July is the month for made-up chicken holidays.
Saturday is a crispy one with National Fried Chicken Day. National chains are celebrating with offers of free delivery, discounted meals and free food with some offers available through Sunday. Many July 4th specials also continue.
Brad Plothow, vice president of brand and communications for Womply, a small business software provider, said based on an analysis of Chicken Day last year it’s expected to be a busy day for local restaurants.
“If you find yourself in the mood for some comfort food on Saturday, expect to compete with bigger crowds of hungry patrons,” Plothow said.
Then Tuesday is a chicken-based holiday that shows appreciation to another animal. It’s Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day and the popular chain is giving away free chicken to anyone who dresses up like a cow.
National Chicken Wing Day rounds out the month on July 29, which also is National Lasagna Day.
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National Fried Chicken Day specials
Here are discounts and offers available Saturday at participating locations. Offers can vary and most times are offered while supplies last. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.
Burger King: For a limited time, get a 10-piece order of nuggets for $1.49. Check the fast-food chain’s app for offers including a coupon for free four-piece nuggets with purchase that expires 11:59 p.m. PT July 8.
Church’s Chicken: Find various coupons at www.churchs.com/coupons. The coupons valid through July 28 vary by state.
Cracker Barrel: The chain recently introduced its Southern Fried Chicken Picnic Box, which is designed to serve a family of four and includes 12 pieces of the Southern Fried Chicken, a choice of two country sides and buttermilk biscuits for $33.99.
Dog Haus: For National Fried Chicken Day Saturday, get the “Bad Mutha Clucka” for $5. Dine-in only and no additions or substitutions.
KFC: Through Sunday, with the purchase of any KFC 10, 12, or 16-piece chicken-on-the-bone meal in restaurants or through Grubhub, get four free limited time only Cinnabon Dessert Biscuits. There’s also free delivery through Sunday on KFC orders placed through Grubhub or Seamless apps or websites. Plus, for a limited time, try KFC’s new Cheetos Sandwich.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: Through Sunday, get 20% off Party Platters with a minimum $50 order.
McDonald’s: Check the fast-food chain’s app for coupons.
O’Charley’s: Through Sunday, the restaurant has two specials: Get the Family Chicken Tenders Dinner with 20 tenders, eight sides and three dipping sauces for $25 or the Ribs Picnic Pack with four portions of ribs, four sides and a whole pie for $40.
PDQ: Through Sunday, buy one platter of 25 or 50-piece tenders and get a platter free. Not valid for delivery or drive-thru orders.
Pollo Campero: Through Sunday, the chain is offering free delivery with no minimum purchase for orders on the restaurant’s app and website.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen: For a limited time, Popeyes has the $10 Bigger Box, which comes with four pieces of bone-in chicken or six tenders with two regular sides, two biscuits and two apple pies. Also for a limited time, get $5 Parmesan Ranch Double Dippers, which include six boneless wings, choice of one side, a biscuit and dual-dipping side of Parmesan Ranch.
Slim Chickens: On Saturday, get a $5.99 Chick’s Meal. This deal is available for dine-in, drive-thru, online ordering, app and pick-up. It’s not valid with delivery orders and there’s a limit of one per person.
Sonic Drive-In: Through Aug. 4, Sonic has Summertime BLTs starting at $3.99, which includes a chicken BLT. Plus find other savings with the Sonic app, which can be downloaded at www.sonicdrivein.com/app.
Wendy’s: Through July 14, get a free half size salad with purchase using the Wendy’s app, plus find other limited-time offers on the app. Also mark your calendar for Aug. 19, which is when spicy nuggets return to Wendy’s.
Wing Zone: Find coupons at https://orderonline.wingzone.com/Specials.
More deals: Locally owned businesses and regional chains also may have specials for Fried Chicken Day. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.
More meal deals
The following are available at participating locations.
Bite Squad and Waitr: The on-demand restaurant delivery apps are cutting the delivery fee in half through Sunday with promo code “5050” when placing an order on the delivery apps or online at www.waitrapp.com or www.bitesquad.com.
The Cheesecake Factory: Through Sunday, get a free slice of Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake with DoorDash orders of $17.76 or more with promo code OREO at checkout.
Chipotle: Through Tuesday, get free delivery on all orders $10 or more with the Chipotle app and Chipotle.com.
Fogo de Chão: Through Sunday, with the purchase of an adult full-priced Churrasco, get a free children’s Churrasco lunch or dinner.
Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar: Through Sunday, order any entree and choose one free item from Land of the Free menu when dining in.
Hungry Howie’s: Through Sunday, get a medium one-topping pizza for 4 cents with the purchase of a large pizza at regular price. Thus offer is for carry-out orders made online, in-store and by phone.
Main Event: Through Sunday, get the entertainment center’s Summer FUNpass, starting at $14.95 per person.
Pollo Tropical: Through Tuesday, get the Classic Chicken or Chipotle Chicken Sandwich, fries and a drink for $3.99.
Rubio’s Coastal Grill: Through Sunday, get $4 off any two entrées, $7 off any three entrées or $10 off any four entrées with a coupon.
Slice: Through Monday, a mobile app that works with more than 11,000 pizzerias, is offering $5 off pizza orders Tuesday and Wednesday for new users with promo code STRANGERSLICE. This is for credit card orders and only on a user’s first order with the app. Minimum order $5.50. Download the app at www.slicelife.com
Sonny’s BBQ: Through Sunday, get a meal deal for four with a whole chicken, pound of pulled or sliced pork, three pint-sized Sidekicks and choice of bread for $29.99.
Tijuana Flats: Through Sunday, get $5 burritos and bowls. A steak burrito or bowl is $1 extra. This offer is valid in-store and online and excludes specialty burritos.
White Castle: Through Sunday, get $5 off a Crave Case ordered through delivery partners UberEats, GrubHub or DoorDash with a coupon that will be sent out Wednesday. Sign up for offers at www.whitecastle.com.
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