New ghost kitchens bring Nashville-hot chicken to Ontario

Apr 26 2021, 9:08 am

Getting creative in the kitchen has its perks, but perfecting the art of crispy-on-the-outside, succulent-on-the-inside fried chicken is something we have yet to master.

In a way, this works out because it gives us an opportunity to support local, ordering from food spots that have this skill down to a level we could never dream of achieving — even if we enlisted the help of an air fryer.

Renegade Chicken, a new brand with ghost kitchens, is the hottest (literally) food destination in Ontario. Now serving a revived chicken experience to downtown Toronto, the GTA, London, and Ottawa — either by delivery or through food delivery apps — it’s the perfect excuse to dine in at home.

“Renegade Chicken is an alternative to fast-food options that raises the bar on what fried chicken can be,” says Gordon Mackie, Vice President of Culinary Development, Sir Corp. “Fried chicken is enjoying some popularity right now, but in our experience what you get is often painfully generic, boring, and greasy.”

“We knew this popular poultry had much more to offer, and so, our concept was born.”

At their ghost kitchens, they believe in dishing up the best, cooking only with free-run, antibiotic-free, Canadian-raised birds.

They pride themselves on doing things differently, which means cooking with sustainably farmed and never frozen chicken in their scratch kitchens and bringing in fresh, whole ingredients. Chicken is always marinated for a minimum of 24 hours before it’s hand-dipped, fried, and tossed in a signature (and secret) blend of Renegade seasonings.

If there’s something the chefs can make in-house, they’ll do it — from seasonings to sauces to the freshly-baked buns supporting the sandwiches on their menu.

Anyone who likes to turn up the heat with their fried chicken orders can put their spice threshold to the test with one of three levels of authentic Nashville hot seasonings by Renegade Chicken, available with orders of chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, and chicken wings.

Do you think you can handle Nashville Hot, Nashville Hotter, or Nashville 9-1-1? Would you chicken in or chicken out? We’ll leave you to ponder your options.

When you place your first order with Renegade Chicken, you might feel a little overwhelmed by the number of incredibly appetizing options on the menu. We certainly did.

Before you delve into the mouthwatering lineup, please know that chefs at Renegade Chicken make their own signature sauces to complement each dish. Choose from Renegade cool ranch, smokey BBQ, chipotle mayo, and sambal garlic aioli (if you like it hot). 

You’ll also notice a choice between dips and sauces for items like the crispy original chicken fingers, sauced and tossed chicken fingers, sauced and tossed wings, and the real, fresh-cut fries made using 100% Canadian Russet potatoes chipped in-house. Does Renegade Chicken have a signature fry dip? It does — in four tempting flavours.

The Nashville hot sandwich — a personal favourite of ours — is absolutely worth trying. Picture crispy chicken covered in authentic Nashville hot seasonings to the spice level of your choosing, shredded iceberg lettuce, crinkle cut pickles, mayo, and Renegade cool ranch sauce on a warm, freshly baked bun.

If you’re planning on going all-out when you order from Renegade Chicken, we suggest adding to your cart the mac and cheese topped with Canadian cheddar, the house-made slaw with a creamy vinaigrette, and the chipotle beans with Renegade chipotle tomato sauce.

For dessert, the giant chocolate chip cookie is an easy and gratifying choice. And if you’d like to order some drinks with your feast, there’s plenty to choose from with soft drinks, wine, and beer available — to those who are of legal drinking age.

Renegade Chicken is already on the delivery apps most of us use regularly, which makes ordering even more seamless. Discover the new and exciting Renegade Chicken experience by ordering for delivery via Uber Eats, SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, and SIR Corp’s inspired rewards app.

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