Top 5 Fried Chicken Restaurants in Kansas City

When making a top-five list, the task at hand is to make hard cuts. Around Kansas City fried chicken is done many ways, and it is done well at more than five restaurants making this task a daunting one.

However, I’m never one to shy away from a challenge so below are the five best fried chicken spots in Kansas City —

Get ready for some of the best fried chicken in Kansas City! — Photo of Rye’s Fried Chicken

Get ready for some of the best fried chicken in Kansas City! — Photo of Rye’s Fried Chicken


The menu says it all “our famous fried chicken,” and it is famous for a reason. The true essence of traditional fried chicken; pick up a three piece, or get a whole bird to share. With a location on the Plaza and in Leawood, Rye has proven that they do fried chicken the right way. Served with homemade pickles and ham gravy, you can get a three piece, half a chicken, or a full bird pieced up and the smells alone are worth the visit.

4646 JC Nichols Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112

10551 Mission Road
Leawood, KS 66206



For 85 years Stroud’s has been pan frying chicken the same way, which is a strong indicator as to why it holds the top spot on this list. There are three locations across the metro now. The original, Oak Ridge Manor, is inside an expanded 1829 log cabin. Having been in Kansas City since 1933 their tag line, “home of the pan fried chicken” is evermore evident when eating a breast smothered in gravy.

5410 NE Oak Ridge Dr
Kansas City, MO 64119

8301 W. 135th St
Overland Park, KS 66223

4200 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205


Beer Kitchen

If you are in the mood for chicken and waffles you will be hard pressed to best the cornflake-crusted oven-fried chicken breast, maple-mustard marinade and cheddar-bacon-chive waffle found at Beer Kitchen. For a restaurant that doesn’t solely specialize in chicken to make the top five speaks to how exceptional the chicken and waffles here are. Entrenched in the midst of Westport, Beer Kitchen is an ideal brunch or early dinner spot; the chicken and waffles are offered all day.

435 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111


The Peanut

Hands down the best wings in the Kansas City metro. With three locations in Kansas and one north of the river in Missouri there is something special about the chicken wings here. Unlike the other restaurants on this list The Peanut isn’t on here for traditional fried chicken, but the wings are so good I feel the list would be remiss without noting their flavor.

5000 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64112

418 W 9th St
Kansas City, MO, 64105

219 Se Main St
Lee's Summit MO, 64063  

12663 Metcalf Ave
Shawnee Mission, KS 66213

7938 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park Kansas, 66204


Mother Clucker

Looking for classic Nashville Hot chicken within the city limits of Kansas City? Then look no further. Mother Clucker is a new contender in the fried chicken space but quickly gained popularity after its debut in 2018. The reason they make my list is their Comeback Sandwich: a juicy, fried boneless chicken breast topped with cluck sauce, slaw and pickles, all on a buttered bun. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention their wings.

1707 Locust St
Kansas City, MO 64108


Fried chicken, like barbecue, breeds loyal customers and in turn is a passionate topic of conversation. As always we love to hear from you and to see your pictures when you are out in KC. So, if your favorite place didn’t make the list let me know why they should have!

Photography by Nam C. of Treezy