Slim Chickens Recognized for its Growing Global Footprint on the Franchise Times Top 500 List
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Slim Chickens Recognized for its Growing Global Footprint on the Franchise Times Top 500 List

Breakthrough Better Chicken Brand Named On List of the 500 Largest United States Franchise Brands

November 08, 2022 // // FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Slim Chickens announced today that it has been recognized on the 2022 Franchise Times Top 500 list, widely regarded as the most comprehensive franchise ranking available.

The brand jumped more than 20 spots since last year’s ranking and has made the list for the past two years in a row. In the last three years, Slim Chickens’ sales grew by 59.8%, reaching $265,052,453 million in revenue and experiencing 25.7%-unit growth. With more than 190 locations across the United States,the company is currently on pace to far exceed our current sales revenue and will continue to drive success at its locations, which contributes to the brand’s AUV of $3.8M*. The distinguished ranking is based on Slim Chickens’ global systemwide sales. In being named on the list, the chicken concept takes its place among the most reputable brands across the nation.

“The exciting momentum behind Slim Chickens is proof of the brand’s extraordinary franchise opportunity as one of the most in-demand chicken concepts in the market,” said Jackie Lobdell, Vice President of Franchise Development. “As we accelerate our advanced multi-unit franchising strategy, we’re eager to entrench ourselves further in new long-lasting partnerships in order to continue our expansion in the year ahead.”

Previously, the Top 400 Franchise Times list expanded its annual ranking to 500 of the largest U.S.- based franchise systems by global systemwide sales. The goal was to better encompass the biggest brands in franchising, along with showcasing promising young concepts in growth mode. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort that leads to the most credible and objective franchise ranking available, said Franchise Times Editor in Chief Laura Michaels.

The collection of systemwide sales data also provides useful insight into the franchise industry’s performance coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every segment gained ground in 2021, with some getting back to or even surpassing pre-pandemic sales.

With thousands of happy customers, Slim Chickens has developed a strong, devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts,” who are fueling demand for the hand-breaded, cooked-to-order tenders. The brand has distinguished itself in the “better chicken” segment by offering high-quality food and 17 house-made dipping sauces, allowing customers to enjoy a different flavor profile with each visit. Its menu is broader than many in the category, offering chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique side items. Fans also resonate with the southern contemporary look and feel and the open and inviting layout of Slim Chickens restaurants, which speak to the hospitality mindset that anchors the brand.

Slim Chickens’ franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, an impassioned leadership team and a world-class franchisee support system. As Slim Chickens expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified, experienced and passionate multi-unit groups looking to add a dynamic segment to their portfolio.

For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit

About Slim Chickens

Slim Chickens, a leading fast casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through in the better-chicken segment, opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Offering high-quality food with a focus on fresh, delicious ingredients, the brand prides itself on its southern flair and commitment to hospitality, all in a fast-casual setting. Food is cooked to order, and the differentiated menu features chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique side items, alongside 17 house-made dipping sauces.

Today, there are more than 190 Slim Chickens locations open and 1,100 restaurants in development.

About the Franchise Times Top 500.

The Franchise Times Top 500 is the only ranking by systemwide sales and units of the largest 500 U.S.-based franchise brands. Published in the October issue and available in a searchable database online, the Franchise Times Top 500 also analyzes industry sectors based on percentage change in sales growth, reports the 10 fastest-growing franchises by four different measures, and includes exclusive news stories about the biggest names in franchising. The rankings and full report, and the searchable online database, are available at 2022.

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