Chicken proved to be more than a flash in the pan in 2021, with eight of the top 10 limited-service chicken restaurant chains increasing sales year-over-year.
In the annual Top 500 report, powered by Datassential, Nation’s Restaurant News breaks down the 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States by system-wide sales, national units and average unit volumes. The comprehensive data also identifies chains by segment, so here we’ve broken down the 10 largest limited-service chicken restaurants by US system-wide sales, out of the 38 that feature on the full list.
Among these 10 chains, the seven largest increased their sales year over year – after a pandemic year in which limited service and chicken both thrived, and those that fell by less than 4 %.
In the Top 10 LSR Chicken Chains, one is new to the list while another – El Pollo Loco – has fallen. Among the mainstays, Raising Cane’s topped three restaurants with its 38% growth.
Click through the gallery to see the 10 largest limited-service chicken restaurants in the United States