2017 is the year of the rooster. As such, the chicken and all its glorious versatility is re-emerging as the main meat. So cock your tastebuds and check out how these Portland joints are roasting, braising, grilling, and frying up everyone’s favorite bird.
“Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.” Ten bucks gets you a quarter of Pollo Bravo’s rotisserie bird with radicchio salad and one choice of their house-made sauces, like romesco or Green Goddess.
Named Willamette Week‘s “Best Co-Cart of 2016,” Chicken & Guns serves up smoky, wood-grilled Latin chicken with a Peruvian-inspired sauce of jalapeños, cilantro, and sour cream.
Paying homage to roast chicken from the Ligurian coast of Italy, Arrosto’s bird is rubbed with lemon and rosemary oil before getting a slow roast from a wood-fired rotisserie.
Grab Pollo Norte’s slow-cooked Mexican rotisserie chicken seasoned with achiote, sea salt, lime, and chili.
This popular pop-up is dishing out some of the most talked about fried chicken in the Pacific Northwest–brined in buttermilk and skillet-fried in three fats: lard, bacon fat, and schmaltz.
A new big player in Portland’s ramen scene, Marukin’s poultry contribution delivers with paitan shio, a golden and umami-laden chicken broth with house-made noodles.
Another ramen powerhouse, this joint doesn’t just serve noodles. Try the Japanese-style karaage fried chicken, and wings slathered with Oregon pinot yakitori sauce.
Pure beauty in sandwich form: a crispy fried chicken thigh with cabbage slaw and house-made cucumber pickles, speared with a knife on a buttery pearl bun.
This Andy Ricker concept is all chicken, all the time: caramelized fish sauce wings, steamed buns stuffed with pickled vegetables and fried chicken, and fried chicken thighs with papaya salad and sticky rice.
The first food cart hailing from popular ramen restaurant, Boke Bowl. Get excited for hand-cut Southern fried chicken, marinated in buttermilk and tossed in a Southern-Asian spiced flour before being fried to order.
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