7 of the most mouthwatering fried chicken spots in Portland

Nov 20 2019, 2:00 pm

Winter is almost upon us, Portlanders.

The layers are coming on faster than the mercury is dropping. While some of us might be pining for summer and sweater-free weather, there’s an upside to these frigid days: Nothing hides a food baby better than a big fall coat.

With that in mind, we’ve curated a list of the best fried chicken spots in the city. Because what better way to keep warm than stuffing your face with crunchy, spicy, juicy (did we say crunchy already) buckets of fried chicken. This ultimate comfort food will keep you warm where it matters most, in your soul.

Here are the top seven most mouthwatering fried chicken spots in the city.

FOMO Chicken


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Korean Fried Chicken lovers unite! KFC, not to be confused with its Colonel Sander’s equally sinful creation, is fried chicken with a Korean Twist. And boy oh boy, is it heavenly.¬†The Korean and American fried chicken food cart features a heady menu selection, featuring crispy chicken covered in a variety of sauces of your choice, including sweet garlic, and gochujang or spicy Korean red pepper paste sauce.¬†And if the chicken isn’t delicious enough already, the food truck offers classic sides like coleslaw, mashed potatoes, corn, and pickled radish and rice for the more adventurous fried chicken connoisseurs out there.

Address: 113 SE 28th Avenue, Portland

Phone: 503-308-0258

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The People’s Pig


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Make no mistake, The People’s Pig is aptly named, because you can’t help but totally pig out after you take one look at their meaty menu. The BBQ joint features meat heavyweights including smoked beef brisket, lamb, pork shoulder, and a full rack of ribs.¬†But what really takes the cake is their famous smoked fried chicken sandwich. A deep fried piece of succulent chicken, with a crunch that can be heard from a mile away, is nestled between a warm sourdough roll generously slathered in a creamy spicy mayo, sharp jalape√Īo jelly, and fresh salad greens. The People’s Pig also offers classically delicious sides like collard greens, black eyed peas, coleslaw, as well as macaroni and potato salad to complement their various BBQ offerings.

Address: 3217 N Williams Avenue, Portland

Phone: 503-282-2800

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Screen Door


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Screen Door is southern cooking at its absolute finest. Buttermilk soaked chicken is bathed in piping hot oil, and the crispy pieces of goodness are served with sweet potato waffles and rich syrup. If that’s not enough to cheer you up on even the most dreary days, we don’t know what is.¬†The menu also features breakfast hotplates including all-time favourites like buttermilk biscuits, creamy gravy, shrimp and grits, and their most popular breakfast item, fried chicken and biscuits with sausage gravy and cheesy cheddar grits.¬†Pro-tip: Don’t forget to try their decadently doughy hush puppies, and their creamy mac n cheese as the perfect sides to their fried chicken.

Address: 2337 E Burnside Street, Portland

Phone: 503-542-0880

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Hat Yai


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The exotic spices and flavours of South East Asia, Thailand to be exact, come together at Hat Yai to bless our city with some incredible TFC, or Thailand Fried Chicken.¬†The restaurant is named after the southern Thai city of Hat Yai, and features some of the most delicious fried chicken, curry, and roti in PDX, all inspired by the spice and flair of Thailand‚Äôs street food.¬†Citrusy kaffir lime leaves, pungent lemongrass, earthy cumin and cinnamon, fiery hot chilli peppers, and a plethora of other explosive herbs come together to create the most flavourful fried chicken you’ll ever taste in your entire life.¬†You can also get sticky rice, fragrant golden curry, and soft roti along with your fried chicken for the ultimate food experience.

Address: 1605 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland

Phone: 503-764-9701

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The lovechild of award-winning¬†southern chef Maya Lovelace, Yonder features some of the most lovingly prepared southern comfort food in the Pacific Northwest.¬†The menu features good old fashioned rib-sticking fare like country fried chicken, gravy, biscuits, braised catfish, and hush puppies. Their most popular dish however is The Behemoth, an intimidating tower of artery-clogging goodness. A juicy chicken thigh, deep fried to golden-brown perfection, is sandwiched between buttery rich angel biscuits, bacon, cheese, and hot sauce.¬†And if that doesn’t fill you up and satisfy you, Yonder offers local huckleberry sweet biscuits drizzled with lemon glaze, and brown sugar, cream cheese pound cake waffles that will put you into the best food coma of your life.

Address: 4636 NE 42nd Avenue, Portland 

Phone: (503) 444-7947

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The Waiting Room


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This stylish but warm restaurant in the Nob Hill neighbourhood, offers a decadent and delicious selection of Southern-accented American fare for Portlanders. Run by chefs Thomas Dunklin and Kyle Rourke, the restaurant features  Louisiana style fried chicken, a selection of small plates, fresh oysters, and a collection of craft cocktails, wine, and beer. True to southern style comfort food, the menu at The Waiting Room features devilled eggs, house-made andouille sausages, Southern style shrimp po’boys, and Jambalaya. The star of their menu however, is their Louisiana style fried chicken that comes with a choice of grilled lemon, hot sauce, or sweet local honey. We recommend pairing their fried chicken with bacon braised collard greens, and pimento cheese grits, or even bacon wrapped oysters if you’re feeling fancy.  

Address: 2327 NW Kearney Street, Portland

Phone: (503) 477-4380

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Reverend’s BBQ


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Reverend‚Äôs BBQ is a welcoming smokehouse located in the Sellwood neighborhood, and has been smoking and grilling up some of the best barbecued meats in the city since its inception in 2014.¬†Their fried chicken is done perfectly, crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. Pair up their chicken with crispy onion rings or their hushpuppies topped with Tasso ham and remoulade.¬†If you’re looking for something a little heavier, we recommend their fried chicken sandwich, which comes with refreshing shredded iceberg lettuce, pepperoncini, and spicy mayo. Don’t forget to wash all this down with their classic southern sweet tea!

Address: 7712 SE 13th Avenue, Portland

Phone: (503) 327-8755

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