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Where to Eat the Finest Fried Chicken in Dallas

Because there's nothing more perfect than crispy, juicy, deep-fried yardbird

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Classic fried chicken is always en vogue, whether you prefer a thin and crispy crust or something more substantial. Dallas is a veritable wonderland of excellent fried chicken dishes, some of which pop up in some pretty unexpected places. Which leads to the question: Where do you find Dallas' best fried chicken?

Not surprisingly, it's not hard to find a great bucket (or plate, bag – the vessel is not important) of fried chicken in the Big D. Whether you're looking for something classic or trendy, country-style or globally influenced, these Dallas restaurants offer a bounty of deep-fried, finger-lickin' goodness.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Whistle Britches

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6110 Frankford Rd
Dallas, TX 75252
(972) 590-8991
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This chicken shack from chef Omar Flores has earned a loyal crowd of regulars, and for good reason. The birds here are brined in pickle juice and covered in a crispy batter, available on the bone or in ridiculously good chicken sandwiches. Try the Hot Dang, Flores' take on Nashville-style hot chicken.

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

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1006 W Main St
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 245-7773
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The O.G. of Dallas' fried chicken scene, Babe's Chicken Dinner House is an excellent option for perfectly fried bird. Order up fried chicken on the bone or strips, all paired with a selection of family-style sides included in the price. Just don't fill up on those biscuits before the chicken comes.

3. Ricky's Hot Chicken

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100 S Central Expy #18
Richardson, TX 75080
(214) 272-3735
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There are now a bounty of fried chicken spots slinging super-spicy, Nashville-style hot chicken, and Ricky’s is among the best. Halal chicken is fried to crunchy perfection, then offered in five different spice levels that range from “no heat” to “A-bomb.” Cool down with a side of vinegar slaw.

4. Roots Southern Table

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13050 Bee St Suit 160
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
(214) 346-4441
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Chef Tiffany Derry’s Roots Chicken Shack, with its duck fat fried chicken, has been supplanted by her wonderful restaurant in Farmers Branch. Get it there but add the gruyere potato and a fancy cocktail.

5. Celebration Restaurant

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4503 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 351-5681
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When Grandma's kitchen isn't open, get thee to Celebration for a down-home plate of classic fried chicken. There aren't any fancy sous vide machines or uber-trendy garnishes to be found, but the time-tested combination of marinating, breading, and frying is executed perfectly at this Dallas stalwart.

6. Bubba's Cooks Country

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6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 373-6527
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With a name like Bubba's, great fried chicken makes sense, but this Dallas classic thoroughly exceeds expectations. The #1 combo – a piece of chicken, one side, and a roll – makes for an excellent light lunch, but go ahead and splurge on the three piece.

7. Pinulito Fried Chicken

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10349 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228
(469) 872-0012
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This hole in the wall spot that’s so far into far East Dallas that it’s inches away from being in Mesquite has some remarkable fried chicken. The offerings are limited so they can focus on doing what they do well: fry up crispy, salty chicken.

8. Streets Fine Chicken

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3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219
(469) 917-7140
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A French-inspired take on the classic Southern fried yard bird awaits at this Oak Lawn eatery. The chicken here is brined for 24 hours in a secret concoction that includes lemon and herbes de provence, which results in an endlessly juicy bird.

9. Mike's Chicken

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4234 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 443-7822
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Whether it's wings, tenders, or crisply fried drumsticks you crave, Mike's is an ideal choice. Order a four-piece chicken tender combo served with a selection of housemade dipping sauces (including a peanut butter-infused Buffalo sauce) or combine dark & white meat for a perfect on-the-bone combo. In addition to the Maple Ave. location, Mike’s opened a new spot on Forrest Lane in North Dallas this year.

10. Darkoo’s Chicken Shack

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4812 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75204
(972) 803-3373
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While the Lao-influenced elotes and sake juice boxes are a draw, the main character at Darkoo’s is incredible Laotian and Japanese influenced fried chicken. Pick a favorite style (Lao Gai, Japanese karaage, or Hainanese chicken rice) and order the 24-hour brined fried chicken.

11. The Slow Bone

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2234 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 377-7727
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Order barbecue if you must, but The Slow Bone's fried chicken is the stuff of legends. Chef Jeffrey Hobbs starts off by smoking a pan of water for the brine, letting the chicken chill overnight, then deep fries the birds to crispy, crunchy perfection.

12. Yardbird Table & Bar

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2121 N Pearl St St 170
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 208-2441
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Yardbird brought its take on Southern comfort food to Uptown Dallas in 2020. If you’d like your fried chicken prepared in a manner befitting a James Beard nomination and the atmosphere to be more fancy than homestyle, get here for the half bird with hot honey. The chicken and waffles is also deep fried deliciousness.

13. Brick & Bones

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2713 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 914-6776
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The fried chicken at this Deep Ellum haunt has a seriously devoted crowd of loyal followers. The chicken here (bone-in or tenders) is brined for 24 hours to make it juicy, then battered and served in a bucket, on rice, or alongside a waffle. Try the “sexy chicken,” or bird that’s deep-fried without batter and tossed in Nashville-style hot chicken oil.

14. Rudy's Chicken

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3115 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216
(214) 375-9234

Head to South Dallas for fried chicken so delicious that you’ll “slap yo mamma’s mamma,” or at least that’s what Rudy says. Gloriously greasy thighs and legs are some of the best in Dallas, perfectly seasoned and never soggy. Pro-tips: expect a line, and don’t forget to bring cash — cards are no good here.

1. Whistle Britches

6110 Frankford Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

This chicken shack from chef Omar Flores has earned a loyal crowd of regulars, and for good reason. The birds here are brined in pickle juice and covered in a crispy batter, available on the bone or in ridiculously good chicken sandwiches. Try the Hot Dang, Flores' take on Nashville-style hot chicken.

6110 Frankford Rd
Dallas, TX 75252

2. Babe's Chicken Dinner House

1006 W Main St, Carrollton, TX 75006

The O.G. of Dallas' fried chicken scene, Babe's Chicken Dinner House is an excellent option for perfectly fried bird. Order up fried chicken on the bone or strips, all paired with a selection of family-style sides included in the price. Just don't fill up on those biscuits before the chicken comes.

1006 W Main St
Carrollton, TX 75006

3. Ricky's Hot Chicken

100 S Central Expy #18, Richardson, TX 75080

There are now a bounty of fried chicken spots slinging super-spicy, Nashville-style hot chicken, and Ricky’s is among the best. Halal chicken is fried to crunchy perfection, then offered in five different spice levels that range from “no heat” to “A-bomb.” Cool down with a side of vinegar slaw.

100 S Central Expy #18
Richardson, TX 75080

4. Roots Southern Table

13050 Bee St Suit 160, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Chef Tiffany Derry’s Roots Chicken Shack, with its duck fat fried chicken, has been supplanted by her wonderful restaurant in Farmers Branch. Get it there but add the gruyere potato and a fancy cocktail.

13050 Bee St Suit 160
Farmers Branch, TX 75234

5. Celebration Restaurant

4503 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209

When Grandma's kitchen isn't open, get thee to Celebration for a down-home plate of classic fried chicken. There aren't any fancy sous vide machines or uber-trendy garnishes to be found, but the time-tested combination of marinating, breading, and frying is executed perfectly at this Dallas stalwart.

4503 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

6. Bubba's Cooks Country

6617 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75205

With a name like Bubba's, great fried chicken makes sense, but this Dallas classic thoroughly exceeds expectations. The #1 combo – a piece of chicken, one side, and a roll – makes for an excellent light lunch, but go ahead and splurge on the three piece.

6617 Hillcrest Ave
Dallas, TX 75205

7. Pinulito Fried Chicken

10349 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228

This hole in the wall spot that’s so far into far East Dallas that it’s inches away from being in Mesquite has some remarkable fried chicken. The offerings are limited so they can focus on doing what they do well: fry up crispy, salty chicken.

10349 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX 75228

8. Streets Fine Chicken

3857 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

A French-inspired take on the classic Southern fried yard bird awaits at this Oak Lawn eatery. The chicken here is brined for 24 hours in a secret concoction that includes lemon and herbes de provence, which results in an endlessly juicy bird.

3857 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas, TX 75219

9. Mike's Chicken

4234 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Whether it's wings, tenders, or crisply fried drumsticks you crave, Mike's is an ideal choice. Order a four-piece chicken tender combo served with a selection of housemade dipping sauces (including a peanut butter-infused Buffalo sauce) or combine dark & white meat for a perfect on-the-bone combo. In addition to the Maple Ave. location, Mike’s opened a new spot on Forrest Lane in North Dallas this year.

4234 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

10. Darkoo’s Chicken Shack

4812 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75204

While the Lao-influenced elotes and sake juice boxes are a draw, the main character at Darkoo’s is incredible Laotian and Japanese influenced fried chicken. Pick a favorite style (Lao Gai, Japanese karaage, or Hainanese chicken rice) and order the 24-hour brined fried chicken.

4812 Bryan St
Dallas, TX 75204

11. The Slow Bone

2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

Order barbecue if you must, but The Slow Bone's fried chicken is the stuff of legends. Chef Jeffrey Hobbs starts off by smoking a pan of water for the brine, letting the chicken chill overnight, then deep fries the birds to crispy, crunchy perfection.

2234 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

12. Yardbird Table & Bar

2121 N Pearl St St 170, Dallas, TX 75201

Yardbird brought its take on Southern comfort food to Uptown Dallas in 2020. If you’d like your fried chicken prepared in a manner befitting a James Beard nomination and the atmosphere to be more fancy than homestyle, get here for the half bird with hot honey. The chicken and waffles is also deep fried deliciousness.

2121 N Pearl St St 170
Dallas, TX 75201

13. Brick & Bones

2713 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

The fried chicken at this Deep Ellum haunt has a seriously devoted crowd of loyal followers. The chicken here (bone-in or tenders) is brined for 24 hours to make it juicy, then battered and served in a bucket, on rice, or alongside a waffle. Try the “sexy chicken,” or bird that’s deep-fried without batter and tossed in Nashville-style hot chicken oil.

2713 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

14. Rudy's Chicken

3115 S Lancaster Rd, Dallas, TX 75216

Head to South Dallas for fried chicken so delicious that you’ll “slap yo mamma’s mamma,” or at least that’s what Rudy says. Gloriously greasy thighs and legs are some of the best in Dallas, perfectly seasoned and never soggy. Pro-tips: expect a line, and don’t forget to bring cash — cards are no good here.

3115 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216

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