While folks may normally think of fish and chips, fresh-caught halibut or crab when considering Alaska’s dining options, the state also has some excellent entries in the fried chicken department. Crispy, spicy, golden and juicy—you can find just what you’re looking for at our favorite places for fried chicken in Alaska.
Lucky Wishbone has been an Anchorage institution for more than six decades. A family-friendly quick-serve joint, Lucky Wishbone’s fried chicken is easily among the best in Anchorage—and often is voted to the top. They also happen to serve up some of the state’s favorite milkshakes.
Folks in Homer can get their fried chicken fix at the Chart Restaurant and Lounge. Although they’re not your standard Southern-style, buttermilk fried chicken, the Chart Room’s jumbo fried chicken wings will definitely satisfy when you’ve got a hankering for poultry in its crispy form.
For more than 30 years, people have relied on Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant for their home-cookin’ fix. And, of course, home cookin’ means golden, deep-fried chicken. Your fried chicken dinner comes with a vegetable, a choice of potato and a soup or salad—just like Mom used to make!
If you’re looking for fantastic fried chicken in the Interior, head on over to The Banks Alehouse in Fairbanks. They don’t have a regular fried chicken entrée, but they have a hand-dipped, beer-battered fried chicken sandwich. And you can also add fried chicken to anything you order—like salad, nachos or even a burger.
At the Chicken Shack in Anchorage, they offer up reimagined, classic American fare in a casual, friendly environment. And as the name implies, the centerpiece of their menu is the fried chicken. Get it white, get it dark. Get it spicy or get it crispy. Get it in a basket, on a biscuit or sandwiched between waffles.
Although The Cookery’s reputation is based on its seafood recipes and oyster bar, you will not regret a foray into their land-based menu items. To-wit: Spicy fried chicken with a cucumber/mint salad, waffle croutons and peanuts. Time for a road trip down the Seward Highway!
Back in Anchorage, you can find an organic fried chicken breast with mashed potatoes, bacon gravy and greens on the menu at Spenard Roadhouse. They also serve up a fried chicken sandwich with bacon and pickles. Wash it down with one of their awesome, rotating beer selections.
On the Kenai Peninsula, you may occasionally want to change up your diet from all the fresh halibut and salmon to something more terrestrial (it could happen!). And when folks are looking for cooking that seems down-home from a more Lower 48 perspective, they head to Ginger’s Restaurant. They serve up comfort food all day long—and you know that means a classic fried chicken dinner (or lunch).