The Best BBQ Chicken (Churrasqueiras) in Toronto
The best Portugese BBQ chicken in Toronto is the product of time-honoured slow roasting techniques that yield crispy, flame-kissed skin trapping in moisture and delicious natural juices. Aside from mouth-wateringly moist meat, it's the iconic Portugese piri piri sauce characterized by flavourful - and not too hot - chili, lemon and oil that gives Portuguese chicken its finger-licking qualities.
Here are the churrasqueiras in Toronto making the best BBQ chicken.
The Bloorcourt barbecue joint achieves commendably crispy skin that's swathed with lip-smacking chili sauce. Take-out is the specialty, though there’s a handful of worn seats outside. The essential starchy sides are available from a hot table along with fresh salads. More »
Located on The Queensway east of Islington, this rotisserie goes by BPC for short. On the menu are impressively moist chicken dinners ($18/whole, $10.50/half) including parisienne potatoes, veggie-studded rice pilaf or vibrant salad. More »
On Rogers Rd., this temple to Portuguese chicken has a loyal following for its perfectly-seasoned, slow-roasted poultry that boasts a crispy skin and moist, tender flesh. Quarter chicken combos sell for just $7 and include fluffy rice and golden potatoes. More »
Whole grilled or rotisserie chickens sell for $13 at this Oakwood take-away counter that's known to be generous when applying the piri piri. Grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes, rice, fries and salads are offered unsparingly as sides. More »
The seductive smell of BBQ wafts from the corner of Lansdowne at Wallace thanks to this old school chicken joint that slow-roasts chickens, rabbits and even show-stopping suckling pigs. Half-platters of chicken sell for $10 and are served with golden pearl potatoes, rice and black olives. More »
This recently renovated Portuguese grill on Rogers Rd. does take away in addition to offering elegant on-site dining. The menu focuses on flame-licked meats highlighting juicy, sauce-slathered chicken and fresh seafood dinners. More »
This Portuguese eatery in Little Italy is well-loved for its slow-roasted chicken painted with deliciously spicy home-made piri-piri sauce. Quarter chicken combos, loaded with glistening parisienne potatoes and rice, are excellent value for under $10. More »
The recipes at this churrasco near Eglinton and Mount Pleasant originate in the old country. Slow roasted chicken is fired over natural wood charcoal and sold a la carte for $15 or less. Add sides like handcut fries, rice pilaf, roasted potatoes or seasonal vegetables, or take advantage of lunch specials and family sized combos. More »