10 Must-Try Fried Chicken Spots in the City

Craving fried chicken? We've got just the list for you.

June 25, 2018

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Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, there’s something addicting about eating fried chicken. From the classic Southern-style to the trendy Japanese Karaage to everything in between, here are ten restaurants in the city sure to make you forget your diet and say ‘cluck it’.

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1. The Fried Chicken Works

Nestled in the Lonsdale Quay market, The Fried Chicken Works is home to some of Vancouver’s most notable Korean-styled BBQ chicken. Their fried chicken boasts a non-oily, crispy skin dusted in a variety of seasoning and sauces, from sweet and mild to honey butter garlic. If you’re feeling extra brave, opt for their extreme spicy sauce with sesame and peanuts.

2. Juke Fried Chicken, Ribs and Cocktails

Located in Chinatown, Juke’s serves their fried chicken classic, sauce-tossed and paired with East Asian peanut slaw. Enjoy your crunchy chicken with a fresh drink from the weekend brunch program, including grapefruit Mimosas and the house Caesar. Alternatively, Juke’s chicken also pairs well with their many custom cocktails.

3. Cocoru Beer & Chicken

Located in Richmond, this restaurant’s signature fried chicken features a wide range of dipping sauces—like the Yangnyeom, soy garlic, and spicy Korean sauce—each topped with peanut crumbs, sliced garlic flakes and sesame seeds.

4. Damso Restaurant

Move over Colonel Sanders: Damso serves its KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) with your choice of sweet chilli glaze, salt and pepper or tasty soy garlic and spicy sauce.

5. Kin Kao Thai Kitchen

Kin Kao Thai Kitchen, found on Commercial Drive, doesn’t serve massive golden fried chicken pieces but it does offer its cousin: the chicken wing. Marinated in fish sauce and tossed with cilantro, garlic, vinegar and lime, the chicken wings here are definitely to Thai for (see what we did there?).

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6. Samurai Japanese Sushi

Samurai Japanese Sushi features a wide selection of teriyaki chicken, chicken Katsu and Karaage. Each Japanese dish is coated with a different glaze, but they all lead to the same result: a happy stomach.

7. Zabu Chicken

Zabu Chicken on Robson Street offers a light, crispy and less greasy version of the standard fried chicken. Available in three types—soy, hot and signature—this chicken menu is the essence of Seoul food.

8. Phnom Penh Restaurant 

The Phnom Penh deep-fried chicken wings are a must-try delicacy. Lightly battered and seasoned with rock salt, white pepper and a pinch of sugar, Phnom Penh’s chicken wings also come with a special, tangy dipping sauce.

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9. Ajuker Fried Chicken

This Korean eatery offers golden chicken nuggets with tons of toppings, including sweet soy sauce, shredded green onions, melted cheese and assorted veggies. With so many options, it can be hard to pick just one. Thankfully, Ajuker’s menu features a half-and-half option so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

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10. G8 Taiwan Kitchen

Featuring an assortment of tofu, squid, fish cakes and more, Taiwanese fried chicken is the speciality at this Oak Street kitchen. Coated with Taiwanese spices, basil leaves and sweet chilli sauce, it’s the perfect pick me up when you’re feeling a bit peckish.

 

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