Based on the survey results, approximately 27.01% of the respondents believe nobody can touch Cracker Barrel’s quality when it comes to chicken, earning them the top spot overall. And based on the volume the chain sells every year, that stat definitely tracks. Per the official website, they sell a whopping 13 million orders of chicken n’ dumplings and 13 million pounds of chicken tenders each year. Moreover, their signature Homestyle Chicken remains one of the most popular items on their menu, having gone from just being served on Sundays to becoming a daily offering back in 2019 due to the increased demand, as noted in a press release.
But while Cracker Barrel may have earned the most votes overall for the country’s best chicken, The Cheesecake Factory came in close second on the survey, with 23.66% of respondents voting for their chicken as the highest quality you can get. One reason for this may be attributed to the chain’s massive selection, including 85 chicken entrees, according to Business Insider. With that many choices, one is bound to find something they like!
As for where the other restaurant choices fall in this chicken competition, Applebee’s took third place on the survey with 19.63 % of the vote, while Chili’s trailed behind with 15.10% of the share. Meanwhile, TGI Fridays and O’Charley’s earned just 11.91% and 2.68%, respectively, which suggests they’ve got some work to do if they want to compete with the likes of the other spots on the chicken front lines.