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Taku specializes in karaage and features a special known as the “Fuckit Bucket.”
Stephanie Forrer

Where to Find Some of the Seattle Area’s Best Fried Chicken

Whether served in buckets, drenched in sauce, or naked, these fried birds rule

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Taku specializes in karaage and features a special known as the “Fuckit Bucket.”
| Stephanie Forrer

From the traditional buttermilk batter of the South to crispy Korean variations to Nashville hot chicken, Seattle has embraced fried chicken in a big way. During the pandemic, the dish makes for a quick and easy to-go meal — although, for best results, best not to let those fried birds sit too long. Here are some of the favorites around town, listed from north to south. (For those craving even more wing selections, there’s a map for that, too.)

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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. Available for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats, as well as dine-in.

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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2. Heaven Sent Chicken

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14330 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 363-1167
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Heaven Sent versus Ezell’s — the debate rages on. Putting differences aside for the moment, here's what Heaven Sent is: some of the best, most dependable takeout fried chicken in the city. Almost as famous as its crispy chicken are its rolls and mashed potatoes (gluten-free options are available only at the Everett location).

A styrofoam box of fried chicken.
Heaven Sent has become a Seattle institution.
Jenise Silva

3. 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 rarely disappoints. 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. Delivery is available through DoorDash, Uber Eats, and GrubHub.

4. 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 spice and a whole lotta nice.

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, enhancing the party vibes.

6. 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, star chef Shota Nakajima focuses on marinated, battered, and twice-fried karaage, available as nuggets and wings, with a variety of teriyaki sauces and dry seasoning options. The breaded birds here are already in high demand, and the “Fuckit Bucket” — a hodgepodge dish with a variety of fried items — brings a playful attitude.

A paper takeout bucket filled with karaage, with a label displaying the name of the restaurant Taku
Taku offers selections of karaage.
Stephanie Forrer

7. 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 recently reopened for dine-in service, which 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

8. Ezell's Famous Chicken

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501 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-4141
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Original or spicy, dark or white meat, the chicken dinner combos at Ezell’s are great for mixing and matching. With a dozen nearby locations and more on the way (plus a far-flung outpost in Dubai, of all places), Ezell's can be had throughout Seattle for takeout and delivery, but the flagship on 23rd Ave still rules the roost.

A styrofoam box with a pike of fried chicken next to a dinner roll.
Ezell’s has Oprah’s stamp of approval, per legend.
Jenise Silva

9. D&E Famous Fried Chicken

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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 tenders, sandwiches, and wings as part of a “party box,” and pieces on top of waffles for the morning crowd. There’s delivery through Grubhub, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

10. 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.
Jenise Silva

11. Cookie's Country Chicken

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121 S King St
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 420-3015
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This pop-up outside the Stadium District’s Quality Athletics has already received a good deal of  acclaim for its thoughtfully constructed fried bird, a two-day process that involves a well-timed dredge and precise temperature checks, served on sandwiches, solo, or in tender form. One bite and diners instantly know what all the fuss is about.

12. 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. 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).

13. 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 that truly hit the spot on a warm summer day (or, frankly, all year round). 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.

14. Marco Polo Pub

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5613 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-3964
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This Georgetown bar serves up what is billed as “world famous broasted chicken” — a bold proclamation that still lives up to the hype. The star food attraction is made to order, with sides that include jo-jo’s, fries, coleslaw, and mac salad — an ideal feast for watching the game. Marco Polo currently open for takeout and onsite dining, including an outdoor patio.

15. Bok A Bok White Center

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1521 SW 98th St
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 669-5976
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The fried chicken at this fast-casual chainlet — with locations in White Center, Capitol Hill, the U District, and Burien — have earned plenty of raves for its delicate breading. The best way to go here is to order a two-piece of the plump, juicy thighs, which should be filling enough, and to stock up on dipping sauces, particularly the umami barbecue.

1. 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. Available for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats, as well as dine-in.

23830 Hwy 99 Suite 121
Edmonds, WA 98026

2. Heaven Sent Chicken

14330 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
A styrofoam box of fried chicken.
Heaven Sent has become a Seattle institution.
Jenise Silva

Heaven Sent versus Ezell’s — the debate rages on. Putting differences aside for the moment, here's what Heaven Sent is: some of the best, most dependable takeout fried chicken in the city. Almost as famous as its crispy chicken are its rolls and mashed potatoes (gluten-free options are available only at the Everett location).

14330 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125

3. 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 rarely disappoints. 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. Delivery is available through DoorDash, Uber Eats, and GrubHub.

4525 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

4. 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 spice and a whole lotta nice.

544 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98108

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, enhancing the party vibes.

2510 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

6. 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, star chef Shota Nakajima focuses on marinated, battered, and twice-fried karaage, available as nuggets and wings, with a variety of teriyaki sauces and dry seasoning options. The breaded birds here are already in high demand, and the “Fuckit Bucket” — a hodgepodge dish with a variety of fried items — brings a playful attitude.

706 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

7. 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 recently reopened for dine-in service, which includes its enormously popular brunch.

2726 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Ezell's Famous Chicken

501 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A styrofoam box with a pike of fried chicken next to a dinner roll.
Ezell’s has Oprah’s stamp of approval, per legend.
Jenise Silva

Original or spicy, dark or white meat, the chicken dinner combos at Ezell’s are great for mixing and matching. With a dozen nearby locations and more on the way (plus a far-flung outpost in Dubai, of all places), Ezell's can be had throughout Seattle for takeout and delivery, but the flagship on 23rd Ave still rules the roost.

501 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. D&E Famous Fried Chicken

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 tenders, sandwiches, and wings as part of a “party box,” and pieces on top of waffles for the morning crowd. There’s delivery through Grubhub, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

10. 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

11. Cookie's Country Chicken

121 S King St, Seattle, WA 98134

This pop-up outside the Stadium District’s Quality Athletics has already received a good deal of  acclaim for its thoughtfully constructed fried bird, a two-day process that involves a well-timed dredge and precise temperature checks, served on sandwiches, solo, or in tender form. One bite and diners instantly know what all the fuss is about.

121 S King St
Seattle, WA 98134

12. 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. 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

13. Island Soul

4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This longtime Columbia City destination serves up Caribbean and Louisiana soul food dishes that truly hit the spot on a warm summer day (or, frankly, all year round). 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

14. Marco Polo Pub

5613 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

This Georgetown bar serves up what is billed as “world famous broasted chicken” — a bold proclamation that still lives up to the hype. The star food attraction is made to order, with sides that include jo-jo’s, fries, coleslaw, and mac salad — an ideal feast for watching the game. Marco Polo currently open for takeout and onsite dining, including an outdoor patio.

5613 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

15. Bok A Bok White Center

1521 SW 98th St, Seattle, WA 98106

The fried chicken at this fast-casual chainlet — with locations in White Center, Capitol Hill, the U District, and Burien — have earned plenty of raves for its delicate breading. The best way to go here is to order a two-piece of the plump, juicy thighs, which should be filling enough, and to stock up on dipping sauces, particularly the umami barbecue.

1521 SW 98th St
Seattle, WA 98106

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