Kentucky Fried Chicken, also known as KFC for short, is a fast food chain from the USA offering a number of chicken-based meals. It is very popular in the UK, and just about every outdoor shopping centre and retail outlet will have a KFC open somewhere amongst the other fast food places. Many of the chains in these locations will have a drive-thru facility, whereas central town locations feature an ordering station - or more modern ones have electronic ordering screens. Some of the most popular items from their menu include their family bucket meals, popcorn chicken, hot n’ spicy pieces, fries, snack packs, twister wraps and desserts. They are famed for their southern fried chicken which has a crispy crumb, and this features across the whole menu. They now operate over 20,000 stores in more than 120 countries. KFC has undergone a bit of rebranding recently as they changed their slogan from "Finger lickin' good" to "So good".
The opening times of KFC can change between locations but the difference in opening hours don’t differ too significantly. They open between 7am and 11am and close between 10.30pm and 2am. There are also a number of 24-hour KFC stores open today that offer their chicken around the clock. Some of these stores will even remain open on New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas, Boxing Day and bank holidays. However, this depends on the store’s location and the country it is operating from. If you’re looking for the opening and closing hours of a KFC near you today, check out our KFC restaurant locator feature.
It is easy to identify a KFC store whether approaching by foot or in the car. You will notice the outline of the cheerful face of Colonel Sanders – the man behind the eleven secret herbs and spices. This logo is depicted by a combination of red and white colours. The same is applied for the rest of the company’s branding.
You will find KFC in most food courts, motorway service stations, transport hubs and many locations within major city and town centres. KFC is present in an array of countries – in more than 120! In fact, they are present in more countries than they are not. Wherever you are in the world you will be likely to find a KFC near you, with the exception of a handful of countries mostly based in Africa. KFC are also moving into the drive through option where this is the only on-site offering - there is no in-store seating, just a drive through.
Here are five interesting facts about KFC that not everybody will be aware of:
KFC has an expansive menu for customers to dine in on or take away. Most of their restaurants also offer a drive-through service where customers can make an order from their cars. They run two different selections of menus. They have a menu for one and a menu for sharing.
The most renowned items on their sharing menu include buckets of chicken, shared meals with “x” number of pieces of chicken, burgers, drinks, fries and sides, and even kids sharing meals. Their menu for one resembles the sharing menu but in smaller quantities, as would be expected. One popular difference is that their menu for one has boxed meals which includes a drink, fries, pieces of chicken, chicken burger and a side of your choosing.
The company was formed by Harlan Sanders who was not actually from Kentucky but did grow up in a small town near Kentucky. His mother taught him how to cook as a child after his father’s passing in 1897.
He started making his meals for travellers and expanded from a small filling station to his own restaurant and then his own food court. After continued recognition for making delicious food, the locals gave him the title of Kentucky Colonel. The chicken was never deep fried and was always delicious.
The years that followed meant more expansion and worldwide success. KFC still remains one of the biggest fast food names for chicken lovers. Their biggest competition remains within the USA with the likes of Chick-Fil-A operating a number of chicken outlets.