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The whole roast chicken at Pollo Regio.
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Where to Find Juicy Whole Chickens for Meals in Austin

Dig into roasted, grilled, and barbecued birds

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The whole roast chicken at Pollo Regio.
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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 reliable poultry, from roasting to grilling to what Texans know best: barbecuing.

In Austin, there are plenty of options for whole chickens. There are quick and affordable options from El Pollo Rico to Peruvian-style Inka Chicken, French takes at Austin Rotisserie, barbecue options at Black’s Barbecue, and more.

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

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Inka Chicken

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The Peruvian-style whole rotisserie chicken dinners come with accompanying sauces and corn tortillas for $22.95. There are fuller dinner options too, which also come with sides, starting at $33.75.

Velvet Taco

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The Dallas-based taco chain offers its Backdoor chicken special which comes with an entire slow-roasted chicken, corn tortillas, elote, corn pico, and sauce. Takeout orders can be placed online.

El Pollo Rico

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The fast-casual Mexican spot with a drive-thru focuses on charcoal-grilled chicken in several locations. The whole chicken meal comes with tortillas, salsas, a grilled onion, and limes for $20.78. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Dia's Market

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The Crestview market’s deli offers up whole rotisserie chickens for $13, with a roasted potatoes option for $16. It’s available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays via phone orders for 5 p.m. pickups.

Pollo Regio

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For a whole lot of chicken (which is perfectly mesquite charcoal grilled) for a good price, served with corn tortillas, a grilled onion, lime wedges, and rice with beans. Pollo Regio’s meal is $26.99. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.

Julio's Cafe

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The Hyde Park Mexican restaurant’s $15.50 whole roasted chicken is served with tortillas and salsas. Keep in mind it isn’t available on Sundays.

Black's Barbecue Austin

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For barbecue whole chickens, get to the Austin location of the Lockhart-based smoked meats joint. The full bird costs $14.99. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.

Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

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The whole chickens from Fresa's come with a mess of sides like rice, salsa, and tortillas, all for $34. Go for either the tangy chicken (achiote and citrus) or the spicier one (Yucatan). Takeout orders can be placed online.

Austin Rotisserie

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The French rotisserie food stall at downtown food hall Fareground offers the bird (whole at $21.99) with potatoes roasted in chicken drippings and two sauces. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Lou’s

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The casual McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant dry-brines its whole chicken in a mess of herbs and spices. The $22 bird comes with a choice of two causes, like creamy horseradish or smoked paprika. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Inka Chicken

The Peruvian-style whole rotisserie chicken dinners come with accompanying sauces and corn tortillas for $22.95. There are fuller dinner options too, which also come with sides, starting at $33.75.

Velvet Taco

The Dallas-based taco chain offers its Backdoor chicken special which comes with an entire slow-roasted chicken, corn tortillas, elote, corn pico, and sauce. Takeout orders can be placed online.

El Pollo Rico

The fast-casual Mexican spot with a drive-thru focuses on charcoal-grilled chicken in several locations. The whole chicken meal comes with tortillas, salsas, a grilled onion, and limes for $20.78. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Dia's Market

The Crestview market’s deli offers up whole rotisserie chickens for $13, with a roasted potatoes option for $16. It’s available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays via phone orders for 5 p.m. pickups.

Pollo Regio

For a whole lot of chicken (which is perfectly mesquite charcoal grilled) for a good price, served with corn tortillas, a grilled onion, lime wedges, and rice with beans. Pollo Regio’s meal is $26.99. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.

Julio's Cafe

The Hyde Park Mexican restaurant’s $15.50 whole roasted chicken is served with tortillas and salsas. Keep in mind it isn’t available on Sundays.

Black's Barbecue Austin

For barbecue whole chickens, get to the Austin location of the Lockhart-based smoked meats joint. The full bird costs $14.99. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.

Fresa's Chicken al Carbon

The whole chickens from Fresa's come with a mess of sides like rice, salsa, and tortillas, all for $34. Go for either the tangy chicken (achiote and citrus) or the spicier one (Yucatan). Takeout orders can be placed online.

Austin Rotisserie

The French rotisserie food stall at downtown food hall Fareground offers the bird (whole at $21.99) with potatoes roasted in chicken drippings and two sauces. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Lou’s

The casual McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant dry-brines its whole chicken in a mess of herbs and spices. The $22 bird comes with a choice of two causes, like creamy horseradish or smoked paprika. Takeout orders can be placed online.

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