best fried chicken in Manila

Some Of The Best Fried Chicken In Manila After Fast Food Favorites

There is nothing fried chicken can’t solve. Only the very few will contend against this, and those kind of people are definitely missing out on something magical. We here in Philihappy, we swear by fried chicken just like so many Filipinos all over the world. That’s why we had to come up with a list of the best fried chicken in Manila, obviously.

You see, this is why McDonald’s, Jollibee and Col. Sanders of KFC have stood as fast food kings in the Philippine Islands. While we will forever surrender ourselves to fast food fried chicken, we will let you in on a little Manila secret. There is more to fried chicken in the Philippines than your basic fast food.

Let us take you to a quick trip down fried chicken lane and be surprised with what else Manila has to offer—fried chicken-wise.

1Senor Pollo

best fried chicken in Manila
Image Credit: Señor Pollo Philippines via Facebook

Senor Pollo is a food joint that started in Poblacion. Just like most of the spots in the area, Senor Pollo did not disappoint. They are famous for their Latin American peri-peri chicken. While that is definitely worth ordering, try their fried chicken next time. It may even be a notch above than their basic Latin American chicken.

Senor Pollo
Located at Ebro st. Poblacion, Makati City
Other brances at Quezon City, Alabang, Pasig City, and Eastwood City
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and 24 hours at Eastwood


best fried chicken in Manila
Image Credit: Kettle via Facebook

We get a little too kilig when we think of Kettle fried chicken. This one is easily a favorite. Kettle serves buttermilk fried chicken, the kind you will never forget. They’re served as thick chicken fillets covered with just the right amount of crunchy breading. It comes with cornbread making the whole meal very country. Served, too, with honey and gravy, this one is definitely the kind of fried chicken you aren’t going to find elsewhere.

Located at SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Other branches at Shangri-la Plaza, BGC, Eastwood City, and Rockwell
Open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

3The Girl + The Bull

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Image Credit: The Girl + The Bull via Facebook

This fried chicken was once the quintessential kind yet highly talked about. From their spot in Aguirre in BF, The Girl + The Bull fried chicken has become a mainstay in their new and chic home in Legaspi Village. This buttermilk fried chicken served with brioche French toast is one of the places to trek to for the best fried chicken in Manila. Just as how we like our fried chicken, this one is definitely crunchy on the outside and oh so juicy on the inside.

The Girl + The Bull
Located at G/F Grand Midori Building, Bolanos st. Legaspi Village, Makati City
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 5:00 p.m.  to 10:00 p.m.

4Bad Bird

best fried chicken in Manila
Image Credit: The Girl + The Bull via Facebook

We’re going to be honest—this one may be subject to taste. Our resident chicken lovers, though, said that this one is worth the try and may even make you want to come for more. Bad Bird fried chicken is oozing with flavor being coated with umami spices. Each bite is a burst of flavor after another. It can be served too with sides just as umami, and the chicken comes in different levels of spicy. This joint is opening up more branches, probably for its unique and (maybe) the best fried chicken in Manila.

Bad Bird
Locateded atHole in the wall, 4/F, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca st. Makati City
Other branches at SM Megamall, Ortigas and Serendra, BGC
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

5Single Origin

best fried chicken in Manila
Image Credit: Single Origin via Facebook

Single Origin is easily one of the best food/hangout/drinking/coffee spots in the Metro. Everything they are and everything they serve is of top notch quality. That’s why it was no surprise when we tried their fried chicken. They’re served as fried chicken fillets breaded with their own distinct chicken skin flavor. The meat? Very tender and juicy. You can order their chicken either with truffle fries or waffles. Either way, you’ll have a good experience with your every bite of their chicken.

Single Origin
Located at 2/F C3, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City
Other branch at Rockwell
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sundays to Wednesdays; 1:00 a.m. Thursday and 2:00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays


best fried chicken in Manila
Image Credit: Bucky’s via Facebook

Bucky’s are not only known for their fudge bars (nope, not brownies), they also have a notable menu that is worth the rave. Another must-visit spot in Poblacion, Bucky’s serves a hands-down-amazing fried chicken, making it a go-to for the best fried chicken in Manila. They serve heavenly boneless breaded chicken thighs. This oil drenched goodness is served with what may well be the best mashed potatoes in the world. Great chicken with great potatoes? WE ARE SO DOWN FOR THIS ONE.

Located at 5666 Don Pedro Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays; 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

7Moonshine Pub

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Image Credit: Moonshine PUB x Public Urban Bar via Facebook

Moonshine is definitely one of the best hangout spots in Ortigas, and apparently a hub for some of the best fried chicken in Manila! While drinking here is the main reason why people flood the place, their fried chicken is definitely another reason. Order their Jehrad’s Fried Chicken or JFC and expect a plate full of 4 chicken fillets served with salad and mashed potato. Trust us on this one, this one will make you wanna go back to Moonshine again and again.

Moonshine Pub
Located at Sapphire St. Pasig City
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Sundays toThursdays; 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Fridays- Saturdays

8Catabolic Café

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Image Credit: Catabolic Cafe via Facebook

The food and coffee battle in Maginhawa is definitely a tough one. It’s hard to rise above so many other options. Catabolic Café, however, did it with such grace. Not only is the place a great hangout spot with chic interiors and serves great coffee, they also have fried chicken to die for. Order the chicken and waffles and expect another thing that you have not had before. They serve it with strawberry butter and maple syrup blended with hot sauce. This one earns the best sweet-savory-spicy mix ever.

Catabolic Café
Located at 22 Malingap st. Brgy. Teacher’s Village West Quezon City
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturdays to Sundays

9Army Navy

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Image Credit: Army Navy Burger + Burrito Philippines via Facebook

Army Navy is just a notch higher above your regular fast food place, and it’s a money saver for the best fried chicken in Manila. What we love about it though, your food is made to order. While Army Navy is known for their burrito and burgers, one should not turn their heads away from their fried chicken. This one emphasizes the taste of pepper which does not happen very often. If you haven’t tried their fried chicken, you now know where to get your chicken next.

Army Navy
Various locations and opening hours in Metro Manila


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Image Credit: Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant via Facebook

This one is definitely Chinese-approved. Yes, we asked our Chinese friends. What started as a mami house, Sincerity made a big name for being a full-blown restaurant that serves great oriental fried chicken. They serve tender bite-sized fried chicken that you won’t be able to stop eating. The once you pop, you can’t stop kind! Check this place out for some of the best fried chicken in Manila and order other Chinese goodies!

READ: The Ultimate Binondo Food Trip Guide: Get Your Chinese Food Fix Now

Located at 497 E.T. Yuchengco st. Manila, Philippines
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays 9 AM – 9 PM; 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday

11Le Fleur Café and Chicken House

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Image Credit: @wahzap via Instagram

Le Fleur Café and Chicken House is unassuming. They look like your basic carinderia that serve basic food. Not their chicken, though. It may just be like your regular fried chicken drenched in butter but it is, trust us, life-changing.

Le Fleur Café
Located at Mayon ave. Quezon City, Philippines

12Chicken Chicken

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Image Credit: Kevinross B via looloo

This hole-in-the-wall restaurant/carinderia near Benilde does not have a name on it. What will catch your attention is a flock of students filling the place up day after day. What’s all the fuss about? Their fried chicken. Some of the best fried chicken in Manila at that. It’s a family treasure, their fried chicken recipe. It is served with either soy sauce or this oriental tasting sauce. Once you try it, you won’t be able to forget this fried chicken EVER.

Chicken Chicken
Located at Estrada St. Manila City


best fried chicken in Manila
Image Credit: Ministop Philippines via Facebook

If you need a quick fix of fried chicken, Ministop is where you go. We can’t deny that fried chicken is not fried chicken without great breading. Ministop does not disappoint with this one. While it may be too much for others, their chicken is half chicken and half breading. We say all that MSG and empty calories are oh-so-worth it. If all else fails in finding the best fried chicken in Manila, just find your nearest Ministop. We hope this list helps your journey!

Located at various locations
Open 24 hours

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