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23 chicken sandwiches in San Antonio everyone should try at least once 

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Ah, the chicken sandwich, in all its crispy, tasty, homey glory!

This simple yet classic snack always seems to hit the spot, which probably explains why we've seen a proliferation of new San Antonio spots serving them. But any enthusiast will tell you, not all chicken sandos are equally delish.

Where does one acquire the best cluck for their buck? We rounded up 23 San Antonio chicken sandwich offerings that are sure to rank high on your list.
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Motel Fried Chicken
1017 N Flores St, (210) 267-2652,
Herb brined and buttermilk fried? Motel Fried Chicken packs each bite of their chicken sandwich with flavor. Don’t forget the pickles for the perfect fresh crunch.
Photo via Instagram / motelfriedchicken
5033 Northwest Loop 410, (830) 328-4485,
From what we’ve seen, Jollibee’s first SA location seems to be living up to the chain’s cult favorite reputation. If this sandwich’s crispy breaded fillet and brioche bun don’t make your mouth water, the garlic aioli sauce definitely will. Available in the streamlined classic version and a deluxe with all the fixings.
Photo via Instagram / jollibeeus
Cake Thieves
514 El Paso St,
This ain’t your dad’s chicken sandwich. Cake Thieves’ Chick Fil AIN’T Sandwich is everything you could want in a chicken sandwich — without the bird. That’s right: this sammie is crispy, juicy, delicious and, most importantly, vegan!
Photo via Instagram / cakethievesbakery
Smack's Chicken Shack
447 W Hildebrand Ave suite 107, (210) 281-4077,
Panko-breaded and always juicy, Smack’s Chicken’s sandwiches offer a great crunch without sacrificing the tenderness of the meat.
Photo via Instagram / smackschickenshack
Cullum's Attagirl
726 East Mistletoe Ave, (210) 437- 4263,
Some like it hot, and after this sandwich you just might too! Rolled in buffalo sauce and topped with Gucci Ranch, you get the best of hot and cool in every savory bite.
Photo via Instagram / cullumsattagirl
Project Pollo
Multiple Locations,
A project that we can all finish with ease. This is a vegan Chikn sandwich that may fool the more meat-minded and satisfy the hungriest of vegetarians. Get it deluxe for the full experience.
Photo via Instagram / project_pollo
Earl Abel's
1639 Broadway, (210) 444-9424,
They keep it classic at Earl Abel’s. Their chicken fillet is fried until it’s nice and crispy and served fresh with the essential chicken sandwich trimmings. A buttery bun and fries on the side make it a meal!
Photo via Instagram / earlabels_restaurant
Ida Claire
7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd, (210) 667-2145,
Say B-Y-E to the basic BLT. Ida Claire combines the simple pleasures of the BLT with the classic southern flavors of the fried chicken sandwich. Signature pepper aioli and jalapeno jelly tie this sandwich up in a proverbial flavor bow.
Photo via Instagram / sweetmexfoodie
Benjies Munch
1218 W Bitters Rd #107, (210) 556-8624,
A sandwich or a grand-slamwich? You decide. They start with a classic crispy tender fillet and add red onion jam and cilantro ranch to put a unique twist on this classic sammie.
Photo via Instagram / benjiesmunch
Mr Juicy
3315 San Pedro Ave, (210) 994-9838,
You may know them for their burgers, but their fried chicken sandwich may just become your new favorite. Made with hatch peppers, honey, fried onion and a crispy chicken fillet that takes after its namesake, Mr. Juicy’s chicken sandwich is definitely worth a try.
Photo via Instagram / mrjuicyburger
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834 NW Loop 410 Suite 106, (210) 342-2473,
In an unconventional twist, Goldfeather’s Bun Mi Fried Chicken brings the unique flavors of a bahn mi to the fried chicken sandwich. Two titans of flavor — one convenient sandwich!
Photo via Instagram / goldfeatherbb
Camp Outpost
1811 S Alamo St, (210) 942-4690,
The tender fried chicken is not the only thing to love about this sandwich. Calabrian chile aioli, pickled red onions and arugula combine to offer big flavor in each and every bite.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
Southerleigh Haute South
5822 Worth Pkwy Unit 112, (210) 236-8556,
Southerleigh Haute South serves up southern favorites daily, so you know they do the chicken sandwich right, too. With lettuce, tomato, cheese and a little mayo, this no-frills sandwich gets straight to the point.
Photo via Instagram / southerleighhautesouth
Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar
555 W. Bitters Rd Ste 110, (210) 481-4214,
Only available on their lunch menu on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., getting your hands on this sando requires a little bit of pre-planning. The red cabbage, onion and pickles give this sandwich a refreshingly cool crunch.
Photo via Instagram / meadow_sa
SoHill Cafe
1719 Blanco Rd, (210) 455-2177,
Crispy and crunchy, this sandwich offers texture as well as flavor! Spicy tomato and cool coleslaw top this bad boy for a little heat without the fire.
Photo via Instagram / sohillcafe
Dignowity Meats
1701 E Houston St, (210) 462-1496,
Dignowity Meats top their signature chicken sandwich with vinegar slaw, jalapeños and house pickles. The Crazy Clucker is on a whole other level.
Photo via Instagram / dignowitymeats
The Hayden
4025 Broadway, (210) 437-4306,
The Hayden offers a matzah meal crusted, tahini slaw and harissa sauce topped fried chicken sandwich that can easily become “the usual.” You can even get it grilled if you just aren’t feeling fried.
Photo via Instagram / stine.eats
The Esquire Tavern
155 E. Commerce, 210-222-2521,
The Tavern’s fried chicken sando is only available for lunch, but the complex house brine and honey Valentina sauce are reason enough to plan a trip to the River Walk staple. Catch this special sammich on special, available Monday through Friday until 3 p.m.
Photo via Instagram / esquiretavernsa
Chi Chi Birds Hot Chicken
2410 N Saint Marys St, (210) 473-6377, chi-chi-birds-hot-chicken
Not just another rando sando. This large portioned sandwich packs quite a punch, but don’t forget to save room for the coleslaw and fries that come with it.
Photo via Instagram / chichibirdshotchicken
Down on Grayson
303 East Grayson, (210) 248-9244,
The panko keeps it crispy, and the baby swiss and tomatoes keep it tasty. This sammie is also topped with a balsamic slaw so flavorful you just may forget it’s technically a chicken sandwich.
Photo via Instagram / down_on_grayson
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The Well
5539 UTSA Blvd., (210) 877-9099,
The Well puts their own spicy spin on the chicken sandwich and they do it well as well. Featuring a spicy slaw and candied jalapeños on top of a juicy chicken fillet, their take offers sweet and heat.
Photo via Instagram / thewellsanantonio
Chicken n Pickle
5215 UTSA Boulevard, (210) 874-2120,
There’s a kick to this chicken! Hot sauce and spicy slaw atop a fresh fried chicken tender make for a zesty sammie.
Photo via Instagram / chickennpicklesat
Hop & Vine
5619 W Loop 1604 N #109, (210) 878-4071,
The Nashville Hot comes with creamy slaw and pickle on top, but you can add your own twist with customization options like bacon or even an egg. They keep it classy and serve the whole creation on a fresh cut brioche bun.
Photo via Instagram / chef_george_07
Motel Fried Chicken
1017 N Flores St, (210) 267-2652,
Herb brined and buttermilk fried? Motel Fried Chicken packs each bite of their chicken sandwich with flavor. Don’t forget the pickles for the perfect fresh crunch.
Photo via Instagram / motelfriedchicken

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