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The Ultimate List: 9 Greatest Fried Chicken Hits For National Fried Chicken Day

Who makes the best fried chicken in town? It’s a tough question with an even tougher answer. Any fried chicken you choose, no matter how good it is, will inevitably be countered by those who claim that their fave is far superior.

We took the plunge anyway and came up with nine great spots for American-style fried chicken, usually paired with rice, mash, French fries, biscuits, or waffles. Whether fancy or fast food, they happen to offer that magical balance of greasy, crispy, and tender that simply cannot be resisted.

While you may wonder why your favorite isn’t on the list, remember that there are no absolute winners. No fried chicken wars here! After all, even when fried chicken is too dry, or too greasy, or not crispy enough, admit it, you’ll still eat it all up, lick your fingers, and leave with a smile on your face. Fried chicken never fails.

 

Bad Bird

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This mean place is known for its big, bold chicken fried until golden brown, with umami-rich flavors from crispy skin to bone. You can pair it with all sorts of interesting side dishes, but we’re partial to the Sweet Potato Waffle with miso butter and maple syrup, or else the Dirty Rice + Pickles Plate. You can choose your level of spiciness: Safe, Spicy, and if you’re feeling a bit hardcore, Chemical.

Bad Bird's Fried Chicken

 

Big Mama

Azotea De Bel-Air Condominium, Polaris Street, Makati City, (02) 504-2833

It may seem odd but this Korean restaurant has a mean American-style fried chicken on its menu. While it does serve Korean soy glazed fried chicken, the plain and simple original version still delivers in terms of taste and texture. Available in leg quarter (1 or 2 pieces), it’s served as a set meal with rice, veggies and gravy, best enjoyed at the restaurant rather than as takeout.


Big Mama Fried Chicken (Photo by Cyrene de la Rosa)

 

Bucky’s

5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City, (0916) 754-5140

The bestselling fried chicken at this neighborhood Poblacion joint never disappoints. A generous serving of double fried boneless chicken thighs, liberally battered yet still juicy, sits atop a bed of roasted garlic mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage, served with its own homemade country gravy on the side. And if you want to try the fried chicken a different way, you can also enjoy it as a fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayo and fries.

Bucky’s Fried Chicken (Photo from @xengzulueta2)

 

Jollibee

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Our childhood favorite Chickenjoy has been making people happy since the 1980s. The country’s largest fast food chain lives up to its chicken being crispy and juicy, with a crunchy skin that you can easily peel off. The spicy chicken variant has an added peppery layer that imparts a sweet and spiced flavor in every mouthful. You can never go wrong with Chickenjoy.

Jollibee Chicken Joy (Photo by @jollibee)

 

Kettle

Eastwood Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, SM Aura, Facebook @Kettle

Kettle’s Southern-style Buttermilk Fried Chicken is truly a gem on their menu. Boneless chicken thigh is soaked in buttermilk, breaded, then deep-fried to golden perfection. It’s served with honey-glazed corn bread, country gravy, and Cajun honey. For a savory chicken, dip it in the gravy, or drizzle with honey for a sweeter dimension, or for something a bit different, mix both sauces together.

Kettle’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Photo by @migswdl)

 

KFC

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When talking about American-style fried chicken, how can we leave out of the list the finger lickin’ good fried chicken from KFC? The secret is in the 11 herbs and spices that give the chicken that signature KFC flavor. Whether it’s the Original or Hot and Crispy, the fried chicken is sure to be tender, moist, and very meaty in every bite.

KFC Original or Hot and Crispy (Photo from @kfcphilippines)

 

Mimi & Bros.

Crossroads, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Facebook @mimi&bros

Developed by chef-partner Edward Bugia, Mimi’s Fried Chicken is brined before being deep fried, the better for the flavor to seep into the meat (and not just remain on the skin), while still maintaining serious crispiness outside. The fried chicken comes in quarter, half and whole sizes, paired with rice and one’s choice of sides. You can also enjoy it in sandwich form with a chicken chop as big as one’s hand, or on a Caesar Salad.

Mimi’s Fried Chicken

 

Pancake House

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There’s just something about this sentimental childhood favorite, Pan Fried Chicken. Perhaps it’s the subtle citrusy taste that marries well with the thick, creamy gravy that’s been said to have a bit of Knorr liquid seasoning for that Pinoy umami touch. This fried chicken can be paired with spaghetti and tacos, a whole plate of waffles, or plain white rice.

Pancake House Pan Fried Chicken (Photo by @pancakehouseph)

 

Wildflour Café + Bakery

Rockwell Center, Salcedo Village Makati, Legaspi Village Makati, Greenhills, Podium Ortigas, BGC, www.wildflour.com.ph

While Wildflour may be well known for its breads and pastries, the Fried Chicken and Biscuits has become a big favorite. Nicely seasoned and deep-fried in a light batter, the chicken is served with sausage gravy and a pair of fluffy biscuits, just like in the South. The breakfast version is Fried Chicken and Waffles, served with scrambled eggs, country gravy, and Parmesan cheese. The 20-minute wait to fry up the chicken is worth the wait!

Wildflour Fried Chicken and Biscuits