2019 Top 500: Chicken

The Top 250 chicken chains, ranked.
Photograph courtesy of Chick-Fil-A

Top 500

Chicken continues to do well—and not just because of leader Chick-fil-A. Wingstop and Raising Cane’s have helped the category surpass the 7.7% sales increase it saw in 2017.

2019 RankChain Name2018 US Sales ($000,000)2018 US Units
25Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen$3,2212,347
46Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers$1,183400
53El Pollo Loco$868484
63Church's Chicken$747*1,045
78Boston Market$557454
108Pollo Tropical$379145
195Golden Chick$171183
225Pollo Campero$14180
236Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken$134*130
241Slim Chickens$129*75
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

Source: Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *estimate

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