Skip the Chains: Try These Local Chicken Sandwiches

Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A, try these local chicken sandwiches instead

Skip the Chains: Try These Local Chicken Sandwiches

While Popeye’s and Chick-fil-A are duking it out over who has the best fast-food chicken sandwich, we wanted to share some of our favorite Middle Tennessee restaurants that are sure to have some of the best local chicken sandwiches.

Batter’d and Fried Boston Seafood House

Chicken Sandwich
Seasoned Grilled Chicken Breast with choice of Plain, Buffalo or BBQ Sauce, Cheddar, on a Toasted Bun

Website / Address: 1008 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206

Big Bad Wolf Grill

Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast
While there’s no description of this sandwich on their lunch menu, this restaurant is one of Middle Tennessee’s best hidden gems and everything we’ve tried here has been delicious. 

Website / Address: 189 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mount Juliet, TN 37122

The Centennial

Grilled Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken, Pepperjack, lettuce, pickles, and Sriracha aioli 

Website / Address: 5115 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209


Chicken Sandwich
Fried or grilled with lettuce, tomato, pickles & house honey mustard

Website / Address: 411 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206

Emmy Squared

Chicken Parm
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil served on a pretzel bun with a pickle

Spicy Chicken
Salsa Pico, pickles, radish, greens, ranch served on a pretzel bun with a pickle

Website / Address: 404 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

HoneyFire Barbeque Co.

Smoked Chicken
Hickory-smoked pulled chicken topped with HoneyFire Original Sauce and served on a toasted bun; plus two sides of your choice

Alabama Slammer
Hickory-smoked pulled chicken plus signature candied bacon, topped with HoneyFire Original Sauce & HoneyFire Alabama White sauce and served on a toasted bun; plus two sides of your choice

Website / Address: 8127 Sawyer Brown Road, Suite 304, Nashville, TN 37221


Fried Chicken Sandwich
Crispy, Hand-breaded Fried Chicken topped with Pickles and Comeback Sauce

Website / Locations on Charlotte Ave, West End, and in Berry Hill

Liberty Common

Fried Chicken Sandwich
Mayo, Pickle, Lettuce, Pistou, Briôche, Pommes Frites or Salade

Website / Address: 207 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

M.L. Rose

Fried Chicken Sandwich
Buttermilk brined, topped with buffalo ranch, pickles, shredded romaine

Website / Locations in Melrose, Sylvan Park, and Capitol View

Nadeen’s Hermitage Haven

Tyrone’s Hot Chicken Sandwich
Crispy, hand-dredged Nashville hot chicken, lettuce, tomato, house bleu cheese dressing served on a sesame seed bun

Website / Address: 3410 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076

Party Fowl

Hot Chicken Po’ Boy
Hot chicken on a French baguette with tomato, lettuce, pickles, served with fries or piggy chips and white bbq sauce

Hot Chicken Cuban Sandwich
Hot chicken, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, yellow mustard, and chimichurri on buttered and pressed french bread, served with piggy chips or fries

Hot Chicken and Cheddar
Hot chicken, extra sharp cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and dill pickle on a grilled brioche bun with ranch dressing, served with piggy chips or fries

Website / Locations in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Donelson


Hot Chicken Sandwich
Tenders, lettuce, tomato, and blue cheese

Tender Royale
Deep-fried “grilled” cheese with Pepperjack and topped with 3 chicken tenders

Apple Jack
A Tender Royale topped with sweet apples

Website / Address: 1000 Gallatin Avenue, Suite C, Nashville, TN 37206

And last but not least…

While it’s not exactly a chicken sandwich, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Biscuit Love’s East Nasty buttermilk biscuit with a fried, boneless chicken thigh, aged cheddar, and sausage gravy since it’s been named the “Best Sandwich in America!”

About the Author

My wife and I live in Donelson, where we both were raised and graduated from high school (DCA Classes of 1983 and 1984).  Our current home is on the Cumberland River, very close to my childhood home and the former homes of both my McDonald and Rice grandparents.

Our daughter and son are grown now, and our daughter, Stephanie Miller, is my real estate partner.  She lives in Lebanon with her husband and their two children.  While Stephanie and I specialize in the areas of Downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, we have and do serve clients all over Middle Tennessee.

As a Nashville native, I’ve spent a lifetime watching our city evolve, and I am enthusiastic about showcasing it to others and serving their real estate needs.


1997 — 2000   Fleetwood HOA Board Officer

2013 — 2016   Rhythm at Music Row HOA Board Officer

2017   Greater Nashville Realtors: Housing Opportunities & Affordability Committee

2017 — 2018   St. Martin Square HOA Board Officer

2017 — 2019   Brentwood Photography Group Board

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