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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 between fluffy pieces of white bread.
By Leisha Kapor
July 28, 2021
By Leisha Kapor
July 28, 2021


These sandwiches come spicy and southern-style, stuffed in a pita with garlic sauce or between fluffy pieces of white bread.

While some people say eating something fresh and healthy will help fix a hangover, in our opinion, there's nothing better than a big piece of crispy fried chicken sandwiched between a couple of pieces of bread to fix a lingering headache.

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 pita bread with garlic sauce, this city has you covered.

For when you're looking for something to soak up those 'few too many' schooners, or next time you're looking for somewhere new to grab Friday lunch, here are our picks for Sydney's best fried chicken sangas.

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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 sauce. The sandwich is made with medium spiced chicken, which will already have your tastebuds tingling, but if you want to add an extra chicken piece that’ll blow your face off it’ll set you back just $4. Belles’ heat levels range from Southern (basically just salt) through to Really F**kin Hot. We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for the return of this epic Belles and PappaRich collab.

    You can find Belles at Tramsheds and Barangaroo, or order the sandwich on UberEats.

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    Surry Hills’ all-day kebab joint does chicken sandwiches a little different with a shawarma-spiced, panko-crumbed fried schnitzel that’s been brined overnight and fried to order. The crispy schnitty is so large it can’t quite be contained by its soft-but-chewy pita bread exterior. Inside the pocket, there’s also hummus, tahini, cabbage, garlic sauce, harissa and amba. 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.

    You can order pickup online or delivery via Deliveroo or UberEats.

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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 are 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 $10.50 or $13.50 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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    At this Darlinghurst sando spot you’ll find huge pieces of crispy fried buttermilk chicken nestled between two of the fluffiest pieces of white bread you’ve ever likely laid your eyes on. Covered in Sandoitchi seasoning and topped with pickles and Sriracha mayo, this is one of Oxford Street’s best eats. If you want to mix things up, you can trade out the chicken for a prawn and corn katsu patty, crispy fried pork or a luxe $32 piece of MB7 wagyu steak. Although if your head is sore from the night before you can’t go past the buttermilk chicken and a Single O coffee.

    You can order pickup from Sandoitchi online or delivery via UberEats and Deliveroo.

    Image: Leigh Griffiths

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    This classic chicken sandwich from Sydney fried chicken and sneaker chain Butter keeps it simple. A juicy golden-brown chicken thigh is layered with dashi butter and pickled cucumber on a soft white bun. If you like things a bit more exciting, you can add cheese, or pair it with buttermilk ranch and Butter’s hot sauce. Alternatively if a simple burger isn’t going to suffice, you can order it in the fried chicken feast which includes a spicy fried chicken sandwich, crispy fried chicken wings, shoestring fries, miso corn, pickles, coleslaw, ramen gravy and hot sauce ($39).

    Right now, Butter is also giving away a heap of prizes to anyone who orders between Friday, July 23 and Sunday, August 8. All you have to do is order from Butter and collect the three different coloured cards for your chance to win six months worth of Butter sandwiches, custom Nike Air Force Ones or a $200 Butter voucher.

    You can find Butter at Parramatta, Chatswood and Surry Hills, or order delivery via UberEats, Deliveroo or DoorDash.

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