It’s everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure snack: good ol’ fried chicken. Reach the greasy heavens with this grand list of the best.
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There’s nothing better than comfort food, whether it’s a Monday, mid-week or the weekend. We’re not talking about cakes and sweet treats, though. Ditch the utensils and table manners ‘cos we’re craving for juicy, perfectly fried chicken. We admit, we love the occasional junk food treat, and with this list, you’d best believe that fried chicken indulgences will be a lot more than “once in a while”!
Ah Tan Wings
Available for takeaway and delivery on Foodpanda, GrabFood and Deliveroo.
If you’re on the hunt for superb prawn paste fried chicken, Ah Tan Wings makes the cut. Before opening his first stall in Yishun, owner Tan Wee Yang, one of the handful of young Gen-Y hawkers, made his mark on the pop-up circuit with his crisp-on-the-outside and fall-off-the-bone tender chicken wings. Make it a meal by pairing the wings with rice and a sunny-side-up egg.
Ah Tan Wings, Yishun and Timbre+
Chix Hot Chicken
Available for takeaway and islandwide delivery, order online.
Need your fix of spicy hot Nashville chicken? You don’t have to make a plane trip because you can have it right here in Bugis. This chicken shop serves the famous fried chicken, which is sprinkled with the world’s spiciest peppers. Can’t take the heat? Cool yourself down with creamy milkshakes that come in local flavours like gula melaka and Milo.
Chix Hot Chicken, #01-01, 1 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199069
Call or WhatsApp +65 9788 6856 to order delivery or takeaway; bundle deals starting from $38 for two.
Taking over the space where Artistry used to be, Earlybird has settled in nicely, welcoming a good crowd of cafe-hoppers. If you’re over the chicken and waffles craze, here’s another to get on: chicken and pancakes. This delish dish comes drizzled with chilli maple syrup for an added kick. The cafe is also bird-themed, so you can expect a bevy of chicken and egg dishes. In other words, perfect brunch grub.
Earlybird, 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149
Oven and Fried Chicken
Don’t get confused when you see “rice chicken” on the menu. It actually refers to the chicken pieces being fried with rice flour for a decadent, extra crispy crust. While you can simply dip the chicken into the sauce, a popular option is to have the chicken pre-coated with the spicy, jambalaya, soy or padi garlic sauces. A lazy eater? Get the boneless version!
Oven and Fried Chicken, various locations.
Monga Fried Chicken
Available for islandwide delivery; order (minimum $30) at least one day in advance. WhatsApp, call or message +65 8896 5136 (you can also place orders for Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice and Founder Bak Kut Teh via the same number).
Hailing from Taiwan where fried chicken is touted as a popular street snack, Monga Fried Chicken has joined the greasy fray. Using only two cm-thick chicken fillets, the meat is marinated with honey and dipped in batter, which results in crispy, crunchy goodness with every bite. Take your pick from three flavours – salt and pepper, chilli paprika, and seaweed – and you’ll see that the proof is in the chicken.
Monga Fried Chicken, locations at ION Orchard and Jem.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Closed until 1 June.
Soaring amongst the elite establishments of MBS is Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Famed for its Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles, which is made with a 100-year-old family recipe, the kitchen also whips up tried-and-tested renditions of shrimp and grits, buttermilk biscuits and other comfort foods from the American South.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, B1-07, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Available for delivery on Deliveroo, GrabFood and Foodpanda.
The Korean joint is known and loved for its piping-hot, freshly-made plates of fried chicken, which are marinated for 12 hours and fried only to order. You’ve got several flavours to choose from, including the sweet and spicy wings (yangnyum) and our fave: The soya-flavoured (ganjang) wings. If you happen to be here with a group, make sure you order the watermelon soju punchbowl: You’ll be served half a watermelon with its insides slushed up and mixed with a whole bottle of soju.
Chicken Up, locations in Tanjong Pagar and Buangkok
Order online for islandwide delivery.
Fried chicken and waffles prove once again to be a winning combination at OverEasy. And if you don’t fancy that, take the classic route with the buttermilk fried chicken burger. Either way, don’t miss out on the fried bird – it’s unlike any battered version you’ve had.
OverEasy, #01-06, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Available for delivery via Foodpanda and Deliveroo.
This Texan fried chicken chain sure made a good decision when it picked chicken-crazy Singapore to be an overseas chain. With a handful of delicious flavours – including garlic parmesan and atomic buffalo wings – there’s going to be something for everyone on that menu.
Wingstop, various locations.
Swee Choon Dim Sum
Order online for islandwide delivery; get $5 off with one-time promo code ‘DIMSUM5’ on your order (minimum spend $50).
Sure, it may be a dim sum restaurant but the menu spans beyond the steamed goodies. The no-frills supper hangout offers noodles, stir-fry veggies, fried rice and some pretty amazing prawn paste fried chicken. Fried chicken and an open tab of never-ending dim sum? Bliss.
Swee Choon Dim Sum, 191 Jln Besar, Singapore 208882
The Beast Southern Kitchen + Bourbon Bar
Order online for takeaway and islandwide delivery, call or WhatsApp +65 9723 3601 for enquiries. Free delivery with minimum spending of $80, orders below $80 come with $10 delivery fee.
We’re glad that chicken and waffles – a standard Southern American dish – is popular right here in Singapore. Order the cornbread, country-fried steak and house signature of juicy fried chicken served atop thick waffles drizzled with bourbon maple syrup. Our suggestion? Pair your feast with a glass of bourbon – after all, the bar stocks some of the city’s biggest varieties of the liquor – or a sweet tea cocktail for an authentic Southern experience.
The Beast Southern Kitchen + Bourbon Bar, 17 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199329
Order online for islandwide delivery; minimum order $50.
It’s safe to say that the Korean wave has taken over the fried chicken scene in Singapore. Another popular establishment from the Land of the Morning Calm has set up shop in Singapore: Mom’s Touch. As the moniker suggests, the chicken here is hand-battered and hand-breaded, just like how mothers would lovingly prepare a meal for the fam. The result? Crispy and juicy birds, minus the grease. It’s worth mentioning that the spot is tiny, so be prepared to wait for your food.
Mom’s Touch, #01-37, Paya Lebar Quarter, 10 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409057
No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar
This place does a mean plate of its signature wings, which are marinated in shrimp paste and Chinese wine – it’s arguably one of the best in town! And while you’re at it, sip on some cocktails and cold beer at this spot right in the heart of Orchard.
No. 5 Emerald Hill Cocktail Bar, 5 Emerald Hill Road, Singapore 229289
Available for delivery via Foodpanda.
Korean fried chicken is known to be double-fried for that extra crunch and at 4Fingers, it’s also tasty and juicy from being slathered with special sauces. As the ultimate quick and finger-lickin’ good fast-food guilty pleasure, it’s no wonder you find super long lines at its outlets.
4Fingers, various locations.
Ponggol Nasi Lemak
Available for takeaway.
A stellar nasi lemak is made up of aromatic rice, spicy chilli and… fried chicken, of course! It’s safe to say Ponggol Nasi Lemak has mastered all of the components, including the amazingly crispy bird. Just a word of caution, be prepared to suffer the carb food coma from all that rice afterwards.
Ponggol Nasi Lemak, 965 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534721
Arnold’s Fried Chicken
Available for delivery via Foodpanda, GrabFood and Deliveroo.
Move aside, KFC, this under-the-radar homegrown halal joint should be your first choice for a fuss-free meal of fried chicken. The skin is crispy, the spices pack a punch and it all comes with old-fashioned soft buns and mash. With just a couple of outlets across Singapore, Arnold’s is perhaps one of the best underrated fried chicken joints in town.
Arnold’s Fried Chicken, various locations
Order online for islandwide delivery, minimum order $30, with $8-$12 delivery fee. Get 10% off takeaway orders $50 and above. You can cross-order with Masizzim and Nipong Naepong too.
The main star of this Korean fried chicken joint has to be the Nest Snow. This dish is served in a pool of creamy, rich sauce, and the chicken tenders are piled over a sweet coleslaw-like salad. The oddest addition is a dollop of whipped cream on top, but we salute its audacity! Of course, if all that is too edgy for your traditionalist sensibilities, you can always opt for less adventurous options like the garlic chicken tenders.
Chir Chir, various locations.
Kko Kko Na Ra
WhatsApp +65 9777 8730 for islandwide delivery. Get free chicken or beer with takeaway orders.
We love us a plate of KFC (Korean Fried Chicken, that is), and no one seems to do it better than Kko Kko Na Ra. Get the combo chicken set for great value and chow down on nine pieces of chicken in four flavours: original, sweet and spicy, hot, and soy garlic.
Kko Kko Na Ra, #01-01, 57 Tras Street, Singapore 078996