Eat: The Chickery (Spadina & Richmond)

In February, I was invited to a food blogger media event at The Chickery, a  fast casual chain currently growing in Ontario and the US (they currently have three locations in Ontario- two in Toronto and one in Guelph, and one location in Washington, D.C.).

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The concept is, unlike other chains that specializes in chicken — fried and/or rotisserie, The Chickery is all about “Better Chicken”. Their focus is to offer fresh, never frozen chicken and all the offerings are prepared using non-processed, whole ingredients. The potato salad is made using whole potatoes and the mac and cheese is made using real cheese.

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To get a taste of their menu, I chose the Sampler ($16.95). It came with:

  • One Chicken Finger (buttermilk chicken finger, fried crispy and golden brown)
  • One Chicken Feather (thinly sliced and covered in parmesan breadcrumbs)
  • ¼ Rotisserie Chicken (the chicken is halal! Choose from white meat or dark meat)
  • Choice of sauce (Buttermilk Ranch, Smoky BBQ, Chickery Sauce, Chickery Hot, Garlic Aioli, Honey Mustard, Thai Chili or Cajun Remoulade)
  • One choice of side (Fries, Mac & Cheese, Side Salad, Potato Salad, Smashed Potatoes, Street Corn, Rice Pilaf or Corn bread)
  • Side Salad

The sampler is the best bet if you want to try their chicken offerings. I found their fried chicken to be better than their rotisserie. The buttermilk chicken finger is my favourite; the chicken tenders are marinate overnight in seasoned buttermilk (as it should be!) and then battered and fried until golden crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.

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I think it’s Smashed Potatoes in the background? Or Potato Salad. Jeff doesn’t quite remember what he chose.

For the salad, I got to choose the Chopped Bok Choy (bok choy, napa cabbage with chili peanut dressing. I ended up taking this to work with me the next day. Not much special with this salad though.

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Kale Caesar and the Rice Pilaf

I had the Rice Pilaf as my side, it had a kick to it, but I was hoping it’d be more than just seasoned rice. The Chickery Sauce is one of their popular sauce; made with chicken bones and slow cooked with secret ingredients. It’s a good sauce, though I’m always going to stray towards a particular rotisserie sauce… 😉

I would go back for the chicken fingers. So good.

Seating is available for dine-in, but many customers did picks ups.

Disclaimer: While the food and beverage was complimentary, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The Chickery
130 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5V 2L4

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