Maybe you’re willing to dish out any dollar amount for delicious fried chicken, but it seems kind of polarizing, doesn’t it? Afterall, it’s a food that is supposed to be cheap. From tenders to wings, sandwiches, and drumsticks, finding cheap fast food fried chicken should be simple and ultimatley rewarding as you bite into that perfectly-breaded, piping hot chicken for the first time, knowing you paid less than $7 for such an extraordinary meal. So, after scowering the internet for your benefit (which made us starving, might we add), here’s a roundup of the fast food fried chicken that gives you the best bang for your buck:
$5 Fill Up – KFC
Order the KFC $5 Fill Up, and you’ll see why this deal hit the top of our list for the cheapest fast food fried chicken. For just five bucks, you get a box filled with your choice of chicken, side, a cookie, and a drink – a steal you won’t find anywhere else (which is probably why we wrote an entire blog about it!).
3-Piece Bonafide Combo – Popeyes
Another filling, yet affordable fried chicken meal is the Popeyes 3-Piece Bonafide Combo (if you like tenders more, swap them out). You get three pieces of fried chicken, a biscuit and a side for less than $7. Up next to KFC’s $5 Fill Up, it might seem pricey, but Popeyes fried chicken is some of the best, so it’s definitely worth it. We mean, when your chicken is marinated for at least 12 hours and then hand-battered and hand-breaded, you can expect a darn-good piece of meat.
And don’t worry about the lack of an apostrophe in the name. That’s intentional, and supposedly the joke is that when Popeyes first started out they couldn’t afford to pay for the apostrophe.
The Box Combo – Raising Cane’s
Consider yourself blessed if you have a Raising Cane’s down the street for your home. With only 420 locations around the country, this cheap fast food fried chicken joint is hard to come by. Our third-round pick is their Box Combo, serving some of the most delicious tenders in all of the US, with melt-in-your-mouth Texas toast, coleslaw, crinkle-cut fries, Cane’s suace, and a drink.
Chicken Sandwich Combo – Chick-Fil-A
Chick-Fil-A is not what most people think of when you think cheap fast food fried chicken. For one, the franchise is a bit more expensive than others, so how did it make it on our list of chicken that’s the best bang for your buck? Well, Chick-Fil-A is a fan favorite, and so is the classic chicken sandwich. For just under $6, you can score their famous chicken sandwich, waffle cut fries (AKA the best fries in the industry), and a drink. And, if you ask really nicely, they might even give you more than one Chick-Fil-A sauce.
$5 Boneless Wing Combo – Popeyes
If you’re in the mood for cheap fast food fried chicken but don’t want to tear it off the bone, Popeyes boneless wings are the perfect way to go. For a limited time, they have a $5 Boneless Wing Combo that gives you six chicken wings, a side, a biscuit, the sauce of your choice, and a drink.
What About Cheap Fast Food Fried Chicken For The Whole Family?
If you’re thinking of ordering fried chicken, there’s a good chance you’re feeding a crowd, whether for a family dinner, cookout, or sporting event – which also means you probably don’t want to have to jot down every single person’s order. Instead, opt for one of these sharable fried chicken deals:
$10 Chicken Share – KFC
The $10 Chicken Share at KFC gives you a bucket-full of your favorites, from tenders to popcorn nuggets, wings, and traditional fried chicken. It’s meant for two to three people, so if you have a whole gang of mouths to feed, try the $20 Chicken Share.
8-Piece Tailgate Special – Bojangles’
This one’s for the family dinner. According to Bojangles’, it doesn’t matter what sport you’re watching, the Tailgate Special is the perfect game day fuel. In fact, we think it’s safe to say you don’t need to be watching a game or wearing a jersey to enjoy this deal, which includes eight pieces of chicken, two fixin’s (cajun pintos, dirty rice, coleslaw, mac ‘n cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes and gavy, grits, or fries), four biscuits, and half gallon of tea.
Side note – if eight pieces isn’t enough for the crowd you’re feeding, there’s a 12 Piece Super Tailgate Special, as well as a 20 Piece Jumbo Tailgate deal.
Not in the mood for fried chicken anymore? Don’t sweat it. We’ve got more cheap fast food for you.