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Light-brown nuggets of fried chicken on a mottled grey rectangular plate, garnished with fried Thai basil leaves.
The popcorn chicken at 19 Gold, a Taiwanese restaurant in Fremont.
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Where to Find Knockout Fried Chicken in the Seattle Area

The city offers the dish in a dizzying array of styles, from Southern-style thighs and Filipino-style drumsticks to Korean-style wings, and more

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The popcorn chicken at 19 Gold, a Taiwanese restaurant in Fremont.
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From buckets of teriyaki karaage in Capitol Hill, crackling-crisp Filipino-style drumsticks in Phinney Ridge, to Southern-style thighs in the Central District, Seattle offers fantastic fried chicken in a dizzying array of styles. As seen throughout the pandemic, the dish makes a quick and easy to-go meal — although, to maintain crispiness, it’s best not to let it sit too long. Here are some favorites from all over the Seattle area. (For those craving even more wing selections, there’s a map for that, too.)

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1. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075
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West Seattle’s iconic Ma'ono cooks up what many in Seattle consider some of the most coveted fried chicken in the city, and includes a gluten-free choice. The brining and dredging prep alone on these local birds is legendary, while sides such as the kimchi mac and cheese and miso buttered corn make for fantastic complements (not to mention some stellar boozy slushies).

2. Sisters and Brothers

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544 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 283-2078
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One of the few places in the city to get true blue Nashville hot chicken, this hugely popular restaurant once drew crowds in Georgetown, and has since debuted a restaurant in the Lower Queen Anne-Interbay neighborhood. Whether the heat level is “mild” or “insane,” diners get hit with serious spice. Don’t forget about the sides, like collard greens, fried green tomatoes, and cabbage and pepper slaw.

3. The Chicken Supply

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7410 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 257-4460
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When Phinney Ridge’s fine-dining restaurant Opus Co. shuttered last year, the restaurant’s chef, Paolo Campbell, took the opportunity to start his own Filipino fried chicken restaurant, which opened in October. The gluten-free batter on the chicken — wings, drumsticks, or 10-inch long cylinders of white meat on sticks — crackles under the teeth and has the puffy texture of Rice Krispies or Frosted Flakes. The meat is packed with flavor from soy sauce and garlic. Order the chicken with some toasty garlic rice and a side of tangy marinated eggplant and onions to cut the grease. The restaurant runs out of most of its dishes every day, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and preorder online in the morning for a chicken dinner.

4. 19 GOLD Taiwanese Restaurant

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3601 Fremont Ave N #101
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 588-0952
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This pint-sized Taiwanese restaurant in Fremont serves some of the best popcorn chicken in the city — just the right amount of sweet, salty, and savory — topped with crispy fried basil leaves. You can order the chicken on its own, atop fries and drizzled with sauce, or with fatty braised pork rice, salted cabbage, and a marinated egg as an entree.

Light-brown nuggets of fried chicken on a mottled grey rectangular plate, garnished with fried Thai basil leaves.
The popcorn chicken at 19 Gold, a Taiwanese restaurant in Fremont.
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5. Jerk Shack

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2510 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-7817
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For something a little different than the typical fried chickens dredged in flour, one might want to check out the mind-blowing birds at this Belltown restaurant from chef Trey Lamont. The famed half-fried chicken here is covered in jerk spices and pairs well with the tropical rum cocktails on the menu.

6. Stars In the Sky

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23830 Hwy 99 Suite 121
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 582-8802
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This Edmonds pub (a karaoke favorite in pre-pandemic times) has built a reputation for slinging some seriously excellent Korean fried chicken, which diners can order “naked” or seasoned with garlic, sweet and spicy, extra spicy, or honey butter.

KFC sweet and spicy, alongside the “naked” version at Stars in the Sky.
Korean fried chicken at Stars in the Sky.
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7. Yoroshiku

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1911 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-4649
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This Wallingford izakaya serves dishes from Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, like scallops grilled with butter, as well as drinking snacks like pork bao and fries made of spam. The restaurant only serves one type of fried chicken — zangi, a super-crispy, shoyu-and-sake-marinated Hokkaido invention, which at Yoroshiku, is served with garlic miso sauce. But the flavor in each piece of boneless thigh meat is so deep, and the batter so delicate, that you don’t need other options.

A few pieces of boneless thigh fried chicken with some aioli on a rectangular black plate.
Yoroshiku’s Zangi chicken is marinated in soy sauce and sake.
Yoroshiku

8. Cookie's Country Chicken

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121 S King St
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 420-3015
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It’s only fitting that Cookie’s Country Chicken has found a home in Ballard, a neighborhood with strong nautical ties. Owner Brian Chandler spent 10 years in the maritime industry, including a stint spent perfecting his fried chicken recipe while feeding oil industry crews in Louisiana. Chandler started Cookie’s as a pop-up, having a consistent spot in Pioneer Square. The new Ballard location includes more menu offerings, with sides like mashed potatoes with gravy, mac and cheese, and collard greens.

9. Pioneer Square D&E

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314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 445-7472
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This family-run Pioneer Square restaurant has long been known for its wonderfully crispy fried chicken dishes, currently served multiple ways, with fried chicken sandwiches and tenders and wings and fries in a “party box.” Brunch includes fried chicken on waffles and oysters on the half-shell.

10. Kona Kitchen

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8501 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 517-5662
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This casual Hawaiian restaurant with locations in Maple Leaf and Lynnwood serves an perfectly-executed mochiko chicken, served with rice and mac salad. The light rice-flour batter on this popular Hawaiian dish leaves the pieces of chicken super tender while imparting just a touch of crispiness. Beyond the mochiko chicken, Kona Kitchen also serves good renditions of Korean fried chicken, katsu chicken, and chicken strips.

11. Taku

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706 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 829-9418
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At his lively Capitol Hill restaurant and Osaka-style bar, star chef Shota Nakajima focuses on marinated, battered, and twice-fried karaage with dry and wet seasonings including curry, teriyaki, and salt and pepper. A “Fuckit Bucket” easily feeds three or four people with three full pounds of chicken over a pound of fries and some shredded cabbage, and a late-night dine-in-only menu with Japanese egg sandwiches and fried rice is available until 1:30 a.m.

A paper takeout bucket filled with karaage, with a label displaying the name of the restaurant Taku
Taku offers selections of karaage.
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12. Chi Mac

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4525 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 547-5151
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There’s stiff competition when it comes to Korean fried chicken in Seattle, but this U District counter service restaurant doesn’t disappoint. The restaurant batters and sauces its chicken with a light touch, whether diners choose dry, parmesan-sprinkled snow wings or delicately glazed, crispy soy garlic wings.

13. Quick Pack Food Mart

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2616 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 328-2127

Given the breakneck pace of development around the Central District-Leschi area, here’s hoping Quick Pack is a holdout for years to come. When fresh out of the fryer, the oversized wings and juicy thighs at this unassuming convenience store rival the best birds in the city. Available for takeout only.

A closeup view of chicken wings.
Fried chicken wings from Quick Pack.
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14. Fat's Chicken and Waffles

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2726 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 602-6863
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The main events at this Central District favorite are the honey butter chicken biscuit sandwich and the restaurant’s namesake sampler, with two pieces of chicken served alongside fried green tomatoes, cheese grits, and garlic toast. Fat’s is open for takeout, and dine-in service includes its enormously popular brunch.

A top-down view of a plate of fried chicken and waffles.
Chicken and waffles at Fat’s.
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles

15. Island Soul

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4869 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 329-1202
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This longtime Columbia City destination serves up Caribbean and Louisiana soul food dishes. Among some of the must-try dishes is the fried Cornish game hen, which has a satisfying crunch and is a nice departure from some of the greasier fried poultry in the city.

1. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

West Seattle’s iconic Ma'ono cooks up what many in Seattle consider some of the most coveted fried chicken in the city, and includes a gluten-free choice. The brining and dredging prep alone on these local birds is legendary, while sides such as the kimchi mac and cheese and miso buttered corn make for fantastic complements (not to mention some stellar boozy slushies).

4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

2. Sisters and Brothers

544 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA 98108

One of the few places in the city to get true blue Nashville hot chicken, this hugely popular restaurant once drew crowds in Georgetown, and has since debuted a restaurant in the Lower Queen Anne-Interbay neighborhood. Whether the heat level is “mild” or “insane,” diners get hit with serious spice. Don’t forget about the sides, like collard greens, fried green tomatoes, and cabbage and pepper slaw.

544 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98108

3. The Chicken Supply

7410 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

When Phinney Ridge’s fine-dining restaurant Opus Co. shuttered last year, the restaurant’s chef, Paolo Campbell, took the opportunity to start his own Filipino fried chicken restaurant, which opened in October. The gluten-free batter on the chicken — wings, drumsticks, or 10-inch long cylinders of white meat on sticks — crackles under the teeth and has the puffy texture of Rice Krispies or Frosted Flakes. The meat is packed with flavor from soy sauce and garlic. Order the chicken with some toasty garlic rice and a side of tangy marinated eggplant and onions to cut the grease. The restaurant runs out of most of its dishes every day, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and preorder online in the morning for a chicken dinner.

7410 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

4. 19 GOLD Taiwanese Restaurant

3601 Fremont Ave N #101, Seattle, WA 98103
Light-brown nuggets of fried chicken on a mottled grey rectangular plate, garnished with fried Thai basil leaves.
The popcorn chicken at 19 Gold, a Taiwanese restaurant in Fremont.
Courtesy of 19 Gold

This pint-sized Taiwanese restaurant in Fremont serves some of the best popcorn chicken in the city — just the right amount of sweet, salty, and savory — topped with crispy fried basil leaves. You can order the chicken on its own, atop fries and drizzled with sauce, or with fatty braised pork rice, salted cabbage, and a marinated egg as an entree.

3601 Fremont Ave N #101
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Jerk Shack

2510 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

For something a little different than the typical fried chickens dredged in flour, one might want to check out the mind-blowing birds at this Belltown restaurant from chef Trey Lamont. The famed half-fried chicken here is covered in jerk spices and pairs well with the tropical rum cocktails on the menu.

2510 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Stars In the Sky

23830 Hwy 99 Suite 121, Edmonds, WA 98026
KFC sweet and spicy, alongside the “naked” version at Stars in the Sky.
Korean fried chicken at Stars in the Sky.
Stars in the Sky/Facebook

This Edmonds pub (a karaoke favorite in pre-pandemic times) has built a reputation for slinging some seriously excellent Korean fried chicken, which diners can order “naked” or seasoned with garlic, sweet and spicy, extra spicy, or honey butter.

23830 Hwy 99 Suite 121
Edmonds, WA 98026

7. Yoroshiku

1911 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
A few pieces of boneless thigh fried chicken with some aioli on a rectangular black plate.
Yoroshiku’s Zangi chicken is marinated in soy sauce and sake.
Yoroshiku

This Wallingford izakaya serves dishes from Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, like scallops grilled with butter, as well as drinking snacks like pork bao and fries made of spam. The restaurant only serves one type of fried chicken — zangi, a super-crispy, shoyu-and-sake-marinated Hokkaido invention, which at Yoroshiku, is served with garlic miso sauce. But the flavor in each piece of boneless thigh meat is so deep, and the batter so delicate, that you don’t need other options.

1911 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Cookie's Country Chicken

121 S King St, Seattle, WA 98134

It’s only fitting that Cookie’s Country Chicken has found a home in Ballard, a neighborhood with strong nautical ties. Owner Brian Chandler spent 10 years in the maritime industry, including a stint spent perfecting his fried chicken recipe while feeding oil industry crews in Louisiana. Chandler started Cookie’s as a pop-up, having a consistent spot in Pioneer Square. The new Ballard location includes more menu offerings, with sides like mashed potatoes with gravy, mac and cheese, and collard greens.

121 S King St
Seattle, WA 98134

9. Pioneer Square D&E

314 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This family-run Pioneer Square restaurant has long been known for its wonderfully crispy fried chicken dishes, currently served multiple ways, with fried chicken sandwiches and tenders and wings and fries in a “party box.” Brunch includes fried chicken on waffles and oysters on the half-shell.

314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Kona Kitchen

8501 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

This casual Hawaiian restaurant with locations in Maple Leaf and Lynnwood serves an perfectly-executed mochiko chicken, served with rice and mac salad. The light rice-flour batter on this popular Hawaiian dish leaves the pieces of chicken super tender while imparting just a touch of crispiness. Beyond the mochiko chicken, Kona Kitchen also serves good renditions of Korean fried chicken, katsu chicken, and chicken strips.

8501 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

11. Taku

706 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
A paper takeout bucket filled with karaage, with a label displaying the name of the restaurant Taku
Taku offers selections of karaage.
Stephanie Forrer

At his lively Capitol Hill restaurant and Osaka-style bar, star chef Shota Nakajima focuses on marinated, battered, and twice-fried karaage with dry and wet seasonings including curry, teriyaki, and salt and pepper. A “Fuckit Bucket” easily feeds three or four people with three full pounds of chicken over a pound of fries and some shredded cabbage, and a late-night dine-in-only menu with Japanese egg sandwiches and fried rice is available until 1:30 a.m.

706 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Chi Mac

4525 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

There’s stiff competition when it comes to Korean fried chicken in Seattle, but this U District counter service restaurant doesn’t disappoint. The restaurant batters and sauces its chicken with a light touch, whether diners choose dry, parmesan-sprinkled snow wings or delicately glazed, crispy soy garlic wings.

4525 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

13. Quick Pack Food Mart

2616 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
A closeup view of chicken wings.
Fried chicken wings from Quick Pack.
Jenise Silva

Given the breakneck pace of development around the Central District-Leschi area, here’s hoping Quick Pack is a holdout for years to come. When fresh out of the fryer, the oversized wings and juicy thighs at this unassuming convenience store rival the best birds in the city. Available for takeout only.

2616 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

14. Fat's Chicken and Waffles

2726 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122
A top-down view of a plate of fried chicken and waffles.
Chicken and waffles at Fat’s.
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles

The main events at this Central District favorite are the honey butter chicken biscuit sandwich and the restaurant’s namesake sampler, with two pieces of chicken served alongside fried green tomatoes, cheese grits, and garlic toast. Fat’s is open for takeout, and dine-in service includes its enormously popular brunch.

2726 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122

15. Island Soul

4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This longtime Columbia City destination serves up Caribbean and Louisiana soul food dishes. Among some of the must-try dishes is the fried Cornish game hen, which has a satisfying crunch and is a nice departure from some of the greasier fried poultry in the city.

4869 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

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