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Jul 26, 2011 11:34 PM

Where is the best fried chicken?

I don't know if anyone has experienced the moist, tasty meat and crisp light crumb coating of buttermilk fried chicken but surely there is an equivalent in the UK? KFC just won't do! I'm in the Birmingham area but suggestions countrywide are welcome!

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  1. I can't be certain, but my instinct is to say that this will be difficult or impossible to find. Fried chicken is just not a part of our culinary culture like it is in the States, so I wouldn't expect to find the same kind of places here.

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    1. re: Theresa

      I suppose there may be an American themed place that might do it but other than that, most takeaway type places seem to be copying KFC - as the one in our village which calls itself "Alaska Fried Chicken" . Now it may be that Alaska is known for its chicken but I reckon this is about getting near the top in Yellow Pages.

      The recent episode of "Undercover Boss" should deter anyone from going to their local fried chicken place. Vile - almost beyond belief.

      1. re: Harters

        Thanks for the heads up, Harters.

        I never venture into any of those unidentified fried 'protein' places, but that just seals it for me.

        1. re: Nii

          Hence the need for a recommendation! I don't think I've ever felt tempted into the multitude of KFC wannabes!

        2. re: Harters

          Alaska Fried Chicken? I thought Stepney Fried Chicken was pushing it when I saw it on a bus trip to east London...! (Surely it should be Alaska Fried Whalemeat..... *Gets coat and leaves*)

          1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

            At least Kilburn Fried Chicken amuses you with its acronym as you go past!

      2. Just make it yourself. There are plenty of recipes out there. There are also recipes for baked buttermilk chicken if you don't want to fry. You will then know what kind of chicken you are eating if you care about that sort of thing. I do.

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          1. re: t_g

            I have to say I do make my own but sometimes you just want an instant fix. I marinade my chicken in buttermilk, garlic salt, cayenne pepper and then roll in seasoned flour. Does the job but can't help feel that someone out there does a better job than me! Guess I'll have to wait til my next trip Stateside for the real thing!

            1. re: Cokeylicious

              Do you brine the chicken first and then buttermilk after that? Or just soak in the buttermilk mix?

              1. re: dryrain

                I've tried brining only once but it didn't make enough of a difference for me to try it again. I don't use salt much in my cooking for health reasons and an overnight soak in buttermilk mix makes the chicken quite plump and juicy. Maybe I'll give it another go next time.

            2. re: t_g

              I'd agree but where does great korean fried chicken?! I've been looking for ages!

              Some gastropubs do Southern fried but its definitely a rare thing to see on the menu....had near my house at The Crown in Essex and it was amazing but I cant imagine many places in london would do it.

              1. re: ShekhaV

                Have you been to any of the Korean places in New Malden?

                1. re: zuriga1

                  a while back but I would be more than happy to return if they served it :-)

                  1. re: ShekhaV

                    Does Bodeans do fried chicken?

                    Poland St, London, Greater London W1F 7, GB

                    1. re: cathodetube

                      no sadly not, I imagine theirs would be acceptable. Some Jamaican/Carribbean places around London have decent fried chicken....

                    2. re: ShekhaV

                      I've had some fried chicken dishes at a few restaurants in New Malden, but, of course, they weren't the typical, American variety. They were darn good though. One was a garlicky chicken with honey, but I didn't see it on Sorabol's menu last time we were there, and I was VERY disappointed. I'll try another place next time

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        hmm maybe its request-able! worth a try one day

                        1. re: zuriga1

                          i had great fried chicken at hamgipak in new malden, definitely worth a try

                          1. re: t_g

                            We've eaten at Hamgipak a few times but never had the fried chicken. I'll try it on our next visit. I do love their seafood pancake!

                    3. re: ShekhaV

                      I've never even thought of ordering fried chicken in a Korean restaurant. Great tip! Sadly bo Korean restaurants in Birmingham but a googled a couple of recipes that I'll try out this weekend! There is fortunately a branch of Seoul Plaza here.

                2. Aren't there some soul food places in London and Brighton? I remember seeing an American woman who had a restaurant makeover by Gordon Ramsey I think - sure she was in Brighton.

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                  1. re: cathodetube

                    Her name was Momma Cherri. I think she's still in business. found this website. Whether or not she does fried chicken, I don't know, but I bet it would be the real thing.


                    1. re: zuriga1

                      Thanks for that! The video was fun to watch and it shows her making fried chicken. She has a recipe on the website for the chicken, which she says can also be baked.

                      1. re: cathodetube

                        I see a trip to Brighton in my future! Last time I was there, we found a great cup of coffee for less than a £... plus a terrific £ store.

                        1. re: zuriga1

                          You may also want to have a try at this place, recently reviewed by Jay Rayner:


                          1. re: Harters

                            Sounds like the real McCoy... thanks.

                    1. re: cathodetube

                      This is probably your best bet in London, really. It's inconsistent, but when they get it right it is absolutely brilliant. Chicken and waffles in Kilburn...who knew?

                    2. According to certain young men and a few women of my acquintance, Chicken Cottage is the place to be! Sadly I'm not even joking...Apparently it's much better than KFC. I've never eaten there myself but it comes recommended.