We could say that Texas Chicken started back in 1952. But the truth is, Texas Chicken starts every day, before the sun comes up, when we roll out of bed and begin making from scratch, hand-battering, and honey-butter-drizzling like there's no tomorrow. Unfortunately, a timeline that shows us being founded everyday for the last 60-something years would be really hard to follow, so below, you'll find a more traditional one that tells our story. Just know we're hard at work and ready for you and your family to help us write the next chapter.



george w. church
His name is George W. Church, Sr. and he’s the reason you crave chicken so much. Thank you, George, from the bottoms of our taste buds.
fried chicken-to-go
George W. Church, Sr. opens Church’s Fried Chicken-To-Go in downtown San Antonio across from the Alamo.


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We have more than 100 restaurants in seven states.
George W. (Bill) Church
George W. (Bill) Church, Jr. takes over the company after his dad’s passing
1960 church' fried chicken
We become a publicly held company and the headquarters complex opened in San Antonio, Texas.  


1970 church fried chicken ny stocks
We joined the NY Stock Exchange. The Wall Street Journal called us “the  best managed  growth company in the nation.”
texas chicken first franchise
Our first international franchise opened outside of the U.S. in Vancouver, Canada.
1970 look of church's fried chicken
Our restaurant takes on a new look.
1000th restaurant opens up in Phoenix, Arizona


1980 church's fried chicken - texas chicken
We get another restaurant image facelift.
texas chicken mascot in 1980
Our brand new Big Chicken Sandwich sets company record! Close to 1,400 sold in one day
chicken burger 1980
First Texas Chicken® opens in Indonesia.


1990 201
AFC, our new parent company, moves the company headquarters to Atlanta, Georgia.
After 12 years with AFC, we were acquired by a private equity firm and is no longer associated with any other brands.


Global sales exceed $1,000,000,000.
That’s a lot of chicken!
texas chicken
For more than 60 years, we have been through many changes - new looks, products, new advertising campaigns and more. But the one thing that has always remained the same. We’re still serving the best darn chicken in the world!


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