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Where to Find the Absolute Hottest Hot Chicken in DFW

Super spicy yardbird is the city’s biggest food trend right now. Here’s where to find it.

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Over the past several months, no trend in Dallas food has been hotter than saucy, spicy fried chicken. Ranging from straightforward interpretations of Nashville’s cayenne-laden hot chicken to riffs on the classic, there are plenty of new spots that can satisfy a craving for some ridiculously hot fried chicken.

Use this map as a guide to the city’s best hot chicken spots, and be prepared to take the heat.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hot Chicks Chicken

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1885 Dallas Pkwy Suite 300
Plano, TX 75093

Opening December 14 in Plano, Hot Chicks already has a fiery operation in Fort Worth. The small chain boasts Halal, dairy-free and peanut-free hot chicken, in a range of heat levels and configurations from tenders to sandwiches to tacos. If you’re looking for the most heat, the Hot AF is the spiciest choice.

2. Super Chix

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14999 Preston Rd Suite 226
Dallas, TX 75254
(972) 788-0660
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Saucy and topped with hot sauce and pickles, the Nashville hot chicken sandwich at Super Chic is nothing to sneeze at. It also comes on a salad, for a lighter trip to Nashville.

3. Ricky's Hot Chicken

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100 S Central Expy #18
Richardson, TX 75080
(214) 272-3735
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Another spot for halal, dairy-free and peanut-free spicy fried chicken, Ricky’s in Richardson has baskets of crinkle cuts, tenders and sandwiches alongside their trademark special sauce. Take note, though: This spot frequently attracts lengthy lines, but at least they’re outside and generally socially distant.

4. Palmer's Hot Chicken

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6465 E Mockingbird Ln #316
Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 863-9366
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With half the restaurant designed to offer open-air patio seating, Palmer’s had a pandemic plan built into its opening here in Dallas. Palmer’s offers “Haul it Home” service for picking up quarts of sides like greens or beans, or even their cool frosé, which is necessary to cool off the spot’s hotter Nashville Hot fried chicken spice levels of “Nashville” and “Napalm.” “Novice” and “Naked” are tamer flavors.

5. Rapscallion

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2023 Greenville Ave #110
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 291-5660
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The description of the fried chicken dish that’s long been a star of this Greenville Avenue restaurant reads a little bit like poetry: “Brined and crisp-fried tender chicken tossed in a Szechuan mala sauce, perched upon savory braised greens and snuggled up next to a house-made biscuit.”

6. Lucky's Hot Chicken

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4505 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75246
(214) 443-7927
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Inside a completely renovated laundromat on Gaston, Lucky’s offers crinkle cut fries, soft serve and spicy chicken wings, tenders and sandwiches in a range of five spice levels from Kinda Lucky to Best of Luck. Sauces include ranch, hot honey, honey mustard, comeback and cheese sauce, available to order online and grab to go at luckyshotchicken.com.

7. Uchiba

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2817 Maple Ave Floor 2
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 855-5454
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The small-but-mighty hot fried chicken bun at Uchiba represents a Japanese twist on the Nashville hot chicken sandwich: a spicy, saucy fried chicken thigh sits on a Parker house roll topped with pickles, cornichon gastrique. Available for dine-in or for pickup curbside.

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Hot Fried Chicken Bun at Uchiba
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8. INVASION

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4029 Crutcher St
Dallas, TX 75246
(214) 272-7312
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This spot is near famous for its stacked chicken sandwiches named after performing artist Cardi B, but the “Nash-ty” is the sandwich Nashville Hot fans will be after. It’s a Nashville-style hot chicken breast tossed in hot sauce and topped with a sour cream ranch all served on buttered brioche.

9. The Biscuit Bar

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2550 Pacific Ave #150
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 638-9390
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Perhaps the only thing that can make a Nashville Hot chicken sandwich better would be to put it on a biscuit — which is exactly what the Biscuit Bar does. Nashville-style chicken, dill pickles, and housemade ranch are piled atop a fluffy biscuit, a perfect combination of buttery, spicy, and cool.

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10. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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2904 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 709-8294
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With two DFW locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken calls theirs “the best fried chicken in the world.” Unlike Nashville-style chicken, which is usually drenched in a cayenne-oil sauce, the heat is built right into the crispy batter on the outside of the chicken. Add house-baked whole pies and traditional sides like fried okra and fried green tomatoes for the full southern experience.

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11. Vegan Food House

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832 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 248-0297
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This Nashville Hot Chick’em sandwich will please vegans wishing they could partake in the hot chicken trend, and no cauliflower will have to be consumed to make it happen. Not that there’s anything wrong with cauliflower. It’s just not chicken.

12. S&J’s Hot Chick

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2201 W Northwest Hwy #120
Dallas, TX 75220
(469) 917-9097
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The spice levels at this fried chicken spot, which range from not hot to damn hot, are not to be trifled with. Score your super-spicy yardbird on a sandwich, as tenders, or consider the vegetarian option, called “the imposter.”

1. Hot Chicks Chicken

1885 Dallas Pkwy Suite 300, Plano, TX 75093

Opening December 14 in Plano, Hot Chicks already has a fiery operation in Fort Worth. The small chain boasts Halal, dairy-free and peanut-free hot chicken, in a range of heat levels and configurations from tenders to sandwiches to tacos. If you’re looking for the most heat, the Hot AF is the spiciest choice.

1885 Dallas Pkwy Suite 300
Plano, TX 75093

2. Super Chix

14999 Preston Rd Suite 226, Dallas, TX 75254

Saucy and topped with hot sauce and pickles, the Nashville hot chicken sandwich at Super Chic is nothing to sneeze at. It also comes on a salad, for a lighter trip to Nashville.

14999 Preston Rd Suite 226
Dallas, TX 75254

3. Ricky's Hot Chicken

100 S Central Expy #18, Richardson, TX 75080

Another spot for halal, dairy-free and peanut-free spicy fried chicken, Ricky’s in Richardson has baskets of crinkle cuts, tenders and sandwiches alongside their trademark special sauce. Take note, though: This spot frequently attracts lengthy lines, but at least they’re outside and generally socially distant.

100 S Central Expy #18
Richardson, TX 75080

4. Palmer's Hot Chicken

6465 E Mockingbird Ln #316, Dallas, TX 75214

With half the restaurant designed to offer open-air patio seating, Palmer’s had a pandemic plan built into its opening here in Dallas. Palmer’s offers “Haul it Home” service for picking up quarts of sides like greens or beans, or even their cool frosé, which is necessary to cool off the spot’s hotter Nashville Hot fried chicken spice levels of “Nashville” and “Napalm.” “Novice” and “Naked” are tamer flavors.

6465 E Mockingbird Ln #316
Dallas, TX 75214

5. Rapscallion

2023 Greenville Ave #110, Dallas, TX 75206

The description of the fried chicken dish that’s long been a star of this Greenville Avenue restaurant reads a little bit like poetry: “Brined and crisp-fried tender chicken tossed in a Szechuan mala sauce, perched upon savory braised greens and snuggled up next to a house-made biscuit.”

2023 Greenville Ave #110
Dallas, TX 75206

6. Lucky's Hot Chicken

4505 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75246

Inside a completely renovated laundromat on Gaston, Lucky’s offers crinkle cut fries, soft serve and spicy chicken wings, tenders and sandwiches in a range of five spice levels from Kinda Lucky to Best of Luck. Sauces include ranch, hot honey, honey mustard, comeback and cheese sauce, available to order online and grab to go at luckyshotchicken.com.

4505 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75246

7. Uchiba

2817 Maple Ave Floor 2, Dallas, TX 75201
Hot Fried Chicken Bun at Uchiba
Rachel Pinn

The small-but-mighty hot fried chicken bun at Uchiba represents a Japanese twist on the Nashville hot chicken sandwich: a spicy, saucy fried chicken thigh sits on a Parker house roll topped with pickles, cornichon gastrique. Available for dine-in or for pickup curbside.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCCNqzanXtW/

2817 Maple Ave Floor 2
Dallas, TX 75201

8. INVASION

4029 Crutcher St, Dallas, TX 75246

This spot is near famous for its stacked chicken sandwiches named after performing artist Cardi B, but the “Nash-ty” is the sandwich Nashville Hot fans will be after. It’s a Nashville-style hot chicken breast tossed in hot sauce and topped with a sour cream ranch all served on buttered brioche.

4029 Crutcher St
Dallas, TX 75246

9. The Biscuit Bar

2550 Pacific Ave #150, Dallas, TX 75226
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Perhaps the only thing that can make a Nashville Hot chicken sandwich better would be to put it on a biscuit — which is exactly what the Biscuit Bar does. Nashville-style chicken, dill pickles, and housemade ranch are piled atop a fluffy biscuit, a perfect combination of buttery, spicy, and cool.

2550 Pacific Ave #150
Dallas, TX 75226

10. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

2904 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
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With two DFW locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken calls theirs “the best fried chicken in the world.” Unlike Nashville-style chicken, which is usually drenched in a cayenne-oil sauce, the heat is built right into the crispy batter on the outside of the chicken. Add house-baked whole pies and traditional sides like fried okra and fried green tomatoes for the full southern experience.

2904 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

11. Vegan Food House

832 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208

This Nashville Hot Chick’em sandwich will please vegans wishing they could partake in the hot chicken trend, and no cauliflower will have to be consumed to make it happen. Not that there’s anything wrong with cauliflower. It’s just not chicken.

832 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208

12. S&J’s Hot Chick

2201 W Northwest Hwy #120, Dallas, TX 75220

The spice levels at this fried chicken spot, which range from not hot to damn hot, are not to be trifled with. Score your super-spicy yardbird on a sandwich, as tenders, or consider the vegetarian option, called “the imposter.”

2201 W Northwest Hwy #120
Dallas, TX 75220

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