KFC is one of the most popular food chains in the world, so it is no surprise that thousands of users in North America are curious to know whether it’s halal or not.
KFC was founded in 1952 by Colonel Harlan Sanders. Its menu is mainly focused on fried chicken. In fact, KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
KFC has over 24,000 branches worldwide, of which almost 4,000 are in the US. It generates over $28 billion in revenue worldwide. In short, KFC is huge and popular!
Popular Menu Items
Some of the most popular items on KFC’s menu are:
- The original chicken bucket — the classic chicken, although they also have extra crispy.
- The KFC chicken sandwich — which is KFC’s answer to the crispy chicken sandwich wars.
- Chicken Tenders
And of course:
- SIDES! Like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and biscuits!
We are getting hungry just looking at these! There are so many other delicious items on the menu that you can check out on their website www.kfc.com!
KFC is present in many Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the UAE, Indonesia, and others.
KFC is fully halal in those countries.
But, unfortunately, in Western Countries like the US, Canada, and the UK it is a mixed story. KFC is unfortunately not 100% halal.
There are a handful of locations in the US and Canada that are partially halal. Moreover, the only halal item on the menu for these locations is their fried chicken — the pieces or the buckets.
This is because the franchises can get their whole chickens locally, and some of them choose to get the chicken from a halal source.
However, the other meat items — such as the chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders — come to each location from the central KFC distribution, and those are not halal.
Some of the locations that are said to be partially halal are:
A handful of locations in Canada are also partially halal.
There are just over 900 KFC restaurants in the UK, out of which 130 of them are fully certified halal.
KFC is only partially halal in a few locations in North America.
However, those of you in the UK are in luck! There are just over 900 KFC restaurants in the UK, out of which 130 of them are fully certified halal.
Obviously, in Muslim countries, KFC is fully halal.
You should always verify the halal status with the restaurant directly just to be sure!
Restaurants change their meat suppliers and and their policies constantly.
Furthermore, individual franchise locations change ownership all the time. So one location’s owner can use halal meat, but can sell it to a new owner who chooses not to. So to make sure that you have the latest information — reach out to the establishment!