Most food-related holidays are admittedly dumb, but anything that provides an excuse to enjoy crispy, just-greasy-enough fried chicken is an excellent idea. If you haven’t checked your calendar, you may be unaware that today is National Fried Chicken Day, which offers an excuse to dive head-first into a bucket o’ fried goodness that only comes around once a year.
Of course, you could head to Frenchy’s or or The Breakfast Klub for a plate of your familar favorite, but these five new(ish) fried chicken offerings are definitely worth checking out.
Houston’s first location of this popular Korean fried chicken chain is now open in Katy, serving up perfectly crisp wings, strips, and drumsticks bathed in soy-garlic or a spicy chile sauce. Pair with kimchi coleslaw or seasoned fries for a fried chicken experience that’s a little more global than your average bird.
Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts
Lee’s is a staple of Houston’s fried chicken scene, but this hallowed day brings a delicious new addition: H-Town style hot chicken. Inspired by Nashville’s famous contribution to the world of fried chicken, Chef Lee Ellis ain’t joking around when he says this chicken is hot. Just in case you’re not able to head to Lee’s today, rejoice – this new offering will be a permanent addition to the menu.
Newly reborn in Montrose, Biskit Junkie’s combination of pillowy buttermilk biscuits and crisp fried chicken is the definition of heavenly. Try the Presley, a massive fried chicken breast on a biscuit topped with peanut butter, strawberry jam, and of course, bacon.
This white-hot restaurant is brand new to the Heights, and The Angry Bird has officially landed. A massive Renaissance chicken breast is rubbed with cayenne pepper, fried to perfection, then glazed with maple syrup. Next comes pickles, smoked garlic mayo, and a heap of potato salad. You’ll probably need a nap once this lunch is over.
Fried chicken may not be an expected find in such a swanky setting, but the sriracha fried chicken at this newly-opened Galleria eatery is certainly an excellent fit. Fried pasture-raised chicken is glazed with a spicy sauce before being placed on top of a jalapeño cornbread waffle and served with green tomato chow chow. You’ve never seen a prettier plate of fried chicken.