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Best Fried Chicken SLC

Sometimes only the crisp and crunch of juicy hot chicken right from the fryer will do. Calories be damned. It’s fried chicken time. The following are some of the best-fried chicken dishes, restaurants, and options you can find around Salt Lake City. I’ll start with my own personal favorites.

HSL - fried chicken
HSL – fried chicken

HSL – my top pick

At this downtown SLC restaurant chef Briar Handly always ensures there’s a fried chicken dish on the menu; the specifics change with the season but what doesn’t is that gloriously perfect fried bone-in chicken! Pictured above is a half-chicken of thigh and breast with Summery salad. The fried chicken is always a staple here, and I’ve not tasted a better exampled at a sit-down restaurant in town.

418 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 539-9999

Koyote - karage wings (Gastronomic SLC)
Koyote – karage wings (Gastronomic SLC)

Koyote – my top pick

Brined for some sixty hours, the chicken inside these fried wings is coated in gluten-free potato starch before being deep-fried. Twice. The relatively thin coating is the diametric opposite of a heavy-handed batter, lending a slight crisp and impeccable shatter. A dusting of vinegar salt and mizuna (Japanese mustard greens) complete the plate. A quartet comes to an order ($9) and much like the mackerel, I can’t immediately name a better version in the city. Read my full writeup of Koyote in this story.

551 W 400 N, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(385) 262-5559

Pretty Bird - chicken sandwich with crinkle fries
Pretty Bird – chicken sandwich with crinkle fries

Pretty Bird – my top pick

When Viet Pham left his popular fine dining gig at Forage, folks probably understood the move; his subsequent media career saw him feature on a myriad of TV shows, including famously beating Bobbly Flay. When he returned to the dining scene, many didn’t expect fried chicken to be the vehicle that brought him back.

Pham’s fried chicken honors the best of Nashville spicy fried chicken. his tiny miss and you’ll blink it spot in Downtown SLC offers basically two dishes – a fried chicken plate, or a fried chicken sandwich. Each is offered in various spice levels. Sides are minimal too – the star of the show here is fried chicken and it more than regularly sells out.

146 Regent St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Harmons fried chicken
Harmons fried chicken

Harmons – my top pick

This local Utah grocery store is home to one of the best-kept foodie secrets in town: it’s home to some killer fried chicken. The store offers the chicken in four and ten-packs as well as a variety of other options like “less only”. While we often dive right into the chilled chicken out of the box – it’s best when quickly reheated. Hint: five minutes in an air fryer works wonders!

Various locations

Franklin Avenue - chicken and waffles
Franklin Avenue – chicken and funnel ca

Franklin Avenue – my top pick

Looking for chicken and waffles? Stop and reconsider what you *really* want. The picture above then – the chicken n “waffles” plate at Franklin. The base of the dish is a frisbee-sized slab of funnel cake, a piped and fried entanglement. On top, an equally blush-worthy large piece of fried chicken, togarashi, dynamite aioli, and maple syrup, the final flourishes.  This mammoth calorie infusion is just one of fifteen dishes on the brunch menu which is available until 3.00 p.m. at weekends.

231 S Edison St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(385) 831-7560

Curry Fried Chicken
Curry Fried Chicken with fries

Curry Fried Chicken – my top pick

Curry. Fried. Chicken. Just take a moment for that to sink in. Spicy, richly aromatic, and punching with Indian flavor – this chicken is legit. Indeed, it’s great fried chicken in its own right, the seasoning simply takes it over the top. The modest fast-casual space is close to downtown and perfect for grab-and-go lunches and dinners.

660 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 924-9188

Chicken Shack - wings and tenders
Chicken Shack – wings and tenders

The Chicken Shack

The Chicken Shack hit the streets of SLC in the Summer of 2021. The business is a mini-chain out of Las Vegas, and cooks up a range of chicken wings, fingers, fries, and more. The restaurant is a fast-casual setup and gets extra points for a menu with a wide range of rubs and sauces.

358 S 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(385) 229-4856

Mr Charlie's Chicken Fingers - chicken and waffle
Mr Charlie’s Chicken Fingers – chicken and waffle

Mr Charlie’s Chicken Fingers

Mr Charlie’s focuses on just one thing – exceptional chicken fingers. The business expanded with a second location in 2021, and with it, a new dish for this bigger location. Head to the Draper Mr Charlie’s and you will find their chicken and waffle dish, perfectly juicy and savory tenders over a sweet waffle. And yes, there’s maple syrup.

592 E 12300 S, Draper, UT 84020
(801) 938-9561

The Angry Korean

The guys behind South Jordan’s The Angry Korean started their culinary careers in Utah with just a few inches of cooking space in a food truck. That all changed when they opened their first bricks and mortar store in 2019. Their fried chicken is crisp, sticky, sweet, and spicy – be sure to ask for plenty of napkins! The version comes in both milder and spicier versions, so don’t worry if you like your Korean fried chicken at either end of the spectrum – they have you covered.

Mom's Kitchen - Taiwanese fried chicken
Mom’s Kitchen – Taiwanese fried chicken

Mom’s Kitchen

These bite sized morsels of crunch fun are flavored with a five-spice powder and hoisin. This Taiwanese preparation can be found at Mom’s Kitchen in South Salt Lake and is just as good as a snack to share, or greedily gobble up all to yourself.

SLC Eatery - fried chicken
SLC Eatery – fried chicken

SLC Eatery

The chef-driven menu at SLC Eatery is always subject to change – but if you see their fried chicken on the menu – bite their hands off and order right away. These guys cook a mean chicken and it’s not to be missed.

1017 S Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen - fried chicken
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen – fried chicken

Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken

Let it never be said we’re foodie snobs here. Salt Lake City is home to multiple locations of Popeye’s and it’s one of the better fast food fried chickens going. And we say that even though KFC started right here in Salt Lake City. In fact you can still visit the very first KFC right here in SLC.

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