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The Most Popular Fast Food Fried Chicken In Each State [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Fried chicken is one of the go-to items when pulling up to fast food spots. Many of today’s more popular chains, including Popeyes, Raising Cane’s, and Chick-fil-A, have built their empires upon its crispy goodness.

When it comes to which is the best, we’ve already got a ranking. In terms of what the country thinks, however, there is some new data that shows which chains are the most popular by state.

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This data set comes courtesy of agency TOP Data, which looked at GPS tracking and spending data at the seven largest fried chicken chains across the country. Data does include from what consumers purchased during the ongoing pandemic, which also indicates that fried chicken had the lowest drop of any category in an industry that’s taken a massive hit.

TOP Data did not look at data from Alaska or Hawaii, though, but across the contiguous states, KFC reigned supreme, being the most popular in 14 different states. Raising Cane’s and Church’s Chicken followed at 9 states apiece, Zaxby’s took home 7 states, and Popeye’s was the favorite in 6. Regional favorite Bojangles also netted three states in the counting.

While Chick-fil-A’s data was evaluated, and it does show up in the top five for many states, it was not the most popular chain in any single state. Chick-fil-A actually never finished higher than third overall in a single state, signifying a possible shift away from the chain in recent months.

You can view the full rankings for each state in the data set below, as well as additional info in TOP Data’s full report.

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Fast Food

KFC’s Massive Chicken Sandwich Gets An Official Nationwide Release

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Last spring, Kentucky Fried Chicken tested their champion for the Chicken Sandwich Wars with a massive new item in Orlando. 

Looks like that test was a success, and the fried chicken chain’s new sandwich is making its national debut.

The sandwich features a quarter-pound, double-breaded, all-white meat chicken breast filet atop a buttery brioche bun slathered with your choice of mayo or spicy sauce and thick and crispy pickles. 

McDonald’s has also announced the debut of three chicken sandwiches to their menu earlier this week, rounding out the major fast-food chains in the country selecting a contender for the fried chicken sandwich title currently held by Popeyes. 

KFC’s new Chicken Sandwich is now available at select markets. It will be at all 4,000 US locations by the end of February. Definitely excited to try this one, even in a crowded class of chicken sandos. 

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Fast Food

Church’s Chicken Debuts New Chicken Sandwich

Ever since Popeye’s blew open the doors on the fast food fried chicken sandwich wars last summer, plenty iterations have followed. Stepping into the arena is a new formidable contender in Church’s Chicken’s new fried chicken sandwich.

Don’t sleep on Church’s though, as their own brand of bird is known for its superior crunch that is a shining example of their expertise in bone-in fried chicken.

The new sandwich features a juicy boneless breast filet that’s hand-breaded in Church’s proprietary blend and is backed up by crunchy pickles, creamy mayo, and a brioche bun that’s been brushed with their signature honey butter. If you’re looking for fiery kick, the sandwich also comes in a spicy version.

You can try Church’s brand new fried chicken sandwich at all locations for only $3.99 as a single sandwich and $5.99 as a combo with a drink and fries.

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Fast Food What's New

Del Taco Is Stuffing Fried Chicken Into TACOS And BURRITOS Now

Del Taco has officially jumped into the fried chicken game with a whole new menu dedicated to crispy poultry.

Del Taco’s new Crispy Chicken consists of fried chicken breast pieces topped with fresh black pepper. On the menu, there’s multiple ways to order the new fried chicken:

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inside of a $1 Crispy Chicken Taco (with a choice of ranch or habanero sauce),

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in a $4 box that comes with 3 pieces of chicken, fries, and a dipping sauce,

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or in a $5 Epic Crispy Chicken & Fresh Guac Burrito that pairs the chicken with guac, salad, tomatoes, tortilla strips, and a Creamy Avocado Caesar Dressing.

The Crispy Chicken Tacos mark the first new additions to Del’s Dollar Deals Menu, a revamped value menu that was introduced in January 2020. Two new options also join these fried chicken tacos on the value lineup: a Mini Taco Salad and a Caesar Chicken Roller, which will take the place of the departing Habanero Grilled Chicken Taco and BRC Burrito.

All of these options are now available nationwide. It’ll be interesting to see how they stack up against the rest of fast food’s fried chicken options.

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Cravings Packaged Food

Fried Chicken Skins Are Made For Snacking

Look, today is National Fried Chicken Day, truly a day that is worth celebrating with full on festivities. One way to do that? Snacking on some chicken skins. If that possibility sounds too enticing to be true, prepare your butts for a delicious dose of reality.

That’s because Flock chicken chips exist and are made with just chicken skin and seasonings, none of that artificial stuff and more of that natural goodness. Now mind you, growing up in a Filipino household, fried chicken skins were a regular thing for me. Hitting up the local Filipino market for a bag was always a treat that I wished the rest of the world would have the pleasure in enjoying.

And now here’s their chance, in three different flavors at that: Original, Sea Salt & Vinegar, and BBQ. With 13 grams of protein and 1 gram of carbs or less per packet, they also seem to be the smart choice in snacking for the keto-minded folks.

So if you want to indulge in celebration of National Fried Chicken Day or any other day for that matter, you can purchase Flock on their website.

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Restaurants Sweets

IHOP Adds Sweet & Spicy Syrup: The First New Flavor In 30 Years

As long as I’ve been dining at IHOP, I’ve only seen a select handful flavors of syrup available for patrons to drench their pancakes in: Strawberry, Blueberry, Butter Pecan, and Original. Sometimes there’s also sugar-free, but we don’t talk about that.

For the first time in 30 years, IHOP has added a new flavor of syrup for patrons to enjoy.

Maple Sweet & Spicy Syrup is the newest offering from the chain, created to compliment IHOP’s new Kickin’ Maple Chicken BreakFEAST. It derives its heat from ancho, jalapeno and red chili pepper flakes.

The new entree features Buttermilk crispy chicken breast, drizzled with the new syrup. It also includes four strips of hickory-smoked bacon, two eggs, crispy hash browns, toast, and two buttermilk pancakes.

The new syrup will be available upon request at participating IHOP locations nationwide. As someone who definitely loves a little heat in his breakfast, this is a definitely must try for me.

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Man Makes Nashville Hot Chicken Blindfolded With Some Scorching Results

 

Making your own fried chicken at home is one of the most comforting meals you can produce. But can we make it Nashville Hot style while blindfolded?

Foodbeast Chris attempted the hard-mode cooking challenge as part of a Kitchen League mini game. Kitchen League is Foodbeast’s monthly competitive cooking show on Twitch where the audience gets to sabotage the chefs live.

When competitions aren’t streaming, members of the Foodbeast team will hop on and cook while plagued with various sabotages like time crunches, cooking while blindfolded, and other obstacles. It’s a chance to practice these sabotages that chefs will face throughout the competition, going through them one at a time to understand where problems can occur.

Chris is actually one of the judges on Kitchen League, so going in on Kitchen League Minigames like this helps him understand what the chefs go through during their cooking time.

Chris did have fellow Foodbeast Elie acting as a guide over video chat to make sure he didn’t burn or injure himself, but getting everything else done correctly was up to Chris.

This included loading up the fried chicken into the deep fryer…

Coating it in the Nashville hot oil…

… and even seasoning it while relying on kitchen awareness and Elie’s instructions.

While there were some struggles with holding the chicken after it was fried, as well as attempting to coat the chicken with oil and seasoning, Chris emerged unscathed,  with a triumphant platter of glistening, fiery Nashville Hot Chicken in hand. He managed to complete the challenge in just under 2 hours, a remarkable feat while not having any sight to work with.

The hardest part of it to Chris, outside of cutting chicken and dropping into scalding hot oil, was trying to not get any of the fiery spice caught in his throat while trying to cook. As he found out tasting it at the end, the chicken’s heat catches up with you fast.

You can view parts of the challenge through the clips posted throughout this post, and the full stream is available on Foodbeast’s Twitch page. The next challenge, on Thursday, May 14th at 2 PM PST, will be Foodbeast Costa (that’s me) attempting to make sushi one-handed, so stay tuned to see how that turns out.

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Theme Parks

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopens Their Famous Fried Chicken Restaurant For Take Out

Knott’s Berry Farm’s fried chicken is finally returning, and lovers of arguably the best theme park fried chicken around are seriously rejoicing. The Buena Park, CA, theme park is probably best known for three things: The Peanuts Gang, Boysenberries, and baller fried chicken.

MiceChat reports that Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant will be re-opening their “Chicken-To-Go” starting May 6 for takeout orders.

Sadly, the theme park is still closed due to the pandemic, but Knott’s is bringing back their ever-popular fried chicken to anyone willing to drive to Buena Park, CA. All you’ll have to do is call ahead to place your order, enter through the market place parking lot (off Crescent Ave) and a parking attendant will point you towards where you can get your fried chicken.

 

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Options include full fried chicken meal buckets (sides included), snack boxes, individual sides, and desserts.

While MiceChat says you’re only able to take phone order through this number (714-220-5083), online ordering will be coming very soon.

You can find the small storefront shop directly next to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Just note that protective face masks are required to enter the Knott’s Berry Farm facility. Be safe and get that fried chicken, everyone!.