The restaurant is a chicken salad wonderland. Seriously.
If you don’t currently live near a Chicken Salad Chick, I’m so sorry. There’s good news, however: The restaurant chain is expanding beyond the southeastern U.S., so you may soon have a chance to sample one of CKC’s absolutely divine concoctions.
The fast casual chain recently announced an agreement that will allow them to open restaurants in Illinois and Ohio, as well as grow their existing business in Texas and Louisiana.
"We're thrilled with the strides we've made in growing the brand in new and existing markets this year," said Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick. "Our development plans for Ohio and Illinois showcase our commitment to grow beyond the Southeast and with additional deals in the pipeline, we're positioned for continued success in 2019. We look forward to building on this momentum and are eager to continue our expansion efforts as we partner with franchisees who share our passion for providing an exceptional dining experience in a warm and welcoming atmosphere."
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For the unenlightened, Chicken Salad Chick is a magical place.
As MyRecipes Editor Darcy Lenz says, it’s “basically a Baskin-Robbins for chicken salad,” and she’s not wrong.
The menu currently boasts 12 variations of classic chicken salad, as well as a delightful pimiento cheese for vegetarians.
Take it from someone who is very knowledgeable about the menu—I’m partial to Buffalo Barclay, but you really can’t go wrong.
The incredible food isn’t the only reason the restaurant deserves your attention, though.
Based in Auburn, Alabama, Chicken Salad Chick’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. So much so, in fact, the chain puts on its own benefit concert in the Auburn University football stadium each year. Since it started in 2016, the annual Music & Miracles Superfest has garnered superstar acts like Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The concert was the brainchild of Kevin Brown, Chicken Salad Chick co-founder. He had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, and he wanted to do something for people in similar situations. He and his wife, Stacy, started the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation to raise funds for cancer research and to fight food insecurity. The idea for Music & Miracles, an attempt to raise money on a grand scale, came shortly after the foundation’s inception.
Kevin died six months before the first concert took place, but Stacy continues to ensure legacy lives on through their foundation.
If you want to support good people doing good work, be sure check out Chicken Salad Chick if one opens near you.
Really, you should order the Buffalo Barclay. You won’t be disappointed.