Bisq’s fluffy fried chicken, which is flavored with a touch of spicy chili salt, has earned a cult following. Both the original restaurant location near Inman Square and the stall at Time Out Market serve it in sandwich form. The Fried Chicken Sandwich at the restaurant (available for takeout or delivery via DoorDash) includes kimchi and kewpie mayo. The Time Out version opts for buttermilk ranch and bread and butter pickles; order yours via the Time Out Market website. Both come on a soft, squishy potato bun.
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Fried chicken sandwiches are having a moment, and we are here for it. We’re constantly craving the deliciously fried and flaky versions from the Boston restaurants below—which run the gamut from deli counters to Southern restaurants to a Japanese izakaya. And the good news is they’re all available via takeout or delivery, so you can dive into a crispy fried bird from the comfort of your couch.
Rotisserie chicken might be the star of Shy Bird’s show, but don’t sleep on the Ranch Fried Chicken sandwich. It packs fried, flaky poultry between two soft buns along with hot peppers, cheddar, and an addictive house-made pecorino ranch sauce. Pro tip: ask for extra sauce on the side to use as a dip for the accompanying fries. Order online for takeout or delivery with a $45 minimum (for orders under $45, you can order delivery through Caviar).
Vincent's Corner Grocery
The fried chicken sandwich served at Vincent’s Corner Grocery is simple but satisfying: a generously sized hunk of meat on A&J King Artisan Bakers brioche, plus iceberg lettuce, pickles, and mayo. To round it out into a full meal, add a bag of Zapp’s Potato Chips or go all out with the legendary Poutine. Vincent’s is open for takeout and delivery; place your order online.
North Carolina-inspired quasi-dive bar State Park serves two fried chicken sandwiches: the Hot Chicken Sandwich and a Japanese-inspired Chicken Katsu Sandwich. Both are made with panko-fried chicken breasts and come on a roll. The former is kicked up with Nashville hot paste, blue cheese, and pickles, while the latter features mayo, katsu sauce, shaved cabbage, and pickled shiitake mushrooms. Order online for takeout or delivery via DoorDash.
Cutty’s elevates sandwich-making to a high art, and any of its creations are well worth the carbs. But its crowning achievement might just be the fried chicken sandwich, which is only served on select “Super Cluckin’ Sundays” and must be ordered ahead of time online for in-person pickup. The offerings typically alternate between two versions of the too-big-for-its-bun sandwich: the BBQ Ranch and the OG Honey Mustard. Both are served on buttered sesame rolls with shredded lettuce and shaved sweet onion.
You don’t earn a name like Ms. Clucks Deluxe Chicken Sando for nothing. To make this stunner, Hojoko brines chicken thighs in soy, ginger juice, and garlic before dredging them in sweet potato starch. After frying, the thighs are dunked into Hojoko’s take on a Nashville-style hot sauce: a chili oil made with chicken schmaltz, cayenne powder, black pepper, and Korean and Japanese chili powders. Finally, the fried bird is placed on a toasted, buttered sesame seed bun with homemade nori buttermilk ranch, heirloom tomato, lettuce, house-made dashi pickles, and crispy bacon. Deluxe, indeed. Order your takeout or delivery online.
To get the full Highland Fried experience between two buns, look to the Fried Chicken Sandwich. This portable delight includes a fried chicken thigh, shredded lettuce, pickles, spicy-yet-creamy chili ranch sauce, and your choice of side. (Personally, we have a hard time resisting the just-like-mom-made-it Mac & Cheese.) Order yours for takeout or delivery online.
For more fried chicken sandwich action, look to Highland Fried’s sister restaurant Highland Kitchen, which has temporarily transitioned to Highland Chicken. As the name implies, they’re serving fried chicken to-go and by delivery, including a Fried Chicken Sandwich made with a pickle-brined breast, lettuce, sliced pickles, and your choice of seven sauces including Spicy Buffalo, Sriracha Mayo, and Pineapple Sweet n Sour. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, Highland Chicken is also serving a Korean Style Fried Chicken Sandwich with gochujang, kimchi, and kewpie mayo, as well as a Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich that’s been dipped in buttermilk and dredged with Cajun spices.
Tiffani Faison’s Fenway barbecue joint Sweet Cheeks Q has a reputation for going gloriously over-the-top, and its Fried Chicken Sandwich is no exception. This beauty is available mild or “hawt,” and accompanied by smoked jalapeño cream cheese, pickles, and your choice of any one side “scoop.” If you’ve decided to brave the “hawt” route, we recommend either Mac n’ Cheese or Buttermilk Biscuit Stuffing to cut the heat. Call the restaurant at 617.266.1300 to order.