The Best Fried Chicken in Toronto
The best fried chicken in Toronto is an addictive comfort food that might prove to be the most superior poultry preparation of all time. Taking cues from our neighbours to the South (the best Korean and Japanese fried chicken is this other list), Toronto restaurants are delivering the goods when it comes to serving up seasoned and crisp golden skin encasing juicy, meaty flesh.
Fried chicken is versatile, too. It pairs perfectly with sweet or savoury - as seen in the gravy vs. syrup conundrum. It's a tempting choice for brunch through dinner. And it's a dish that's traditionally accompanied by hearty sides - mac and cheese, creamed greens, biscuits - that'll fill souls as much as bellies.
Here is the best fried chicken in Toronto.
The smokehouse and larder on St. Clair rules the roost with its popular four-piece chicken dinner ($14). The combo features expertly brined and buttermilk-soaked chicken enveloped in a crisp seasoned crust and equipped with the necessary sides including fries, coleslaw and hot sauce. More »
This Parkdale bar embraces the grittier, bourbon-soaked side of the Southern states. From the fryer, the boneless chili and pepper encrusted chicken thighs ($9.50) are sure thing, served with a trio of contrasting sauces including savoury gravy, sweet cider syrup and angry red hot sauce. More »
Find comfort in the flavourful country-fried chicken ($18) at this popular hangout on Roncesvalles. The Southern staples comes complete with all the essentials including collard greens, corn bread and ham gravy. More »
This beacon for Southern food in The Junction opts for a choose-your-own-adventure approach when it comes to its Yardbird ($16). Here, golden battered poultry comes with a choice of waffles with bourbon maple syrup or, slaw with grits or mashed potatoes. More »
The dinner menu at this Koreatown joint excels at soul food and the buttermilk fried chicken ($17) is no exception. Each order features half a bird and is served with an entourage of green onion sewn biscuits and choice from the seasonal sides. More »
This eclectic Leslieville restaurant services the east side with soulful fare like fried chicken ($20) presented in a contemporary way. Expect a selection of seasonal sides that have been known to include a silky sweet potato puree, slaw and creamed kale. More »
The Jewish deli on College brines its birds then lets 'em soak in buttermilk overnight before dropping it in the fryer to order. Three piece meals ($14) come with seasonal veggies and a choice of fries or garlic mash on the side plus the option to douse the whole dish with sweet maple syrup for an extra $2. More »
The local does fried chicken two ways and they're both superb. Opt for the spicy gochujang-marinated Korean fried chicken ($16) with a side of kimchi fried rice, or stick to the signature buttermilk-bathed variety ($15) accompanied by bacon-studded braised chard. More »
While KFC (Korean fried chicken) is available on the dinner menu to share, the fried chicken thigh sandwich ($14) is a menu fixture, even at brunch. Topped with avocado chutney, pickled onions and cilantro, it's a mighty addictive sandwich. If that's not satisfying enough, extra thighs are available on the side ($4). More »
The King West eatery majors in all-American icons, including a boneless fried chicken sandwich that practically beckons with come-hither fingers. Also super tasty is a fried chicken and sourdough waffle option loaded with spicy maple and tangy sour cream. More »
At brunch, the Dupont luncheonette does double fried chicken ($17) with creamy grits, a poached egg and salsa verde. The fryers are kept hot for lunch and dinner too, when a fried chicken club ($18) stacked with Dr. Pepper bacon is among the menu faves. More »
Fried chicken at this tavern on Ossington boasts crackling skin and tender flesh. Served with mac and cheese, slaw and hot sauce, it's a hearty meal that embodies Southern comfort on one plate. More »
Fried chicken and jumbo Belgian waffles ($24) offers that dance between sweet, fatty and salt on your tongue. Making it heartier still, the dish from this Bay and Richmond restaurant is smothered with sausage gravy, crisp iceberg lettuce and drizzles of buttermilk dressing More »
The upscale spot in the Financial District makes the Southern staple a knife and fork affair. Fried chicken ($20) boasting ultra crisp skin is served with a smoked cheddar bun, hot sauce butter, and savoy and provolone slaw. More »