Best fried chicken in Christchurch

Crispy, crunchy, juicy, salty – there’s no denying that fried chicken is the bees knees.

A plate of fried chicken on a table.

Whether your preferred style is Korean, Japanese, southern American or with no chook at all, Christchurch has plenty of options to help satisfy your comfort food cravings.

The Southern Fried Chicken from Craft Embassy is a perfect match for a craft beer

The Craft Embassy

Level One, The Terrace, 126 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch

A plate of the Southern Fried Chicken and a glass of craft beer or two from one of the thirty taps on offer at Craft Embassy is a very, very good idea. Served with pickled cucumber and sriracha ranch dressing, this dangerously delicious dish is one sharing plate that won’t last for long once landing on the table.

OGB’s Vegan Fried Chicken will have even the most staunch meat-eaters digging in


30/28 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Vegan fried chicken – three words which aren’t often seen together but make a lot of sense once you’ve tried OGB’s left-field take on the classic. Made from wheat protein, the “chicken” is tender with a hint of chew-factor, just like the real thing. Hot sauce, vegan aioli and tangy pickles are served alongside these bites making for a very satisfying snack. Grab a seat in the intimate bar or head outside for some al fresco dining while you chomp away on your chicken free chicken.

As the name might suggest, Monster Chicken is committed to fried chicken in a big grunty way.

Monster Chicken

394 Riccarton Road, Riccarton

As the name might suggest, Monster Chicken is committed to fried chicken in a big grunty way. Here, there’s not just one type of fried chook, there’s 11. From original crispy fried to parmesan, garlic, mustard, sweet chilli and curry to lemon and hot chilli – there is no risk of being bored at Monster Chicken.

Civil and Naval’s fried cauliflower will make another visit here compulsory.

Civil and Naval

16 London Street, Lyttelton

Forget KFC – CFC or Civil Fried Cauliflower is where it’s at. Coated in a drool-worthy mix of spices and fried until crunchy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside, this dish gives the fried chicken (also an option here) a run for its money. The fried cauli is served with a zingy chipotle crema and drizzled with maple syrup before serving – a truly unforgettable take on a favourite.