5 Most Powerful Fried Chicken Chains

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Pandemic wasn't good news for most restaurants, but it was for chicken wing expert WingStop, which generated $2.27 billion in U.S. sales.

5. WingStop

The fast casual's U.S. same-store sales rose 8% last year and 29.4% in two years, with an average unit volume of $1.6 million and digital sales above 60%. 

In addition, the company launched 193 net new stores worldwide, including 171 in the U.S.

With its basic menu of chicken fingers, fries, sides, and beverages, Raising Cane's announced $2.4 billion in U.S. systemwide sales and 600th store opening.

4. Raising Cane's

The company also made headlines at the onset of the pandemic by refusing to lay off any of its 23,000 workers.

Popeyes is commemorating its 50th birthday by extending its reach and introducing new customers to its fried chicken at 3,700+ locations globe.

3. Popeyes

Popeyes parent firm Restaurant Brands International (RBI) has raised worldwide system-wide sales from $3 billion to $5 billion in five years.

KFC is still one of the largest fast food fried chicken chains in the United States, with sales of over $5.1 billion in 2017.

2. KFC

Ordering KFC in the year 2021 was easier and faster than ever before thanks to the KFC app and online quick pick-up ordering.

Anyone who's driven past a Chick-fil-A recently has seen the lines. Now we know those lines translated to sales as the chain topped the fried chicken heap.

1. Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A expanded 155 locations in 2021 and increased sales to $5.8 billion from $4.3 billion in 2020 and $3.8 billion in 2019.

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