Fast Food Chicken Chains, Ranked Worst To Best

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Fast-food chicken chains have become a mainstay in the American diet because they are quick and easy to get. Because there are so many choices, it can be hard to choose which chain to go with.

So, we made a list of the Fast Food Chicken Chains, Ranked Worst To Best.

This list will help you decide where to get fast-food chicken, whether you want a classic chicken sandwich or spicy chicken pieces.

So, without further ado, let’s look at which chains made it and which ones didn’t.

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Champs Chicken

Fast Food Chicken Chains in Champs Chicken:- You can buy Champs Chicken at more than 1,500 gas stations and convenience shops in more than 40 states.

Even though Champs Chicken is in a dirty gas station, that doesn’t instantly make it a bad restaurant.

Even KFC started in a gas station, and there are other good chicken chains that run out of gas stations and convenience shops.

The worst thing about Champs Chicken is that they serve bad chicken.

First of all, it seems like Champs Chicken looks for skinny chickens.

Then they manage to both undercook the skin and overdo the meat at the same time. The effect is tough, fatty skin wrapped around thin slices of meat that don’t taste very good.

If you order a drumstick, it will taste like you’re chewing on a dirty shoe.

Champs Chicken is around because it’s easy to get to and cheap.

If you cared about how your chicken tasted, you’d go a few extra miles and spend a little more money to find a better option. This place should be a no-go.

Boston Market

Since the 1970s, Boston Market has been known for its home-style food and great rotisserie chicken. But in the last few years, the grade of their chicken has gone down a lot.

What used to be a reliable place to get juicy, tender chicken and other tasty food is now a spot where the chicken is often rubbery instead of juicy and the spice is blander than ever.

In 2019, the chain shut down 45 more sites in the United States, including the last two in Boston.

But it doesn’t seem to be the quality of the chicken that is killing Boston Market. Instead, it seems to be the fact that grilled chicken is sold in almost every grocery store these days.

Why would you go to Boston Market to pay more for a less tasty meal when you can get a perfectly cooked bird at Costco for $4.99?

If Boston Market doesn’t change their menu, improve the quality of their chicken, and start a huge advertising campaign, it seems likely that more and more locations will close in the coming months and years.

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits

The name of Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits made us want to like it. But unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.

The chicken on the bone at Bojangles is way too fried. Even if the chicken tastes good, you won’t be able to tell because there will be so much grease on it.

If you like boneless chicken but order their Supremes instead, you’ll be unhappy in a different way.

From the outside, these tenders look like they would be good, but the skin isn’t as crunchy as it should be and the meat is way too dry.

On there, Bojangles Menu also has sandwiches, bowls, soups, and of course, their famous biscuits. But nothing can make up for the fact that their chicken isn’t very good.

If you go to one of Bojangles’ more than 740 locations, get a cup of Sweet Tea or Patio Red Cherry and leave as soon as you can, or you’ll end up with greasy napkins and a general sense of sadness.

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Raising Cane’s

Raising Cane’s is one of the restaurant chains in America that is growing the fastest. This is true for all restaurant chains, not just chicken places.

In fact, it was the fastest in 2016, when sales went up by almost 26% for the year. But is Raising Cane’s Chicken the best? Definitely not.

How many different chicken dishes does Raising Cane’s serve?

Only one: chicken fingers.

You can get them in different-size combos or on a Kaiser roll in a sandwich, but they’re still just chicken fingers, and they’re not even very good ones.

In other words, they only have one trick, and it’s not even a very good one.

The main problem with the food at Raising Cane is that it is very boring. Most of the time, the chicken is juicy enough, but they forgot to season it.

You have to put a lot of sauce on these chicken fingers to really enjoy them, and not just their Cane’s sauce.

Add hot sauce like Tabasco or Frank’s RedHot to make these chicken fingers more exciting.

If you only enjoy plain chicken fingers and find other food uninteresting, you should dine elsewhere.

Zaxby’s

Zaxby's

Zaxby’s is in the middle of the pack when it comes to chicken places to eat.

At some Zaxby spots, the chicken is really good, but at others, the chicken is tough and tastes, well, old. It really depends on where you are and what time it is.

If you want a burger from Zaxby’s, don’t get their Chicken Fingers burger. It just doesn’t work.

Try their Kickin’ Chicken on Texas Toast instead. When they use ranch dressing and their Tongue Torch sauce together, it really makes for a unique taste.

Even though they have a lot on their menu, like Zalads, Zappetizers, and Sides (why not Zides? ), their traditional bone-in wings are the only other chicken item that deserves a strong suggestion.

You can choose from their original sauce, which is a light buffalo sauce, their Wimpy sauce, or one of their very spicy but tasty sauces with names like Insane or Nuclear.

Church’s Chicken

Church's Chicken

When it comes to fried chicken breading, Church’s Chicken has some of the best. Everything is just right: how crisp it is, how it tastes, etc.

But when you take a big bite, all you can taste is sadness. The chicken just isn’t good enough.

Sometimes you get lucky and get a fresh piece of chicken, but most of the time when you go to Church’s Chicken, you get the feeling that the chicken meat has been in the freezer (or maybe under a heat lamp) for a few days too long.

Church’s makes up for its bad reputation with its cookies. If you haven’t had Church’s biscuits, you haven’t lived up to your full potential.

These biscuits are buttery and fluffy, and the honey butter heaven glaze makes them sticky and sweet.

Does the happiness of these cookies make up for the chicken that wasn’t so good? Almost, but not quite.

The best thing to do is go to the Church’s Chicken drive-thru near you and just order biscuits and maybe some corn on the cob.

Then go to one of the other places on this list, further down, to get your chicken.

TKK Fried Chicken

TKK Fried Chicken

You probably haven’t heard of TKK Fried Chicken if you don’t live on the East Coast, in Michigan, or in Texas.

But they’ve been around since 1974 when their first restaurant opened in Taiwan. TKK gives Original, Crispy Mild, and Crispy Spicy flavors of fried chicken.

Even though the Original is juicy and tasty, you should really get one of the crispy versions for a real treat because they have the crunch you really want in fried chicken.

At TKK, the chicken always tastes fresh, and you can order fried chicken, wings, tenders, or burgers.

The sides are one of the best parts of TKK.

You can get classics like coleslaw, curly fries, or mashed potatoes, but you can also get unique things like blistered shishito peppers, grilled corn, and sweet potato frie.

Their fried chicken goes perfectly with the peppers. If you want to wash it down, don’t get a drink. Instead, order one of their teas or even a beer.

We hope that this place will grow and spread its delicious chicken all over America so that the rest of the country can enjoy it too.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken

Krispy Krunchy Chicken

Krispy Krunchy Chicken (KKC) is great if you like spicy, tasty chicken. KKC is often sold in convenience shops and gas stations, just like Champs. But KKC is delicious, while Champs is not.

This company started in Lafayette, Louisiana, and now has more than 2,000 stores all over the country.

KKC has crispy bone-in chicken, juicy tenders, and tasty burgers, as well as a variety of sides like fries, honey butter biscuits, jambalaya, mac and cheese, red beans and rice, and more.

When you go, it’s best to keep things easy and eat a lot of chicken and biscuits, since none of the sides really stand out.

The chicken is meaty and never stringy or dry, and the Cajun sauce is what you’d expect to find in a Southern restaurant.

So, the next time you are in a gas station or grocery store, make sure to look around to see if they have a KKC counter. You will not be let down.

Jollibee

Jollibee

This chicken restaurant started in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. in 1998. It now has over 1,300 sites around the world, but only 37 in the U.S.

Jollibee has a wide range of food on their menu, from their Jolly Spaghetti with a sweet sauce made from banana ketchup (yes, that’s a thing) to their Halo-Halo treat, which is surprisingly good even though it’s made with beans.

But let’s talk about the chicken, which is the main attraction at Jollibee.

This fried chicken is exactly what it should be, whether you get the breakfast chicken burger, the boneless chicken dippers, or their Chickenjoy with bones.

Chickenjoy is crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, so you can eat a bucket of it until you’re about to pop. It tastes good and is never dry.

Also, the chicken skin is cooked just right—it’s always crunchy and never gets mushy. Most fried chicken tries to be like this.

So, why doesn’t Jollibee rank higher? Because there aren’t enough of these kinds of places in the United States.

Bonchon

Bonchon

If you want chicken wings, find the nearest Bonchon. But don’t look for standard chicken wings when you look at their menu.

Bonchon is very unique and tasty. Their chicken wings are some of the best you’ll ever eat because they are seasoned just right and deep-fried twice.

Bonchon doesn’t have a lot of different tastes. You can choose between Soy Garlic, Spicy, or Half N’ Half.

And, since they are both so good, the Half N’ Half is your best bet.

The wings at Bonchon may be a little more expensive than those at most wing shops, but you get a free side, which could be fries, rice, or pickled radishes.

This chain first opened in South Korea in 2002, and four years later, it came to the United States.

Bonchon has more than 300 sites now, and they are getting a lot of fans all over the world. This is a good thing.

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

If you don’t live in the West, you might not know what El Pollo Loco is.

There are locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, and Utah of this group of chicken restaurants.

At El Pollo Loco, you won’t find fried chicken. Instead, they serve citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken that is very tasty.

You can get whole pieces of chicken with the sides and tortillas of your choice, or you can get burritos, bowls, quesadillas, and other favorites.

You should stick to their two-piece, three-piece, or five-piece chicken meals with your pick of two sides.

Even though these combinations are easy, they are not basic in any way.

The chicken at El Pollo Loco is very tender and juicy, but it is never too soft or slimy.

The skin never gets tough or red. It’s hard to believe they can cook it so quickly and correctly at the same time.

A word of advice: keep your sides to beans and rice.

Their mac and cheese is bland and often a little runny, and the citrus taste of their chicken doesn’t go well with their mashed potatoes and gravy.

Don’t forget to add some of their salsa to spice things up.

Wingstop

Wingstop

Wings from Bonchon are great, but Wingstop is without a question the best chicken wing chain.

Whether you like them with or without bones, Wingstop’s wings are always fresh, juicy, and full of flavor.

When it comes to the meat, you’ll never feel like you’re getting shorted.

The best part about these perfect wings, though, is that you can choose how they taste.

If they want to turn up the heat, they can use their Atomic wings.

So, you’ll want a pitcher of beer (or water) close by when you eat a whole plate of these wings, even though the heat doesn’t overpower the flavor.

Wingstop has also mastered the spicy taste of mango habanero. But if you’re not too brave when it comes to hot foods, don’t worry. Wingstop has a lot of tasty options for you, too.

At Wingstop, there’s something for everyone, from the mild taste, which is a less spicy version of their Original Hot, to the amazingly buttery Garlic Parmesan, to the sweet and tangy Hawaiian.

PDQ

PDQ

If you live in Florida, you know that some of the best fast-food chicken in the country can be found at PDQ.

PDQ is serious about the quality of its chicken. They have more than 50 sites in Florida and more than a dozen more in New Jersey, New York, and the Carolinas.

People Devoted to Quality is what PDQ stands for, but their service is also Pretty Darn Quick.

The fact that their chicken is 100% natural, hormone- and steroid-free, and never frozen makes a big difference in how it tastes.

They don’t serve the chicken with the bone still in it. Instead, they focus on nuggets, salads, sandwiches, and chicken strips.

Their Honey Butter Chicken Sandwich tastes great.

The chicken is dipped in honey butter that was made at home, and it is served on a warm brioche bun with crunchy pickle slices.

It’s not just the chicken that’s fresh. All of their soups and salad dressings are also made from scratch every day.

Not too bad for fast food! They have nine delicious sauces to go with their juicy chicken, but the Buffalo Bleu and Sweet Sriracha are especially good and shouldn’t be missed.

If PDQ starts opening stores all over the country, they’ll be able to compete with the biggest chains.

Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A

Every year, the American Customer Service Index names Chick-fil-A as the best fast-food business in the country.

People can’t get enough of their chicken and everything else they serve. Nobody knows why their original chicken burger is so good—it just is.

The chicken is perfectly cooked, the bun tastes like butter, and the pickle goes well with how simple everything else is.

Chick-fil-A’s nuggets are also a tasty fast food treat, especially when dipped in their magically sweet Polynesian sauce.

Chick-fil-A serves more than just chicken, but everything, from the drinks to the waffle fries, tastes great.

Chick-fil-A is also at the top because of how clean and helpful they are. In the bathroom of this place, your shoes will never get stuck to the floor.

Even if you disagree with the founders’ political and religious beliefs, you can’t deny that Chick-fil-A has some of the best fast food around.

Popeyes

Popeyes

Fans of Chick-fil-A don’t need to send angry letters, so don’t worry.

Popeyes and Chick-fil-A are pretty much tied because they both know how to cook chicken well. Popeyes is the winner, but only by the smallest of gaps.

In fact, they both have the best fast-food chicken right now. So, Popeyes is the place to go if you like spicy fried chicken.

The outside of their chicken is wonderfully crunchy, and the inside is wonderfully juicy. Bite after bite and place after place, the food is always good.

Popeyes has always been known for its bone-in fried chicken, but the release of the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich in 2019, it turned the chicken world on its head.

This sandwich went viral right away and sold out everywhere in the country.

It wasn’t hard; it was just a crispy chicken breast with pickles on a brioche bun with mayonnaise or Cajun sauce. But it was one of the best chicken burgers that had ever been made.

After it sold out quickly, the sought-after sandwich didn’t come back for two months, and people all over the country continued to wait in long lines.

When a man was stabbed to death at a Maryland Popeyes for cutting in line, things went from bad to worse. A chicken sandwich killed him.

We know it’s good, but we don’t think it’s amazing. Then again, after you try Popeyes for the first time, you might not agree with that statement.

FAQs About Fast Food Chicken Chains

What will happen to the fast-food chicken business?

The chicken fast food business is likely to keep growing, especially in foreign markets. But there is also a growing desire for healthier and more ethical food options, which could change what the industry offers and how it does business.

Why has KFC had a hard time in some foreign markets?

KFC has had trouble changing its menu and brand to different cultures and tastes, especially in countries that have their own strong food traditions.

What makes Wingstop different from other chicken fast-food chains?

Wingstop is known for its wings, which come in many different flavors and amounts of heat. It also has a sports bar-like environment that makes it a unique place to eat.

How did El Pollo Loco get started?

El Pollo Loco was started in Mexico in 1975. Since then, it has grown to have more than 400 sites in the United States. It is known for its fresh, real Mexican sides and chicken cooked over an open flame.

What makes Zaxby’s a well-known chicken fast-food chain?

Zaxby’s is known for its unique Zax Sauce and wide range of chicken dishes, such as wings, tenders, and sandwiches. It also has a fun, casual vibe and prices that are easy on the wallet.

Why has Church’s Chicken had trouble in the chicken fast food business?

Church’s Chicken has had trouble keeping its food quality and customer service steady, and it has also had to deal with competition from bigger chains like KFC and Popeyes.

How did Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits get started?

Bojangles’ was started in 1977 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and now has more than 700 sites in the southeastern U.S. It is known for its buttery cookies and southern-style fried chicken.

How is Raising Cane’s different from other chicken fast food chains?

Raising Cane’s is known for having a simple menu with only chicken fingers that are made fresh when you order them. It also has a special secret ingredient and a fun, retro-style logo.

What are some of the problems with KFC?

People have said that KFC has too many calories and salt, and they have also said that the way it gets its food hurts animals. It has also had trouble adjusting to the fact that people want healthier and more ethical food choices.

Why is Popeyes one of the best chicken fast-food chains?

Popeyes is known for its spicy and flavorful chicken as well as its unique side meals and dipping sauces. It also has a loyal customer base and has been able to add new items to its menu.

Why is Chick-fil-A the best chicken fast-food chain?

Chick-fil-A is known for having good food, great customer service, and clean, friendly eateries. It also has a strong company culture and programs for giving back to the community.

What is the worst chicken fast-food chain?

Church’s Chicken is often seen as the worst fast food chicken company, based on surveys and customer reviews, because the quality of the food is inconsistent and the service is slow.

 

Conclusion

Fast Food Chicken Chains:- When it comes to chicken fast food chains, you have a lot of choices. But not all chicken is the same, and some chains have better chicken than others.

With this list of Fast Food Chicken Chains Ranked from Worst to Best, you can make an informed choice about where to get chicken the next time you want fast food.

There’s a chain out there that will meet your cravings for spicy chicken tenders, juicy wings, or a classic chicken sandwich.

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