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Fried chicken at Reel M Inn.
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15 Real-Deal Fried Chicken Spots in Portland

Stellar, crunchy chicken from restaurants and carts across the city

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Fried chicken at Reel M Inn.
| Molly J. Smith / Eater Portland

There is no shortage of fried chicken options in Portland, and that's a good thing: There's really no excuse for standing in a long line for a taste of juicy chicken held snug within crispy, deep-fried batter. To celebrate Portland's standout fried chicken spots, the map features carefully battered or breaded birds from markets, food carts, dive bars, pop-ups, restaurants, and more.

Portland’s fried chicken offerings span a wide range of styles from around the world: In one day, a visitor could eat Southern Thai fried chicken, Korean fried chicken, Indonesian fried chicken, fried chicken and jojos (a local specialty), soul food fried chicken, and more, all within city limits. Some of the fried wings and thighs on this map come in a sticky glaze; others are simply brined and fried. However, they all hit hot oil at some point, providing a satisfying crunch. For more fried chicken, check out our Korean-style fried chicken or fried chicken sandwich maps.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar

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10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231
(503) 240-8827
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This off-the-beaten-track, old-school Linnton classic is a favorite among Portland chefs, especially for its fried chicken. Serious chicken heads should start with the dry-fried, Louisiana-style chicken wings, which present both subtly spicy and deeply flavorful, before moving into the hearty fried chicken dinner — lightly-golden-brown, buttermilk-brined fried chicken stacked on top of sour cream mashed potatoes and a plate of braised greens. It’s open seven days a week.

A bowl full of breaded wings sits on a table at Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar.
Fried wings at Lighthouse.
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2. Ja'Das Soulful Eatz

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7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

This Northeast MLK food cart is known for its fried food, be it chicken or basa or shrimp for a po’ boy. The tenders here get bathed in buttermilk and fry to a light blonde, with a well-seasoned breading. Those who are partial to bone-in chicken should go for the cart’s wings — available simply fried or tossed in one of the cart’s house sauces — but should expect a bit more of a wait, as these are fried to order. Pros know to get a few extra containers of the shop’s barbecue sauce, for dipping.

A pile of lightly fried chicken wings sits on a yellow paper at Ja’Das Soulful Eatz in Portland.
Fried Chicken Wings at Ja’Das.
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3. Hat Yai

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1605 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 764-9710
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The only thing better than ordering Hat Yai’s fried shallot-topped, Thai herb-spiced birds — they come whole, halved, by leg, or by wing — is ordering them in a combo, complete with sticky rice, roti, and one sweet, creamy, and rich curry, which effectively functions as a dipping sauce for the roti and the chicken. Hat Yai’s chicken pairs well with cocktails such as a turmeric vodka mule and a tamarind whiskey smash. Both Killingsworth and Belmont locations are open for lunch and dinner service.

Pictures of several trays of chicken, curry, and roti at Hat Yai, with a pair of hands holding ripped pieces of roti
Hat Yai fried chicken.
Christine Dong

4. Kee's #Loaded Kitchen

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5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 516-2078
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Portland soul food magnate Kiauna Nelson’s bright red food cart slings everything from ribs to oxtail to brisket, depending on the day, but two items are always on the daily menu: mac and cheese and fried chicken. Kee's "gold duss" seasoning hits the chicken immediately after leaving the fryer, served with hot sauce and sides. Fans of classic Southern fried comfort chicken will be elated. Kee’s is open Thursday through Sunday.

A clamshell takeout container is filled with a pile of chicken from Kee’s in Portland, with corn and green beans.
Fried chicken wings at Kee’s #Loaded Kitchen.
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5. Alberta Market

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909 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 282-2169

Ask any local about Jack’s wings and you’ll get the lowdown on a Portland tradition. Tucked inside this unostentatious convenience store are some very on-point and gently spiced fried chicken wings, paired with the market’s deep-fried jojos. Chicken and jojos can be found across the city, but Alberta Market’s take may be Portland’s most popular.

6. FOMO Chicken

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113 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 308-0258
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Located on Southeast 28th in Pod 28, FOMO chicken offers its rendition of both Korean-style and American-style fried chicken. The dish is more of a wet and saucy fried chicken, dripping in a sweet garlic sauce or its spicy sibling. It also happens to carry a gluten-free Southern-style fried chicken, which doesn’t get outclassed by its Korean counterparts.

7. Reel M Inn

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2430 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 231-3880
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There’s a reason this old-school dive bar is locally renowned for its fried chicken: It’s super crispy, super-super juicy, and — perhaps most importantly — it’s unfussy. Some people say the secret is that the chicken sits in its dredge, which helps the coating adhere to the skin; some say it’s the fryer. Whatever it is, it’s best enjoyed in the Christmas-light-adorned bar, with a pile of jojos and a pint of beer.

8. Big's Chicken

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4570 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 747-3190
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Nestled in Beaverton’s Old Town area, a popular destination for outdoor summer dining, Big’s Chicken serves Alabama-style chicken that is smoked over applewood for about an hour and a half at low temperature, fried, and then drizzled with its signature Alabama-style white fresno sauce. The chicken is available as a whole bird or in parts, and can also be ordered in sandwich form. Big’s original Beaverton location and its sister restaurant in Laurelhurst are both open seven days a week.

9. Sari Ramyun

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2713 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 841-5149
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Tucked inside the Zipper food court on Sandy is a Korean street food counter serving ramyun and dumplings, but also a take on Korean fried chicken. Instead of the smaller, bite-sized pieces found in traditional Korean fried chicken shops, Sari fries its chicken as large, meaty drumsticks with incredibly crispy and crunchy crust coated in either spicy gochujang or soy garlic sauces, alongside rotating special flavors. The current special is a “summer glaze,” a bright and acidic orange-based sauce with plenty of chili firepower on the back end.

Thick pieces of Sari fried chicken sit in a silver bowl at the Zipper in Portland.
Fried Chicken at Sari.
Ron Scott/Eater Portland

10. Screen Door Eastside

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2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 542-0880
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Though Southern cuisine heavyweight Screen Door is known for having lines down the block for weekend brunch, the buttermilk fried chicken served inside deserves recognition in its own right. The fried chicken breast and thigh dinner brings along mashed potatoes with pork gravy and the option of either collard greens or coleslaw for $22. The brunch options are also top-notch: Customers can choose between a sweet potato waffle or biscuits and gravy to accompany the fried chicken breast, but smart money is definitely on adding a fried egg as well.

Screen Door has also opened a second location in the Pearl, which hosts brunch and dinner service as well.

11. Ezell's Famous Chicken

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10218 SW Washington Square Rd
Tigard, OR 97223
(503) 747-0164
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A trip out west to Washington Square Mall isn’t complete without a stop at Seattle-based fried chicken shack Ezell’s Famous Chicken. The chicken is sold in its traditional batter or spicy-fried, in a bevy of options from two to 24 pieces; however, it’s always accompanied by an appropriate amount of sweet dinner rolls. Classic soul food sides like mac and cheese, potato salad, and fried okra join the chicken and fresh baked rolls, along with other chicken parts like livers and gizzards.

12. Basilisk

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820 NE 27th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 234-7151
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It’s frankly mind-blowing that two of the best fried chicken spots in town are in the same food court. Basilisk might be known for its fried chicken sandwiches, but the restaurant’s Nashville-inspired hot chicken plate stands at the top of the heap in Portland for super spicy chicken. The deep, dark red sauce that permeates every bite of the big chunks of breast meat bring big heat that’s deep and complex, but also tart and punchy. Diners be warned: Basilisk offers no refunds if the chicken is deemed “too spicy.”

Hot Chicken Plate at Basilisk
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13. Toki Restaurant

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580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 312-3037
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The team behind nationally lauded Han Oak opened Toki in 2021, taking over the old Tasty n Alder space. Toki serves many of Han Oak’s classic dishes, but especially zeroes in on Korean-style fried chicken. At Toki, diners can choose from four different flavors: Korean-style hot chili oil, sweet garlic soy glaze, spicy gochujang tamarind glaze, and Han Oak’s original “essence of instant ramen,” a seasoning blend meant to mimic the flavor of the packet that comes with instant ramen noodles. Regardless of glaze or spice blend, the crunchy exterior gives way to reveal a tender, juicy bird, best paired with the restaurant’s banchan.

14. Jojo Food Truck

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3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 331-4284
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Sitting on the deck outside John’s Marketplace, one of Portland’s hottest food cart pods, Jojo is the spot for giant slabs of boneless fried chicken. While Instagram-worthy chicken sandwiches and burgers are standouts at this spot, the fried chicken itself is spectacular in its own right, juicy with a reliable, shatteringly crunchy exterior. Available as wings or boneless thighs, the crisp batter and juicy, tender chicken pair extremely well with the cart’s namesake jojo potatoes and a beer or two from John’s Marketplace.

15. LoRell's Chicken Shack

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5205 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(971) 804-6888

A favorite of Portland hotshots like Nikeisah Newton, this Foster-Powell food cart sort of came out of nowhere, but owner Darrell Preston has been blowing away the game when it comes to standout fried chicken wings. These are hearty, breaded chicken wings, unapologetically crunchy, dusted with a satisfyingly tangy seasoning blend and a drizzle of sweet-spicy sauce reminiscent of hot honey. Those intimidated by bones can opt for tenders instead.

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1. Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar

10808 NW St Helens Rd, Portland, OR 97231
A bowl full of breaded wings sits on a table at Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar.
Fried wings at Lighthouse.
Kara Stokes/Eater Portland

This off-the-beaten-track, old-school Linnton classic is a favorite among Portland chefs, especially for its fried chicken. Serious chicken heads should start with the dry-fried, Louisiana-style chicken wings, which present both subtly spicy and deeply flavorful, before moving into the hearty fried chicken dinner — lightly-golden-brown, buttermilk-brined fried chicken stacked on top of sour cream mashed potatoes and a plate of braised greens. It’s open seven days a week.

10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231

2. Ja'Das Soulful Eatz

7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211
A pile of lightly fried chicken wings sits on a yellow paper at Ja’Das Soulful Eatz in Portland.
Fried Chicken Wings at Ja’Das.
Ron Scott/Eater Portland

This Northeast MLK food cart is known for its fried food, be it chicken or basa or shrimp for a po’ boy. The tenders here get bathed in buttermilk and fry to a light blonde, with a well-seasoned breading. Those who are partial to bone-in chicken should go for the cart’s wings — available simply fried or tossed in one of the cart’s house sauces — but should expect a bit more of a wait, as these are fried to order. Pros know to get a few extra containers of the shop’s barbecue sauce, for dipping.

7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97211

3. Hat Yai

1605 NE Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97211
Pictures of several trays of chicken, curry, and roti at Hat Yai, with a pair of hands holding ripped pieces of roti
Hat Yai fried chicken.
Christine Dong

The only thing better than ordering Hat Yai’s fried shallot-topped, Thai herb-spiced birds — they come whole, halved, by leg, or by wing — is ordering them in a combo, complete with sticky rice, roti, and one sweet, creamy, and rich curry, which effectively functions as a dipping sauce for the roti and the chicken. Hat Yai’s chicken pairs well with cocktails such as a turmeric vodka mule and a tamarind whiskey smash. Both Killingsworth and Belmont locations are open for lunch and dinner service.

1605 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97211

4. Kee's #Loaded Kitchen

5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
A clamshell takeout container is filled with a pile of chicken from Kee’s in Portland, with corn and green beans.
Fried chicken wings at Kee’s #Loaded Kitchen.
Ron Scott/Eater Portland

Portland soul food magnate Kiauna Nelson’s bright red food cart slings everything from ribs to oxtail to brisket, depending on the day, but two items are always on the daily menu: mac and cheese and fried chicken. Kee's "gold duss" seasoning hits the chicken immediately after leaving the fryer, served with hot sauce and sides. Fans of classic Southern fried comfort chicken will be elated. Kee’s is open Thursday through Sunday.

5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

5. Alberta Market

909 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Ask any local about Jack’s wings and you’ll get the lowdown on a Portland tradition. Tucked inside this unostentatious convenience store are some very on-point and gently spiced fried chicken wings, paired with the market’s deep-fried jojos. Chicken and jojos can be found across the city, but Alberta Market’s take may be Portland’s most popular.

909 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

6. FOMO Chicken

113 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Located on Southeast 28th in Pod 28, FOMO chicken offers its rendition of both Korean-style and American-style fried chicken. The dish is more of a wet and saucy fried chicken, dripping in a sweet garlic sauce or its spicy sibling. It also happens to carry a gluten-free Southern-style fried chicken, which doesn’t get outclassed by its Korean counterparts.

113 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

7. Reel M Inn

2430 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

There’s a reason this old-school dive bar is locally renowned for its fried chicken: It’s super crispy, super-super juicy, and — perhaps most importantly — it’s unfussy. Some people say the secret is that the chicken sits in its dredge, which helps the coating adhere to the skin; some say it’s the fryer. Whatever it is, it’s best enjoyed in the Christmas-light-adorned bar, with a pile of jojos and a pint of beer.

2430 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

8. Big's Chicken

4570 SW Watson Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005

Nestled in Beaverton’s Old Town area, a popular destination for outdoor summer dining, Big’s Chicken serves Alabama-style chicken that is smoked over applewood for about an hour and a half at low temperature, fried, and then drizzled with its signature Alabama-style white fresno sauce. The chicken is available as a whole bird or in parts, and can also be ordered in sandwich form. Big’s original Beaverton location and its sister restaurant in Laurelhurst are both open seven days a week.

4570 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

9. Sari Ramyun

2713 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Thick pieces of Sari fried chicken sit in a silver bowl at the Zipper in Portland.
Fried Chicken at Sari.
Ron Scott/Eater Portland

Tucked inside the Zipper food court on Sandy is a Korean street food counter serving ramyun and dumplings, but also a take on Korean fried chicken. Instead of the smaller, bite-sized pieces found in traditional Korean fried chicken shops, Sari fries its chicken as large, meaty drumsticks with incredibly crispy and crunchy crust coated in either spicy gochujang or soy garlic sauces, alongside rotating special flavors. The current special is a “summer glaze,” a bright and acidic orange-based sauce with plenty of chili firepower on the back end.

2713 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

10. Screen Door Eastside

2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Though Southern cuisine heavyweight Screen Door is known for having lines down the block for weekend brunch, the buttermilk fried chicken served inside deserves recognition in its own right. The fried chicken breast and thigh dinner brings along mashed potatoes with pork gravy and the option of either collard greens or coleslaw for $22. The brunch options are also top-notch: Customers can choose between a sweet potato waffle or biscuits and gravy to accompany the fried chicken breast, but smart money is definitely on adding a fried egg as well.

Screen Door has also opened a second location in the Pearl, which hosts brunch and dinner service as well.

2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Ezell's Famous Chicken

10218 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223

A trip out west to Washington Square Mall isn’t complete without a stop at Seattle-based fried chicken shack Ezell’s Famous Chicken. The chicken is sold in its traditional batter or spicy-fried, in a bevy of options from two to 24 pieces; however, it’s always accompanied by an appropriate amount of sweet dinner rolls. Classic soul food sides like mac and cheese, potato salad, and fried okra join the chicken and fresh baked rolls, along with other chicken parts like livers and gizzards.

10218 SW Washington Square Rd
Tigard, OR 97223

12. Basilisk

820 NE 27th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Hot Chicken Plate at Basilisk
Ron Scott/Eater Portland

It’s frankly mind-blowing that two of the best fried chicken spots in town are in the same food court. Basilisk might be known for its fried chicken sandwiches, but the restaurant’s Nashville-inspired hot chicken plate stands at the top of the heap in Portland for super spicy chicken. The deep, dark red sauce that permeates every bite of the big chunks of breast meat bring big heat that’s deep and complex, but also tart and punchy. Diners be warned: Basilisk offers no refunds if the chicken is deemed “too spicy.”

820 NE 27th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

13. Toki Restaurant

580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

The team behind nationally lauded Han Oak opened Toki in 2021, taking over the old Tasty n Alder space. Toki serves many of Han Oak’s classic dishes, but especially zeroes in on Korean-style fried chicken. At Toki, diners can choose from four different flavors: Korean-style hot chili oil, sweet garlic soy glaze, spicy gochujang tamarind glaze, and Han Oak’s original “essence of instant ramen,” a seasoning blend meant to mimic the flavor of the packet that comes with instant ramen noodles. Regardless of glaze or spice blend, the crunchy exterior gives way to reveal a tender, juicy bird, best paired with the restaurant’s banchan.

580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

14. Jojo Food Truck

3582 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Sitting on the deck outside John’s Marketplace, one of Portland’s hottest food cart pods, Jojo is the spot for giant slabs of boneless fried chicken. While Instagram-worthy chicken sandwiches and burgers are standouts at this spot, the fried chicken itself is spectacular in its own right, juicy with a reliable, shatteringly crunchy exterior. Available as wings or boneless thighs, the crisp batter and juicy, tender chicken pair extremely well with the cart’s namesake jojo potatoes and a beer or two from John’s Marketplace.

3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

15. LoRell's Chicken Shack

5205 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

A favorite of Portland hotshots like Nikeisah Newton, this Foster-Powell food cart sort of came out of nowhere, but owner Darrell Preston has been blowing away the game when it comes to standout fried chicken wings. These are hearty, breaded chicken wings, unapologetically crunchy, dusted with a satisfyingly tangy seasoning blend and a drizzle of sweet-spicy sauce reminiscent of hot honey. Those intimidated by bones can opt for tenders instead.

5205 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

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