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Phoenix’s Crispiest, Juiciest Chicken Sandwiches

11 excellent classic fried and hot chicken sandwiches to try around the Phoenix metro area

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A hot chicken sandwich from Mrs. Chicken in Phoenix
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There’s really nothing quite like a good crispy chicken sandwich, which explains why so many fast food giants are vying for the title of “best” fried chicken sandwich. But the truly outstanding sandwiches are found a local restaurants, which thoughtfully top their crunch — sometimes spicy — chicken with various sauces and toppings from crisp pickles to apple slaw. To help satisfy that craving for crisp bird on a soft, toasted bun, here are 11 superb chicken sandwiches to try around the Phoenix area.

A number of Phoenix area restaurants have resumed in-person service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area as well as vaccine distribution, please visit the Maricopa County COVID-19 tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. In March 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that provided statistically significant evidence that dining on-premises at restaurants and bars was followed by a rise in COVID-19 infections and deaths. People who are fully vaccinated should consult the CDC’s interim guidance on restaurant dining and other forms of social gatherings.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Lola

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6770 N Sunrise Blvd #109
Glendale, AZ 85305
(623) 877-5225
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It’s not easy nailing the perfect crispy chicken sandwich, but the Lola, a trendsetting West Valley restaurant, does this perfectly with its variation, which features a sweet apple slaw. The sandwich is finished with pickle chips, spicy aioli, and of course — a giant piece of crispy chicken all stacked on a lightly grilled knotted bun. The Lola is currently offering in-restaurant dining, curbside pick-up, and delivery.

2. Monroe's Hot Chicken

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45 W Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 872-7100
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Monroe’s Hot Chicken honors the Nashville tradition with a classic, spicy fried chicken sandwich that will transport you to the South. It’s got all the traditional ingredients — fried chicken, coleslaw, pickles, and Monroe’s own kick-it-up sauce on a toasted brioche bun. Feeling adventurous? Diners can also go for the hot chicken Belgian waffle sandwich featuring a buttery, syrup and powdered sugar-topped waffle. Also, don’t forget some of the classic Southern sides like the cornbread mac and cheese and smoked turkey collard greens. Monroe’s Hot Chicken’s downtown Phoenix location has dine-in service. Both the Phoenix and Tempe locations offer takeout and delivery.

3. Welcome Diner

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929 E Pierce St
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 495-1111
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As soon as you set eyes on Welcome Diner’s comforting neon sign, you’ll know you’re in the right place for an exceptional chicken sandwich. The 1940s-style diner is a staple in the Phoenix food scene thanks to diner-style dishes, including its assortment of chicken and biscuit sandwiches. Our top pick is the sweet and salty Bumblebee, which features a crispy buttermilk fried chicken breast slathered with beer mustard, local honey, and bread and butter pickles on a fresh-made baked biscuit. Welcome Diner is currently open for dine-in service as well as takeout.

4. The Macintosh

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2119 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 368-8766
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The Macintosh is known for perfecting American comfort foods, so it only makes sense that the restaurant has crafted a superb chicken sandwich. This variation sticks to many of the classic elements — a crispy chicken breast with a local pickle on a warm buttermilk bun — but this version also adds sliced tomato and a tangy mustard slaw that sets it apart from the competition. The restaurant is currently offering dine-in service and takeout.

5. Mrs. Chicken

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4011 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 281-6527
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Spicy chicken lovers have reason to celebrate at Mrs. Chicken, which offers five spice levels ranging from classic to XXXHot. The highly anticipated Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant opened in 2019 with a simple menu that lets the chicken speak for itself. The best-loved Yardbyrd sandwich features a crispy chicken breast with provel cheese, mustard slaw, pickles and Mrs. Chicken’s own honky tonk sauce on a brioche bun. Mrs. Chicken is currently offering in-restaurant dining, takeout, and delivery through Grubhub.

6. Ingo's Tasty Food

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4502 N 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 795-2884
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The name says it all when it comes to this beloved Arcadia eatery — the food is really tasty with a focus on fresh sauces and high-quality ingredients. Ingo’s crispy chicken sandwich is classic, but well done with crispy chicken breast, dill pickles, spicy aioli sauce, and a bit of apple — all on the restaurants own fresh-baked bread. Enjoy the crispy chicken sandwich at Ingo’s, pick it up curbside, or have it delivered.

7. Chelsea's Kitchen

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5040 N 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 957-2555
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Chelsea’s Kitchen is an Arcadia dining mainstay just as well-known for its delicious American fare as it is its chic atmosphere and beautiful patio. Its variation of the chicken sandwich isn’t technically spicy, but its spicy aioli adds a welcome kick when combined with the flavors of the sweet granny smith apples and slaw. Most importantly, the chicken is consistently crisp. Chelsea’s Kitchen offers dine-in, curbside pickup, and delivery.

8. Roaring Fork

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4800 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 947-0795
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Ever want a hot chicken sandwich, but not sure if your taste buds are up to the challenge? Roaring Fork has the answer: a hot chicken sandwich that comes in hot and not so hot varieties. Regardless of which option diners choose, the result is a giant chicken sandwich with coleslaw and pickles on a toasted bun that’s sure to satisfy. Take the sandwich to=go with a curbside order, or opt for dine-in service at the restaurant.

9. Humble Pie

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6149 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 556-9900
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Humble Pie might be known for its pizza, but it’s sandwiches should not be overlooked. At first the spicy chicken sandwich appears to be typical crispy chicken sandwich made with chicken, jalapeños, chili honey, and pickles on a brioche bun — but then it’s covered in the restaurant’s signature cheesy mac sauce that will convince you that cheese actually does belong on chicken sandwiches. Customers can grab a sandwich at the restaurant for dine-in or opt for curbside pickup or delivery.

10. Famous 48

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8989 N Scottsdale Rd #608
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 361-4933
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Famous 48 Local Chicken & Bar is known for its comfort food classics and the Havasu Chicken Sandwich is no exception: This crispy fried chicken treat is made with a special recipe hot sauce and topped with shredded lettuce, a light layer of mayonnaise, and dill pickles on a toasted brioche bun. Most importantly, each sandwich comes stacked with a seriously generous portion of chicken. Famous 48 offers in-restaurant dining, takeout, and delivery options.

11. Worth Takeaway

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218 W Main St
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 833-2180
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Worth Takeaway has secured its spot as sandwich royalty in the Valley with its classic sandwiches, so including its crispy chicken sandwich in this guide was a no-brainer. This sweet and spicy take is made with crispy chicken breast, house made pickles, lettuce, honey sriracha, and mayonnaise all topped on a City Bakery ciabatta bun. Worth Takeaway is offering patio dining, curbside pickup, and delivery.

1. The Lola

6770 N Sunrise Blvd #109, Glendale, AZ 85305

It’s not easy nailing the perfect crispy chicken sandwich, but the Lola, a trendsetting West Valley restaurant, does this perfectly with its variation, which features a sweet apple slaw. The sandwich is finished with pickle chips, spicy aioli, and of course — a giant piece of crispy chicken all stacked on a lightly grilled knotted bun. The Lola is currently offering in-restaurant dining, curbside pick-up, and delivery.

6770 N Sunrise Blvd #109
Glendale, AZ 85305

2. Monroe's Hot Chicken

45 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Monroe’s Hot Chicken honors the Nashville tradition with a classic, spicy fried chicken sandwich that will transport you to the South. It’s got all the traditional ingredients — fried chicken, coleslaw, pickles, and Monroe’s own kick-it-up sauce on a toasted brioche bun. Feeling adventurous? Diners can also go for the hot chicken Belgian waffle sandwich featuring a buttery, syrup and powdered sugar-topped waffle. Also, don’t forget some of the classic Southern sides like the cornbread mac and cheese and smoked turkey collard greens. Monroe’s Hot Chicken’s downtown Phoenix location has dine-in service. Both the Phoenix and Tempe locations offer takeout and delivery.

45 W Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85003

3. Welcome Diner

929 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

As soon as you set eyes on Welcome Diner’s comforting neon sign, you’ll know you’re in the right place for an exceptional chicken sandwich. The 1940s-style diner is a staple in the Phoenix food scene thanks to diner-style dishes, including its assortment of chicken and biscuit sandwiches. Our top pick is the sweet and salty Bumblebee, which features a crispy buttermilk fried chicken breast slathered with beer mustard, local honey, and bread and butter pickles on a fresh-made baked biscuit. Welcome Diner is currently open for dine-in service as well as takeout.

929 E Pierce St
Phoenix, AZ 85006

4. The Macintosh

2119 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

The Macintosh is known for perfecting American comfort foods, so it only makes sense that the restaurant has crafted a superb chicken sandwich. This variation sticks to many of the classic elements — a crispy chicken breast with a local pickle on a warm buttermilk bun — but this version also adds sliced tomato and a tangy mustard slaw that sets it apart from the competition. The restaurant is currently offering dine-in service and takeout.

2119 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016

5. Mrs. Chicken

4011 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Spicy chicken lovers have reason to celebrate at Mrs. Chicken, which offers five spice levels ranging from classic to XXXHot. The highly anticipated Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant opened in 2019 with a simple menu that lets the chicken speak for itself. The best-loved Yardbyrd sandwich features a crispy chicken breast with provel cheese, mustard slaw, pickles and Mrs. Chicken’s own honky tonk sauce on a brioche bun. Mrs. Chicken is currently offering in-restaurant dining, takeout, and delivery through Grubhub.

4011 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85018

6. Ingo's Tasty Food

4502 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

The name says it all when it comes to this beloved Arcadia eatery — the food is really tasty with a focus on fresh sauces and high-quality ingredients. Ingo’s crispy chicken sandwich is classic, but well done with crispy chicken breast, dill pickles, spicy aioli sauce, and a bit of apple — all on the restaurants own fresh-baked bread. Enjoy the crispy chicken sandwich at Ingo’s, pick it up curbside, or have it delivered.

4502 N 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85018

7. Chelsea's Kitchen

5040 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Chelsea’s Kitchen is an Arcadia dining mainstay just as well-known for its delicious American fare as it is its chic atmosphere and beautiful patio. Its variation of the chicken sandwich isn’t technically spicy, but its spicy aioli adds a welcome kick when combined with the flavors of the sweet granny smith apples and slaw. Most importantly, the chicken is consistently crisp. Chelsea’s Kitchen offers dine-in, curbside pickup, and delivery.

5040 N 40th St
Phoenix, AZ 85018

8. Roaring Fork

4800 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Ever want a hot chicken sandwich, but not sure if your taste buds are up to the challenge? Roaring Fork has the answer: a hot chicken sandwich that comes in hot and not so hot varieties. Regardless of which option diners choose, the result is a giant chicken sandwich with coleslaw and pickles on a toasted bun that’s sure to satisfy. Take the sandwich to=go with a curbside order, or opt for dine-in service at the restaurant.

4800 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

9. Humble Pie

6149 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Humble Pie might be known for its pizza, but it’s sandwiches should not be overlooked. At first the spicy chicken sandwich appears to be typical crispy chicken sandwich made with chicken, jalapeños, chili honey, and pickles on a brioche bun — but then it’s covered in the restaurant’s signature cheesy mac sauce that will convince you that cheese actually does belong on chicken sandwiches. Customers can grab a sandwich at the restaurant for dine-in or opt for curbside pickup or delivery.

6149 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

10. Famous 48

8989 N Scottsdale Rd #608, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Famous 48 Local Chicken & Bar is known for its comfort food classics and the Havasu Chicken Sandwich is no exception: This crispy fried chicken treat is made with a special recipe hot sauce and topped with shredded lettuce, a light layer of mayonnaise, and dill pickles on a toasted brioche bun. Most importantly, each sandwich comes stacked with a seriously generous portion of chicken. Famous 48 offers in-restaurant dining, takeout, and delivery options.

8989 N Scottsdale Rd #608
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

11. Worth Takeaway

218 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Worth Takeaway has secured its spot as sandwich royalty in the Valley with its classic sandwiches, so including its crispy chicken sandwich in this guide was a no-brainer. This sweet and spicy take is made with crispy chicken breast, house made pickles, lettuce, honey sriracha, and mayonnaise all topped on a City Bakery ciabatta bun. Worth Takeaway is offering patio dining, curbside pickup, and delivery.

218 W Main St
Mesa, AZ 85201

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