Ah, barbecue chicken. Something about the smoky flavor and tender texture makes it a favorite for so many.
If you're looking for the best places to get some delicious BBQ chicken in Denver, you have come to the right place.
The Mile High City is home to some of the best BBQ restaurants in Colorado, and plenty of options will satisfy your craving for finger-licking good chicken.
Whether you prefer a traditional southern-style BBQ or something more modern, there will surely be a restaurant that fits your needs. From cozy neighborhood spots to upscale restaurants with views of downtown Denver, we have compiled a list of the top places for BBQ chicken in Denver.
Whether you are looking for fall-off-the-bone ribs or succulent pulled pork sandwiches, these restaurants serve up some mouthwatering fare to make your taste buds sing joyfully.
The chefs at each establishment put their unique spin on classic recipes, adding local flavors and ingredients to create delectable dishes that will transport you straight back to the South. So grab your friends and family and adventure through Denver's finest eateries!
1. Fire On The Mountain
Tucked away in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, Fire On The Mountain – Highlands is a casual counter-serve spot offering chicken wings, sandwiches & comfort fare.
The restaurant is laid-back and suitable for coming alone or in groups. This place will satisfy your cravings with plenty to choose from on the menu and many different sauces to taste.
The food here is top-notch, with various sauces to try with your chicken. I got the jerk chicken flavor, and it was, hands down, pretty good. Their customer service was efficient, friendly, and accurate – they even gave us a gift card for having to wait when we ordered food online!
Prices are reasonable for what you get, and the wings have good sauce options. Plus, their chicken is free-range organic, which doesn't get better than that if you're in the mood for wings and beer.
Atmosphere-wise, they have signs posted in many spots around the restaurant and colorful huts that give off an inviting vibe.
Overall, Fire On The Mountain – Highlands offers delicious wings, sides, salads, and more!
Heralded as the go-to spot for fried chicken sandwiches, Birdcall is a sleek restaurant with automated touchscreen service. With high-quality chicken and an impressive variety of sandwiches and salads, Birdcall offers an excellent dining experience.
The portions of the sandwiches may be small but packed with flavor and fried perfectly. The customer service is also exemplary, with orders being processed quickly and efficiently.
The menu items have great taste combinations and offer a twist on traditional fast food standards. The salad dressing was delicious, complementing the ingredients nicely.
Prices are reasonable given the food quality served here, making it more affordable than Chick-Fil-A while still providing a filling meal. The restaurant's atmosphere is also clean and inviting –a great place to relax with friends or family over some delicious chicken!
Service is fast and friendly, so you won't be left waiting for your order for too long.
Although there could be more sides to control some of the ingredients in their meals, customers will not regret coming here to eat! A shoutout to their excellent management team as well!
Crispy, juicy, and flavorful – Chook offers the best BBQ chicken! The restaurant is small and casual with a modern corner-stop feel.
The interior is clean and bright, with large windows, giving it a homey farmhouse feel.
The star here is the charcoal rotisserie poultry. The chicken has a natural char flavor without being too salty and can be enjoyed with an array of sauces to please any palate.
And don't forget about the sides! Street corn, grilled veggies, mac n cheese – you name it! Plus, their hearty salads are perfect for the health-conscious diner.
Service was beautiful; food was served quickly and efficiently. Prices are reasonable for a family of four at just under $60.
And ordering online for quick pickup makes grabbing dinner even more accessible!
Overall, Chook offers fantastic food no matter what you get and a genuinely great atmosphere with friendly staff.
It's worth checking out if you're in the mood for some delicious BBQ chicken!
4. Yazoo BBQ Company
Packed with flavor, Yazoo BBQ Company is the go-to spot for some of the best BBQ chicken around. The jalapenos wrapped in bacon and smoked to perfection create a unique and delicious taste that can't be found anywhere else.
The portions are generous, leaving you satisfied after every meal. Service is fast and friendly, with options to choose from and plenty of sides, sauces, and drinks to go along with it. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food you get here.
The meats are cooked perfectly every time – from juicy chicken breasts to flavorful turkey – all served with various sauces provided at the sideboard table.
Side dishes like green beans accented by diced onions don't disappoint either! And if you're looking for an outdoor dining experience, plenty of picnic tables are also available.
Overall, Yazoo BBQ Company is a great spot for some tasty chicken that won't break the bank or leave you disappointed in quality or service.
5. The Kitchen American Bistro
Tucked away in the heart of Denver, The Kitchen American Bistro is a chic restaurant/bar with a global menu.
The atmosphere is excellent for a dinner date or outing with coworkers/friends, and the chic interior adds to the dining experience. Service is some of the best I've ever had, and the staff is warm, friendly, and inviting.
The menu offers many options, from craft cocktails to elevated international dishes. There's something for everyone at this restaurant. Portions are on the small side but still satisfying and served family style.
The food is well-seasoned and has a fresh flavor; we especially enjoyed our southern fried chicken sandwich, which was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, paired with crunchy dill pickle slices and a yummy mayo on the side.
Prices are slightly higher than average but worth every penny as the flavors in every course were unique and well put together. All in all, this restaurant offers an enjoyable dining experience that won't soon be forgotten!
6. Cluck Chicken
Mouth-watering fried chicken and outstanding service are the highlights of Cluck Chicken. This small, walk-up joint serves chicken tenders, sandwiches & other grub in a lively bar setting.
The chicken is freshly breaded and fried after you order, with homemade pickles to round out the perfect meal.
The food here is delicious, and the staff is amiable and welcoming. The portions are generous, with half-and-half options like fries and tots available with chipotle bbq sauce.
They also have regular and buffalo (hot) chicken fingers that customers highly recommend.
The atmosphere of Cluck Chicken is quirky but clean; you can see the kitchen area where your food is being prepared, which gives customers peace of mind that they're getting good quality food.
Prices may be expensive, but it makes for a nice treat every once in a while – definitely worth checking out!
7. Kealoha’s BBQ
Kealoha's BBQ is a humble pit stop for all your Hawaiian classics, featuring Hawaiian BBQ and fried meat with rice, plus burgers and shrimp tacos. The food here is freshly made to order in just 5 minutes, and the portions are generous.
The chicken was incredibly tender and juicy, with great flavors that enhanced traditional dishes. The side salad was fresh and crisp with a delicious dressing. The Mac salad was a perfect accompaniment to the Loco Moco. And their brown gravy had the proper bite for a comforting flavor.
The owners were friendly and accommodating, offering us hot chocolate while we waited in the cold – it was some of the best we’ve ever had! Prices were reasonable too – you get lots of food for your money here.
All sauces are made from scratch too! Plus, they have pictures of their different dishes, so you know what to expect when ordering. We got a fantastic combination plate with bbq ribs and teriyaki chicken for only $15 – worth it!
If you’re looking for delicious Hawaiian classics without breaking the bank, Kealoha’s BBQ is worth checking out!
8. The Post Chicken & Beer
Diners looking for a unique place to enjoy fried chicken should head to The Post Chicken & Beer.
This restaurant serves up crunchy and flavorful fried chicken with waffles, various sauces, house brews, and cocktails. The menu prices may be high, but the quality of the food and service easily justifies that.
The Post Chicken & Beer offers excellent customer service and fast delivery. The menu has plenty of options, all of which are delicious and come in cute little dishes.
The portions are just enough to fill you up without feeling stuffed. Additionally, the consistency in quality of the food and service provides an enjoyable experience every time.
The fried chicken is juicy with a classic KFC-type flavor that will satisfy any craving. Diners can also enjoy home-style side dishes such as mashed potatoes with gravy, collard greens, biscuits, Brussels sprouts, pickles, and more!
Plus, there's an excellent happy hour deal for four takeout meals, including an appetizer, entree, and dessert.
The staff at The Post Chicken & Beer is friendly yet professional; they take their time reviewing the menu while providing excellent recommendations when asked!
This restaurant offers tasty food in a fun atmosphere – worth checking out!