What’s better than a crispy, fried piece of chicken on a delicious bun? Not many things in my book. Here;s my take on the best fried chicken sandwiches in the Triangle. On this list you’ll find fried juicy chicken breasts, fried juicy chicken thighs. You’ll find spicy hot chicken and fried chicken slathered in pimento cheese. I bet you can find a fried chicken sandwich made just to your personal taste on this list. As always, I’ll update this guide as I continue to eat around the Triangle!
Last updated March 2022.
Bb’s Crispy Chicken
Newer to the Triangle scene, Bb’s Crispy Chicken is headed by the beloved Ashley Christensen. With multiple locations around the Triangle, this casual crispy chicken eatery is a great place to grab fried chicken sandwiches. You want a sweet honey fried chicken sando? Bb’s got you. You want your sandwich with a slather of pimento chese? Bb’s got you. Don’t forget to order some cheese fries and fried cheese curds while you’re at it! That scorpion sauce (filmed with the cheese sauce in the video above) is straight fire 🔥 .
Bb’s Crispy Chicken
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is a long-time favorite of Chapel Hill. A drive-through diner famous for its biscuits and fried chicken. I love the Bad Grandpa chicken sandwich that includes bacon, egg, and cheese. I added a hashbrown and slipped it in there for added pleasure. Fun fact, it’s named after the movie Bad Grandpa.
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
1305 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
This charming spot offers a bakery, a cafe, and even a beer garden. Enjoy your food inside or head to the gorgeous, covered patio in the back featuring strung-up lights and surrounded by an array of flowers. It’s one of my favorite patios in Durham!
They currently have a fried chicken sandwich, which consisted of buttermilk fried chicken, topped with a warm chili honey drizzle, pickled Fresno slaw, and pickles, all on a brioche bun.
2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham, NC 27707
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey was my first experience of an Ashley Christensen restaurant and though I admired her from afar, eating at Beasley’s endeared me to her work even more. I had been scouting the area for Nashville Style Hot Chicken and was almost certain that it doesn’t exist in the area when I got wind of Beasley’s Chicken + Honey having it on their menu. That spicy sandwich had me sweating in seconds, and yet, I’d go back for more. It hurt so dang good. I also tried their fried chicken sandwich, and what it lacked in spicy kick, it made up in uncomplicated pleasure. Mmm, that perfect crispy batter on the outside and the juicy chicken on the inside!
237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Big Belly Que
Big Belly Que specializes in barbeque meals, including sandwiches, yummy sides, and decadent desserts. They’re located at the Blue Dogwood Public Market, sharing the space with other local food and drink spots.
Head here on Saturdays to give the cold-smoked fried chicken sandwich a try! They have a special brunch menu on Saturdays that includes additional offerings than during the week.
Big Belly Que/Blue Dogwood Public Market
306 W Franklin St, Ste G, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
If you’re in Durham, give Debbie Lou’s a try. This spot is located inside the True Flavors Diner. Debbie Lou’s takes the enormous biscuits that True Flavors Diner is known for and creates epic sandwiches out of them. Here I tried the ridiculous Honey Chipotle Fried Chicken and Blueberry Biscuit Sandwich. Imagine a giant biscuit with spicy fried chicken inside a biscuit drenched in blueberry sauce and covered with a fried egg. It’s a super decadent and unforgettable sandwich.
5410 NC HWY 55 Durham, NC 27713
This is one spot you absolutely must try. Wilson’s Eatery offers fresh food with Southern inspiration and a Raleigh flair in a casual setting. The fried chicken thighs and pimento cheese sandwich was calling my name at this restaurant. This chicken sandwich is the perfect combination of messy (think sauce dripping everywhere kind of messy!) and delicious.
You can also sit outside and enjoy the beer garden. Dogs are allowed at this location â€“ so bring your furry friend.
1053C E Whitaker Mill RoadÂ Raleigh,Â NCÂ 27604
The yummy fried chicken sandwich from M Kokko includes buttermilk chicken and pickles on a bun. Listen, I love this one so much, but it doesn’t photograph well at all. Trust me on this one.
311 Holland Street, Suite B, Durham, NC 27701
These are my top picks for the best fried chicken sandwiches in the Triangle. Of course, if I come across more delicious sandwiches, they’ll be added to this list. Keep an eye out for updates!
Craving a different kind of sandwich? Take a look at my blog Where To Get Pastrami In The Triangle; you’ll find a list of the yummiest pastrami spots For more Triangle content, check out my Ultimate Guide to the Triangle.
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