Lee’s Fried Chicken on Kingsway

— Lee’s chicken had been replaced with a Korean/Japanese eatery

A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner.
~ African Proverb

Our boys love fried chicken. They normally wants this for lunch after their Chinese classes on Saturdays. Although, the most common fried chicken places in Vancouver is KFC and Church’s Chicken, we don’t really fancy them.

Instead, we like this rather unknown place called Lee’s Fried Chicken. We tried it once out of curiosity some years back and has since been going there quite regularly. It is located along Kingsway between Royal Oak and Nelson. BTW, although this place serves primarily fried chicken, they also serve Korean and Japanese food like sushi, noodles, etc during weekdays.

The husband-wife owners of this outlet are Koreans. Since we were such regulars over the years, we get very good service from the owners — they give us real plates and cutlery instead of styrofoam and plastic ones!

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The boys love the fries the most. It’s always served hot and is crispy on the outside and soft on the insides — made perfectly. It also has the right touch of salt. Arkensen always says that it has good texture and great taste. The serving is large enough for the four of us.

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We always ordered the 10-piece fried chicken combo. It costs $17.11, after taxes. If you try this, you must order it with “extra crispy and spicy” option. You will like the crispiness. Like the fries, they are always served piping hot. The skin is crunchy and underneath it, the meat is moist. Perfecto!

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The combo includes the fries and chicken gravy. The gravy is nothing to shout about. We normally do not finish all 10 pieces and bring whatever we can’t finish for dinner at home.

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I know a lot of the readers of our blog work or church around this area. So, I highly recommend you to at least try this place out. I think you will find that Lee’s Chicken beats KFC and Church’s Chicken. Tell the owner Chowtimes sent you. 🙂

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  1. Lee’s is very good. They used to have a couple of locations in Surrey before they shut down and I used to go there all the time. I will never forget that “Swingin’ Leg and Thigh” deal. $5.99 for six pieces of chicken and a med. fries and gravy……good times.

  2. Lee’s definitely beats KFC and Church’s… the chicken there is so flavorful, crunchy and juicy… just the way fried chicken should be. It’s so good at Lee’s that I am surprised it’s not more popular! For anyone who tries Lee’s be sure to order the spicy, crispy option as Ben recommended.

  3. Hi Maria:
    Are you in Burnaby? I saw that they have taken down the Lee’s Chicken sign a few weeks ago and replaced it with a Korean sign board. They have been closed for a few weeks now for renovatiobn. I hope this is not the last of Lee’s chicken in Vancouver.

  4. Ben,

    I went there a few times too, but found their chicken too greasy for my tastes.

    If you go across Kingsway to Nelson, beside The Bay there’s the institution (or is that institutional …. hehe) Uncle Willy’s. They used to have some of the best F.C. around. After almost a 10-year hiatus, I went there for lunch a couple weeks ago on a whim. The F.C. now is still ok but not quite as good as I recall. But for $10 you get a decent all-u-can-eat buffet and the dishes aren’t too bad, sort of homestyle cooking.

  5. Just discovered your site and think its cool! Had a little giggle about Lee’s chicken because I worked there (not the richmond one) as a cashier through highschool. I loved the crispy chicken…until the night my boss (the owner) was packaging up a customers order, dropped a piece on the floor, said “shh!” and gave dirty chicken to the poor customer. Since then I just can’t eat restaraunt fried chicken!

  6. The name has been changed, it is now called “Happy Day Korean Restaurant”. Same chicken though!

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