There's a sort of primitive pleasure to eating fried chicken. You're gnawing the bones to get at the last morsels of meat and your fingers are all covered in grease. It's real caveman stuff. Would you have it any other way, though? It's way more fun than using cutlery or even nibbling carefully at the edge of a burrito.

So choose a style (American? Korean?), a cut (thigh? wing?) and your spice level, and get stuck in.

Kokko

At this playground-inspired Korean fried chicken shop, everything's made by hand by Seoul native Julie Kim.

Shop 1 1 Margaret Street, Norwood

Buk Buk Southern Hot

Spicy buttermilk fried chicken – with heat levels ranging from Mom & Pop to All Money In – plus waffle fries, mac’n’cheese, gelato and craft beers.

1/254 Grange Road, Flinders Park

Little Ban Ban

Franklin Street’s popular fried chicken and beer joint doing a grab-and-go menu for the lunchtime crowd.

Level 1 Rundle Mall Plaza, Adelaide

Gunbae Chicken and Beer

A no-nonsense East End eatery doing just what it says on the tin: fried chicken and cold beer.

11-29 Union Street, Adelaide

NOLA

This New Orleans inspired bar claims to have "the juiciest fried chicken you'll eat" and they're not wrong.

28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

Plus 82 Pocha

Listen to K-pop while you eat fried chicken and kimchi until 1am.

Shop 3 25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

CnB

This casual Korean fried chicken joint, by the Plus 82 Pocha Crew, is a love letter to the street food of Seoul. Grab Korean corn dogs, spicy fried chook and burgers to-go, or pull up a stool in the LED-lit, orange and blue diner.

Shop 9-10 177-193 The Parade, Norwood

Ban Ban

Korean fried chicken worth getting your hands dirty for.

145 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Wing It

This subterranean Americana-themed bar in the CBD uses a tried-and-tested formula: hot wings, cold beer and live sports “every damn day”.

89 King William Street, Adelaide
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May Q

This restaurant’s line-up of Korean classics is bolstered by a sizable collection of sojus to enjoy with your meal.

13 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Bread & Bone

Choose between classic Buffalo wings or a fried chicken burger (or go for both).

15 Peel Street, Adelaide
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Gang Gang

It's all about the fried chicken burgs here. The menu changes pretty frequently, but there's always one or two options – starring a big slab of panko-crumbed chook – to choose from.

69 Unley Road, Parkside

Busan Baby

The fried chicken here comes coated in either salt and pepper, soy garlic glaze or a spicy sauce.

272 Morphett Street, Adelaide

Cheekie's Hot Chicken

The hottest chicken here comes coated in a blend of four different chillies, including the infamous Carolina reaper.

260-262 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Golden Boy

The kampot pepper fried chicken dish is a classic for a reason.

309 North Terrace, Adelaide
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