The Eight Best Chicken Sandwiches in Phoenix

Big, bold, and bad-ass, don't knock chicken sandwiches until you try these.
Big, bold, and bad-ass, don't knock chicken sandwiches until you try these.
Allison Young

"If you’ve had one chicken sandwich, you’ve had them all."

That’s like saying if you’ve slept with one blonde, you’ve slept with them all.

While burgers, pizza and pork have been proudly hogging the food spotlight across the Valley, the unassuming and often overlooked chicken sandwich has been humbling honing and refining its craft. We’re not talking chicken sammies that simply sub bird for burger; we’re talking thoughtful and thought-provoking layered masterpieces that pack and pair chicken with some unlikely bunkmates.

Here are eight greats that celebrate and elevate the whole chicken sandwich category. We
say, have your way with them all.

Bird is the word at Rocket Burger & Subs.
Bird is the word at Rocket Burger & Subs.
Allison Young

Chicken Sandwich at Rocket Burger & Subs

If you broke the ingredients down—fried chicken breast, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, mayo—this one could sound plain Jane, verging on McDonald’s territory. But seeing is believing. The toasty bun and crisp garnishes get points, but the star is inarguably the chicken. The hefty behemoth of breast is gloriously crisp, with peaks and valleys that could give the Grand Canyon a run for its money.

As for atmosphere, there’s more substance than style going on at both the north Phoenix and Chandler locations, both of which are pared down, counter-service joints with plenty of retro pop flavors and no attitude. Wash the bird down with a sip of nostalgia and you’ll leave saying, I’m lovin’ it.

What The Cluck? Where has this sandwich been all my life?
What The Cluck? Where has this sandwich been all my life?
Allison Young

What The Cluck? at Nocawich

When you order “What The Cluck?” and the gal ringing you up sighs in delight and declares, “I eat it every day!" you know you’re getting something special. And it is. That breast is loved before it hits the bun—brined overnight, dipped, drudged, and deep fried until the exterior gets really, really crispy while the interior stays really, really juicy. And this is no puny piece of poultry; it’s mammoth in size and flavor.

Exceptional marks continue for the bread and butter pickles, the creamy slaw and house-made Parker Roll, a slightly sweet bun glistening with a top coat of melted butter, honey, and flakes of sea salt.

This sandwich demands respect— and lots of napkins.

Oh Ingo's, you sure do know how to stack a chicken sammie.
Oh Ingo's, you sure do know how to stack a chicken sammie.
Allison Young

Crispy Chicken Sammie at Ingo’s Tasty Food

Is there a proper way to construct a chicken sandwich? Like art (and Kardashians) sandwiches are subjective, but after tasting Ingo’s standout, we’ve flip-flopped to a firm yes.

From the ground up it goes: spicy aioli, sliced granny smith apples, dilly pickles, chicken schnitzel, all topped off with a smidge more aioli between a squishy-soft, sesame-topped bun.

The minimal yet mighty toppings are thoughtfully built to capitalize crunch and thwart sogginess, plus each elevates the other. The spicy sauce plays off the sweet pickles plays off the sour crunch of the apples plays off the soft hug of the bun. That said, the chicken is the indisputable star, a piping hot boneless breast, pounded, schnitzel’d and deep-fried to tender, fall-apart perfection.

Put it all together and each architectural bite is a sweet-spicy-sour-savory masterpiece.

The Eight Best Chicken Sandwiches in Phoenix
Worth Takeaway

Crispy Chicken at Worth Takeaway

Let’s deconstruct, shall we? The slab of chicken breast is deep-fried to seal in the juicy insides and coated in a honey Sriracha sauce, a seemingly contradictory combo that makes total sense. The house-made pickles pop but don’t overpower, the bibb lettuce adds crunch, the mayo lends tang, and let's not forget the fresh-baked proof ciabatta, a spongy, nook-filled cloud that encapsulates and elevates the saucy yet sophisticated insides.

The whole thing has a finger-licking dimension that bathes your mouth (and fingers) in a sweet-savory symphony—and you won’t want to miss one delightful drip. We hate to throw in a pun with such a legit sandwich, but it is definitely worth it.



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