydney.
Location: 2 Chapel St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
This restaurant is relatively new on the Aussie chicken scene and yet, it has already established itself as a local favourite due to its simple, yet engaging, approach to food.
You should definitely dig into their Cajun Dry-Rub Chicken that is extra crispy due to being fried twice. As an added bonus, it also comes with the most phenomenal garlic and parmesan dip.
If you are seeking a more classic option, then their Buffalo Wings and to die for. The same goes for the seemingly, simple yet undoubtedly delicious, salt and pepper wings.
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Location: 5/33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 7253 1919 See Website For Further Locations
This fried chicken spot is influenced by the authentic flavours of Nashville, Tennessee. If you’re looking for a more than satisfying crunch, juicy meat that falls tenderly off of the bone and tongue tantalising spices, then this is the right eatery for you.
You can choose the right level of heat for you, ranging from mild to tear-inducing. And if you are particularly hungry (or with friends) then be sure to try their Baller Bucket that boasts 16 wings, 4 sides and a range of delicious sauces.
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Location: Essex St & Gloucester St, The Rocks, NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9251 6030
This pub has a traditional atmosphere yet boasts some of the best fried chicken and wings in Sydney. They also boast a wide range of local beers making this a renowned local favourite for a hearty meal and a catch up with mates.
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Location: 6 Hunt St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: 0402 212 246
This amalgamation of fried chicken, champagne and a hybrid sneaker store is definitely one of the coolest spots in the whole of Australia. The genius pairing of deliciously crunchy fried chicken and a glass of champers makes this place a standout venue.
Their footware is pretty phenomenal too.
Location: 88 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9251 4488 See Website For Further Locations
With outlets across Australia, this restaurant is famous for a good reason and they don’t just make stunning burgers and ribs. Their chicken, and in particular, their wings are some of the finest that you’ll try.
They only top quality ingredients so you are guaranteed to be chowing down on fresh, tasty chook.
In fact, they use 100% free range chicken and you can select from an array of sauces including smoky, chilli, barbecue or even some ranch.
What could be better?
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Location: 271 Bondi Rd, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026 Ph: (02) 9130 2423
If you are a fan of traditional Canadian bars and are seeking a relaxed ambience alongside the finest chicken, then stuffed beaver is definitely the joint for you.
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Their wings are all perfectly seasoned, however, we can’t go past their Bang Bang Wings. These beauties are dry rubbed and served with a kickin’ hot sauce. Be sure to drench your chicken in copious amounts of ranch dressing and then flush it all through with one of their phenomenal cocktails.
Location: 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9064 5808
The Southern Fried Chicken at The Soda Factory is not to be missed! This bar is also quirkily located behind an actual soda machine inside of Bobby’s Boss Dogs.
All you need to do is pull on the handle of the coke machine and you’ll be able to enter the soda factory where you’ll discover an array of comfortable booths to nestle into whilst you tuck into their Southern Fried delicacies.
You should also try their wonderful Buffalo Wings. And if you are seeking a non-fried alternative, these come with a stunning homemade ranch sauce.
Their Fat Bubba’s Chicken Poppers are also perfect for children or those seeking a boneless option. This is a fun spot with some of the best fried chicken and wings in Sydney.
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Location: 125 Bondi Rd, Bondi, NSW 2026 Ph: (02) 9389 3446 See Website For Further Locations
The is one of the finest chicken joints in the NSW capital and offers every type of chicken that you could possibly wish for. Their Char Crispy Batter Wings are cooked to perfection, if you are looking for that crucial crunch.
The Teriyaki or Sweet Chilli Marinated Wings are also a hearty alternative for those who are trying to avoid fried food.
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Location: 305 Cleveland St, Redfern, NSW 2016 Ph: (02) 9072 7912
The generous Fried Chicken Burger with bacon and chipotle aioli takes the title of being the best fried chicken burger in the whole of Sydney and is guaranteed to leave full and contented.
If you are looking for a cold beer and an abundant basket of wings, you should also try their Buffalo Wings that come with a blue cheese and ranch dressing.
Editor’s Note: We’ve learnt that The Norfolk Hotel is currently closed. We will let you know when we learn more.
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Location: 80 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Ph: 0415 980 019 See Website For Further Details
There’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself addicted to the mouth-watering food at Burgers Anonymous. If you are looking for wings, this is the one of the top spot to visit.
Their Garlic Soy Wings are a moreish treat, as are the Maple Mayhem Wings. And if neither of these appeal, there are plenty of other options on their extensive menu.
Make sure you ask for extra napkins because devouring this chicken can get messy.
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Location: 495 Cleveland St, Redfern, NSW 2016 Ph: (02) 8080 7012
This local pub prides itself on it’s friendly service and great food, making it the perfect venue for gatherings of friends and family alike. Their ranch sauce is delicious and you can choose from a range of Mild to Hot Wings.
On a Monday, you can also take full advantage of their special offer that includes a 1kg Bucket of Wings for only $10. It’s a bargain worht making the trip over to Cleveland Street for.
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Location: Shop 3, 2-14 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point, NSW 2011 Ph: (02) 8937 472
We can’t talk about the best friend chicken and wings in Sydney and not mention Thirsty Bird. Here, the fried chicken is prepared following an extensive four step process and is therefore some of the best (if not the best) fried chicken in the entire country.
It is marinated and brined with a mixed blend of garlic, herbs, spices. Then it’s air dried for 24 hours to ensure its utmost crispiness. It is then seasoned in a secret flour mix and buttermilk before being fried to absolute perfection.
If you are seeking a non-fried alternative then definitely wrap your jaws around their drool-worthy Buffalo Wings.
Editor’s Update: Apparently the Thirsty Bird has closed. We will let you know when we hear more.
Location: 97 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest, NSW 2065 Ph: 0412 438 140
If late night fried chicken is your thing then this is the spot for you. Their wings are a speciality and their craft beer is also phenomenal.
This could easily become your favourite late night spot and you should be sure to try their gorgeous Southern Fried Chicken Fries to soak up any booze.
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They also offer $1 wings on a Thursday night. Honestly, you’d be foolish to miss out. It’s definitely one of our top spots for the best fried chicken and wings in Sydney.
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Old Jim Kee
Location: 18-20 Kensington St, Chippendale, NSW 2008 Ph: (02) 9281 0822
This restaurant is run by the renowned chef, Jim Yong, and the food is undoubtedly reflective of his masterful expertise. Swing by this venue to try their gorgeous Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings that are guaranteed to win over even the most ardent crispy-chicken lovers.
There are also plenty more delicious, crunchy options on the menu and so everyone is guaranteed to leave feeling more than satisfied.
Editor’s Note: We have heard that Old Jim Kee has closed. We will let you know when we learn more. In the meantime, here’s another fried chicken option for you to consider:
Location: 178 Clarence St, Sydney, NSW 2000 See Website For Further Locations
To say that Korean fried chicken is having a moment is an understatement. And right at the front of this spicy invasion is Gami Chicken and Beer.
From humble beginnings in Carnegie, Melbourne (sorry Sydney-siders!), Gami Chicken has steadily gained a following. Now the Korean fried chicken joint has outlets in Sydney, Canberra and Perth, as well as Victoria.
Go to dishes include the Gami Chicken Spare Ribs and Gami Wings with dipping sauces. And we love that boneless chicken is also an option on their menu.
Yep. Gami Chicken Beer is here to stay.
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Location: 24 York St, Sydney, NSW 2000
Closing out our look at the best fried chicken and wings in Sydney, we have a great place to get together with a group of hungry mates.
If beer and chicken is what you’re craving, then look no further than The Bavarian Beerhouse. This spot boasts a wide range of beautifully cold beers and perfectly seasoned chicken to ensure that your you head home fed and watered.