Wicked Chicken

4.5
310 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
The folks that bring us Nama Sushi Bar & Harvest - Land, Sea & Vine bring you Knoxville's first Nashville Hot Chicken concept! In addition to great food, we also offer a full bar experience with plenty of TV's so you never have to miss a game!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 310 people are saying
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SarahV
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Nashville hot chicken was delicious. Our waiter was very talkative and attentive. The fried pickles were amazing, too.

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vipTNHawkeye
Birmingham
53 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

WC occupies the former Cru space, and seems a much better fit for Knoxville. Service was outstanding, and the drinks were excellent.
The hottest chicken ("clucking hot") was just right, and I love spicy food. Unlike Hattoie B's hottest chicken, which is almost inedibly hot, the clucking hot pushes the envelope on heat but still has great flavor. Never had better turnip greens in a restaurant ANYWHERE.

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TessW
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food was subpar at best. Service was fairly slow which was odd considering the restaurant was very empty. Drinks weren't anything great either.

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Volfandan
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, I mean great!! Fantastic, SUPER attentive service.

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JamesR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My whole party enjoyed what they ordered. My wife said this was the best overall meal she has had at a restaurant in a long time, and we eat out quite a bit. The service was great, and Monty, the general manager stopped by a few times to make sure everything was good. We will be back!

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JordVeezy
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was awesome! Chicken was excellently cooked, extremely juicy and flavorful. The nachos could use an upgrade, but the fried chicken on top made it worth it. My husband and I split a 3 pc white meat and loved it! The only "negative" was the service was very slow the day we went, but I think it was a management issue, not with the server. They only had 2 servers managing the entire establishment on a decently busy Sunday. Our server was too overwhelmed with her current table load to do her job effectively, and my husband and I both being from the service industry thought the managers should have done a better job on staffing and scheduling for the day.

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Shuck
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was good, whoever fixed plates just needs to know the difference in the parts of a chicken. ordered all white, but got thigh and leg.

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ConwayB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Close walk from our Hotel , my family enjoyed dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and friendly wait staff. Social distancing better accomplished on side of restaurant away from bar area. Nice evening overall.

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MarkF
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went for our anniversary and is a very nice place. Chicken was tasty but only warm, not hot. Mac and cheese quite delicious. My fries were delicious but my husband’s were burnt. Overall a nice experience.

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SaraB
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great! The hot chicken has great flavor and heat, and the sides were outstanding. My husband said it was the best fried chicken he’d ever had.

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JamieB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken was better than I expected someone could make wings or nachos in to! And the service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Wicked Chicken on Saturday night before Valentines Day. The Dunkel was tasty, the chicken was melt in your mouth and the derby pie was incredible. Jack our waiter was a real pro and took really good care of us. To top it all off, the GM came over and gave us coupons (10 bucks off) for the next time. Cool people, cool atmosphere in a super cool part of town...we would go back again it was awesome.

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Jennifer
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was great but restaurant seemed a little bit of a mess. Food was ok, chicken was not hot which was surprising for a HOT chicken place.

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LindseyC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the simple menu. I had the Cobb salad and added chicken. It was heaven, and the specialty cocktails are unique and delicious. The staff made us feel welcome and important!

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MaryB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There was no spacing for COVID- 19 and I felt just a bit too tight with others. It almost felt unsafe if you were trying to say a good distance from others in an eating enviornment. There should have been a few tables left open.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Saw this new place on line so we thought we’d check it out. Online menu looked really good and reviews were pretty good. Because of road work in the area access to the place was nuts. Finally got that worked out and made our way in. Cool place and good service. Got a nice cold beer right away so checked out the menu. Not at all what we saw online. Extremely limited. Ended up with a chicken sandwich and the wife had chicken tenders. Nothing to write home about. Fast food quality meal. Might go back some day when and if they get established and offer some menu variety worth the parking hassle.

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mayberry4
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were seated quickly. The waiter was nice. Our appetizer came out quickly and was delicious. Our meal took a bit longer due to our plates being sent to another table. We were pleased with the quality of the food as well as the quantity. Will definitely come back.

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ElizabethF
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We started with the fried pickles, nachos and wings... couldn’t pick a fave! Even the creamed corn and Mac and cheese are homemade from scratch. Excellent cocktails, too!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My overall experience was very enjoyable. I set a reservation just in case it was busy due to COVID as it was a business lunch. There was only one waitress there which was a bummer;however, she apologized and was super friendly. Our food came our warm and looked amazing. I ordered the Hot Chicken and Pimento Cheese Nachos. I would give the food item an 7 out of 10. The avocados tasted fresh, the chicken was good and my food was warm. However, there was not enough cheese or chicken for the amount of tortilla chips I was given. Definitely a great spot for lunch or dinner as they also offer curbside and delivery.

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JaneenS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service on a Wednesday evening. Not too crowded, felt good about the social distancing.
Food was really good. It’s hot! And crispy and delicious. Sauces are house made and also very good. We’ll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I wanted to like this place! The fried chicken was terrible - probably the worst I’ve ever had (too much breading, too greasy, the heat levels are too conservative). The fries are greasy to the point that they’re inedible. The lemonade was watered down and tasted nothing like lemonade - more like water with a splash of lemon. The macaroni and cheese was gritty. The creamed corn lacked flavor and needed salt.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a blast and the service/ food/ drinks were excellent

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BartW
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

On par with Hattie B's and Helen's in Nashville, but a pretty big gap to Big Shakes in Franklin which is my favorite. The portion sizes were a bit skimpy but the tenders were very good, the greens and slaw were ok. The people were friendly and server was efficient. So, yeah - in my top 4, recommended.

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TrentP
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and very helpful staff and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back.

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RonG
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well we thought we would give this place a try, turns out they have only been open a week, but part of a group of managed Knoxville restaurants. Our first surprise, was the menu on Open Table was not correct, and still the old establishments menu. We mentioned this to the server, more to make them aware, and she immediately offered us a free appetizer. She also brought over the manager Monty. He was super engaged and helpful, apologized more then needed. The food while maybe a bit limited in options, was outstanding. The wings are great, gotta try the bacon sauced wings! We did notice the garlic and pepper wings, were too salty.... but everything was delicious. We finished with the key lime pie.... as good as any in Florida we have ever had, outside of the keys. Overall, can’t say enough good things about the manager, and the staff. They comped our meal, and provided us discounts for our next visit. Best in class service by far! We will certainly be back!!!!

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vipTerryA
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great restaurant group. If you can’t get to Nashville, go here. We tried everything and it was all delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great! Service excellent and the ambiance was very welcoming.

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Ashleywb
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The manager went to every table to greet them as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The fried chicken was unseasoned and extremely greasy and heavily breaded. The sides were good. Probably won’t go back.

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rebekahl
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place with such amazing food. The service was great and so was our waitress!

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vipErinS
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I ordered the filet, which was good. It was served with what seemed like diner breakfast potatoes which were not a good combo. The wine was not great & the server really wasn’t able to make a recommendation. The atmosphere was nice, the service was attentive, the food was ok, the wine was not good.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance and wonderful food

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was the perfect birthday brunch with. Good friend. I love the mimosa specials and the service is always great. I appreciate the crew at Cru doing the right thing by following protocol and keeping people safe. For me it’s a safe place go to during the pandemic

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CarlC
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised. The food was great and the service was very good. We had a hand tossed pizza for an appetizer and shrimp and cheese grits, both were very delicious. We will be back!

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vipLovesMexicanFood
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always, and we enjoyed some delicious drinks before happy hour ended. Alecia was the absolute best waitress ever!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined outside on a Sunday night. The area was quiet but charming. The food was excellent. They also have half price all bottles of wine, very good selection. It was a really, fun, relaxing dinner! The waitress was awesome :)

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VolParent
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thankful to have a reservation for 7 on game day. We ordered a variety of items at our table and everyone enjoyed their meals. Most folks were dining on the patio, so the inside was pretty quiet. The service was a bit slow, but we felt they were a little light-staffed. I would definitely visit again.

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vipNpnp
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

No socially distanced tables...no atmosphere

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Andrew
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wednesday Night Wine Nights at Cru have become a regular thing for me and I really enjoy the atmosphere as well as the value of half off wine and $6 burgers on Wednesdays!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Wicked Chicken using the Order Online button. Wicked Chicken also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Wicked Chicken also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (865) 544-1491.

Wicked Chicken is rated 4.5 stars by 310 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.