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The best fried chicken in Edinburgh 2024

When it comes to the best fried chicken in Edinburgh, there are plenty of options to choose from. From classic fast food joints to trendy eateries, the city offers a diverse range of fried chicken experiences. Some places are known for their secret spice blends, while others pride themselves on their crispy and juicy chicken. Whether you like it spicy, breaded, or dipped in a signature sauce, Edinburgh has it all. Join us as we explore some of the top spots to enjoy the best fried chicken the city has to offer. 

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1. Chix

25 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2BQ

Chix in Edinburgh, founded by Chef Ed Cresswell and partner Ellie Gallacher, elevates fried chicken with a ‘fine dining makeover.’ Born from Cresswell’s background at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, Chix offers succulent fried chicken sandwiches and marinated boneless ‘tendies.’ Dips include gourmet choices like Sicilian Pesto Mayo and Spicy Gojuchang. Not your typical fried chicken joint, Chix blends high-quality cuisine with a laid-back vibe, emphasizing good times without the kitchen stress. They’ve crafted ten signature sauces, so don’t miss the dip!

2. Chooks

Floor, 415, St James Quarter Fourth, 417 St James Square, Edinburgh EH1 3AE

Chooks nails buttermilk fried chicken, be it wings or tenders. Pair them with their awesome waffle fries and a couple of dips. They offer popular fried chicken baskets and two sandwich options – classic with pickles and ranch, and a cornflake special with slaw and hot honey. Dive into a variety of dips like Ketchup, Garlic Mayo, BBQ, Ranch, and Hot Sauce.

3. Kaptain Karaage

5 W Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9QN

Kaptain Kaarage at 5 West Tollcross rocks street food with crispy fried chicken and three soy-rich sauces. Veggie option? Try the cauliflower version for a fresh twist. Beyond their specialty, they offer karrage and wagyu hot dogs loaded with slow-cooked onions, sauce, and spring onions. Despite a concise menu, their focus on the delicate deep-fried Japanese snack pays off. The Chicken Karaage is a sweet, savory, and surprisingly light delight, while the Cauliflower Karaage brings freshness. Fried chicken where the veggie alternative shines? These street food pros nail it!

4. Kim’s Bulgogi

11 St Stephen St, Edinburgh EH3 5AN

Kim’s Bulgogi is your go-to for quick, no-frills Korean comfort food. Dive into fried chicken bulgogi with sweet chili or sweet soy sauce, paired with ample rice. Need a sidekick? Grab some crispy fried chicken wings. If you fancy something different, they also do bibimbap and Beef bulgogi.

5. Chicking

27 Bernard St, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6SH

Chicking is your classic fast-food joint dishing out fried chicken. Think KFC vibes but with some unique twists like shawarma burgers and chicken rice bowls. Take your pick from burgers, buckets, or single pieces of chicken. Fast, familiar, and with a few surprises – that’s Chicking for you.

6. NeighbourWood

294 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5BX

NeighborWood serves up delicious and fresh Syrian food. Try the authentic Syrian chicken with a generous serving of rice, salad, and sauces. If fried chicken is your vibe, go for a half or a whole, complete with chips and dips.

7. Bread Meats Bread

90-92 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BE

Bread Meats Bread’s got your fried chicken burger cravings covered. The Angry Bird brings the heat with buffalo sauce, chillies, jalapeños, and blue cheese mayo. Truffle fan? The Truffle Shuffle boasts smoky mozzarella, truffle mayo, rocket, and parmesan. Keep it classic with the Fried Chicken Burger – pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and garlic mayo. Made with free-range buttermilk fried chicken, these burgers are perfect for big appetites.

8. On Bap

57 Clerk St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9JQ

On Bap, a small spot buzzing with students, stands out in Edinburgh’s growing Korean scene. Start with their outstanding Korean fried chicken, served with sweet chili or honey and soy sauce. If you’ve got room, dive into jjigae stew, chicken teriyaki on rice, or signature spicy bibimbap with meat, rice, and shredded veggies. The vibe is relaxed, the interiors basic, but the food is fresh and served up quick. Perfect for a laid-back lunch or dinner with friends.

9. Delightfully Delicious

15 Roseneath St, Edinburgh EH9 1JH

Delightfully Delicious nails American comfort food, especially their star – gluten free buttermilk fried chicken. The fried chicken is crispy and delightful, whether you’re gluten-free or not. Try the Korean waffle if available—it’s a winner. Their waffles and shakes are generous, filling portions at a good price. Opt for burgers like the New Yorker (house honey buffalo sauce, ranch, cheese, candied jalapenos, coleslaw, and lettuce in a cheddar & chive waffle) or go for a variety of fried chicken tenders.

10. Ong Gie

22 Brougham Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9JU

Ong Gie is a Korean gem, celebrated for its top-notch Korean fried chicken. Take your pick from sweet chili, sweet soy, or garlic sauce. Sides? Take your pick from bulgogi, Korean stews, bibimbap, dumplings, and more! Grab the packed lunch or spicy doshirak sets for a quick and value-packed lunch, or settle in for a dinner of authentic Korean home cooking. They whip up their own kimchi every two weeks and bake roll cakes (Korean mochi) for dessert.

11. Butta Burger

137 George St, Edinburgh EH2 4JY

Butta Burger is comfort food heaven for fried chicken enthusiasts, with a laid-back vibe perfect for casual dining. The menu is loaded with fried chicken burger options like the Korean Chick with kimchi and bonnet hot sauce, the Chicken Chilli Cheese with American cheese, smoked jalapeño relish, and ranch, or the Gravy Chick featuring pickles and chicken gravy mayo for that Deep South flavor. Don’t miss the three types of chicken fingers with equally delicious dipping sauces. And if you’re into crispy fried hot wings, Butta Burger’s are seriously hot – for those who can handle the heat!

12. Jollibee

136 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4TG

Jollibee, the first Filipino fast food chain in the UK, focuses on Chickenjoy and Spicy Chickenjoy in their logo-emblazoned bucket. The Chicken Tenders, with their russet-colored crumb and an Asian Ginger Chilli dip, steal the show for us. The menu also offers intriguing options like Jolly Spaghetti – pasta with sweet red sauce, hot-dog chunks, and grated cheese. Don’t miss the Jollibee Tropical Chicken Sandwich, a twist on their best-selling Chicken Sandwich with pineapple on top.

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