The Best Grocery Store Fried Chicken: Good Cluck for Your Buck 

The best grocery store fried chicken isn’t far off from that crispy, juicy, fall-off-the-bone-tender bird you order at a soul food restaurant. I know—that’s a bold statement, and if you’re skeptical, we understand. But fried chicken (from chicken wings to fried chicken fixins) is an art form we take very seriously here at Sporked. You’ll just have to trust us when we say the best supermarket fried chicken is cluckin’ delicious. 

And hey, big news: We finally got our hands on Publix fried chicken—something we weren’t able to try for our first taste test. The fried chicken at Publix is rumored to be some of the best grocery store fried chicken in the country, but how did it rank among its competition? Keep reading to find out. And the next time you have a hankering for some fried chicken but don’t have time to sit down at a restaurant (or fry your own), mosey on over to one of these three grocery stores. Their fried chicken is a cluck above the rest.


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Best of the Best Runner-Up

Stater Bros Fried Chicken

I was really impressed with Stater Bros. grocery store fried chicken! I don’t think about Stater Bros. often (it’s a relatively small grocery chain that only has locations in Southern California), but now I will, especially when I’m in the mood for a fast, fried dinner. Their fried chicken is meaty, moist, and well-seasoned. The crust is not too thin but not too thick, and it’s plenty crunchy. Plus, an eight-piece box is super affordable. This is a great option if you want to have a fried chicken dinner at home and don’t feel like cooking or dishing out a bunch of cash. You could even tell your family you made this. They won’t know the difference! It tastes like it could be homemade in the best way possible. —Jordan Myrick 

Credit: Merc / Stater Bros

Rating:

9/10

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Runner Up: Publix Fried Chicken

Runner Up

Publix Fried Chicken

It’s the man, the myth, the legend: Publix fried chicken. As a Floridian, I grew up on this stuff, but trying it as a professional taste tester is a whole new experience. The fried chicken at Publix is iconic for a reason. Its double breading is super thick, crunchy, crispy, and peppery—it’s really a meal of its own. Fried in both corn and cottonseed oil, anyone who’s had Publix fried chicken before would be able to recognize its distinct, extra savory taste in a lineup. I’ve seen some people online complain that the fried chicken at Publix can be dry, and maybe that depends on the Publix deli you visit, but in my taste test, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The juicy, tender chicken flaked right off the bone. In my opinion, this is the best grocery store fried chicken you can buy—but the thick breading might not be for everyone, and I get that. So with a heavy heart, I have to relegate it to runner-up status. (Still getting a perfect score, though!) —Ariana Losch

Credit: Liv Averett / Publix

Rating:

10/10

Sporks

grocery store fried chicken

Best of the Best

Home Chef Fried Chicken

Home Chef provides the fried chicken for Ralphs and other Kroger-owned grocery stores, and it is so damn good. I was in disbelief when I tried it. It tastes like fried chicken from a restaurant. It’s so moist and juicy. The flavor and seasoning is through the roof. The crust is crunchy and is the perfect thickness. Everyone at Sporked has been fantasizing about this fried chicken since we tasted it. I will never debate where to buy fried chicken again. Go buy this ASAP because it is easily some of the best grocery store fried chicken to ever exist. —Jordan Myrick

Credit: Merc / Ralphs

Rating:

10/10

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Other Products We Tried: Albertsons, Pavilions


About the Author

Sporked Staff

The Sporked Staff tastes everything and anything. They are obsessive about groceries and finding the best of any type of food or drink, from frozen fried shrimp to Dijon mustard to gummy candy. And they're always on a hunt for the best new products. When they aren't eating professionally, they're eating recreationally. And often they're browsing grocery store aisles, just for fun.

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  • Should post for different sections of the country. East coast west coast etc. We don’t have either of these on the east coast

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  • Fake News, I’m so sorry but Publix fried chicken falls way short the only reason most people buy it is simply because Popeyes has become to expensive and most mom and pop restaurants aren’t as good anymore because of bad management and siblings selling the business off to crappie new owners.

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  • marry me beautiful, smart and funny

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  • I live in florida never tried the other ones but I have had Publix fried chicken many time . It is most definitely not the best fried chicken it’s usually really greasy and has far too much breading on it , and couldn’t count the times I got it under cooked .

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  • I don’t understand how someone who lives in one city in one corner of the country and doesn’t even make an effort to travel around can make a judgment on ALL GROCERY STORE fried chicken. Seems like a pretty lazy reporting job.

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  • Sorry to disagree, but Publix beats even the fast food joints, much less any grocery store!!

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    • By far Publix In house fried chicken is the best very moist and just the right amount of batter and seasonings beyond finger licking good!

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    • I totally agree 👍

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  • Acme..the best

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  • Get to a Publix really soon. There’s nothing like their fried chicken. It’s #1.

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    • I grew up in FL and agree, but we only cover national grocery store chains and nationally available items at Sporked.

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  • Come to San Antonio TX! THE BEST Fried Chicken is sold at Bill Millers Bar-B-Que stores, believe it or not!

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    • Publix deli all day

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    • I lived in San Antonio and Bills doesn’t even rank near Publix. Sorry just my opinion

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  • Gotta jump on the Publix bandwagon here. They do sell some of the best Southern fried chicken in the game, grocery store or not. (They also make great rotisserie-style baked chicken.)

    The only thing missing in my opinion is a little heat. It just doesn’t bring the spice level like Bojangles or Popeyes Spicy chicken does. You won’t get laughed out of the barbecue or Super Bowl party though, and you can always dab on a little Crystal or Frank’s if you like a little more bite.

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  • Best fried chicken in Phoenix Arizona 85022.

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  • In the southeast, try Publix supermarkets.

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    • Publix is the best by far. Try the Nashville chicken if you like spice.

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  • Ralph’s, Von’s,Food for Less, Albertsons,any where else that sells fried chicken is too salty dry thick crust and you taste no other seasons other than salt I rather make it at home

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  • Two options, Jordan? Come on. I’m 2000 miles away from either option 😂

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