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Contigo Fareground’s rotisserie chickens
Contigo Fareground’s rotisserie chickens
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Where to Find Juicy Whole Chickens for Dinner

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Contigo Fareground’s rotisserie chickens
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Whole chickens make meal planning easy, whether it’s for individual meals with tons of leftovers, or giant group dinners. And there are so many different ways to prepare the reliable poultry, from roasting to grilling to what Texans know best: smoking.

In Austin, there are plenty of options for whole chickens. There are the quick and cheap options from El Pollo Rico to Portuguese-style at Tio Pepe to more involved productions like Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon. This update adds Contigo Fareground, Dee Dee, Tio Pepe, Swedish Hill, and Lou’s.

For more chicken needs, check out Austin’s best fried chicken, chicken wings, and chicken and waffles.

Everything below is listed in unranked order. If a favorite whole chicken’s missing below, let Eater know in the comments below or through the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Inka Chicken

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1707 Wells Branch Pkwy
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 252-2222
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The Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken dinners come with accompanying sauces and sides like fried plantains, yuca fries, and more, starting at $15.99.

A meal from Inka Chicken
A meal from Inka Chicken
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2. Velvet Taco

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11501 Rock Rose Ave
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 704-8226
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The Dallas-based taco chain brought along its off-menu Backdoor Chicken special, where customers have to literally knock on the back door of the restaurant for the meal. It comes with an entire slow-roasted chicken, tortillas, and sides.

Velvet Taco’s chicken meal
Velvet Taco’s chicken meal
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3. El Pollo Regio

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1725 Ohlen Rd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 380-9594
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For a whole lot of chicken (which is perfectly mesquite charcoal grilled) for a good price, served with the usual sides, El Pollo Regio’s meal is just around $20.

The chicken meal at El Pollo Regio
The chicken meal at El Pollo Regio
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4. El Pollo Rico # 1

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9435 N Interstate Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 339-7325
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Another fast-casual Mexican spot with a drive-thru focusing on charcoal-grilled chicken with several locations. The whole chicken meal comes with tortillas, salsas, and sides.

5. Tio Pepe Chicken

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6406 N I-35 Frontage Rd Ste 2510
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 582-0629
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Yes, it’s a half-chicken option, but the Linc restaurant offers Portuguese-style chickens that are grilled and then basted with peri peri sauce (aka spicy).

6. Sala & Betty

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5201 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 302-1519
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Casual restaurant Sala & Betty offers lemon-roasted chicken to-go or dine-in for $17 per pound. The family meal deal for $32 adds on two large sides, like green beans, french fries, and grilled vegetables.

7. Julio's Cafe

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4230 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 452-1040
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Up in Hyde Park, the Mexican restaurant’s $14.50 whole roasted chicken is served with tortillas and salsas.

8. Dai Due

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2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 524-0688
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Keep an eye out for chicken on the butcher shop/restaurant's menu.

Chicken at Dai Due
Chicken at Dai Due
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9. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

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915 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 428-5077
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The whole chickens from Fresa's come with a mess of sides like rice, salsa, and tortillas, all for $28. Go for either the tangy one (achiote and citrus) or the spicier one (Yucatan).

10. Swedish Hill

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1120 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-1347
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The revamped Clarksville deli features juicy half or whole Italian-spiced rotisserie chicken after 11 a.m. for $9 or $18.

The rotisserie chicken at Swedish Hill
The rotisserie chicken at Swedish Hill
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11. Micklethwait Craft Meats

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1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 791-5961
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The lauded barbecue trailer smokes entire chickens for $14 per pound.

12. Contigo Fareground

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111 Congress Ave suite p400
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 212-1211
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Contigo’s food hall counterpart serves up rotisserie chickens with choices of various sauces from sambal aioli to chicken dripping Buffalo. Whole chickens are $16, halves are $12, and quarters $7.

A chicken meal at Contigo Fareground
A chicken meal at Contigo Fareground
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13. Lou’s

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1900 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 660-5171
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Swedish Hill’s comparatively more casual sibling makes its whole ($18) and half chickens ($9) via a simple brine of dried herbs, lemon, and sea salt, alongside dipping sauces such as creamy horseradish or smoked paprika piri piri, available after 11 a.m.

14. Austin Rotisserie

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702 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 593-1123
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The French-inspired rotisserie truck at Infinite Monkey Theorem offers the bird (whole at $20) with potatoes and all the sauces.

15. Dee Dee

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4204 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

The oh-so-great Thai truck dedicates its Sunday lunch service to Thai barbecue whole or half-chickens, which are paired with sticky rice, naturally, for $30, plus other sides and sauces.

1. Inka Chicken

1707 Wells Branch Pkwy, Austin, TX 78728
A meal from Inka Chicken
A meal from Inka Chicken
Inka Chicken/Facebook

The Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken dinners come with accompanying sauces and sides like fried plantains, yuca fries, and more, starting at $15.99.

1707 Wells Branch Pkwy
Austin, TX 78728

2. Velvet Taco

11501 Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758
Velvet Taco’s chicken meal
Velvet Taco’s chicken meal
Velvet Taco/Facebook

The Dallas-based taco chain brought along its off-menu Backdoor Chicken special, where customers have to literally knock on the back door of the restaurant for the meal. It comes with an entire slow-roasted chicken, tortillas, and sides.

11501 Rock Rose Ave
Austin, TX 78758

3. El Pollo Regio

1725 Ohlen Rd, Austin, TX 78757
The chicken meal at El Pollo Regio
The chicken meal at El Pollo Regio
Pollo Regio/Facebook

For a whole lot of chicken (which is perfectly mesquite charcoal grilled) for a good price, served with the usual sides, El Pollo Regio’s meal is just around $20.

1725 Ohlen Rd
Austin, TX 78757

4. El Pollo Rico # 1

9435 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78753

Another fast-casual Mexican spot with a drive-thru focusing on charcoal-grilled chicken with several locations. The whole chicken meal comes with tortillas, salsas, and sides.

9435 N Interstate Hwy 35
Austin, TX 78753

5. Tio Pepe Chicken

6406 N I-35 Frontage Rd Ste 2510, Austin, TX 78752

Yes, it’s a half-chicken option, but the Linc restaurant offers Portuguese-style chickens that are grilled and then basted with peri peri sauce (aka spicy).

6406 N I-35 Frontage Rd Ste 2510
Austin, TX 78752

6. Sala & Betty

5201 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

Casual restaurant Sala & Betty offers lemon-roasted chicken to-go or dine-in for $17 per pound. The family meal deal for $32 adds on two large sides, like green beans, french fries, and grilled vegetables.

5201 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

7. Julio's Cafe

4230 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

Up in Hyde Park, the Mexican restaurant’s $14.50 whole roasted chicken is served with tortillas and salsas.

4230 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

8. Dai Due

2406 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Chicken at Dai Due
Chicken at Dai Due
Dai Due/Facebook

Keep an eye out for chicken on the butcher shop/restaurant's menu.

2406 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

9. Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

915 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

The whole chickens from Fresa's come with a mess of sides like rice, salsa, and tortillas, all for $28. Go for either the tangy one (achiote and citrus) or the spicier one (Yucatan).

915 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

10. Swedish Hill

1120 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703
The rotisserie chicken at Swedish Hill
The rotisserie chicken at Swedish Hill
Swedish Hill/Facebook

The revamped Clarksville deli features juicy half or whole Italian-spiced rotisserie chicken after 11 a.m. for $9 or $18.

1120 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

11. Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702

The lauded barbecue trailer smokes entire chickens for $14 per pound.

1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702

12. Contigo Fareground

111 Congress Ave suite p400, Austin, TX 78701
A chicken meal at Contigo Fareground
A chicken meal at Contigo Fareground
Contigo/Fareground

Contigo’s food hall counterpart serves up rotisserie chickens with choices of various sauces from sambal aioli to chicken dripping Buffalo. Whole chickens are $16, halves are $12, and quarters $7.

111 Congress Ave suite p400
Austin, TX 78701

13. Lou’s

1900 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Swedish Hill’s comparatively more casual sibling makes its whole ($18) and half chickens ($9) via a simple brine of dried herbs, lemon, and sea salt, alongside dipping sauces such as creamy horseradish or smoked paprika piri piri, available after 11 a.m.

1900 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Austin Rotisserie

702 Shady Ln, Austin, TX 78702

The French-inspired rotisserie truck at Infinite Monkey Theorem offers the bird (whole at $20) with potatoes and all the sauces.

702 Shady Ln
Austin, TX 78702

15. Dee Dee

4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

The oh-so-great Thai truck dedicates its Sunday lunch service to Thai barbecue whole or half-chickens, which are paired with sticky rice, naturally, for $30, plus other sides and sauces.

4204 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

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