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The Best Fried Chicken in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 21, 2014

Fried Chicken TorontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Korean and Japanese Fried Chicken in Toronto
The Best Chicken Wings in Toronto
The Best BBQ Chicken

The Stockyards

The Stockyards

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 »

Electric Mud BBQ

Electric Mud BBQ

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 »

The Ace

The Ace

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 »

Roux

Roux

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 »

White Brick Kitchen

White Brick Kitchen

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 »

Skin + Bones

Skin + Bones

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 »

Caplansky's

Caplansky's

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 »

Morgan's on the Danforth

Morgan's on the Danforth

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 »

The County General

The County General

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 »

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

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 »

Rose & Sons

Rose & Sons

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 »

The Saint

The Saint

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 »

The Gabardine

The Gabardine

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 Chase Fish and Oyster

The Chase Fish and Oyster

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 »

Luther's Chicken

Luther's Chicken

Operating out of the kitchen at Churchill on Dundas West, this fried chicken outlet is doing addictive eight-piece bucket meals ($38) as well as individual sized combos ($7/$13) with all the fixins. More »

Discussion

38 Comments

Dr. Strangelove / May 21, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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I haven't been there, but I heard the fried chicken at Bar Isabel is dope! Did you consider them for this list? Just curious.
JamesVR replying to a comment from Dr. Strangelove / May 21, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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Haven't been, haven't tried but need to know what was considered...
east ender / May 21, 2014 at 03:49 pm
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City Fried Chicken. 990 Danforth. Also very good.
Chester / May 21, 2014 at 04:00 pm
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Popeyes???
Warren / May 21, 2014 at 04:03 pm
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City Fried Chicken is fantastic.
Mattmovies replying to a comment from Transfat chicken / May 21, 2014 at 04:15 pm
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hey crazy - go easy man, it's a big internet. Don't spend all your coocoobananas in one spot like that. We're just trying to enjoy some fried chicken in here.
Sylvie replying to a comment from Dr. Strangelove / May 21, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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What?! The best restaurant in Toronto might have "dope" chicken?

The point of these lists is to let people know they have many options outside the obvious.
Eric / May 21, 2014 at 04:24 pm
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Looks like Skin + Bones doesn't serve fried chicken anymore?

http://skinandbonesto.com/#menu
Zi replying to a comment from Transfat chicken / May 21, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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Feel better, Shit For Brains? What a useless post. Go eat some fried chicken.

+1 for Stockyards' fried chicken I'm not a huge fan of fried chicken but their fried chicken is delicious.
Rob / May 21, 2014 at 04:28 pm
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I'm just going to leave this right here, best by far in the city, especially for price (wife and I get a combo that fills us up for $12!).

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/chick-n-joy-toronto
Anna / May 21, 2014 at 05:18 pm
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Chick'n Joy on Queen East. Best I've had I'm Canada and I travel all the way from the west end for it. Its worth it. Tons of food for cheap too
Kareem / May 21, 2014 at 05:57 pm
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How you gonna leave Popeye's off the list?
Nick / May 21, 2014 at 06:15 pm
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Hawthorne should be on the list, it was my favorite, although I haven't tried many of the others.
Kris (@lavegetaliana) / May 21, 2014 at 06:49 pm
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Hogtown Vegan has (forgive the expression) killer vegan fried chicken, too!
Meatstick replying to a comment from Kris (@lavegetaliana) / May 21, 2014 at 07:05 pm
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Get your vegetarian blasphemy out of here.
Fat guy / May 21, 2014 at 07:14 pm
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Bar Isabel and Spirthouse are my favorites. Great list though.
G / May 21, 2014 at 07:20 pm
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Bar Isabel's is my favourite!
TheJmoney / May 21, 2014 at 07:26 pm
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I almost never pimp franchises but both Popeyes and Church's are both better tasting and engrossingly cheaper than 3/4 of this list.
jeff replying to a comment from Dr. Strangelove / May 21, 2014 at 08:14 pm
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Like all of the lists on BlogTO they are user generated. I.e. people nominate/vote in certain categories.
Kate replying to a comment from Fried chicken is universal / May 21, 2014 at 09:24 pm
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No kidding that's racist. A holes are everywhere.

Add my votes for Stockyards and Chick'n'Joy (Scarborough represent!"
tyler / May 21, 2014 at 11:18 pm
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Luthers Chicken, not Kitchen. Its incredibly juicy and fantastically authentic, Atlanta authentic.
Dkz / May 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm
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I hear loblaws makes some great fried chicken too, Laura.
JR / May 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm
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Ritzs on Yonge St has some pretty awesome fried chicken y'all. Don;t worry we all gonna get a piece...
Tbot / May 22, 2014 at 12:06 am
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Mugshot tavern's fries chicken and Mac smashes this garbage at $14 for a huge delicious plate
Greg / May 22, 2014 at 11:26 am
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LOL NONE OF THESE HAVE ANYTHING ON BAR ISABEL'S CHICKEN--its from another planet of awesome.
Nate / May 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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I can't believe Combine Eatery on Danforth didn't make this list. Best chicken and waffles in the city, bar none.
Abe / May 23, 2014 at 12:19 am
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Ohhh Yeah Ritz's Chicken is Good!

Fried Chicken, Jerk, Stew Chicken, Curry, BBQ.

RITZ!!!
Traci / May 28, 2014 at 01:49 pm
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The Southern Fried Chicken at Mugshot (Bloor and Keele) is absolutely amazing! I like it as much as I like The Stockyards! Three giant pieces of perfectly breaded chicken, broccoli slaw, and your choice of (AMAZING) macaroni and cheese, potato salad, or other potato side! Fifteen bucks!
sw / June 2, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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The Dock Ellis on Dundas at Dovercourt has an amazing fried chicken sandwich with some kind of sriracha ranch sauce on it.. WOOOOAh go eat it.
Kirby / June 4, 2014 at 10:51 am
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I've been to a few mentioned above and I'm always on the lookout for good fried chicken. I echo the shock of Popeye's omission (was it too obvious a choice?) and I wish to add the lip smack'n chicken at Harlem (on Richmond) and Mr. Jerk (on Wellesley St. E.) is simply the best.
Simon / August 17, 2014 at 07:02 pm
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Chick-N-Joy!
Friedchickeneeshia / August 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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College Street Bar's Southern Fried Chicken with salsa verde and habanero sauce. You've gotta go check it out!
Brigitte / August 18, 2014 at 12:00 am
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The best fried chicken I'd ever personally had in Toronto was at Paulette's, near Logan and Queen. For some baffling reason, however, it converted a couple years ago into a catering business that, as far as I know, while being owned by the same people, does not offer the most life-changing chicken I'd ever had.
EscherTO / September 28, 2014 at 07:02 pm
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420 Smokehouse @ 420 Parliament has some awesome smoked southern style chicken wings. I love the sriracha + honey combo for them too. Crispy as the dickens.
Zakir Hemraj / September 28, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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Check out the fried chicken at Indie Ale House! Top of my list :)
Eric replying to a comment from Zakir Hemraj / September 28, 2014 at 11:11 pm
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Agree with Zakir... had the Southern Fried Chicken yesterday and it was amazing. It had 4 huge pieces of chicken, beautifully fried and topped off with 2 tasty sauces with a side of potato salad. So good...
SouthernAmericanInToronto / September 29, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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I've been to stockyard 3 times - it's not good.

Deep-frying shit, and making food bad for you, doesn't always make it good.

Also, if it's not deep fried like their brisket - just don't order it - they only know how to cook with a deep fryer.
FreeTheHowl / September 29, 2014 at 03:24 pm
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The Carbon Bar had both best brisket and fried chicken I've ever tasted. A must-eat.

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