Special Report

The 35 Best Fried Chicken Places in America

Source: Eileen T. via Yelp

Love Letter Pizza & Chicken
> Location: La Habra, California
> Rating: 4.5

This chain from South Korea, which has a number of locations around California and in other states, specializes in two things: Korean-style pizza (a thick-crust variety; some crusts are stuffed with sweet potato) and fried chicken — available in regular and extra-crispy versions, as well as “Sweet & Mild” and “Hot & Spicy.”

Mad For Chicken
> Location: Flushing, New York
> Rating: 4

The Flushing (Queens) location of this Korean fried chicken place opened in 2006 (there’s now a second Queens location and one in Brooklyn). Wings, drumsticks, and boneless breasts are offered, with soy garlic or spicy soy garlic sauce. There are also Buffalo wings and scallion chicken, described as “deep-fried boneless breast with scallion, red onion, and sweet mustard sauce.” The eclectic side-dish selection includes kimchi fries, poutine, and Mexican-style grilled corn.

Source: Mike's Chicken via Facebook

Mike’s Chicken
> Location: Dallas, Texas
> Rating: 4.5

What the Dallas Observer called “the crispiest, juiciest Dallas fried chicken” comes from an eatery at one end of a laundromat. Both operations are owned by Tram and Son Dao, a Vietnamese couple who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s. The point here is good fried chicken, not heat — but all the various chicken parts are available spicy if desired.

Source: Oh Mama Kitchen

Oh Mama Kitchen
> Location: La Mirada, California
> Rating: 5

Located in the southeastern L.A. County community of La Mirada, Oh Mama is a Korean deli with a short menu that includes kimbap (the Korean version of sushi, here made with cooked Spam, burdock root, or fish cake) and spicy rice cakes as well as fried chicken wings — hailed as some of the best in California.

Source: Peck Peck Korean Fried Chicken via Facebook

Peck Peck Korean Fried Chicken
> Location: Teaneck, New Jersey
> Rating: 4.5

“We’re a small mom & pop shop with a very big dream,” announces the Peck Peck website. The wings are an assortment of wingettes and drumettes, and there are also drumstick combos (which adds legs to the wings), chicken tenders, and two chicken salads. The chicken comes in three flavors: salt and pepper, soy garlic, and sweet and spicy.