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The Best Fried Chicken in Toronto

The best fried chicken in Toronto beats the big chains, every time. We may not be located in the South, but the Great Fried North knows how to cook up a mean bird. These places make it crispy, juicy, sometimes very spicy and, dare I say, finger-lickin’ good.

Here’s the best fried chicken in Toronto.


PG Cluck's
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PG Cluck's

The most amazing fried chicken comes out of the most humble confines at this counter squeezed in next to the Royal Cinema in Little Italy. Deboned leg meat is brined for thirty hours and dredged in ten spices, used to make epic Big-Mac-style and classic fried chicken sammies.

Bar Fancy
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Bar Fancy

Steaming hot, juicy, bone-in pieces of fried chicken may be served on paper plates with pickles and Wonderbread at this West Queen West bar, but you can accompany it with a stellar selection of wines if you choose.


Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder
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Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder

Lineups persist for the piled-high chicken and waffles at this St. Clair West haunt, served for brunch until 3 p.m. with a chili maple molasses citrus glaze.

Cluck Clucks
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Cluck Clucks

The chicken at this super casual joint near the Esplanade is juicy, thanks to an overnight brine, and crispy on the outside due to a light dredge and you can get it sandwiched between jalapeño and cheddar waffles.


White Brick Kitchen
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White Brick Kitchen

Giant pieces of crunchy fried chicken at this Koreatown restaurant are served with waffles, in sandwiches, or for purists, in massive 12-piece meals.


Chica's Nashville Hot Chicken
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Chica's Nashville Hot Chicken

Hot chicken has found its Toronto headquarters at this Junction corner spot. In gigantic portions with increasing spice levels all the way up to “Hot AF,” enjoy with house buttermilk ranch and waffle fries.

Union Chicken
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Union Chicken

Locations at Sherway Gardens and in Union Station serve “Uncle Ray’s Fried Chicken” made using boneless thigh meat, “O.G. Style” with maple-honey syrup, “Lightning” with habanero hot sauce, or Korean-style.


The Dirty Bird
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The Dirty Bird

Spots throughout Toronto, including ones in the Annex and Kensington, prove the popularity of the chicken here, which you can get in creative waffle combos with one-of-a-kind sauces like maple aioli, scotch bonnet ranch and buttered maple.

Patois
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Patois

This Dundas West hotspot applies their fusion magic to poultry with the O.G. fried chicken, a classic combo of bone-in breast and leg pieces served with watermelon, daikon, jalapeno, and sweet sriracha dipping sauce that pays homage to traditions far and wide.

Photos by

Jesse Milns at Chica's. Additional photos by Jesse Milns, Hector Vasquez, @chuckpalanski.

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