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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
130 Spadina Ave.