10 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants In Vancouver To Eat At In 2023 (+ What To Order)

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Vancouver, can you smell that? 

It’s invading your nostrils everywhere you step in the city. It’s keeping you up at night. It’s even distracting you at your job. 

The aroma haunting your very soul is the powerfully sinful scent emanating from every fried chicken place in Vancouver. You inhale the air, almost tasting the fried goodness in every whiff, and start to crave the crispiness of the skin harmonizing with the moistness of the meat.

But where can you find the best-fried chicken in Vancouver? Which restaurants have the secret touch that’ll have you coming back for more, day after day? After all, a simply mediocre chicken place won’t satisfy your immutable craving.

Lucky for you, we compiled one of our most succulent lists to date: the top 10 best fried chicken restaurants in Vancouver!

Chez Christophe
THE patisserie for elegantly handcrafted chocolates and artisan croissants.
prawns on dish
Provence Marinaside
Experience the true charm of French cuisine, coupled with West Coast flare at the Provence Marinaside.
Baroness Bubble Tea
Not just another bubble tea brand. Serving some of the best in the city.
Vancouver Island
Qualicum Beach Cafe
Fresh local ingredients and the beautiful ocean view, makes this a perfect spot to relax or for a romantic date.
Mount Pleasant
Maizal RMF
Serves some of the best tacos in Vancouver.
Downtown Vancouver
Brunch Vancouver
Cozy family-owned Brunch restaurant giving you the taste of Mexico
Water St. Cafe
Award-winning restaurant that has been a Vancouver staple for over 30 years.
Dosanko serves Yoshoku-style, seasonally inspired, local ingredients following Japanese traditions.

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10. Duffin’s Donut

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How could a place with “donuts” in its name be famous for anything other than donuts? By making some of the best fried chicken in Vancouver. That’s how. 

We get it, a donut shop serving Chinese food, noodles, tortas, donuts, and boba might confuse – even concern – you at first. However, you’ll be blown away by Duffin’s fried chicken once you take your first illustrious bite. Suddenly you’ll be overwhelmed by a chicken that’s crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and served to perfection 24 hours a day!

Duffin’s is family-owned and has been around for thirty years—giving the staff plenty of time to craft each subtle hint of texture and flavor in every one of the cultural smorgasbord of menu items.

Address: 1391 E. 41st ave, Vancouver, BC

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9. Nightingale

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A definite crowd favourite is Nightingale’s stunning buttermilk fried chicken topped with spiced maple syrup, sumac and pickles. It is only one delightful piece in this modernized Canadian menu puzzle. You’ll also be swept off your feet by a diverse range of culinary excellence and aesthetics when you set foot in this restaurant.

While Nightingale is more than just a fried chicken place, there is no doubt it’s still host to some of the best-fried chicken in Vancouver.

Location: 1017 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C4

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8. Nene Chicken

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Famous for serving up perfectly-fried chicken that batters crispy and juicy at the same time, Nene Chicken is our all-time favorite spot whenever we’re craving Korean-style fried chicken with all sorts of sauces that are absolutely finger-licking!

You can find a variety of choices of Classic or Boneless fried chicken showcasing tons of different flavors. Some of the most outstanding include Snowing Chilly Chicken, Soy Garlic Chicken, and the latest one, CreamyOn Chicken.

Start with Soy Garlic Chicken to be impressed by the flavorful, deep, rich taste profile, and continually get seduced by the cheesy, spicy Snowing Chilly Chicken. For CreamyOn Chicken, be prepared to experience that fantastic combination of creamy, lightly sweet and mouth-watering taste with every bite!

What to order: Snowing Chilly Chicken, Soy Garlic Chicken, CreamyOn Chicken, Swicy Chicken

-1070 Kingsway Vancouver, BC V5V 1N9
-1231 Davie St. Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4

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7. LA Chicken

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LA Chicken is nothing fancy, but its loyal masses don’t seem to mind that. Instead, the legions of customers both old and new making their sojourn to this Richmond haven of fried chicken seem more focused on other culinary factors.

Namely, the satisfyingly crispy breading nestling the juicy meat that falls off the bone before you can take your first bite.

There’s fries, coleslaw, and gravy but make no mistake, LA Chicken is first and foremost a fried chicken joint—and once you’ve had your first bite you’ll be very content with that fact. Now onto the difficult decisions; spicy or original?

Address: 11780 Thorpe Rd, Richmond, BC

Order Online: DoorDash

6. Church’s Chicken

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Church’s painstaking process is the most sterling example that frying the most nuanced, richly flavored chicken is truly a labor of love. It starts when they marinate their farm fresh chicken in their original recipe of spices the night before. They then hand-bread each piece of chicken. With that kind of dedication to the process, crunch and flavor are almost guaranteed!

When you go to Church’s, you’ll enjoy generous portions served piping hot, a perfectly balanced batter, and wonderfully crisp skin over tender cuts of chicken. 

Don’t let the fast food label fool you, quality is the reason Church’s has its sterling reputation throughout Vancouver.

Address: Multiple throughout BC

Order Online: SkipTheDishes

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5. Kosoo

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For more darn good Korean Fried Chicken, you’ll need to go to Kosoo on Robson Street. This popular spot draws large crowds, because they know how to make good fried chicken, and BBQ. Go hang out with a bunch of friends and enjoy beer and chicken Korean style.

There’s nothing that isn’t amazing on their menu, and we adore some Honey Butter Fried Chicken, and the Mayack. Try the Soy Garlic Chiba, or go for some gorgeous Grilled Pork Belly with lettuce, miso soup, spicy salad, dipping Sauce, and two bowls of rice. Wash it all down with soju and you’re good to go!

Address: 1128 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2

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4. Juke Fried Chicken

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If you suffer from a gluten intolerance or simply have an aversion to gluten, we’ve got some incredible news for you; thanks to Juke, you can actually enjoy fried chicken! Even better? Although lacking in gluten, Juke’s fried chicken isn’t lacking in satisfying crispiness, tantalizing juiciness, or mouthwatering flavor. 

You can order these gluten-free pieces of heaven in non-spicy or spicy (and believe us, it’s very spicy!) with the classic fixins like cornbread, brown-butter corn on the cob, or Juke’s signature dirty fries which arrive perfectly cooked and smattered with gravy, green onions, and pickled onions.

Dare we say even gluten lovers would be enamored by Jukes delectable fried chicken.

Address: 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver BC

Order Online: DoorDash | Uber Eats | Skip the Dishes

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3. Phnom Penh

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A family-style restaurant, Phnom Penh is known for what locals call the ‘Holy Trinity’ – 3 items that comprise of Cambodian-style fried chicken wings, beef luc luc, and butter beef.

Since we’re talking about fried chicken, we’ll focus on the wings.

But these are no regular chicken wings nor is Phnom Penh an ordinary chicken place, evidenced by eager diners standing in line for hours anticipating their first bite. Unlike your common fried chicken, Phnom Penh is able to accomplish a light dish bolstered by the addition of just a touch of sugary sweetness to balance the salty wings.

Needless to say, there’s no wonder Phnom Penh has grown into jam-packed local staple.

Address: 244 Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z7


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2. Frying Pan

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Frying pan’s mission statement is to serve the best fried chicken in the world. While it’s a lofty goal and utterly impossible to quantify, this fantastic food truck (and Gastown storefront) is certainly on the right track.

The energetic, cheerful staff is known for serving a bevy of mouthwatering dishes, including a hearty fried chicken burger that diners won’t stop raving about. If you’ve even got any room left after the burger, you can order the Frying pan’s crispy bulgogi fries. And hey, if you possess an actual bottomless pit, you can order a fried egg on top of your fried chicken burger!

Food trucks really know how to have fun – and the Frying Pan is no different. While we can’t distinguish whether Frying Pan contains the best fried chicken in the world, we can safely proclaim its standing as one of the premier fried chicken places in Vancouver!

We also featured them in Vol.3 below:

-Black-505 Burrard st. Vancouver, BC
-Silver-900 W Cordova st. Vancouver, BC

Order Online: Website | DoorDash

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1. Downlow Chickenshack

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It’s funny how a place called Downlow could make you feel so high with the scrumptiousness of its otherworldly fried chicken.

Downlow’s delectably juicy boneless chicken thigh is its signature dish, characterized by the crispy skin synonymous with any fried chicken worth savoring. It’s best ordered with the DL sauce (a spicy mayo-based sauced) drizzled delicately on top and cornbread on the side.

In fact, we’d feel irresponsible as gastronomical enthusiasts if we didn’t further elaborate on the inconceivable deliciousness of the cornbread. Layered with cheese and jalapeno slices and a slathering of honey and butter, this ‘side’ dish packs the satisfying punch of any main course.

Downlow certainly lends credence to the notion that you need to visit the lowest point before you reach new heights. 

Address: 905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC

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We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about Noms’ top ten best fried chicken restaurants in Vancouver.

Once you’ve scoured the city to satisfy your fried chicken fix, why not take care of your sushi fix next?

How We Create Our “Best” Lists

All Noms Magazine’s “best” lists are created using multiple factors and signals to help readers find the best restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at. Some of these factors and signs include personal experiences, correspondence with locals, and compiling experiences from review sites.

Each list is also created to be balanced (in terms of price, cuisine type, ambiance, and more) as possible. This means that the lists are not specifically created in ranking order. You should be comfortable picking from any of the spots on the list and generally have a good time. But of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary) and everyone may have different experiences/palates.