Whether you’re a thigh fiend or wing lover, here’s where to get your fried chicken fix in Leeds…
Forget your average takeaway, these five Leeds venues offer a menu dedicated to the holy grail – fried chicken. You can devour anything from Korean fried chicken, smothered in all manner of sauces, to oh-so-crispy buttermilk fried chicken that’s been marinated for 24 hours. Or how about chicken and waffles? Oh yeah, you can tuck into that too. Whatever you’re craving, these restaurants pull out all the stops to give you an almighty finger lickin’ feed.
Nation of Shopkeepers
Nation of Shopkeepers is one of the finest city centre pubs, but it just so happens to plate up some of the best fried chicken in Leeds too. Come along and join their Chicken Society to experience all manner of boned and boneless treats. Their chicken tenders are a crowd pleaser, but there are wings and southern fried too. Add sides and dips and you’re all set – the Indian sweet chilli is otherworldly. Or, go for their Winner Chicken Dinner and you could enjoy their southern fried chicken with smoky, garlicky corn, mash and and gravy. Yum!
Nation of Shopkeepers, 26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG.
Filipino fried chicken favourite Jollibee have been serving their legendary fried delights to the chicken lovers of the world since 1978, and now you can get your hands on their deep fried goodies at their Leeds restaurant. Their Chickenjoy comes in drumstick form – crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. You can get yours in original or spicy with a tub of gravy, a side of fries or a healthy portion of their iconic Jolly Spaghetti. Want more? Their Chickenjoy buckets make a heck of feast to share – or not!
Jollibee, 92 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NP.
Yuzu Street Food
Yuzu Street Food have mastered the art of Korean fried chicken and brought it to Leeds. Oh yes, it’s serious business over in South Korea, where ‘chimaek’ – meaning chicken and beer – has become its own thing. They take chicken (wings or strips), coat it in batter and deep fry it until crisp, before tossing it in a range of tasty, sticky sauces. The sweet chilli is a surefire hit, the Korean BBQ full of umami, while the teriyaki brings in a sweet, Japanese-inspired touch. Do it proper and pair yours with a pint from the Brew York bar.
Yuzu Street Food, Brew York, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
Ji Chicken Shop
Ji Chicken Shop doesn’t serve fried chicken as you know it. Oh no, this is next-level, extra crispy, Taiwanese fried chicken, right here in Leeds. A true street food icon, they take their fried goods seriously – so much so the menu is pretty much chicken and nothing but. They’ve got all the usual cuts, from protein-packed chicken breast to boneless thigh and juicy leg, then there’s popcorn, strips, nuggets and wings too. Nothing gets wasted either, the fried chicken skin is a real treat while the garlic chicken gizzard is a delicacy everyone should try.
Ji Chicken Shop, 25-27 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
If chicken wings are your thing, Cult Wing have got you sorted. At this Leeds restaurant, they bring together beer and tequila with fried chicken for a match made in culinary heaven. It may be wing-centric, but there’s loads of choice on the menu here. You can get your jumbo wings breaded with Cult’s 14-spice blend coating, and tossed in your choice of Cult flavour. Will it be the heated Habanero Hell, the saucy Killer Korean or the BBQ Bones that tickle your fancy? The decision is yours, and a tough but rewarding one at that.
Cult Wing, Merrion Centre, 19 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.