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Chi Mac is one of several Korean fried chicken destinations around the area.
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Where to Find Some of the Best Chicken Wings in Seattle

Korean, Buffalo, Nashville hot chicken, and other mouth-watering varieties

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Chi Mac is one of several Korean fried chicken destinations around the area.
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From grilled to deep-fried, Southern to Korean, saucy to crispy, Seattle’s got the chicken wing scene covered. They make for a pretty solid takeout or delivery dish — but many are so enticing right out of the fryer, the orders may not last all the way home. Here are a few favorites around town, listed from north to south, that may satisfy gameday cravings now that football season is on the immediate horizon.

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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 Korean pub in Edmonds has built a reputation for slinging some seriously excellent Korean fried chicken (KFC), which diners can order “naked” or seasoned in choices of Asian garlic, sweet and spicy, extra spicy, and honey butter garlic. There’s dine-in, but it’s also open for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats.

KFC sweet and spicy, alongside the “naked” version at Stars in the Sky.
Stars in the Sky has some of the best Korean fried chicken in the region.
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2. Hounds Tooth Public House

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8551 Greenwood Ave N #5
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 403-1464
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This Greenwood pub keeps things simple when it comes to wings, offering them tossed with barbecue, Buffalo, or sweet Thai chili sauce — but they hold up with the best in town. And the divey vibes (with pinball games) add to the flavor.

3. Chi Mac

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4510, 4525 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 547-5151
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The U District’s Chi Mac does a good job catering to the college crown with crushable chicken wings. They’re made with a light touch, whether diners choose dry, parmesan-sprinkled snow wings or delicately glazed, crispy soy garlic.

Chi Mac’s Korean chicken wings in a cardboard tray.
Chi Mac specializes in Korean wings.
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4. BB.Q Chicken

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4223 University Way Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 822-6338
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The international chain — with a name that stands for “best of the best quality” (not barbecue) — has built a loyal following for its birds cooked in extra virgin olive oil and flavored with a variety of seasonings and sauces. There’s honey garlic, teriyaki, and plenty of fiery options, and one might be best off going for the heat.

A plate of spicy chicken wings with a side of fries
The “wings of fire” at BB.Q Chicken.
BB.Q Chicken

5. 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 spot once drew long lines in Georgetown, and has since debuted a new restaurant in Interbay/Lower Queen Anne. Whether the heat level is “mild” or “insane,” diners get hit with spice and a whole lotta nice. In addition to wings, there are some cocktails, beer, and wine.

6. Communion Restaurant and Bar

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2350 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 391-8140
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Chef Kristi Brown’s lauded restaurant in the Central District has an array of memorable entrees, but the wings shouldn’t be overlooked, whether it was the “Unc’s” with watermelon hot sauce (pictured) or the newer PTL, a tribute to the spicy grilled Hallelujah Wings from former neighborhood favorite Thompson’s Point of View.

7. Pioneer Square D&E

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314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 445-7472
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Pioneer Square’s highly sought-out fried chicken purveyor has full birds on offer, but also features wings with maple Sriracha sauce that can be ordered on their own or with waffles. Sides to consider include curry cauliflower, dirty fries with brisket, and smoked tofu hummus with vegetables for dipping. Proof of vaccination required for dining in.

8. Quick Pack Food Mart

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2616 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 328-2127
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Given the breakneck pace of development in this south Seattle neighborhood, here’s hoping Quick Pack is a holdout for years to come. When fresh out of the fryer, the oversized, well-seasoned wings at this unassuming Central District convenience store rival make for one fantastic grab-and-go snack.

A plate of chicken wings from Quick Pack Food Mart.
Quick Pack’s wings are best fresh out of the fryer.
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9. Hue Ky Mi Gia

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1207 S Jackson St Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-1268
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The International District is full of gems, but this low-key Chinese-Vietnamese haven is one of the most treasured thanks to its fried butter chicken wings. Enough avid fans have caught onto these flavorful treats that the restaurant expanded down to Kent and Tacoma, too. It’s open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via Uber Eats and DoorDash.

A plate of fried butter chicken wings at Hue Ky Mi Gia.
Fried butter chicken wings at Hue Ky Mi Gia.
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10. Lil Red Takeout and Catering

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4225 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 760-2931
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Southern barbecue meets Jamaican flavors at this modest restaurant and catering service on Rainier Avenue S in Columbia City. The barbecue wings are sizable and succulent, but one can also opt for jerk-spiced wings, lemon pepper-seasoned, and teriyaki, or opt for a party platter. There are no wrong answers. (Note: the restaurant is taking a short break through August 31.)

A pile of barbecue wings on a platter at Lil Red Takeout and Catering.
Lil Red Takeout and Catering serves succulent barbecue wings.
Lil Red Takeout and Catering

11. Swagg ‘N’ Wagon

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4514 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98126

This playful food truck operating out of West Seattle (and occasionally Maple Valley) has some terrific wings, with just the right amount of kick. Those who want a little extra oomph can order the spicy Swagg sauce, available in bottles. Interested diners should keep an eye on the business’s official Instagram for hours and locations.

12. Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack

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4869 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 329-1202
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The Columbia City restaurant is known for a mix of Jamaican and Louisiana cuisine, from jerk chicken to gumbo, but also has some killer wings, coated with a sweet mango sauce and habanero. Best washed down with any number of excellent choices from the rum-heavy takeout cocktail list. For those who want some fresh air, there’s a few tables out on a sidewalk patio.

13. Marco Polo Bar & Grill

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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” — and it lives up to the hype, particularly in wing form. The star food attraction is available for takeout, and diners can also get growlers, wine, and bottles of liquors to go. There’s also onsite dining both indoors and on an outdoor patio.

14. Drae's Lake Route Eatery

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9261 57th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-9464
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This welcoming Rainier Valley spot serves comfort food in a casual space. The variety of sauces available are somewhat typical — buffalo, lemon pepper, and chipotle barbecue — but the plump wings are crisped to perfection, delivering a rewarding crunch with every bite. Open for dine-in and takeout Thursday through Sunday, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

15. Bok A Bok

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1521 SW 98th St
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 669-5976
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This growing fast-casual chainlet (with other locations in the U District, Capitol Hill, Burien, and Kirkland) specializes in Souther and Korean styles of crispy chicken, with the wings particularly a hot seller. There are “party packs” available to order online, with 50-150 wings, along with biscuits and array of sauces. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Postmates.

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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.
Stars in the Sky has some of the best Korean fried chicken in the region.
Stars in the Sky/Facebook

This Korean pub in Edmonds has built a reputation for slinging some seriously excellent Korean fried chicken (KFC), which diners can order “naked” or seasoned in choices of Asian garlic, sweet and spicy, extra spicy, and honey butter garlic. There’s dine-in, but it’s also open for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats.

23830 Hwy 99 Suite 121
Edmonds, WA 98026

2. Hounds Tooth Public House

8551 Greenwood Ave N #5, Seattle, WA 98103

This Greenwood pub keeps things simple when it comes to wings, offering them tossed with barbecue, Buffalo, or sweet Thai chili sauce — but they hold up with the best in town. And the divey vibes (with pinball games) add to the flavor.

8551 Greenwood Ave N #5
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Chi Mac

4510, 4525 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Chi Mac’s Korean chicken wings in a cardboard tray.
Chi Mac specializes in Korean wings.
Chi Mac/Facebook

The U District’s Chi Mac does a good job catering to the college crown with crushable chicken wings. They’re made with a light touch, whether diners choose dry, parmesan-sprinkled snow wings or delicately glazed, crispy soy garlic.

4510, 4525 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

4. BB.Q Chicken

4223 University Way Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
A plate of spicy chicken wings with a side of fries
The “wings of fire” at BB.Q Chicken.
BB.Q Chicken

The international chain — with a name that stands for “best of the best quality” (not barbecue) — has built a loyal following for its birds cooked in extra virgin olive oil and flavored with a variety of seasonings and sauces. There’s honey garlic, teriyaki, and plenty of fiery options, and one might be best off going for the heat.

4223 University Way Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

5. 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 spot once drew long lines in Georgetown, and has since debuted a new restaurant in Interbay/Lower Queen Anne. Whether the heat level is “mild” or “insane,” diners get hit with spice and a whole lotta nice. In addition to wings, there are some cocktails, beer, and wine.

544 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98108

6. Communion Restaurant and Bar

2350 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

Chef Kristi Brown’s lauded restaurant in the Central District has an array of memorable entrees, but the wings shouldn’t be overlooked, whether it was the “Unc’s” with watermelon hot sauce (pictured) or the newer PTL, a tribute to the spicy grilled Hallelujah Wings from former neighborhood favorite Thompson’s Point of View.

2350 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Pioneer Square D&E

314 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Pioneer Square’s highly sought-out fried chicken purveyor has full birds on offer, but also features wings with maple Sriracha sauce that can be ordered on their own or with waffles. Sides to consider include curry cauliflower, dirty fries with brisket, and smoked tofu hummus with vegetables for dipping. Proof of vaccination required for dining in.

314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Quick Pack Food Mart

2616 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
A plate of chicken wings from Quick Pack Food Mart.
Quick Pack’s wings are best fresh out of the fryer.
Jenise Silva

Given the breakneck pace of development in this south Seattle neighborhood, here’s hoping Quick Pack is a holdout for years to come. When fresh out of the fryer, the oversized, well-seasoned wings at this unassuming Central District convenience store rival make for one fantastic grab-and-go snack.

2616 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

9. Hue Ky Mi Gia

1207 S Jackson St Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98144
A plate of fried butter chicken wings at Hue Ky Mi Gia.
Fried butter chicken wings at Hue Ky Mi Gia.
Jenise Silva

The International District is full of gems, but this low-key Chinese-Vietnamese haven is one of the most treasured thanks to its fried butter chicken wings. Enough avid fans have caught onto these flavorful treats that the restaurant expanded down to Kent and Tacoma, too. It’s open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery via Uber Eats and DoorDash.

1207 S Jackson St Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98144

10. Lil Red Takeout and Catering

4225 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
A pile of barbecue wings on a platter at Lil Red Takeout and Catering.
Lil Red Takeout and Catering serves succulent barbecue wings.
Lil Red Takeout and Catering

Southern barbecue meets Jamaican flavors at this modest restaurant and catering service on Rainier Avenue S in Columbia City. The barbecue wings are sizable and succulent, but one can also opt for jerk-spiced wings, lemon pepper-seasoned, and teriyaki, or opt for a party platter. There are no wrong answers. (Note: the restaurant is taking a short break through August 31.)

4225 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

11. Swagg ‘N’ Wagon

4514 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126

This playful food truck operating out of West Seattle (and occasionally Maple Valley) has some terrific wings, with just the right amount of kick. Those who want a little extra oomph can order the spicy Swagg sauce, available in bottles. Interested diners should keep an eye on the business’s official Instagram for hours and locations.

4514 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98126

12. Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack

4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

The Columbia City restaurant is known for a mix of Jamaican and Louisiana cuisine, from jerk chicken to gumbo, but also has some killer wings, coated with a sweet mango sauce and habanero. Best washed down with any number of excellent choices from the rum-heavy takeout cocktail list. For those who want some fresh air, there’s a few tables out on a sidewalk patio.

4869 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

13. Marco Polo Bar & Grill

5613 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

This Georgetown bar serves up what is billed as “world famous broasted chicken” — and it lives up to the hype, particularly in wing form. The star food attraction is available for takeout, and diners can also get growlers, wine, and bottles of liquors to go. There’s also onsite dining both indoors and on an outdoor patio.

5613 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

14. Drae's Lake Route Eatery

9261 57th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This welcoming Rainier Valley spot serves comfort food in a casual space. The variety of sauces available are somewhat typical — buffalo, lemon pepper, and chipotle barbecue — but the plump wings are crisped to perfection, delivering a rewarding crunch with every bite. Open for dine-in and takeout Thursday through Sunday, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9261 57th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

15. Bok A Bok

1521 SW 98th St, Seattle, WA 98106

This growing fast-casual chainlet (with other locations in the U District, Capitol Hill, Burien, and Kirkland) specializes in Souther and Korean styles of crispy chicken, with the wings particularly a hot seller. There are “party packs” available to order online, with 50-150 wings, along with biscuits and array of sauces. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Postmates.

1521 SW 98th St
Seattle, WA 98106

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