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 that using cutlery or 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.

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Wish Bone

Fried chicken and bottled cocktails are the stars at this quick-in, quick-out bar from the team at Hartsyard.

125 Enmore Road, Enmore

Papa Do’s Chicken

Korean-style fried chicken with spicy, saucy, crunchy batter.

Shop 8 8 Dutton Lane Plaza, Cabramatta

Flying Tong

Four varieties of Korean fried chicken try.

99 Enmore Rd, Newtown

Red Pepper Bistro

Some of the best fried chicken in Sydney – and it's at the back of a sports club in Strathfield.

4a Lyons Street, Strathfield

Chir Chir

How about some whipped cream on your chicken?

11a 27 Belmore Street, Burwood

Thirsty Bird Newtown

Sydney's crunchiest fried chicken. Plus katsu burgers, waffle fries and tater tots.

226 King Street, Newtown

Belles Hot Chicken Barangaroo

Nashville-style fried chicken with views out over Darling Harbour.

Shop 5 33 Barangaroo Avenue, Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo

Butter

Sneakers, champagne and fried chicken. There's nothing else like it.

6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills

Mary's Pitt Street

Just like the Circular Quay outpost the whole menu here can be turned vegan. And yes, you really can swing from the chandelier.

410 Pitt Street, Sydney

Thirsty Bird

For those who love thick batter.

Shop 3 2-14 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

The Sparrow's Mill

The rapid-fire offshoot of cult Korean fried chicken restaurant Red Pepper Bistro.

Shop 3, Sussex Centre 120/116 Liverpool Street, Haymarket

Mary's Newtown

If you're brave enough to order something other than a burger, you'll be rewarded with 10 herbs and spices and plenty of crunch.

6 Mary Street, Newtown

Reuben Hills

Fried chicken with a Central American bent.

61 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Ms.G’s

Change it up with some Thai-inspired bird.

155 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Danjee

It's difficult to look past the signature Danjee Chicken.

1-7 Albion Place, Sydney

Hot Star

Bigger is better. That's the philosophy at this Taiwanese chain.

96 Liverpool Street, Sydney

The Soda Factory

There are a few ways of getting your chicken here. But they all defer to the 10 piece bucket. Fried chicken is only available on Wednesdays, but it's too good not to include.

16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

Thievery

LFC = Lebanese fried chicken.

91 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Ayam Goreng 99

Offering an Indonesian take on fried chicken.

464 Anzac Parade, Kingsford