Where to Find the Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Boston

By Eric Twardzik
09/08/2021
Ranch Fried Chicken Sandwich from Shy Bird

Fried chicken sandwiches never go out of style, but they are having a moment in Boston and we’re here for it. This fried and flaky flock from local spots—ranging from deli counter renditions to Southern-inspired restaurants—are some of the sandos we’re constantly craving. Dive into the best fried chicken sandwiches in Boston.

Bisq Meats & Sandwiches

Time Out Market takeout spot Bisq Meats & Sandwiches is built on fried chicken. Also known as Bisq Sandos, it serves up a Cubano, Swiss Melt, and other handhelds, but it features fluffy fried chicken made famous at Bisq Cambridge, where it’s no longer on the menu. Flavored with a touch of spicy chili salt, the cult-favorite Fried Chicken Sandwich drips with buttermilk ranch on a squishy potato bun, topped with bread-and-butter pickles. Order online for takeout or dining at the food hall, or opt to eat at the next-door Trillium Fenway beer garden.

Shy Bird

Rotisserie chicken might be the star of Shy Bird’s show, but don’t sleep on the Ranch Fried Chicken sandwich. Fried, flaky poultry between two soft buns, it’s dressed up with a piquant pepper relish, cheddar, and a house-made pecorino ranch sauce. (Pro tip: ask for extra sauce on the side to use as a dip for the accompanying fries.) Enjoy Shy Bird at home (order online for takeout or delivery) or pull up a seat inside or on the covered sidewalk patio in Kendall Square.

Eclectic Jamaica Plain fave Brassica Kitchen + Cafe is at once an all-day neighborhood go-to and a destination dinner spot. Head there during brunch hours to try the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, which piles two plump pieces of their famous BK Fried Chicken onto house-baked brioche with honey and pickled green tomatoes. There’s also a Buffalo-style version.  Reservations for patio or in-house dining are available for brunch and dinner, also a great takeout option.

M&M BBQ

This third-generation family business is built on meltingly tender pork ribs, but the menu served at M&M BBQ’s counter-service outpost inside Dorchester Brewing Company also makes good use of the fryolator. Golden-brown chicken thighs are the irresistible main attraction on the Newmarket Square sandwich, which drenches fried chicken in house-made aioli and tops it with crunchy bread-and-butter pickles. We also love the occasionally available LTI Sammie, a soft brioche bun filled with hot honey-glazed fried chicken, pickles, and tangy crumbled bleu cheese.

Vincent's Corner Grocery

Head to Vincent’s corner cafe during daylight hours for this lunch menu-only Fried Chicken Sandwich. The self-styled “Texas roadside brunch” spot does a zippy rendition, accessorizing a generous, juicy fried thigh on brioche with herb slaw, jalapeno mayo, and pickles. Pair it with a brunch drink from the same team who brought you State Park and Mamaleh’s. Vincent’s is open for on-site reservations, takeout, and delivery.

Exterior of Cutty's

Cutty’s elevates sandwich-making to a high art and any of its stacks are well worth the carbs. But the Brookline shop’s crowning achievement might just be the fried chicken sandwiches—which are only available once per month. BBQ Ranch and OG Honey Mustard versions rotate as the special during Super Cluckin’ Sunday, both served on buttery sesame rolls with shaved sweet onion. Pre-order for the event and you’ll see why we plan entire months of our lives around them.

The quasi-dive bar State Park serves up Southern-ish, summer-y fare such as Pickled Eggs, a Shrimp Po’Boy, and the Nashville Hot Fried Chicken dinner with white bread and kale slaw. Between bread, fried chicken comes Japanese-style via the Chicken Katsu. The panko-crusted poultry is layered with mayo, katsu sauce, shaved cabbage, and pickled shiitake mushrooms. Opt for a bar, booth, or Kendall Square patio seat, or take it to-go.

Tiffani Faison’s barbecue joint has a reputation for going gloriously over-the-top, and the buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at Sweet Cheeks Q is no exception. This beauty is available mild or “Nashville hawt,” and accompanied by smoked jalapeño cream cheese, pickles, and your choice of a side (lovingly called a “scoop).” If you’ve decided to brave the “hawt” route, we recommend either Mac n’ Cheese or Church Basement Potato Salad to help cut the heat. Bring it home or enjoy the Fenway neighborhood scene with patio or indoor dining.

 

Updated by Jacqueline Cain

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