12 Places to Get the Best Korean Fried Chicken in Seoul

Korean Fried Chicken | © Edsel Little / Flickr
Korean Fried Chicken | © Edsel Little / Flickr
Photo of Linda Dunsmore
13 June 2017

Fried chicken is one of the most popular dishes in South Korea. So much so that the expression ‘chimaeg‘, a blend of fried chicken (chi ) and beer (maekju ), has become the standard meal combo during South Korean night outs. Here’s where you can grab the best fried chicken in Seoul.

Poulet Chicken 뿔레치킨

Restaurant, Korean, $$$

Poulet Chicken is not your ordinary chicken place. They’re famous for their specialty items, such as ‘Carbonara Chicken’. The tender chicken pieces go incredibly well in their creamy carbonara sauce giving you a whole new Korean fried chicken experience. Poulet Chicken also offers their own craft beer ‘fresh cream draft beer’ that enhances the flavor of the chicken even more.

Sai Chicken 사이 치킨

Restaurant, Korean, Mediterranean, $$$

While it is a relatively new restaurant in Seoul, Sai Chicken has become one of the most popular fried chicken places in the city. If deliciously breaded chicken served in a relaxing atmosphere tickles your fancy, Sai Chicken is the place for you. Not only do they serve lip-smacking chicken here, but the fries are said to be among the best in Seoul as well.

Chicken in the Kitchen

Restaurant, Korean

This is one of those places you’ll find customers lining up in front of all week long. Chicken in the Kitchen makes all their meals, sides and sauces from scratch using fresh, local ingredients. You can order chicken plain fried or with sauce. The meals are served with onion rings, wedge potatoes, and Korean rice cakes. Due to the massive demand, Chicken in the Kitchen only serves 50 chickens a day.

Hanchu 한추

Restaurant, Korean, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$

Hanchu is one of the ‘it’ places to grab fried chicken in Seoul. With over 20 years’ of experience, the chefs at Hanchu truly know what they are doing with their chicken. Besides delicious meat, you also get sweet and spicy tteokbokki (rice cakes) and kimchi fried rice topped with an egg. However, what made Hanchu truly famous is their ‘gochu chicken’ that is carefully deep-fried with chili peppers – twice!

Reggae Chicken 레게치킨 썬샤인

Restaurant, Korean, Mediterranean, $$$

As the name indicates, this lovely chicken joint in Seoul’s Hongdae area is reggae themed. Not only does the interior give off a relaxing vibe, but also the items on the menu match the reggae flair. Chicken with a subtle hint of curry as well as curry flavored popcorn are among the most ordered items. If you’re looking for an unconventional fried chicken place in Seoul, this is it!

Oksang Dalbit 옥상달빛

Restaurant, Korean

Oksang Dalbit is a place you will want to put on your Instagram. Order a delicious serving of fried and garlic pepper chicken and you’ll be surprised. The chicken is served still flaming. Customers can then blow out the chicken themselves after getting that perfect picture.

Gyeyeolsa 계열사

Restaurant, Korean, $$$

With people coming from near and far to grab a bite at Gyeyeolsa, this chicken restaurant has been one of the best in Seoul. Everything seems to be perfect: the golden brown crust, tender white meat, and the crispy wedge potatoes. In business for over 25 years, Gyeyeolsa’s owner Park Seon-Ok only purchases chicken meat from local and trustworthy farmers. It’s the kind of quality and dedication you can taste in the food on your plate.

Bong Dak Chicken 봉닭

Restaurant, Korean, $$$

Located close to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bong Dak Chicken is a popular place. Menu favorites are two traditional Korean fried chicken types, one served with a thin batter crust and the other roasted. The restaurant offers Korean soju and makgeolli that perfectly match the rich flavors of the chicken.

Mirak Chicken 미락치킨

Restaurant, Korean, $$$

If you enjoy tasty garlic flavors, the iron plate garlic chicken at Mirak Chicken in Seoul might just become your new favorite dish. The meat is cooked twice, once in the kitchen and then on an iron plate in front of the guests. This restaurant has become even more popular after it was featured on a Korean show called ‘Tasty Road‘.

Banpo Chicken 반포치킨

Canteen, Food Stall, Korean

One of the oldest fried Korean joints in the city, Banpo Chicken first opened in 1976 and has been offering their signature roasted garlic chicken ever since. The meat is first roasted and then fried. Lastly, the chef adds their home-made garlic sauce to finish it off. Banpo Chicken offers a homey interior ideal for a night out with friends.

Nonsense Whole Chicken 엉터리통닭

Restaurant, Korean, $$$

Even though the name might sound a little quirky, once you take a bite of the tender chicken, you’ll understand why Nonsense Whole Chicken made it onto this list. Just like other chicken joints that have been around for decades, it’s not an especially fancy place but you get what you paid for. You’ll also need to order soju or beer if you want to eat in.

BBQ Chicken 비비큐치킨

Restaurant, Korean, BBQ

While BBQ Chicken is a nationwide fried chicken franchise in Korea, there is one particular location in Seoul that has become a popular place for K-Pop fans. What does fried chicken have in common with Korean pop music? Not much except for the fact that this BBQ Chicken in Seogyu-gu is operated by Infinite Sungyeol’s parents. The Korean pop idol says he even sometimes helps his parents at the restaurant. Maybe you can catch a glimpse of him if you visit.

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