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Best Chicken Franchises To Buy in 2021

The chicken franchise industry is experiencing significant growth. Here’s why you should be interested.

Want to dive into business ownership in 2021? Go ahead and wing it. 

Thanks to an infamous chicken sandwich war started by Popeyes and to a booming fast casual dining industry sparked by COVID-19, chicken franchises are flourishing. Many franchise owners in the chicken section of the restaurant have seen significant growth, all thanks to popular demand for items like the chicken sandwich and increased business in drive-thru and carryout. That being said, not all chicken franchises are built the same — some are just better than others. 

Take a look at our top ten picks for the best chicken franchises in the industry right now. 

Wing Zone

Atomic Wings*

Buffalo Wings & Rings

Slim Chickens

  • Startup costs: $841,900-$1,739,000
  • Units: 69

Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders

  • Startup costs: $768,000-$1,938,000
  • Units: 530


  • Startup costs: $10,000 (Franchise Fee)
  • Units: 2,605


  • Startup costs: $383,500-$2,620,800
  • Units: 3,102


  • Startup costs: $284,000-$664,300
  • Units: 700


  • Startup costs: $346,775-$733,249
  • Units: 900


  • Startup costs: $1,262,800-$2,543,000
  • Units: 22,621

*This brand is a paid partner of 1851 Franchise. For more information on paid partnerships please click here.