Where to Get Boston's Best Roast Chicken To-Go

By Catherine Smart

There is a reason Ina Garten makes her husband Jeffrey a roast chicken every Friday night. We’re talking cozy, wholesome comfort food at its best. Plus, a whole chicken (with sides) will feed four hungry mouths, whether we’re talking toddlers, roommates, or the boyfriend rummaging through your fridge in search of leftovers. Here are our picks for the most succulent, flavorful whole birds in greater Boston.


Photo Credit: Drew Katz

Jammy grilled lemons give Alcove’s juicy spatchcocked bird bright flavor. The Grilled Whole Chicken comes with three sides. We’re partial to the charred shishito peppers, fries for dipping in au jus, and a salad—those citrusy juices make a perfect warm dressing.

Shy Bird

A restaurant devoted to the rotisserie, Shy Bird’s spice-rubbed, brined birds won’t steer you wrong. Dinner for Two comes with McDonald’s-esque (the highest compliment) rosemary fries and a bracing green salad. It’ll feed four if you order an extra side or two, plus dessert.


Photo Credit: Stephen Martino

If you’re wondering if the Cushmans—known for their sushi at O Ya and Hojoko—can make a mean roast chicken, the answer is a resounding yes. Right before opening Bianca in Chestnut Hill’s The Street shopping center, COVID-19 struck, and they pivoted. Enter a Roman pizza and rotisserie chicken pop-up called Mr Roni Cups. Try one of their family-style meals with sides and wine pairings. Or just get the chimichurri-slicked Wood-Fire Rotisserie Whole Bird a la carte and round things out with a Wild Bigeye Spicy Tuna Roll.

Machu Chicken

Machu Picchu

Nearby Peruvian restaurant Machu Picchu spun off a whole new Union Square storefront for their famous Pollo a la Brasa. Come to Machu Chicken for the juicy bird (which is an absolute steal); stay for the creamy, garlicky sauces they serve with it. You’ll want to hoard that aji verde in the fridge and pour it on absolutely everything.

There was a time when rotisserie chicken in the suburbs meant Boston Market—and then Garrett Harker built a restaurant around a giant, rotating spit with former Eastern Standard general manager Andrew Holden. If you’re looking for takeout, Branch Line has a menu of dinners for four that they can prepare in just 20 minutes. The Classic gets you a whole chicken, Sugar Snap Pea Salad, Smashed Roasted Potatoes, and Brownies.

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