Best spots for chicken in Amsterdam
Much like gourmet burgers, chicken is something Amsterdam can’t seem to get enough off. Across the city you’ll find dozens of new chicken joints popping up offering finger-licking tastiness in a variety of styles. From rotisserie to barbecue, fine-dining restaurants and some good old-fashioned butchers, we’ve collected our favourite spots to eat succulent chicken in Amsterdam.
Van 't Spit Rotisserie
Van 't Spit serves up 'Tante Door' chickens, born and raised in spacious barns in Brabant, where they eat 100% plant-based food without growth hormones. Deliciously tender and with extra crispy skin, the difference is definitely noticeable in the taste. Take a seat in the industrial interiors and order a side of organic fries and homemade applesauce. You can even watch the chickens live via webcam poking around their shed in Diessen!
Hotel de Goudfazant
Not actually a hotel, but a spectacular restaurant located in a former garage, de Goudfazant has a simple seasonal menu (3 courses for €30), which always includes delicious spit-roasted chicken. Be sure to check out the industrial interiors including a huge chandelier made of bottles and a Porsche 911 - a nod to the building's past. Located on the northern banks of the IJ, the large sunny terrace is the perfect al fresco dining spot for a summer evening.
French cuisine with a Flemish touch? That's what Rijsel in Oost is all about. The name Rijsel is the Flemish word for Lille - an industrial city in Northern France known for its refined cooking and affordable no-nonsense dishes. The restaurant showcases poussin (spring chicken), prepared on the grill that you can see from your table, but the rest of the menu and the exceptional wine list are always also worth a look.
Lady Bird Fried Chicken
If you’re hungry for some New York-style Southern food, Lady Bird Fried Chicken dishes up artisanal fried chicken with proper crunch, hand-crafted cocktails, and even caviar. Grab some comfort fast food and enjoy the sounds of Motown, soul and hip-hop at this new joint next to Sarphatipark in De Pijp.
Bierfabriek brews its own beers and you can even share a 'tap table' with a group of friends where you can pour your own. An ice-cold glass of foamy beer naturally tastes delicious with farm chicken prepared the Burgundian way - the pride of Bierfabriek. The secret? All of the free-range chickens are marinated in home-brewed beer for 24 hours first, before they are grilled over the charcoal.
Beer and grilled chicken are without doubt an excellent combination, and fortunately, these are two things Biertuin does best. We recommend ordering half a spit-roasted farm chicken with homemade apple compote, so-called luie wijven friet (lazy woman fries) and a fresh salad. Or, if you're in a hurry, order the Chicken in a Brown Paper Bag to take away with you and head into Oosterpark right next door.
Barbecue fans absolutely must visit Braai in Oud-Zuid, where all the dishes are prepared on a charcoal fire. The idea for this place was inspired by Freddy's BBQ Joint from the hit series House of Cards. In addition to delicious ribs (which are already very famous in Amsterdam), they also make spicy piri piri chicken. Any chance you’re reading this in Vondelpark right now and craving chicken? Give them a call and they'll deliver it to the park for you. Delicious.
The aroma of succulent chicken from this Brooklyn-inspired rotisserie will pull you in at the front door. Grab a stool at the bar to watch them grilling right in front of you or settle down at one of the cosy tables at the back of the building surrounded by some wonderful chicken-themed artwork. Rotisserie’s first branch opened in Oud-West, but due to popular demand they recently expanded to Oost. Alongside spit-roasted chicken, the burgers here also come highly recommended.
Fancy dusting off the barbecue and grilling some delicious chicken at home? You’ll find the tastiest organic chicken in all shapes and sizes at Chris Kip just off the Albert Cuypmarkt. Chicken wings, drumsticks, marinated, spiced or a whole corn-fed bird with or without skin? Chris Verhoef and Marijke Broekmeyer are happy to help you choose the right joints for a tasty lunch, snack or evening meal. This really is the go to butchers for all your chicken needs.