The best fried chicken sandwiches in Toronto

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Fried chicken sandwiches are everywhere right now. Comfort food in general is high on our list of cravings, but fried chicken seems to be tops in Toronto at the moment.

A good fried chicken sandwich starts with good fried chicken – it can’t hide behind sauces and garnishes. Crispy, battered chicken that is juicy and flavourful on the inside, just the right amount of sauce, the perfect balance of savoury and spicy.

Whether you’re a purist or looking for something with a little more flare, this list has something for you.

Aunty Lucy’s

Ever wonder what it would be like to taste a Top Chef Canada challenge-winning dish? Well, that’s what Aunty Lucy’s promises with their Nima fried chicken sandwich. The version they serve is a modified recipe of the sandwich that won chef Adrian Forte a grab-and-go challenge in the show’s last season. Battered and fried chicken thighs are enveloped in garlic sauce and mango scotch bonnet hot sauce in between two soft potato roll buns. It’s named after Nima, Ghana, or “the city of kings.” But does it live up to its name? We say yes, each bite feels decadent and the flavours are intense but balanced perfectly between sweet, savoury and spicy.

296 Brunswick, auntylucysburgers.com

Bubba’s Crispy Fried Chicken by Mi Taco

Mi Taco Taqueria launched Bubba’s in October and went all out with it. They serve not one, not two… but eight different fried chicken sandwiches (including one vegan option). That’s definitely a commitment from a mother-daughter duo who, up until last September, were mostly known for tacos and burritos. Luckily (for us) the commitment paid off and they’re making some of the best sandwiches in the city. Their original is made with crispy Texas-style fried chicken, bread and butter pickles, honey mustard and house-made coleslaw. The others are equally as tempting, from the Irie Love doused in jerk sauce and grilled pineapple to the over-the-top Italian Stallion, with tomato sauce, sautéed mushrooms, mozzarella and garlic butter.

521 Bloor West and 247 Queen West, instagram.com/bubbascrispyfriedchicken

Chen Chen’s Nashville Hot Chicken

If you’re into small buns and big meat, hit up Chen Chen’s. The Nashville Hot Sandwich comes on a brioche bun with slaw and pickles, but the chicken portion size is so large you’ll be savouring flavourful crisp before you get to the toppings. As far as takeout goes, Chen Chen’s has a nice balance between thoughtful flavour and portion size, making it a good bet for someone who can only afford to splurge on decadent takeout every now and then. Spice is also a big part of the offerings here, with a “poultrygeist” level and a Szechuan version of the sandwich. The Nashville Kung Pao Cauliflower Wings are a good option if you prefer something sweet and snacky.

390 Queens Quay West, chenchenshotchicken.com