Fast-casual chicken spreads its wings

February 15, 2017

Fast-casual chicken is taking wing. 

With established concepts expanding their footprints and newer players staking claim to a higher-quality poultry menu, the fast-casual chicken segment is chasing fast-casual burgers and pizza for market share.

From PDQ and Slim Chickens to Flyrite and The Chickery, premium chicken offerings reach for an audience that cottons to poultry.

Per-person chicken consumption in the United States has more than doubled over the past four decades, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture research. The share of chicken consumption away from home rose from 41.9 percent between 1994 and 1998, to 46.4 percent between 2007 and