We find ourselves in a glorious time where the sizzle of freshly fried chicken graces the ears and noses of hungry diners across the nation.
Whether it's the classic bone-in pieces, the convenience of nuggets and tenders, or the innovation of an expertly crafted chicken sandwich, you're never too far from a drive-thru that can satisfy your craving.
But the question remains – which fast food establishment truly rules the roost when it comes to fried chicken?
We turned to you, our readers, to cast your votes and declare the undisputed champion in the world of quick-service fried chicken.
Here are the 9 best fast food destinations for delectable fried chicken.
No. 9: Church’s Texas Chicken
Opening its doors in 1952 across from the iconic Alamo, Church's Texas Chicken has been offering savory fried chicken with a tangy side of jalapeño.
Crafted in small batches with love, the menu expands to comforting sides like mac and cheese and the alluring Honey-Butter Biscuits.
No. 8: KFC
A symbol of tradition and taste, KFC continues to woo the taste buds with its legendary 11 herbs and spices blend, all pressure-cooked to perfection.
Whether in a bucket or a sandwich, KFC's chicken is an ageless delight.
No. 7: Krispy Krunchy Chicken
An emblem of convenience and flavor, Krispy Krunchy Chicken offers a mild Cajun spice marinated chicken that is double-breaded and fried to perfection across 47 states.
Complement the flavors with sides like jambalaya and honey-drizzled biscuits.
No. 6: Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A stands tall as the champion of chicken sandwiches, with its tender breaded chicken lovingly placed between soft buns.
Explore more with their nuggets, strips, and an array of salads.
No. 5: Popeyes
Known for igniting the chicken sandwich wars, Popeyes has etched its name with offerings like classic and spicy chicken sandwiches, wings, nuggets, tenders, and more, all with an unmistakable flair.
No. 4: Huey Magoo’s Chicken
Tenders Proclaiming itself as the connoisseur of tenders, Huey Magoo's serves hand-breaded delights in the form of meals, sandwiches, and wraps. The experience is heightened with their unique and homemade dips.
No. 3: Golden Chick
Rooted in family tradition since 1967, Golden Chick offers fried and roasted chicken, freshly baked yeast rolls, and southern sides.
From Original Golden Tenders to sandwiches, the experience is as golden as the name suggests.
No. 2: Guthrie’s Chicken
An Alabama treasure, Guthrie's pioneered the fried chicken finger-only niche.
Known for the "Gut Box," it offers a perfect combination of golden fried chicken fingers, fries, coleslaw, buttery Texas toast, and the signature sauce.
No. 1: Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken
Hailing from Lima, Ohio, since the 1960s, Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken is a synonym for taste with its honey-dipped, hand-breaded chicken, pressure-cooked with herbs and spices.
Whether enjoying the Famous Recipe or spicy renditions, each bite is an ode to the art of fried chicken.