Fewer people visited fried chicken restaurant chains in 2020, but one ranks as the clear favorite across the country, according to a new analysis.
From coast to coast, more Americans love KFC than any other fried chicken restaurant, TOP Data's 2020 Fried Chicken Report shows. In total, the iconic chain ranks as the top choice of 14 states, including all of New England from Connecticut to Maine, plus Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. (Other restaurants didn't have a great year in 2020—here are The Saddest Restaurant Closures In Your State.)
Both Church's Chicken and Raising Cane's are each the favorite fried chicken restaurant chains of nine different states, mostly in the mid- and southwest. Zaxby's is the most popular chain in seven states, three of which are located in the south. Popeyes is the favorite of chicken lovers in six states—interestingly enough, Louisiana isn't one. And Bojangles is the most popular chain in three states, including KFC's home state.
Chick-fil-A finished in the top five rankings in several states, but it failed to claim the top spot in any despite a 23% increase in sales. In other news, Burger King was recently named the most-hated fast-food chain in the country.
The chicken sandwiches on the menus at these fast-food chains are all special in their own right, but we asked a registered dietitian which one is the healthiest. Here are The Best and Worst Fast-Food Chicken Sandwiches, According to a Dietitian.
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