Chicken has long been a London Kitchen team favourite, and it seems we’re not alone. Fried chicken is the country’s fastest growing fast food – it seems nothing can stem our appetite for it!
London is packed full of chicken shops, but some really are hidden gems. Our ultimate list of London’s best chicken shops shows where you will find The London Kitchen when the cravings hit.
Brooklyn Bowl, O2 SE1
Brothers, chefs and restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg, of Blue Ribbon restaurants, have been guiding forces in the culinary world for over twenty years. They introduced a new wave of dining with an eclectic range of food and a casual atmosphere that became an industry meeting ground for chefs and gourmands alike. Now Londoners can experience their iconic fried chicken dinners at Brooklyn Bowl in the O2.
Located in Kentish Town, Tooting and Whitechapel, Chicken Shop serves up free-range birds from Banham’s Farm in Norfolk, which are marinated overnight, steamed and then cooked over charcoal on a special rotisserie. Emma’s tip? The amazing smokey wood fired whole chicken.
Sister restaurant to Dabbous, still the hottest ticket in town, Barnyard is a more informal version serving up some of the best chicken in town. Jay recommends the crispy chicken wings with smoked paprika, garlic and lemon. And if you fancy trying fried chicken at home, he’s got Gizzi Erskine’s top secret recipe.
Bird, Kingsland Road E2
When a restaurant’s called Bird you know the chicken’s going to be good. Jamie tells us it’s amongst the best free range fried chicken he’s ever had, and the buttermilk ranch dip sets it all off nicely. By the way, this place also does a chicken and waffle burger. Yeah, you read that right.
Le Coq, Islington N1
Le Coq serves rotisserie chicken, from free-range and organic birds from Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. The roasts are served with a seasonal vegetable accompaniment, which changes often. It’s quality meat that needs to extras!
Busaba may not be an obvious choice of chicken restaurant, but this Thai eatery has one incredible fried chicken dish on its menu. And that’s the fried chicken with lemongrass, shallot and sweet chilli sauce. Different, and so delicious.
Burger joint Patty and Bun is all about comfort food. There’s a short menu of gourmet burgers in brioche buns, served with skin-on, thin-cut chips. Their ‘Winger Winger Chicken Dinner’ takes chicken wings to another level, it’s smoked confit wings drizzled in BBQ sauce and topped with spring onions. Beautiful!
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