clock menu more-arrow no yes
A fried chicken sandwich on a plate next to mac and cheese and salad.
DryHop Brewers’ buttermilk fried chicken sandwich is a thing of beauty.
Galdones Photography

20 Killer Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Chicago

When finger-lickin’ goodness meets portability

View as Map
DryHop Brewers’ buttermilk fried chicken sandwich is a thing of beauty.
| Galdones Photography

Fried chicken is a gift from the higher powers that makes mouths water. Put it on a bun with toppings like pickles, coleslaw, and cheese, though, and it becomes irresistible. And perhaps most importantly, it can be easily eaten on-the-go without making a mess. The following list highlights the best chicken sandwiches currently available in Chicago. The latest additions include the Long Room’s Biscuit Man, Logan Square favorite Reno, and popular brewpub DryHop Brewers. For classic fried chicken, check out Eater Chicago’s 20 essential spots.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Big Jones

Copy Link
5347 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5725
Visit Website

Paul Fehribach’s temple of southern cooking is an essential Chicago restaurant for good reason. Its fried chicken is among the best in town, based off Edna Lewis’s classic recipe that calls for the chicken to be brined and then fried in leaf lard, ham drippings, and clarified butter. It’s offered on an egg bun along with mayonnaise, lettuce, and chow-chow.

2. Mother Cluckers Kitchen

Copy Link
5200 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 685-4630
Visit Website

Southern fare gets the mother cluckin’ love it deserves in Sauganash. Po’ boys, ribs, and broasted chicken — which is cooked in a pressure fryer — are some of the specialties offered at Mother Cluckers. For the chicken sandwich, the kitchen packs a roll with breaded breast filet, lettuce, tomato, onions, and sauce. There’s a second location in Palatine.

3. The Biscuit Man

Copy Link
1612 Irving Park Rd #3
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 665-8210
Visit Website

Housed inside one of the city’s best beer bars, the Long Room, this counter-service spot focuses on biscuit sandwiches. The fluffy biscuits are a paragon of the form and filled with fried chicken breast and dill pickles. Make it even better by adding a sauce and toppings such as eggs, bacon, and pork sausage.

A fried chicken biscuit sandwich.
Biscuit sandwiches don’t get much better than the ones at this Lakeview kitchen.
Jeffy Mai/Eater Chicago

4. The Roost Carolina Kitchen

Copy Link
1467 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 261-5564
Visit Website

A deep, lingering burn can be an immensely pleasurable feeling and that’s just what the Roost delivers at its multiple locations. The Nashville hot chicken is one of the spiciest versions in Chicago, and available on a brioche roll or a fluffy biscuit. Guests can build their sandwich with various toppings or go with pre-customized combos like the “Sunrise” (over easy egg, bacon, cheddar).

Three fried chicken sandwiches on a table.
The Roost doesn’t play around when it comes to spice.
The Roost [Official Photo]

5. DryHop Brewers

Copy Link
3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3155
Visit Website

Beer and fried chicken are a perfect pairing and this Lakeview brewpub excels at both. A buttermilk-brined breast is blanketed with white cheddar pimento cheese, sweet pickles, and slaw. Diners can dial it up by having the chicken coated in Nashville-style hot sauce.

A fried chicken sandwich on a plate next to mac and cheese and salad.
DryHop Brewers offers its chicken sandwich two ways.
Galdones Photography/DryHop Brewers

6. Crisp

Copy Link
2940 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 697-7610
Visit Website

This Lakeview hotspot helped popularize Korean fried chicken. The chicken is lightly battered, fried to crisp perfection, and drenched in sauces like “Seoul Sassy” (ginger, soy, garlic, and other spices). The “Foodie’s Choice Crisp” sandwich is dressed with baby spinach, tomato, crumbled bleu cheese, bacon, mayonnaise, and atomic sauce.

7. Reno

Copy Link
2607 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-4234
Visit Website

Reno’s wood-fired pizzas get much of the praise but its fried chicken sandwich — currently available on the weekend brunch menu — is a similarly remarkable creation. Dubbed the “Pine,” it boasts juicy thigh meat with crackly-crisp skin on a grilled trinity bun. White cheddar, dill pickles, and hot honey sauce help round out the flavor profile.

8. The Budlong

Copy Link
1008 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 270-9005
Visit Website

Some like it hot but others like it really hot. The Budlong’s signature Nashville hot chicken is slathered in fiery cayenne paste for a lip-numbing experience. Choose a level of heat — ranging from classic to extra hot — and savor it on a brioche bun with slaw, pickles, and Budlong’s comeback sauce. The restaurant has four locations across Chicago.

9. Parson's Chicken & Fish

Copy Link
2952 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-3333
Visit Website

Land and Sea Dept’s popular summertime destination provides good times in the form of greasy fried foods and refreshing Negroni slushies. Customers might have to wait for a seat on the patio when the weather is nice but they’ll be rewarded with a chicken sandwich loaded with slaw, American cheese, hot sauce, aioli, and pickles. A second Parson’s is located in Lincoln Park.

10. Hermosa

Copy Link
4356 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60639
(872) 802-4920
Visit Website

Hermosa owner Ethan Lim has created a unique lineup of sandwiches at this spot on the Northwest Side. His Cambodian-influenced fried chicken sandwich features a thigh marinated in fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and an herbal spice paste known as kroeung. The best seller gets an additional flavor assist from its toppings — sweet-and-spicy papaya salad, chopped long beans, and Asian herbs

11. Somerset

Copy Link
1112 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 586-2150
Visit Website

If there’s any chef who knows his way around chicken, it’s Lee Wolen. The Boka Restaurant Group maestro is renowned for elevating roast chicken, but at ritzy Somerset he turns to the fryer for his pièce de résistance. Currently available on the Boka To Go menu, the sandwich comes with spicy mayonnaise, bread and butter pickles, and cabbage.

12. Frontier

Copy Link
1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
Visit Website

Chef Brian Jupiter is known for wild game cooking but his lodge-themed gastropub also puts out an excellent fried chicken sandwich. It features juicy chicken thighs, pickled banana peppers, provolone, and molasses mustard.

13. Lucy's

Copy Link
1043 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 675-8385
Visit Website

Although it’s billed as a burger joint, retro-themed Lucy’s most popular item is actually its spicy fried chicken sandwich. The crisp and juicy meat is served on a brioche bun alongside coleslaw, pickles, and a slice of American cheese. Guests can add super hot hot sauce for a kick. A second outpost recently opened in Uptown.

14. Split-Rail

Copy Link
2500 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-4413
Visit Website

A neighborhood favorite for classic American comfort fare, Split-Rail has mastered the art of fried chicken. Owner and chef Zoe Schor brines and lightly seasons the meat before cooking it in canola oil. The finished product boasts a juicy interior and is protected by a crispy crust. Though the menu doesn’t include a chicken sandwich, folks can add a crispy chicken thigh to the diner burger for an indulgent mashup.

15. Fry the Coop

Copy Link
1529 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 600-6198
Visit Website

Fly the coop and head over to West Town for hot chicken. Influenced by venerable Nashville restaurants like Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and Hattie B’s, owner Joe Fontana brings the heat. The intensity ranges from mild to “lil insanity” and diners can get their sandwiches with spicy honey butter or on a glazed doughnut. Fry the Coop also has suburban locations in Oak Lawn and Elmhurst.

16. Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken

Copy Link
233 E Erie St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 344-1374
Visit Website

Fried chicken and doughnuts may seem like an unlikely pairing, but the sweet-and-savory flavors somehow manage to harmonize. Do-Rite’s multiple outposts blend breakfast and lunch by featuring fried chicken sandwiched between glazed doughnuts. Of course, there are more traditional offerings served on brioche buns as well.

A fried chicken sandwich served on a doughnut bun.
Do-Rite brings two disparate foods together for a winning combo.
Do-Rite Donuts [Official Photo]

17. Boxcar Betty's

Copy Link
500 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 496-3450
Visit Website

Hungry and traveling through Ogilvie Transportation Center? Then stop at Boxcar Betty’s, a Charleston, South Carolina import that opened its first Chicago location in 2018. The signature “Boxcar” sandwich is finished with pimiento cheese, peach slaw, pickles, and spicy mayonnaise, but diners can also customize their own.

18. Big Boss Spicy Fried Chicken

Copy Link
2520 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 877-5031
Visit Website

It’s hard to miss this fried chicken specialist in Bridgeport. The façade and interior are covered in graffiti artwork and the Big Boss sandwich is equally eye-catching. Chef Jassy Lee takes Belizean marinated chicken and smothers it in Nashville-style sauce. The massive, boneless thigh overshadows the bun and is complemented with coleslaw and jalapenos. Spice lovers will be happy to know there are five different levels of heat.

A spicy fried chicken sandwich.
The spicy chicken sandwich at Big Boss will satiate even the hungriest appetites.
Big Boss Spicy Fried Chicken [Official Photo]

19. R U Hungry

Copy Link
1724 W 51st St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 434-4800
Visit Website

This no-frills Back of the Yards establishment exemplifies soul food at its finest. Everything is made from scratch and the kitchen marinates the chicken in spices before frying it. Call ahead for quicker service.

20. 5 Loaves Eatery

Copy Link
405 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 891-2889
Visit Website

Southern-style cooking with down-home hospitality is the recipe for success at this Jean Banchet Award winner. In addition to a robust breakfast menu, enjoy soul food comforts like a fried chicken tenders sandwich served with lettuce, tomatos, and onions.

Loading comments...

1. Big Jones

5347 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Paul Fehribach’s temple of southern cooking is an essential Chicago restaurant for good reason. Its fried chicken is among the best in town, based off Edna Lewis’s classic recipe that calls for the chicken to be brined and then fried in leaf lard, ham drippings, and clarified butter. It’s offered on an egg bun along with mayonnaise, lettuce, and chow-chow.

5347 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Mother Cluckers Kitchen

5200 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Southern fare gets the mother cluckin’ love it deserves in Sauganash. Po’ boys, ribs, and broasted chicken — which is cooked in a pressure fryer — are some of the specialties offered at Mother Cluckers. For the chicken sandwich, the kitchen packs a roll with breaded breast filet, lettuce, tomato, onions, and sauce. There’s a second location in Palatine.

5200 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

3. The Biscuit Man

1612 Irving Park Rd #3, Chicago, IL 60613
A fried chicken biscuit sandwich.
Biscuit sandwiches don’t get much better than the ones at this Lakeview kitchen.
Jeffy Mai/Eater Chicago

Housed inside one of the city’s best beer bars, the Long Room, this counter-service spot focuses on biscuit sandwiches. The fluffy biscuits are a paragon of the form and filled with fried chicken breast and dill pickles. Make it even better by adding a sauce and toppings such as eggs, bacon, and pork sausage.

1612 Irving Park Rd #3
Chicago, IL 60613

4. The Roost Carolina Kitchen

1467 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
Three fried chicken sandwiches on a table.
The Roost doesn’t play around when it comes to spice.
The Roost [Official Photo]

A deep, lingering burn can be an immensely pleasurable feeling and that’s just what the Roost delivers at its multiple locations. The Nashville hot chicken is one of the spiciest versions in Chicago, and available on a brioche roll or a fluffy biscuit. Guests can build their sandwich with various toppings or go with pre-customized combos like the “Sunrise” (over easy egg, bacon, cheddar).

1467 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

5. DryHop Brewers

3155 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
A fried chicken sandwich on a plate next to mac and cheese and salad.
DryHop Brewers offers its chicken sandwich two ways.
Galdones Photography/DryHop Brewers

Beer and fried chicken are a perfect pairing and this Lakeview brewpub excels at both. A buttermilk-brined breast is blanketed with white cheddar pimento cheese, sweet pickles, and slaw. Diners can dial it up by having the chicken coated in Nashville-style hot sauce.

3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Crisp

2940 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

This Lakeview hotspot helped popularize Korean fried chicken. The chicken is lightly battered, fried to crisp perfection, and drenched in sauces like “Seoul Sassy” (ginger, soy, garlic, and other spices). The “Foodie’s Choice Crisp” sandwich is dressed with baby spinach, tomato, crumbled bleu cheese, bacon, mayonnaise, and atomic sauce.

2940 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Reno

2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Reno’s wood-fired pizzas get much of the praise but its fried chicken sandwich — currently available on the weekend brunch menu — is a similarly remarkable creation. Dubbed the “Pine,” it boasts juicy thigh meat with crackly-crisp skin on a grilled trinity bun. White cheddar, dill pickles, and hot honey sauce help round out the flavor profile.

2607 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. The Budlong

1008 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Some like it hot but others like it really hot. The Budlong’s signature Nashville hot chicken is slathered in fiery cayenne paste for a lip-numbing experience. Choose a level of heat — ranging from classic to extra hot — and savor it on a brioche bun with slaw, pickles, and Budlong’s comeback sauce. The restaurant has four locations across Chicago.

1008 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Parson's Chicken & Fish

2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Land and Sea Dept’s popular summertime destination provides good times in the form of greasy fried foods and refreshing Negroni slushies. Customers might have to wait for a seat on the patio when the weather is nice but they’ll be rewarded with a chicken sandwich loaded with slaw, American cheese, hot sauce, aioli, and pickles. A second Parson’s is located in Lincoln Park.

2952 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Hermosa

4356 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Hermosa owner Ethan Lim has created a unique lineup of sandwiches at this spot on the Northwest Side. His Cambodian-influenced fried chicken sandwich features a thigh marinated in fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, and an herbal spice paste known as kroeung. The best seller gets an additional flavor assist from its toppings — sweet-and-spicy papaya salad, chopped long beans, and Asian herbs

4356 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

11. Somerset

1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

If there’s any chef who knows his way around chicken, it’s Lee Wolen. The Boka Restaurant Group maestro is renowned for elevating roast chicken, but at ritzy Somerset he turns to the fryer for his pièce de résistance. Currently available on the Boka To Go menu, the sandwich comes with spicy mayonnaise, bread and butter pickles, and cabbage.

1112 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

12. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Chef Brian Jupiter is known for wild game cooking but his lodge-themed gastropub also puts out an excellent fried chicken sandwich. It features juicy chicken thighs, pickled banana peppers, provolone, and molasses mustard.

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

13. Lucy's

1043 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Although it’s billed as a burger joint, retro-themed Lucy’s most popular item is actually its spicy fried chicken sandwich. The crisp and juicy meat is served on a brioche bun alongside coleslaw, pickles, and a slice of American cheese. Guests can add super hot hot sauce for a kick. A second outpost recently opened in Uptown.

1043 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Split-Rail

2500 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

A neighborhood favorite for classic American comfort fare, Split-Rail has mastered the art of fried chicken. Owner and chef Zoe Schor brines and lightly seasons the meat before cooking it in canola oil. The finished product boasts a juicy interior and is protected by a crispy crust. Though the menu doesn’t include a chicken sandwich, folks can add a crispy chicken thigh to the diner burger for an indulgent mashup.

2500 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

15. Fry the Coop

1529 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Fly the coop and head over to West Town for hot chicken. Influenced by venerable Nashville restaurants like Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and Hattie B’s, owner Joe Fontana brings the heat. The intensity ranges from mild to “lil insanity” and diners can get their sandwiches with spicy honey butter or on a glazed doughnut. Fry the Coop also has suburban locations in Oak Lawn and Elmhurst.

1529 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Related Maps

16. Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken

233 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611
A fried chicken sandwich served on a doughnut bun.
Do-Rite brings two disparate foods together for a winning combo.
Do-Rite Donuts [Official Photo]

Fried chicken and doughnuts may seem like an unlikely pairing, but the sweet-and-savory flavors somehow manage to harmonize. Do-Rite’s multiple outposts blend breakfast and lunch by featuring fried chicken sandwiched between glazed doughnuts. Of course, there are more traditional offerings served on brioche buns as well.

233 E Erie St
Chicago, IL 60611

17. Boxcar Betty's

500 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661

Hungry and traveling through Ogilvie Transportation Center? Then stop at Boxcar Betty’s, a Charleston, South Carolina import that opened its first Chicago location in 2018. The signature “Boxcar” sandwich is finished with pimiento cheese, peach slaw, pickles, and spicy mayonnaise, but diners can also customize their own.

500 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60661

18. Big Boss Spicy Fried Chicken

2520 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608
A spicy fried chicken sandwich.
The spicy chicken sandwich at Big Boss will satiate even the hungriest appetites.
Big Boss Spicy Fried Chicken [Official Photo]

It’s hard to miss this fried chicken specialist in Bridgeport. The façade and interior are covered in graffiti artwork and the Big Boss sandwich is equally eye-catching. Chef Jassy Lee takes Belizean marinated chicken and smothers it in Nashville-style sauce. The massive, boneless thigh overshadows the bun and is complemented with coleslaw and jalapenos. Spice lovers will be happy to know there are five different levels of heat.

2520 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

19. R U Hungry

1724 W 51st St, Chicago, IL 60609

This no-frills Back of the Yards establishment exemplifies soul food at its finest. Everything is made from scratch and the kitchen marinates the chicken in spices before frying it. Call ahead for quicker service.

1724 W 51st St
Chicago, IL 60609

20. 5 Loaves Eatery

405 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619

Southern-style cooking with down-home hospitality is the recipe for success at this Jean Banchet Award winner. In addition to a robust breakfast menu, enjoy soul food comforts like a fried chicken tenders sandwich served with lettuce, tomatos, and onions.

405 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619

Related Maps