The Best New Fried Chicken Sandwiches In Seattle
Meet our five favorite new fried chicken sandwiches.
A great fried chicken sandwich is as delicious and interesting as it is portable and practical. And right now, there are a lot of places in Seattle making them—from French wine bars to brand new walk-up windows. So, we went all over the city to find the very best ones. Here are our seven new favorites that you can get right now.
We love our community here at The Infatuation. And when we get something wrong, we listen. After publishing this guide without having tasted the new buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich from Market Fresh, the Instagram comments immediately poured in. We admit we lost a little sleep over it. But around 15 hours later, we ate this glorious, crunchy, nori pepper-spiced chicken topped with garlicky aioli, spicy pineapple gochujang, pickles, and shredded cabbage slaw, and suddenly understood why people were blowing us up. Long story short, please consider this our public apology. Just note that of their three locations, only the one on 4th and Madison is open.
Cookie’s Country Chicken
If the breading on a fried chicken sandwich isn’t extremely, could-be-used-as-a-weapon crispy, that means it’s no good right? We kinda thought so too, until we tried Cookie’s Country Chicken. This former pop-up (now at a permanent location in Ballard) makes some of the best sandwiches we’ve tried lately. The chicken’s coating on the “Cookie’s Country Sando” is still packed with flavor, but has more of a subtle crunch that lets other elements shine - specifically the sunny sauce (which resembles Thousand Island) and perfectly-melted American cheese. They do a solid take on Nashville hot chicken too, but select your spice level wisely—you have your choice from a scale of 1-5, and 3 had us sweating.
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We never thought this great pasta spot would serve fried chicken, but here we are. And now this Nashville hot chicken sandwich (available at both West Seattle and Eastlake locations) is going to be our go-to order even over a bowl of their excellent cacio e pepe. The dredge is crunchy but brittle enough to share the spotlight with the chicken, the cayenne glaze is just as smoky as it is hot, and the squishy sesame seed bun soaks up the spices like a sponge without being too greasy. Paired with a simply-seasoned aioli and tangy pickles, this our favorite spicy sandwich of the bunch.
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Jack's Chicken Shack
A lot of people like to say that “quality over quantity” is a good thing, but those people have probably never had the huge quarter-pound sandwich at Jack’s Chicken Shack (a new pop-up at the SLU location of Jack’s BBQ). This is the poster child for quality and quantity, with crispy-battered chicken that’s moist and delicious thanks to a buttermilk brine, a toasty brioche roll, homemade pickles, and coleslaw. But the best part about this sandwich is their “kickin” sauce, which tastes like a beautiful cross between sticky, sweet BBQ and a kind-of-spicy General Tso’s. The whole thing comes with fries, and you should absolutely order copious amounts of smoked honey mustard and roasted garlic ranch for dipping.
The team behind Homer opened a new fried chicken and soft serve spot, which has us feeling just as excited as when A24 drops a movie trailer. The double-fried chicken sandwiches at Milk Drunk are some of the crispiest we’ve had, and the “Original” version is the best one on the menu. It’s loaded with shaved fennel, mustard seeds, pickles, avocado, herby green aioli, and a massive hunk of crunchy thigh. You should know that the lines at Milk Drunk can get pretty long, but like recent A24 film First Cow, the payoff is worth it.