Foodie Must-Try: 6 Underrated Places To Get The Best Chicken In Manila

Some restaurants sell best-selling food items and become so synonymous with their specialties. So by now, you probably have your chicken go-tos already. However, we’re here to tell you that there is still so much to be discovered when it comes to the best chicken in Manila. 

Chicken is comfort food that you can count on anytime for an instant pick-me-up. Any true chicken lover knows how to peck around for the underrated options because the truth is, the search for the best chicken in Manila never ends. And we’ve done just that! 

Here is a Philippine food and restaurant guide for those who want to try hidden gems of chicken places around the Metro. 

Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things

Buffalo Wings N’ Things different flavors
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When you think of buffalo wings, your craving will veer to different kinds of flavors such as honey barbecue and garlic parmesan. To make your meal experience even better, there are different levels of spiciness too, ranging from the sweet and mild to the grab your drinks kind of heat. Try their chicken wings, tenders, and thighs, choose from a staggering 14 flavored-menu!

For those who just want to enjoy their chicken fix without the spice, try the Creamy Salted Egg or Garlic Parmesan. Fans of spicy chicken may find the Ultimate Wingsanity or K-Bomb their new favorite flavors! Just remember to order at your own risk — it’s highly addicting! 


Chowking Chicken
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Chowking is a well-known Chinese fast-food chain in the Philippines. But, who wouldn’t love their chicken? It’s tasty, and you can pair it with almost anything. 

Here’s one thing that can completely change how you’re eating your chicken: the crunch and sauce. For that, you’ll want to try Chowking’s Chick N’ Sauce.  

Once you have that first bite, you won’t be wondering what makes this chicken meal so special. The star of the show is the well-seasoned and perfectly deep-fried chicken. It comes out with a beautiful golden brown color, lots of flavors, and that satisfying crunch you’ll always want. 

If you’re all for the classic Asian flavors, dip your chicken in their Sweet & Sour Sauce. On the other hand, if you like your chicken with some heat, follow up with the Asian Spicy Sauce to mellow out the sweetness.


BonChon chicken basket
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Whether your taste buds have been primed for Korean flavors or you’re just beginning to explore the gastronomic cuisine — their chicken meals are bound to satisfy a wide range of palates. If you haven’t tried their chicken yet, it’s about time you do so! 

One of the best feelings is biting into Bonchon’s Korean fried chicken and hearing that crunch when you tear off the crispy chicken skin, followed by a surge of juicy flavors from the chicken meat. 

We all know that when the chicken is fried and seasoned to perfection, you can easily eat it on its own. But, there is always room for flavorful sauces to give it more oomph. Try out their Bonchon’s Chicken Boxed Meal flavors: Soy Garlic, Honey Citrus, Crunchy Garlic Flavor, and Spicy. 

Kenny Rogers Roasters 

Kenny Rogers Ragin Cajun Roast
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The roast chicken of Kenny Rogers Roasters is a bona fide Filipino classic. For years, people have enjoyed their chicken because of that distinct rotisserie aroma and flavor. Why did we add them to the underrated chicken places in Manila? Not many have discovered their reinvented roast chicken: Ragin’ Cajun Roast.  

Cajun spices are comprised of distinct Southern American flavors and Kenny Rogers hails all the way from Texas as well. That’s why it didn’t take long for the famed chicken chain to give their chicken a Southern flair with rustic spices and Alabama White Sauce. The Ragin’ Cajun Roast’s sauce seeps through the chicken skin, dousing the meat and leaving a zesty and creamy taste after every bite. The result is an underrated chicken experience that embodies the true Southern comfort food with soul.

Kuya J 

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Since its opening, Kuya J has become synonymous with hearty Filipino meals. They offer tasty food options like Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata, and Bulalo across the Metro. But, more people should know about their Signature roast chicken. It’s the go-to comfort meal for lunchtime! 

What makes Kuya J’s roast chicken special is that they perfectly capture the Filipino taste. Far from the dry-tasting chickens you’ve had, every bite is juicy, tender, and well-cooked with no unwanted charcoal burn. 


Heads up, chicken lovers! You no longer have to fly to another country to get a taste of authentic Louisiana-style fried chicken. Popeyes is open with numerous branches around the metro to satisfy your cravings. 

The menu centerpiece of Popeye’s is fried chicken with a recipe perfected back in New Orleans circa 1972. What are you waiting for? Order a bucket of their signature flavor-packed fried chicken with some soft Honey Biscuits, Spaghetti, and flavorful Cajun fries!   

Key Takeaway

Here are some of the underrated places to get the best chicken in Manila! Satisfy your comfort food cravings by heading to your nearest SM Supermalls today.  

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