The 10 Best Places for Fried Chicken in Delaware!

You don’t have to head down South for authentic fried chicken. Craving a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich complemented by pickles and a lemongrass honey glaze? How about traditional fried chicken paired with a plate of waffles? Whatever your stomach is rumbling for, you’ll find something delicious at the best fried chicken places in Delaware!

1. The Chicken House, Newark, DE

Peruvian “Pollo a la Brasa” or rotisserie chicken is classic. This marinating process, fresh free-range chickens, and unique blend of spices before roasting slowly over an open flame, creates a delicious result. But the Chicken House has gone one step further and figured out how to get all of that flavor into a lightly breaded, deep-fried version. Yum!

2. Lettie’s Kitchen, Hockessin, DE

Voted “Best of Delaware 2014 Editor's Choice” for “Best Fried Chicken,” Lettie’s is owned by mother and son culinary team, Susan and Tom Alexander. The small kitchen is run with a big heart, and the food joint’s namesake is in honor of Susan’s late mother, who was born in the town in 1922. As the story goes, she cooked up a storm for friends and neighbor and her eight kids until her death in 2003, and now her progeny do the same.

3. Walt’s Flavor Crisp Chicken Express, Wilmington, DE

Established in 2004, Walt’s Flavor Crisp Chicken was founded by Larry Fletcher and his wife, Beverly. Using a secret fried chicken recipe developed by Walt Sheppard, the food joint go on to wins local accolated, including the coveted “Best in Delaware” title. The combination of a special marinating, unique spice rubs, and a light breading make Walt’s juicy and delicious.

4. New York Fried Chicken, Multiple locations

The menu is distinctly Southern, and the items are a la carte. Order dinners, to-go boxes, buckets, or just get a wing or two. You can also get fish, burgers, and more, but why would you want to? The delicate cornmeal breading on the chicken is made fresh each day and season perfectly. Plus, sides include decadent mac & cheese, corn on the cob, and collards.

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5. Oldbanks Craft Bistro, Wilmington, DE

Oldbanks make one of the best house fried chickens in the area, and you can even get it free with the purchase of a bottle of champagne on Saturday. The fresh chicken is hand-breaded and spiced and the cooked in the deep-fryer until golden and delicious. At Oldbanks, you can get this classic Southern dish with potato wedges or creamy mac & cheese.

6. Kick n’ Chicken, Lewes, DE

At Kick n’ Chicken the chicken, breading, and spices are freshly prepared with every order. Their chicken is never frozen and their recipe is authentic, producing an end result that is moist, crispy, and packed with flavor.

7. L&G Soul Food, New Castle, DE

Established in 2009, L&G is a Christian family-owned business that slings Southern-style cuisine "just like mama makes it.” The recipes have been handed down through generations, and the ingredients are always fresh. Rather than opting for a ginormous menu, the folks at L&G do fried chicken, fried seafood, slow-smoked ribs, and sides.

8. 8th and Union, Wilmington, DE

Fresh off a Diner’s Choice Award by OpenTable in 2016 and promoted by the Food Network, 8th and Union needs to introduction about how good their food is. No. We are actually here to talk about their buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with a lemongrass honey glaze, fried egg, aïoli, and a pickle. Nuff said.

9. Royal Farms, Multiple locations

Royal Farms has gas stations and convenience stores all along the mid-Atlantic. The company opened their first store just over the water in Maryland in 1959, and has a pretty unique idea as far as convenience stores go: stop in, fuel up, and get a freshly prepared breakfast sandwich or snack for your travels. In fact, they are all but famous in the area for their fried chicken sandwiches.

10. The Metro Diner, Lewes, DE

You knew we had to go there. You can’t have a fried chicken “Best of” piece without throwing in a diner. The Metro Diner offers American comfort food, and they clearly cook because they love food, Their chicken and waffles dish shows that clearly, and you get half a crispy, spicy chicken on top of a fluffy, crunchy Belgian waffle, topped with sweet strawberry butter and a sweet-and-spicy sauce.

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