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Five Next-Level Sydney Fried Chicken Sandwiches Worthy of Your Finest Hangover

These sandwiches come spicy and southern-style, stuffed in a pita with garlic sauce or in a smoked chicken fat-glazed bun.
By Leisha Kapor
March 04, 2020
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Five Next-Level Sydney Fried Chicken Sandwiches Worthy of Your Finest Hangover

These sandwiches come spicy and southern-style, stuffed in a pita with garlic sauce or in a smoked chicken fat-glazed bun.
By Leisha Kapor
March 04, 2020
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FIVE NEXT-LEVEL SYDNEY FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICHES WORTHY OF YOUR FINEST HANGOVER

These sandwiches come spicy and southern-style, stuffed in a pita with garlic sauce or in a smoked chicken fat-glazed bun.

While some people say eating something fresh and healthy will help fix a hangover, in our opinion, there's nothing much better than a big piece of crispy fried chicken sandwiched between a couple of pieces of bread. The humble fried chicken sandwich comes in many forms, popping up in different versions all over the world — and all over Sydney. Whether you like it southern-style with a spicy kick, as a classic schnitty on sourdough, or stuffed in a pita bread with garlic sauce, this city has you covered. For when you're looking for something to soak up those two few many schooners, or are just looking for somewhere new to grab lunch, here are our picks for Sydney's best fried chicken sangas.

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    You best mark this one down in your calendar, as it’s part of Harpoon Harry’s Sandwich Heroes lineup — a rotating selection of limited-edition lunchtime creations being served up through March and April — and it won’t be around for long. Starring southern-style Rice Bubbles-coated bird, the So-Fried Chicken will be available from 11.30am–3pm, Monday to Friday at the Surry Hills pub from April 13–24. The epic-looking sanga is stuffed with house-smoked chilli mayo, avocado, tomato and cos lettuce on a couple of pieces of grilled toast. It’ll set you back $15 and comes with sweet potato crisps on the side.

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    Surry Hills’ newest all-day kebab joint has recently added a monster of a chicken sandwich to its offering — it’s just not on the regular menu. Ask and you shall receive a shawarma-spiced, panko-crumbed fried schnitzel that’s been brined over night and fried to order. The crispy schnitty is so large it can’t quite be contained by its soft-but-chewy pita bread container. Inside the pocket, there’s also sumac onions, tahini, pickled mango, harissa and toum. The tiny standing room-only restaurant is open from brekkie until 10pm every night of the week. While you’re there, try its take on the halal snack pack with chips and juicy chicken doused in tahini, hummus and garlic sauce. You can also grab a plate of hummus for $10 and a salted choc chip and sesame cookie for six big ones.

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    Admittedly, it’s in a soft bun and that might technically make it a burger, but Belles has dubbed it a sandwich and it really is one that needs to be tried. The Belles Chicken Sandwich has a juicy piece of chicken thigh fried southern-style with melting cheese, lettuce and a slathering of spicy mayo. The sandwich is made with medium spiced chicken, but, at just $13, you can easily add an extra chicken piece ($4) that’ll blow your face off. If you’re someone that likes their fried chook on the spicier side — Belles’ heat levels range from Southern (basically just salt) through Really F**kin Hot and Sex Panther. We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for the return of this epic Belles and PappaRich collab.

    You can find Belles at Tramsheds, Darling Square and Barangaroo.

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    Who doesn’t want to eat a fried chicken sandwich from a two-hatted restaurant? Momofuku Seiōbo — the only Australian offshoot of Korean American chef David Chang’s award-winning string of restaurants — is serving up just that for those lucky enough to claim a seat at its exclusive five-seat bar. While the restaurant is known for its $185 ten-course tasting menu, at the bar you can choose from a small a la carte list. The sandwich in question will set you back $18 and comes in a smoked chicken fat-glazed bun. Inside is a huge piece of fried chicken thigh, as well as pickled cabbage, sour cream and chives.

    Image: Alan Richardson.

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    North Sandwiches Cafe

    One of the things that make the humble chicken sandwich so great, is that you don’t need to pull out all the stops to make it delicious. This unassuming little sandwich shop in a CBD food arcade proves that with its chicken schnitty sando. The classic lunch bar lets you choose your bread or wrap (there’s white, brown or wholemeal vienna loaves, and a few different sourdoughs and ryes for an extra 50 cents), then pops a crunchy chicken schnitzel between two slices along with lemon chive mayo, tomato and lettuce. There’s also the Schnitzel Deluxe, that comes with added maple bacon, swiss cheese, chipotle mayo and pickles. At $10 or $13 for the gourmet version, you can add a bunch of extra salads or sauce, plus chips and a drink and still keep it under twenty.

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