The Best Finger-licking Fried Chicken in Sydney

If there’s one thing Sydney-siders love, it’s fried chicken. Here are our top picks for the most sizzling fried chicken spots!

Hot Spots

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Thirsty Bird

Potts Point

Brought to you by the masters behind Mr Crackles, Thirsty Bird is all things fried chicken. From half or whole fried chicken, to four types of $10 chicken burgers and sides that will have you drooling, including waffle fries, bacon mac’n’cheese, chicken crackling and buffalo wings! They’re open from 5.30pm Tuesdays through Sundays, but rush over there quickly before it all flies away. Find out more

We’re getting thirsty for fried chicken so we’d love to hear what you thought about this new spot!

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Surry Hills

Fried chicken, champagne and sneakers  – what a genius combo! This sizzling new hybrid store and restaurant has hit the streets of Sydney bringing a fusion of seriously juicy fried chicken with an urban flavour and the finest champagne. If you love butter, then be prepared to melt your taste buds with buttermilk in the fried chicken, dashi butter in the waffle sandwich, plus burnt butter and chocolate peanut butter cup soft serve flavours! Oh and don’t miss out on their celebrations during #WuTangWeek! Find out more

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Late-Night Snacking

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Chicken Institute

Surry Hills

From the chicken wall murals to the chicken logo perched atop the menu, it’s safe to say that Chicken Institute is a fairly chickeny place. Open ‘til 10pm Tuesday to Sunday, it’s also the perfect spot to grab a bite of tasty, Korean-infused after-hours nourishment. You can eat in or take away at your pleasure, and we assure you that the ‘Damn Good Fried Chicken’ has fully earned its name. Find out more

“The selection of the location of the store was just perfect, being at the fringe of Surry Hills with just enough space and seats (probably seating around 30 people) to cater for curious foodies out there, and then some. The da*n good fried chicken were also delicious try to get half/half so you can try more. Even the chips were beautiful!” – Easternian

On a Budget


Red Pepper


Crispy on the outside, tender in the middle. Red Pepper’s got this fried chicken thing nailed. And at such great value, too! This cosy bistro is part of the Strathfield Sports Club, but you don’t need to be a full-time member to enjoy its fruits. Its crunchy, meaty delights… Oh, we’d also strongly suggest the Spring Onion Fried Chicken, washed down with a cool Crown lager. Yum! Find out more

“Signing in as a temporary member is as easy as presenting ones drivers license to be scanned. We ordered half of the Boneless Black Sesame Chicken and half of the Spring Onion Fried Chicken. The Black Sesame Chicken was delicious with its crunchy coating and tender meat.” – chopsticks

Full of Flavour


The Sparrow’s Mill


With its bustling atmosphere, bouncy K-pop tunes and ever-bustling staff, there’s a reassuring sense of energy to this popular temple of quality chickendom. A sister restaurant to Red Pepper, The Sparrow’s Mill shares the former’s sumptuous menu, and, in terms of pure, flavoursome impact, you simply have to try either the Snow Cheese Chicken or the Spicy Chilli Chicken. Preferably both, really. Find out more

“One of the best places for fried chicken. Despite the sudden increase of fried chicken outlets popping up, Sparrow’s Mill maintains its high popularity. It must be the wide range of flavours they have plus the generous servings at decent prices.” – kningja

Hearty and Filling




Loud, grungy-rustic and alive with heavy metal spirit, Mary’s bar is two storeys of booze, music and wholesome, highly satisfying grub. From the steel barrels to the inexplicable basketball hoop to the lights made from converted Jack Daniels bottles, there’s something to catch the eye wherever you turn. So, round up your mates, order up a massive Whole Bird, and let the good times roll. Find out more

“Best burgers and fried chicken in Sydney! Love the music they play also.” – lulull

Bring a Friend


Moon Park


Modern Korean cuisine, Korean fusion cocktails and minimalistic Korean décor. Yep; if you like Korean, you’ll probably like Moon Park. Snugly tucked away above a furniture store on Redfern Street, this tranquil restaurant is a wonderful place to bring a mate or two for a nice catch up. The service is swift, courteous and friendly, and the Shrimp Brined Fried chicken is an irresistible combination of salty, crispy, tender chicken goodness. Find out more

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If you pay any of these fine venues a visit, don’t forget to review them on True Local.

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