Best of Knoxville
Best Fried Chicken in Knoxville
Growing up we ate “baked” fried chicken and I was well into my teenage years before I discovered what true fried chicken tasted like. However, the first time my taste buds bit into that piece of mouth-watering Southern fried chicken, I was hooked. Even though this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy chicken, I don’t cook it at home because of the high calorie count.
Instead I order it as a treat when we dine out from time to time. Living in East Tennessee, we have discovered several great places to satisfy my craving for fried chicken and in today’s Best of Knoxville post, we are going to share them with you. Get ready to discover where to go for drool worthy, melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken and “hot” chicken in Knoxville.
Myrtle's Chicken + Beer
Nestled in downtown Knoxville on Market Square, Myrtle's Chicken + Beer has been pleasing palates for over year. Their menu boasts Southern Fried Chicken that is made from fresh chicken (never frozen.) It is
marinated in their Special Buttermilk Marinade for 12 hours and then dredged in their Proprietary Blend of flour and seasonings. You can enjoy their chicken with traditional Bone-In pieces or opt for Boneless tenders. Enjoy your tenders alongside their homemade dipping sauces which include our favorite Bleu Cheese, Benton's Bacon Fat Gravy, Big Daddy's Candied Bacon, and many more. Their menu also boasts an assortment of chicken sandwiches, salads, wraps, entrees, appetizers, sides and more. Stop on in for a special Brunch menu on the weekends to try their decadent Chicken & Waffles, Biscuits & Gravy, and other tasty dishes. Check out their website to see the whole menu, make a reservation and more.
Jackie's Dream Cafe
Jackie had a dream to own her own restaurant and after years working in other people's restaurant, her dream came true. Located in downtown Knoxville, Jackie's Dream Cafe offers some of the best Soul Food in Knoxville. Regulars are crazy for her fried and "hot" chicken. The chicken is sold by the piece so you can pick which pieces you want and how many. Whether you are dining in or picking up dinner to go, you don't want to forget the sides which include Mama's Cabbage, Nanny Mary's Potato Salad, Pinto Beans, and more. They strive to make everything from scratch when possible and take advantage of the season's produce. Check out their website for their current menu and to find out what today's special is.
Located in West Knoxville, KnoxFarmacy is all about bringing people together over delicious meals. Their menu boasts modern Southern food made from scratch and full of love. While they offer a wide variety of food options from fresh, specialty salads to beef brisket, one of their customer's favorite dishes is their "Hot Chicken". This Nashville style fried chicken is full of spice and pairs perfectly with a glass of sweet tea. However, you will want to save room for dessert because they here you will find decadent treats like Roasted Banana Puddin' and Nutella Layer Cake. KnoxFarmacy also serves up a special Brunch menu on the weekends. So head on over to the website and check out all their delicious dishes.
What they lack in ambiance, Chandler's makes up for in taste. We discovered this hidden gem when we first moved to Knoxville in 2015 after a recommendation from our realtor. Every time we dine here, I expect Guy Fieri to walk in for an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Don't let the appearance turn you off though because the fried chicken is amazing. Alongside their popular fried chicken is a variety of meat options including pulled pork, pork chops, catfish, and more. As they fill up your plate make sure you select a few sides like fried okra, mac & cheese, and green beans. The whole menu is reminiscent of down home Southern cooking that will fill you up and leave you wanting for more. See all that Chandler's has to offer by visiting them online.
Gus's is a national chain that started in Mason, TN and spread out across the United States. They have a location in Knoxville and are favorite stop for their delicious Hot and Spicy Fried Chicken. Even though they have multiple locations, Gus's still boasts fresh, never frozen, natural, hormone free chicken that is fried in peanut oil. They also still use the original recipes and traditions that started the original restaurant over 60 years ago. Discover the background behind Gus's, read the full menu, and find more locations on their website.
Have you enjoyed the amazing fried chicken at any of the restaurants on our list? Do you enjoy fried chicken some where else in Knoxville? Let us know where you get your chicken in Knoxville in the comment section below so we can go check it out for ourselves. We are always up for some Fried Chicken research. 🙂
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