Crabby Jack’s - 428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 504-833-2722 - The casual lunch counter offshoot of Jacques-Imo’s, with the same chicken without the crowds.
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant - 2301 Orleans Ave. New Orleans, 504-821-0600 - The queen of Creole cuisine, Leah Chase, still oversees her landmark restaurant, where the chicken anchors the lunch buffet.
Fury’s Restaurant - 724 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 504-834-5646 - Always hot, fried to order and gently peppered, a Metairie must-visit for great chicken.
Joey K’s Restaurant - 3001 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-891-0997 - An Uptown standby for bedrock New Orleans flavors without any hype.
Galatoire’s Restaurant - 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, 504-525-2021 - Best known for its seafood (and its boozy lunches), the Creole landmark fries a crisp and juicy chicken too.
Li’l Dizzy’s Café - 1500 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, 504-569-8997 - Another of the great Treme chicken specialists, with a lunch buffet to pair with beans and gumbo.
McHardy’s Chicken and Fixin’s - 1458 N. Broad St. New Orleans, 504-949-0000 - Take-out chicken like it should be done – hot, lean, well-seasoned and inexpensive.
McKenzie’s Chicken in a Box - 3839 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, 504-943-8908 - In Gentilly, the last holdover of the old McKenzie’s brand still fries up chicken from the take-out counter with plenty of crackle.
Melba’s - 1525 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, 504-267-7765 - The old Chicken Box of pre-Katrina fame is back, and it still “tastes like ya mama’s.”
Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House - 3117 21st St, Metairie, 504-833-6310 - A newer rendition of the neighborhood joint, where chicken is one of the best plate lunches going.
NOLA - 534 St. Louis St., New Orleans, 504-522-6652 - Emeril Lagasse’s colorful French Quarter restaurant makes a phenomenal chicken platter with pepper jack mac and cheese and greens.
The Original Fiorellas’ Cafe - 5325 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, 504-309-0352 - An old name in New Orleans comfort food is back with his new Gentilly café, and the chicken is the same as it ever was.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen - Multiple locations - There’s no denying the glory of Louisiana’s homegrown global brand, which remains a local essential.
Tujague’s Restaurant - 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, 504-525-8676 - The classic chicken bonne femme, an off-the-menu special usually available, fried and covered with garlic and parsley.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House - 2401 Saint Ann St., New Orleans, 504-822-9503 - Famous for its chicken in the Treme, now with a second location Uptown at 7457 St. Charles Ave.