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5 of the Best Fried Chicken Restaurants in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Love fried chicken? This is where you need to go in Leeds.

Absurd Bird

From wings to thighs and drumsticks, here’s where to get your fried chicken fix in Leeds.

Forget your average takeaway, these five venues offer a dedicated menu to the holy fried chicken. You can devour anything from a whole southern fried chicken packed with herbs and spices or buttermilk fried chicken that’s been brined for 24-hours. Ever tried fried chicken and waffles? You can tuck into that too. Either way, these restaurants pull out all the stops to give you an almighty feed.

Yard and Coop

Double Mac, Yard and Coop

Credit: Yard and Coop

Yard and Coop go above and beyond to make sure your fried buttermilk chicken is as tasty as possible with their 48-hour farm-to-fork philosophy. Their chicken gets brined for 24 hours and coated in 11 different herbs and spices before it’s covered in buttermilk and cooked in their pressure fryers to ensure it’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. There’s ready-made burgers, kebabs and large plates or create your own – choose your cut, sauce and sides for £12.50.

Yard and Coop, 6-8 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.

Ji the Chicken Shop

Ji's Chicken Shop

Ever tried Taiwanese fried chicken? Now’s your chance! Ji the Chicken Shop is famed for its tasty wares and you can give it a go at their first Northern restaurant in Leeds. They marinate the chicken in 12 herbs and spices before using traditional Taiwanese cooking techniques to make it crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The popcorn chicken is a must, but if you like your fried chicken with a kick, give their Volcanic Cheesy Chicken a try – but beware, it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Ji the Chicken Shop, 25-27 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.



Since opening in the Philippines in 1978, Jollibee has become one of the biggest fast-food brands in the world. Why? Because of their famous fried chicken of course! It comes with a South Asian twist that you can get a delicious taste of when you order their Crispy Chicken Burger. It’s piled high with classic toppings like lettuce, bacon and cheese, before they add their secret weapon – a sweet, juicy slice of pineapple. Want to keep it simple? Their fried chicken bucket will do the job.

Jollibee, 92 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NP.

Absurd Bird

Elvis Waffle, Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird serves up a mean selection of crispy fried chicken inspired by traditional South American recipes. You can dig into their deep-fried Chicken Tenders and coat them in one of 11 different sauces for £5.95 or choose from a quality selection of burgers, which start at £9.95 – but they’re most famous for their fried chicken and waffle combos, which come topped with their game-changing combo of Absurd gravy and maple syrup for £11.85. Trust us, don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

Absurd Bird, Trinity Kitchen, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ER.

A Nation of Shopkeepers

Fried chicken, A Nation of Shopkeepers

A Nation of Shopkeepers is a laid-back bar where you can pair your pint with succulent and perfectly golden fried chicken. You have three options – you can get a quarter, half or whole chicken, depending on how ravenous you are. Whatever you plump for, it comes covered in a crisp, golden and fiery batter, made with Nation’s own secret blend of herbs and spices. Prefer a burger? Their Posh Pollo comes stuffed with a generous chunk of crispy coated chicken breast, topped with sliced avocado, smoky bacon and mature Cheddar.

A Nation of Shopkeepers, 26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG.