Any self-respecting foodie can attest to Walt Disney World Resort being home to a vast and versatile food scene worthy of great acclaim. It’s here that you can find an abundance of different options, sure to satisfy all different tastebuds, whatever it is you crave. From unique novelty eats to exotic foreign flavors, fusion house specialties at a given establishment to the well-loved classics you know and love so well; you’d be hard-pressed not to find satisfaction in whatever various vittles you initially decide on.
Disney even succeeds in doing up all those renowned American staples you’ve come to rely on in such a way that exceeds all expectations. Just consider the host of enticing fried chicken renditions to be found at different establishments here, for instance. The options are seemingly limitless! But even with so many plentiful and profuse places for where to get your fried chicken fixing, these are the establishments most often hailed for dishing out the very best fried chicken in all of Disney World.
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Over at Disney Springs, The Edison stands out as a uniquely themed dining option, doubling as a family-friendly restaurant during normal public hours and a happening bar scene that hosts live entertainment every evening. Given its backstory motif as being the once-location of what was a power plant, many of the items featured on the menu have creative names and reinvented custom twists to their otherwise traditional presentations. And their special High Voltage Chicken Sandwich is no exception, although it is exceptional in flavor just the same. Here you have a fried chicken breast patty decked up with sweet and spicy Korean gochujang sauce and jalapeño lime crema frisée, served on a kaiser roll and accompanied by tomato, pickles, and fries. It’s a truly “shocking” flavor combination of heat and sweetness that puts a spin on more conventional fried chicken sandwiches.
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As the name implies, this quick-service establishment at Disney Springs is literally all about the chicken. As a chain founded by famed celebrity chef Guy Fieri and restauranteur Robert Earl, the fried chicken medleys comprising the menu here take on the form of diverse chicken tender renditions, all done up in different, customizable formats. There is no shortage of variations, from signature sandwiches to tender combos. Some of their greatest aforementioned signature sandwiches include their famous Sauce Boss, the Southwestern, Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ, Big Bite B.L.A.T., and the CG Classic with cheddar cheese, their special sauce, and LTOP.
The many different tender combos all include crisped goodness encasing tender chicken, but the savory sauce selections really set the experience apart. And Chicken Guy! has so many different options to choose from, ranging from more traditional fixings, like Buffalo and Buttermilk Ranch, to otherwise original concoctions, like Cumin Lime Mojito, Donkey Sauce, and so many others.
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This lovely little café on location at Disney’s Old Key West Resort is a fan favorite known for its home cooking delights and fun coastal theming. Open for brunch and dinner daily, you can order their famed Southernmost Buttermilk Chicken on both occasions. The presentation here is a crunchy battered buttermilk crust encompassing juicy, cooked-to-perfection chicken, served alongside homestyle mashed potatoes, southern gravy, seasonal vegetables, and a delicious biscuit.
While more famous for being a signature dining steakhouse in Disney Springs, STK Orlando also has many other original callouts and attributes to its credit. For instance, every weekend, they actually feature a unique brunch menu laden with many traditional breakfast staples with a twist. And it’s during weekend brunch time that those favoring fried chicken get to feast on their mouthwatering Hot Chicken & Waffle plate, which comes as fried hot chicken thighs along with buttermilk waffles, accompanied by coleslaw, a pickle, and maple barbecue sauce. You can order this enticing entrée sans the waffles anytime during lunchtime at STK Orlando, as well as an option for either a grilled or fried Chicken Breast Sandwich with white cheddar and ranch dressing.
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Yak & Yeti Restaurant
You probably didn’t expect this pan-Asian establishment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park to feature one of the very best fried chicken fixings in all of Walt Disney World, but those who have ever tried the unique Korean Fried Chicken featured on the menu here can rightfully vouch for it. Presented as a robust, generously portioned shareable intended for two diners, here you have a delectable deliverance of hand-breaded chicken tenders tossed in an enticing gochujang maple syrup with accompanying dipping sauces on the side.
Of course, there are other places at Animal Kingdom Park known for scrounging up some enticing fried chicken specialties as well. In fact, a very special Walt Disney classic rendering awaits chicken sandwich fans rightfully at one of the Park’s favorite quick-service locations—Restaurantosaurus within DinoLand U.S.A. It’s none other than Walt’s Main Street Fried Chicken Sandwich. An impressive presentation that takes chicken sandwiching to both a filling and fulfilling new level, Walt’s Main Street Fried Chicken Sandwich comes as a crispy fried chicken compilation set atop a warm brioche bun adorned with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli, served with an accompanying side of fries.
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You can viably “pig” out on myriad menu medleys at this quick-service favorite based in Disney Springs. But regarding the vast selection of chicken-specific selections here, those who are hardcore chicken sandwich fans can’t pass on their own house specialty Fried Chicken Sandwich. While the name doesn’t garner too much in the way of creative callouts, the presentation speaks volumes. Here you get a juicy, crunchy fried chicken patty drenched with sweet and smokey barbecue sauce and loaded with Duke’s Mayo, pickets, and coleslaw.
Grand Floridian Café
This well-known establishment on location at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa knows just how to pack even more flavor into already delicious traditional classics across the board. So, it goes without saying that their house-made Buttermilk-fried Chicken stands out as a truly perfected marvel, even among the most particular fried chicken fans.
During their combined breakfast and lunchtime hours, you can order their delectable Buttermilk-fried Chicken and Waffle plate, which comes served as a buttermilk-battered chicken breast and a malted waffle with a perfectly proportioned drizzle of sriracha honey. At dinnertime, the waffle is exchanged for the same favored chicken breast component served up with “loaded” smashed potatoes and a warmed bacon vinaigrette.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Those who like a serving of hearty humor and a side order of banter with their meals know that this Magic Kingdom Park featured table-service establishment is the place to head to. Inspired by the hilarious hit Jungle Cruise ride, the “off-duty skippers” running the show at this joint know just how to make meals here equally amusing attractions in their own right. Unlike other places that assign creative titles to otherwise mundane, unimpressive traditional fixings, the many flavorful presentations featured at the Jungle Skipper Canteen truly go above and beyond in both fusion originality and deliciousness. What’s more, not all the titles are so elaborate. For instance, someone looking to delve into a truly delicious fried chicken feast only needs to order the straightforwardly named entrée “Tastes Like Chicken” Because It Is! Okay, so it may be chicken, but it’s also much more, with its crispy fried goodness and pairing with sweet chili glaze, stir-fried vegetables, and aromatic jasmine rice.
50’s Prime Time Café
If you’re looking for another fun-themed, albeit straightforward, name to chew on that needs no highfalutin titles proclaiming its deliciousness, consider Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken. Served up on location at 50’s Prime Time Café in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it is what it claims to be—a pleasing presentation of golden fried chicken. But oh, how perfect the balance of crispy encasing batter and the juicy chicken contained within! And the traditional homestyle pairings of roasted garlic mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, and seasonal vegetables in addition really kick off the meal.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
This Disney Springs-based establishment unquestionably rules the roost where southern home-cooked classic comforts are concerned. And because fried chicken is one of the best-loved southern staples ever, Chef Art’s various fried-chicken features are also some of the best-loved offerings ever to emerge on the scene.
At the heart of all the fried chicken features on the menu is their juicy chicken, which is brined for 24 hours beforehand in buttermilk and then fried up to sizzling and savory perfection. For the Art’s Famous Fried Chicken plated feature, you get a side of creamy mashed potatoes, and a cheddar drop biscuit served alongside. Other fried chicken fixings on the menu include the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits starter, the Hallelujah Biscuit during brunch, the Fried Chicken Sandwich, Fried Chicken Tenders, Skillet-fried Chicken Paillard, Fried Chicken & Doughnuts, and even a Fried Chicken Salad.
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Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
For those bottomless-pit fried chicken fanatics who can’t seem to ever get their fill of the crispy classic, this may be the ultimate dream come true experience. On location at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, here’s your chance to take in a fun wild west-style vaudeville show while enjoying the ultimate all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken feast of a plump, juicy, crispy cumulative. That’s right, TWO full hours of fried chicken feasting plus entertainment! As a feast served up in a family-style format, if you want more, only ask, and they’ll keep bringing out more. Of course, there are other sides and accompaniments to entice you as well, including beans, ribs, salad, mashed potatoes, macaroni, cornbread, and a sweet sendoff that comes in the form of a strawberry shortcake.
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There are infinitely many more fried chicken options to take to at other locations around Walt Disney World Resort. But these are the ones that many fans agree on as being the very best of the best. If you happen to be a fan of fried chicken, do yourself a delicious favor and put them to the test as well as any other Disney-based fried chicken contenders that didn’t make the list.