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14 Real-Deal Fried Chicken Spots in Portland

Stellar, crunchy chicken from restaurants and carts across the city

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Fried chicken at the Lighthouse
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Even during a global pandemic, 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 crispity-crunchity, deep-fried batter. To celebrate Portland's standout fried chicken spots, the map features carefully battered or breaded fried birds from markets, food carts, dive bars, pop-ups, restaurants, and more.

This map sticks to boneless and bone-in fried chicken, avoiding dishes like fried chicken rice bowls or fried chicken sandwiches (looking at you, Basilisk). We’ve also removed some heavy-hitters that are not open right now — it’s a sad day when this map doesn’t include Reel M Inn, but the second it reopens for good, it’ll land back on this map. For fried chicken sandwiches, try this map.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Note: the points on this map are not ranked; they're organized geographically.

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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. True devotees should start with the dry-fried, Louisiana-style chicken wings, 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 mess of gravy. The cart is open for call-in takeout orders and delivery through Postmates.

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 NE 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. Pros know to get a few extra things of the shop’s barbecue sauce, for dipping. The cart is open for walk-up orders and third-party delivery.

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 very fine curry, the latter of which can serve as a dipping sauce for the roti (and, for those feeling iconoclastic, the chicken); it's tasty enough to drink like a post-shot chaser. Hat Yai is also serving to-go cocktails that pair excellently with the combo, such as a tumeric vodka mule and a tamarind whiskey smash. Pick-up and outdoor seating available for both Killingsworth and Belmont locations.

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

4. ThiccBoi

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1533 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

Extremely new on the scene — owner Jacob Palmer opened the cart within the last few weeks — ThiccBoi specifically focuses on wings and tenders, and does a stellar job at it. Each piece of meat is well seasoned, marinated and dredged before it fries; the wings come tossed in sauce but, crucially, retain their crispness. And, shockingly, ThiccBoi’s marinade doesn’t rely on buttermilk — ThiccBoi’s chicken is gluten and dairy free. It’s open for walk-up orders in the Bantu Island food cart.

5. 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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When Kiauna Nelson of the MLK food cart Kee’s Loaded Kitchen starts frying chicken for her loaded plates, it’s a run-don’t-walk situation. Nelson’s chicken gets a heavy, spice-laden rub before it hits the fryer, and then gets hit with the “magic dust,” a sweet-spicy powder almost reminiscent of barbecue potato chips. There’s nothing in town like it. Now, Kee’s can get some serious lines, so the real move is to get to the cart before it opens for a takeout order.

6. Alberta Market

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

One of the best deals in town is tucked inside this unostentatious convenience store: some very on-point and slightly spicy fried chicken wings. For around $5, diners get six wings and a side of jojos. Pulled right off the hot bar, that’s a whole meal at a price now unheard of.

7. Yonder

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4636 NE 42nd Ave Suite A
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 444-7947
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The Southern restaurant in Cully opened in 2019 to rave reviews. Since then, Yonder has left behind its cozy counter-serve model and moved to takeout, slinging its three styles of fried chicken—dusted, dipped, or fried—angel biscuits, collard greens, and cocktails to-go. The dipped chicken gets dunked in a vinegary North-Carolina-style sauce, a hard kind of fried chicken to find in Portland. Couples can split a half-bird and order “Meemaw’s Tea,” a spiced sweet tea and moonshine cocktail for two.

8. Prey+Tell

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3560 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Prey+Tell is the latest pandemic project of Diane Lam, the chef behind the pop-up hit Sunshine Noodles. A delivery-centric operation working out of the same Psychic Bar space, Prey+Tell is focused on Lam’s Cambodian fried chicken and banana-leaf-wrapped packages of rice. The chicken comes dredged, fried, and dusted with the same seasoning used on the wings at Sunshine Noodles. Prey+Tell has four sauce options, including a lemon-pepper sauce, a Cambodian-style ranch, and a fish sauce sherry caramel. The restaurant is open until 2 a.m. and is delivery and take-out only.

9. Nacheaux

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4765 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 319-1134
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The mini-restaurant Nacheaux, spotted within the Blind Ox space on Fremont, is making a name for itself with dishes blending elements from Mexican and Cajun cuisines. While owner Anthony Brown is slinging creations like fried chicken burritos filled with red beans and rice and Coco Donuts jelly donut chicken sandwich, the thinly crusted cornmeal-based fried chicken is a nice balance of crispy crunch, well-seasoned savory crust, and tender meat. The chicken can be ordered as a side, or added into a crunch wrap, taco, mac and cheese, and anything else chef Brown dreams up.

10. FOMO Chicken

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113 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 308-0258
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Located on SE 28th in cart pod Pod 28, FOMO chicken offers its take on Korean-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. Available for takeout and delivery.

11. Toki PDX

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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 January, 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 three different flavors of fried chicken: Korean-style hot chili oil, sweet garlic soy 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. Toki is open for carry-out only. Preorders can be placed online.

12. Jojo Food Truck

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3582 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 309-4768
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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. The cart made a big splash last March when the owner, Justin Hintze, began giving away meals to groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While Instagram-worthy chicken sandwiches and burgers are standouts at this spot, the smoked-then-fried chicken is spectacular in its own right. 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.

A picture of fried chicken wings and boneless thighs at Jojo
Fried chicken and jojos
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13. 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 dining, Big’s Chicken serves Alabama-style chicken that is smoked, fried, and then slathered in a tangy white sauce. The chicken is available as a whole bird or in parts, and is also served on sandwiches. Diners tired of fried chicken (or with someone else who is) can also order the chicken grilled, it carries the same smoky flavor and sauce. Big’s original Beaverton location and its sister restaurant in Laurelhurst are both open for outdoor dine-in, take-out, and delivery.

14. Ms. T’s

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8145 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266
(971) 312-8848
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In a little black food cart in the corner of Cartlandia, Ms. T’s serves up a no-frills Southern fried chicken with classic sides like mac and cheese, cabbage, potato salad, or red beans and rice. At $4.95 for two pieces, an affordable, crisp, juicy chicken meal with a slice of cornbread simultaneously pleases both stomachs and wallets.

Two pieces of crispy, tender fried chicken from Ms. T’s
Two piece fried chicken at Ms. T’s
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1. Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar

10808 NW St Helens Rd, Portland, OR 97231
Fried wings at Lighthouse
Kara Stokes/EPDX

This off-the-beaten-track, old-school Linnton classic is a favorite among Portland chefs, especially for its fried chicken. True devotees should start with the dry-fried, Louisiana-style chicken wings, 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 mess of gravy. The cart is open for call-in takeout orders and delivery through Postmates.

10808 NW St Helens Rd
Portland, OR 97231

2. Ja'Das Soulful Eatz

7339 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97211

This NE 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. Pros know to get a few extra things of the shop’s barbecue sauce, for dipping. The cart is open for walk-up orders and third-party delivery.

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 Christine Dong/Official

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 very fine curry, the latter of which can serve as a dipping sauce for the roti (and, for those feeling iconoclastic, the chicken); it's tasty enough to drink like a post-shot chaser. Hat Yai is also serving to-go cocktails that pair excellently with the combo, such as a tumeric vodka mule and a tamarind whiskey smash. Pick-up and outdoor seating available for both Killingsworth and Belmont locations.

1605 NE Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97211

4. ThiccBoi

1533 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Extremely new on the scene — owner Jacob Palmer opened the cart within the last few weeks — ThiccBoi specifically focuses on wings and tenders, and does a stellar job at it. Each piece of meat is well seasoned, marinated and dredged before it fries; the wings come tossed in sauce but, crucially, retain their crispness. And, shockingly, ThiccBoi’s marinade doesn’t rely on buttermilk — ThiccBoi’s chicken is gluten and dairy free. It’s open for walk-up orders in the Bantu Island food cart.

1533 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

5. Kee's #Loaded Kitchen

5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

When Kiauna Nelson of the MLK food cart Kee’s Loaded Kitchen starts frying chicken for her loaded plates, it’s a run-don’t-walk situation. Nelson’s chicken gets a heavy, spice-laden rub before it hits the fryer, and then gets hit with the “magic dust,” a sweet-spicy powder almost reminiscent of barbecue potato chips. There’s nothing in town like it. Now, Kee’s can get some serious lines, so the real move is to get to the cart before it opens for a takeout order.

5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

6. Alberta Market

909 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

One of the best deals in town is tucked inside this unostentatious convenience store: some very on-point and slightly spicy fried chicken wings. For around $5, diners get six wings and a side of jojos. Pulled right off the hot bar, that’s a whole meal at a price now unheard of.

909 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

7. Yonder

4636 NE 42nd Ave Suite A, Portland, OR 97218

The Southern restaurant in Cully opened in 2019 to rave reviews. Since then, Yonder has left behind its cozy counter-serve model and moved to takeout, slinging its three styles of fried chicken—dusted, dipped, or fried—angel biscuits, collard greens, and cocktails to-go. The dipped chicken gets dunked in a vinegary North-Carolina-style sauce, a hard kind of fried chicken to find in Portland. Couples can split a half-bird and order “Meemaw’s Tea,” a spiced sweet tea and moonshine cocktail for two.

4636 NE 42nd Ave Suite A
Portland, OR 97218

8. Prey+Tell

3560 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Prey+Tell is the latest pandemic project of Diane Lam, the chef behind the pop-up hit Sunshine Noodles. A delivery-centric operation working out of the same Psychic Bar space, Prey+Tell is focused on Lam’s Cambodian fried chicken and banana-leaf-wrapped packages of rice. The chicken comes dredged, fried, and dusted with the same seasoning used on the wings at Sunshine Noodles. Prey+Tell has four sauce options, including a lemon-pepper sauce, a Cambodian-style ranch, and a fish sauce sherry caramel. The restaurant is open until 2 a.m. and is delivery and take-out only.

3560 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

9. Nacheaux

4765 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

The mini-restaurant Nacheaux, spotted within the Blind Ox space on Fremont, is making a name for itself with dishes blending elements from Mexican and Cajun cuisines. While owner Anthony Brown is slinging creations like fried chicken burritos filled with red beans and rice and Coco Donuts jelly donut chicken sandwich, the thinly crusted cornmeal-based fried chicken is a nice balance of crispy crunch, well-seasoned savory crust, and tender meat. The chicken can be ordered as a side, or added into a crunch wrap, taco, mac and cheese, and anything else chef Brown dreams up.

4765 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

10. FOMO Chicken

113 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Located on SE 28th in cart pod Pod 28, FOMO chicken offers its take on Korean-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. Available for takeout and delivery.

113 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

11. Toki PDX

580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

The team behind nationally lauded Han Oak opened Toki in January, 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 three different flavors of fried chicken: Korean-style hot chili oil, sweet garlic soy 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. Toki is open for carry-out only. Preorders can be placed online.

580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

12. Jojo Food Truck

3582 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
A picture of fried chicken wings and boneless thighs at Jojo
Fried chicken and jojos
Nick Woo/EPDX

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. The cart made a big splash last March when the owner, Justin Hintze, began giving away meals to groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While Instagram-worthy chicken sandwiches and burgers are standouts at this spot, the smoked-then-fried chicken is spectacular in its own right. 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

13. Big's Chicken

4570 SW Watson Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005

Nestled in Beaverton’s Old Town area, a popular destination for outdoor dining, Big’s Chicken serves Alabama-style chicken that is smoked, fried, and then slathered in a tangy white sauce. The chicken is available as a whole bird or in parts, and is also served on sandwiches. Diners tired of fried chicken (or with someone else who is) can also order the chicken grilled, it carries the same smoky flavor and sauce. Big’s original Beaverton location and its sister restaurant in Laurelhurst are both open for outdoor dine-in, take-out, and delivery.

4570 SW Watson Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005

14. Ms. T’s

8145 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
Two pieces of crispy, tender fried chicken from Ms. T’s
Two piece fried chicken at Ms. T’s
Nick Woo/EPDX

In a little black food cart in the corner of Cartlandia, Ms. T’s serves up a no-frills Southern fried chicken with classic sides like mac and cheese, cabbage, potato salad, or red beans and rice. At $4.95 for two pieces, an affordable, crisp, juicy chicken meal with a slice of cornbread simultaneously pleases both stomachs and wallets.

8145 SE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97266

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