Best Chicken Shops in Sydney

Updated September 19th, 2019


Before fried chicken captured Sydney's attention, there was the charcoal chicken shop. They're still everywhere and remain reliable spots for a nicely charred bit of chook and a side of chicken-salt chips. Many cultures have a charcoal chicken tradition, but in Sydney, Lebanese and Portuguese are two of the most important.

In recent years a new breed of chicken shops has joined this old, beloved guard. In most cases they're shinier and trumpet a more ethical philosophy. At heart, though, every chook shop is about the same simple, nostalgic pleasure. We don't mind the setting, so long as the chicken's good.

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  • The Newtown takeaway-focused outpost of Western Sydney’s favourite chicken shop offers all of the favourites, plus Southern-style fried chicken

  • Sydney’s favourite Portuguese chicken shop. Unless you prefer Silva’s, of course.

  • Petersham’s other cult Portuguese chicken shop.

  • More than just a chicken shop – it's a pillar of the local community.

  • Lebanese charcoal chicken best eaten with pickles and garlic sauce.

  • The third of Sydney's big-name Lebanese charcoal chicken shops has been doing its thing since 1998.

  • A classic chicken shop from Merivale, just with more technique.

  • Yes, it's the same name, minus the "The". The selling point here is being able to choose your basting, from peri peri and smoky barbeque sauce, to honey soy and garlic, rosemary and lemon.