Fancy gorging on the best wings in the city? Here’s where to go…
Drenched in bourbon, hot sauce or covered with teriyaki fabulousness, chicken wings don’t get much better than this. And that presents a deliciously unique problem – which to try first? Start from the top and work your way through our list of finger-lickin’ feasts one by one – trust us, you won’t regret it.
Devil Wings at Red’s True BBQ
Red’s are known for creating boldly flavoured barbecue goodness and their XXXL Smoked Wings are no exception. If you think you can handle it, try out their hot ’n’ spicy Devil Wings to blow your tastebuds out the water. They’re absolutely massive, so there’s plenty to work through, and you’ll get a blue cheese dip with celery on the side to help you cool off – trust us, you’re going to need it. You can get A platter for £12, a bigger one for £22 and Wing Wednesdays has them priced at a keen 30p each – perfect for sharing with equally daring mates.
Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.
Taiwanese Fried Chicken Wings at Ji Chicken Shop
Ji Chicken Shop brings a taste of Taiwan to Leeds so you don’t have to travel far to try the legend that is Taiwanese fried chicken. It has all the traits of downright delicious fried chicken. It’s crispy, it’s juicy and it’s downright addictive. And what better way to check it out than with their exceptional wings? Made fresh to order, the batter is packed full of flavour and deep fried to perfection, then tossed in your seasoning of choice, from mouthwatering garlic to a mouth-burning chilli – it’s so good it doesn’t even need sauce. You can grab ‘em quick and fast for £6.
Ji Chicken Shop, 25-27 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Pho-king Amazing wings at Almost Famous
There’s a trio of tempting wings on offer at Almost Famous and they’re all mouthwatering and finger-licking – actually, finger-sucking – good. The smoky Redneck BBQ and peppery Hot AF are both great, but go for the Pho-king Amazing wings and you’re in for a teriyaki treat. Yep, teriyaki – not a flavour you normally get with chicken wings, but it really works. This isn’t supermarket sweet sauce slathered over wings – it packs an almighty punch that’ll set your mouth reeling.
Almost Famous, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AL.
Sweet and Smokey BBQ wings at A Nation of Shopkeepers
These classic BBQ wings at A Nation of Shopkeepers come with an irresistible kick. Expect juicy chicken, fried to perfection with a crispy skin and smothered with their homemade sweet and smokey barbecue sauce that packs a big old punch. But don’t worry – they’re served up with cucumber and ranch sauce to balance out that fiery element. No bells, whistles or fancy flavours – just a timeless combo. These guys aren’t winging it. You can get five wings for £7 or bump it up to nine for £10.
A Nation of Shopkeepers, 26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG.
Buffalo & Blue Cheese Wings at MEATLiquor
Buffalo sauce is a staple flavour when it comes to chicken wings, and sometimes restaurants can be guilty of phoning it in a bit with these. But the ones at MEATLiquor are just that bit more special. They hit the right balance of fiery and flavoursome, tempered with a hit of blue cheese sauce on the side that adds a bit more piquancy. They’re so addictive you’ll have to go cold turkey afterwards. Or maybe cold chicken. They’re £10.25 a portion, a perfect lunch on their own or as a starter if you’re going to go cluckin’ crazy.
MEATLiquor, Trinity Leeds, Bank Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.
Korean Jumbo Wings at Yuzu Street Food
Ever wondered what K-drama chicken tastes like? The Yuzu Korean Jumbo Wings are just the ticket. These oh-so-tasty delights come doused in the sauce of your choosing. Sticky plumb, teriyaki and sweet chilli are all valid, but their homemade Korean BBQ sauce is where it’s at. Beautifully glossy and smoky, it’s topped with spring onion and sesame seeds as all Korean chicken should. You can get four for £8.50, six for £10.50 or eight for £12.50. For the ultimate ‘chimaek’ (chicken & beer) experience, grab an ice-cold Brew York pint to wash it down with.
Yuzu Street Food, Brew York, 72 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.