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Where to Find the Best Fried Chicken in New Orleans

Here are the best spots for fried chicken in NOLA!

Fried chicken is a year-round staple, but it's especially delicious in the summer. If you're in New Orleans, you're in luck. The Big Easy has no shortage of spots to indulge in the crunchiest, the juiciest, the most finger-licking chicken around. 

Coop's Place

Get an authentic taste of New Orleans at Coop's Place. It's been a Decatur Street mainstay since 1983, and the fried chicken is truly something to rave about. It's a 21+ joint, so leave the kids at home and enjoy an adult evening out. The Cajun fried chicken comes in two-piece or three-piece sizes with rabbit and sausage jambalaya and coleslaw. You can also add two pieces of the fried chicken to the red beans and rice dish.

Chubbie's Fried Chicken

The perfectly golden fried chicken at Chubbie's Fried Chicken is first marinated in the house spice blend for an extra deep flavor. This West Bank spot looks unassuming but don't let the simplicity of the place fool you. It takes its chicken (and seafood) seriously. The fried chicken dinners come in two, three, and four-piece varieties or a four-piece all-white meat option. The combos come with a biscuit and one side. The fried chicken livers or gizzard dinners are another way to enjoy fried chicken at Chubbie's. Chicken boxes come in 9-24 piece options, and chicken strips come in three or five-piece options. You can also purchase chicken a la carte by the piece.

Crispy fried chicken any way you want it | WhereTraveler
Unassuming place with big flavor (Courtesy Chubbie's/Facebook)

Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

Combining the whimsy of a picnic meal with the culinary magic of New Orleans, Picnic Provisions & Whiskey serves up one of the most slamming fried chicken dishes in the city. The famous hot fried chicken sandwich is made exclusively with all-natural dark thigh meat, then topped with dill pickles and a lemony miso mayo. Those that prefer white meat should order the chicken tenders. The mild, white meat is fried until it's perfectly crispy and golden and comes with a choice of Picnic sauce.

Crispy chicken piled high | WhereTraveler
This is a two-handed sandwich (Courtesy Picnic Provisions & Whiskey/Facebook)

Willie Mae's Scotch House

In the late 1950s, Willie Mae's moved to its current Treme location. Originally the bar had a barbershop and salon in the front, but in the 1970s, that closed and the restaurant Willie Mae's Scotch House was born. In 2005, Ms. Willie Mae Stetson was honored with a James Beard Award, so you know the cuisine is out of this world. The mixed fried chicken is the first item on the menu, the star of the show. The fried chicken breast sandwich comes topped with pickles, purple cabbage, slaw sauce and a touch of honey. Little foodies can also get in on the fried chicken action and enjoy the two-piece fried chicken tender meal with a choice of a side like the mac and cheese.

James Beard Award winner Willie Mae's | WhereTraveler
Willie Mae's is the go-to spot for fried chicken in NOLA (Courtesy Wille Mae's/Facebook)

Jacque-Imo's Cafe

Since 1996, Jacque-Imo's has been dishing out "real Nawlin's food." The relaxed, come as you are vibe makes it a favorite spot with the locals. Austin Leslie's fried chicken is a particularly popular draw. Get a heaping portion of dark or mixed chicken for under $23, or go with the all-white meat version for a dollar more. If you need to feed a crowd, Jacque-Imo's caters its fried chicken too.

Lil' Dizzy's Cafe

Serving up great fried chicken is a matter of historical pride at Lil' Dizzy's Cafe. Owner Wayne Baquet comes from a long line of restauranteurs, and the secret to his delicious fried chicken has stayed in the family for generations. Fill up on the two-piece chicken meal that comes with sides, or get your chicken by the piece (light or dark meat). Stop by on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for some great fried chicken specials!