There are few meals as comforting as perfectly crispy and hot fried chicken. With a juicy interior, thick coating, just the right amount of crunch, and traditional or unique sides to pair with it, fried chicken can be a satisfying and hearty meal to enjoy at any time of the day including at the Walt Disney World Resort.
There are countless restaurants throughout the Walt Disney World Resort that serve up nearly every kind of cuisine available, and Guests who are looking to enjoy traditional southern cuisine and delicious fried chicken have several great options to choose from. From traditional preparation to twists for brunch and more, here are the best fried chicken options at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Art’s Famous Fried Chicken
It’s no surprise that one of the most popular locations at the Walt Disney World Resort in regards to fried chicken is Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ in The Landing at Disney Springs. The restaurant features a menu of southern classics enhanced with fresh Floridian flavors, and one of the most popular items to order is Art’s Famous Fried Chicken. The chicken is brined for twenty-four hours in buttermilk and fried to crispy perfection. The perfectly juicy fried chicken is rounded out as an indulgent meal with creamy mashed potatoes and a doughy and hot cheddar drop biscuit.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Fried Chicken & Doughnuts
Guests who are dining at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and looking to add a little sweetness to the fried chicken have an even more indulgent entrée option available to them for lunch and dinner. The Fried Chicken & Doughnuts serves up two pieces of Art’s Famous Fried Chicken and pairs them with house-made sugar doughnuts and the choice of one side with options including Momma’s Mac and Cheese, Braised Kale and Collards, and Bradley’s Grits. This is the perfect combination of sweet and savory and a wonderful option to enjoy!
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Fried Chicken Sandwich
Art’s Famous Fried Chicken is so amazing that Guests can enjoy it in a variety of ways during each meal period at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. The perfectly fried chicken takes center stage in a handheld item with the Fried Chicken Sandwich which pairs the juicy meat with hot sauce, aioli, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and bread and butter pickles. To round out the delicious sandwich, Guests are also served house-made barbecue chips drizzled with the popular icebox dressing.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Fried Chicken Salad
Fried chicken might not be the first thing that comes to mind when picturing a satisfying and healthy salad, but Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ serves up an over-the-top salad that is packed with fresh and light ingredients to offset the savory meat. The Fried Chicken Salad scatters pieces of chicken over a bed of mixed greens, pecan-smoked bacon, egg, heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, icebox dressing, fresh herbs, and cheddar biscuit croutons for a meal that is completely unforgettable.
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Thigh High Chicken Biscuit
While there are plenty of delicious fried chicken options to be enjoyed as an entrée at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, there are also plenty of other indulgent menu options that Guests might want to try, but they can still order up some fried chicken in a popular appetizer. The Thigh High Chicken Biscuits feature three separate cheddar drop biscuits topped with Art’s Famous Fried Chicken thighs, bread and butter pickles, and a drizzle of hot honey for an indulgent beginning to any meal!
Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ – Hallelujah Biscuit
The final way to enjoy Art’s Famous Fried Chicken at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is a main course option on the menu each weekend at The Rise ‘n Shine Brunch. Guests can order up southern twists on classic brunch options including the Hallelujah Biscuit which is served open-faced with a piece of fried chicken, two over easy eggs, pimento cheese, pecan smoked bacon, and sawmill gravy, and Guests can choose one side to accompany it such as Potato Gratin Mash, Griddled Country Ham, or Seasonal Fruit.
Olivia’s Café – Southernmost Buttermilk Chicken
Disney’s Old Key West Resort evokes the beauty and relaxing atmosphere of the Florida Keys through bright colors, water views, and a table service restaurant that is run by a local legend of the fictional town of Conch Flats. Olivia’s Café welcomes Guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves up a menu of comfort favorites including the Southernmost Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Perfectly juicy on the inside with an audible crunch, this delicious entrée is a true feast served with mashed potatoes, southern gravy, a biscuit, and seasonal vegetables.
Olivia’s Café – Chicken and Waffles
On the weekends, Olivia’s Café is open for a special brunch where exclusive menu items are served up alongside some indulgent cocktails. Guests can sip on the Loaded Key West Bloody Mary while enjoying the Chicken and Waffles. The dish tops sweet potato waffles with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon jam, fresh berries, and maple syrup. It’s a sweet, savory, smoky, and fruity meal that is perfect for brunch any weekend.
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Jungle Cruise fans absolutely love dining at the table service Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen in the heart of Adventureland where bold flavors and exotic international cuisines are served up by the lovable skippers. The restaurant is open each day for lunch and dinner and Guests can choose from a variety of delicious entree options including the humorously named “Tastes like Chicken” Because It Is! This flavorful option combines crispy-fried chicken with a sweet chili glaze, stir-fried vegetables, and seasoned rice for a hearty meal that is sure to fuel Guests up for a day exploring the Magic Kingdom!
50’s Prime Time Café – Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken
A completely unique dining experience can be found at the 50s Prime Time Café in Disney’s Hollywood Studios where the wholesome era of the 1950s is recreated through a traditional family home and kitchen paired with classic dishes. One of the most popular menu items for lunch and dinner at the 50s Prime Time Café is Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken which is perfectly juicy and crispy and served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, and seasonal vegetables.
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STK Orlando – Hot Chicken & Waffle
Guests who are looking to enjoy brunch in an upscale and modern interior can head to STK Orlando in The Landing area of Disney Springs where traditional steakhouse classics are updated with unique and modern twists. STK Orlando is open for brunch each weekend and Guests can enjoy two floors of modern décor as well as the delicious Hot Chicken & Waffle which tops buttermilk waffles with a fried hot chicken thigh, pickles, coleslaw, and maple barbecue sauce for a flavorful and filling entrée option.
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Grand Floridian Café – Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is home to several popular restaurants including the Grand Floridian Café which welcomes Guests to dine on American favorites in a charming and airy Victorian interior. Dinner at Grand Floridian Café features a limited menu of hearty and flavorful options including the Buttermilk Fried Chicken which is a hand-breaded chicken breast served with loaded smashed potatoes and a warmed bacon vinaigrette for added smokiness.
Grand Floridian Café – Buttermilk-fried Chicken and Waffle
Grand Floridian Café is also open daily for breakfast and lunch and both meals share the same menu which the restaurant has uniquely dubbed ‘blunch.’ Guests who dine at Grand Floridian Café for either of these meals can choose from an extensive menu featuring breakfast and lunch options including a flavorful take on fried chicken. The Buttermilk-fried Chicken and Waffle features the same hand-breaded chicken breast from the dinner menu paired with a malted waffle and sriracha-honey drizzle for the perfect addition of sweet and spicy.
The Polite Pig – Fried Chicken
One of the best spots to enjoy an indulgent barbecue at the Walt Disney World Resort is The Polite Pig in the Town Center area of Disney Springs. There, Guests can enjoy regional barbecue favorites paired with flavors from Florida. Open for lunch and dinner each day, Guests are sure to love the Fried Chicken which is perfectly juicy, has amazing crunch, and is served with sweet and smoky barbecue, Duke’s Mayo, pickles, and coleslaw. Guests can also further enhance their meals with Market Sides such as Sweet Potato Tots, Grilled Street Corn, or Roasted Beets.
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Yak & Yeti Restaurant – Korean Fried Chicken
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to several restaurants that serve up unique meals including Yak & Yeti Restaurant in the Asia section of the Disney Park which features an extensive menu of pan-Asian favorites that Guests can enjoy throughout two beautifully themed floors. The menu at Yak & Yeti Restaurant features a small section of shareable items designed for two Guests, and an amazing option is the Korean Fried Chicken which features hand-breaded chicken tenders tossed in a gochujang maple syrup served with dipping sauces.
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Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafés – Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich
Guests who are looking to enjoy the delicious cuisine from Yak & Yeti Restaurant without committing to a full table service meal can enjoy a quick-service breakfast, lunch, or dinner from Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafés which is found right next door. This quick-service location puts a twist on the fried chicken option from Yak & Yeti Restaurant and offers the Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich for lunch and dinner, making it a great option to enjoy on the location’s outdoor patio with beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Sleepy Hollow – Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken-Waffle Sandwich
Sleepy Hollow is a great quick service location in the Magic Kingdom where Guests can enjoy freshly prepared waffles from a charming brick patio that looks out at Cinderella Castle. Sleepy Hollow is open throughout each day but features some exclusive menu items that are only available in the afternoon, including the Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken-Waffle Sandwich. This savory snack features a generous portion of fried chicken atop a warm waffle paired with broccoli slaw, honey-sriracha glaze, and house-made chips.
Boatwright’s Dining Hall – Nashville Hot Chicken
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside brings the charm and elegance of the south to life through sprawling grounds, stately mansion buildings, and a table service restaurant that serves up southern favorites for dinner each evening. Boatwright’s Dining Hall is located inside of the main lobby building and offers Guests the chance to enjoy beautiful views of the Sassagoula River while dining on options like the Nashville Hot Chicken. This hearty and flavorful entrée option features hand-battered hot chicken which has been fried to crispy perfection and served with barbecue baked beans, collard greens, and house-made pickles.
Wine Bar George – Fried Chicken Biscuit
Wine Bar George in The Landing area of Disney Springs has become a favorite restaurant for many Guests thanks to its modern, industrial interior and menu of small bites and endless wine options hand-chosen by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Each weekend Wine Bar George hosts the Wine Country Brunch which pairs delicious sips with small bites and entrées including the hearty Fried Chicken Biscuit. This savory entrée tops a fresh biscuit with crispy fried chicken, pimento cheese, bacon relish, and a sunny side egg for a flavorful way to begin any weekend day at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas – Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich
Also found in The Landing at Disney Springs is Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas which welcomes Guests to enjoy culinary favorites from South, Central, and North America with stunning views of Lake Buena Vista. The menu at Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas is extensive to highlight as much regional cuisine as possible, but a great option to choose for lunch or dinner is the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich which drizzles buttermilk fried chicken with hot sauce and pairs it with candied bacon, Monterey jack cheese, lettuce, and a tomato ranch dressing.
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Restaurantosaurus – Walt’s Main Street Fried Chicken Sandwich
Disney’s Animal Kingdom features several quick-service restaurants including Restaurantosaurus in the Dinoland area of the Park where Guests can dine on American favorites for lunch and dinner while checking out quirky details left behind by the students from the Dino Institute. Walt’s Main Street Fried Chicken Sandwich is a great meal option that tops a brioche bun with crispy fried chicken breast, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli and serves it with a side of fresh fries. It’s a great meal to enjoy in one of the many dining rooms at Restaurantosaurus or on the back patio with great views of Dinoland!