Fast Food Friday: It's All About Chicken

Firecracker chicken is back for the holiday season and available at the Laguna Niguel Panda Express and despite earlier controversy, Chick-fil-A, ranks number one, a survey says.

Can you believe it, it's Friday again.

With the work week just about over, time to settle in for the weekend and what better way than with some fast-food treats.

with a location in Ocean Ranch, on the Laguna Niguel side, is celebrating the holidays with the return of Firecracker Chicken Breast. The 240-calorie dish combines marinated all-white meat chicken breast, sweet yellow and red bell peppers and crisp onions, wok tossed with whole and crushed chili peppers in a signature black bean sauce.

This entrée will be available through Jan. 29, 2013 in all Panda Express restaurants nationwide and also on the company’s catering menu.

Chick-fil-A No. 1

Speaking of chicken, did you hear Chick-fil-A tops the list of favorite chicken chains, according to a national study from Market Force, Despite controversy earlier this summer, guests across the country like the chain's food.

Chick-fil-A was voted America’s No. 1 chicken chain in a restaurant industry survey of more than 7,600 consumers. Others included Raising Cane’s and Boston Market, coming in second and third, followed by Zaxby’s, Popeyes, KFC, Wingstop and Church’s Chicken.

The study, conducted in August, focused on chicken chains consumers like most. Market Force first calculated the favorites based on the total number of votes, and then factored in the number of locations for each chain. Of the 12 major national and region chicken chains studied, KFC had the most total votes, which can be credited to the fact that it’s one of the nation’s largest restaurant franchises, the study said.

Chick-fil-A was a fave in all regions except the South, where the prefer Raising Cane’s. Boston Market also had a top-three ranking in every region. Popeyes was third in the Northeast and fourth in the West. El Pollo Loco, which is headquartered in Orange County also made the grade in the West.


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