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2 Major Chicken Chains Are Experimenting With Selling 'Pizza' for the First Time in the U.S. Do you prefer pizza over chicken or pizza topped with chicken?

By Sherin Shibu

Key Takeaways

  • A Chick-fil-A test kitchen in College Park, Maryland is offering five pizza options and a calzone.
  • KFC revealed a fried chicken pizza last month — with no bread.
  • Feedback has been mixed.
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Two global fast-food chains known for their chicken have recently started to experiment...with pizza.

Both Chick-fil-A and KFC have introduced pizza options at select locations.

Starting this week, Chick-fil-A began offering five new pizza options at a location in College Park, Maryland, including a pizza topped with chicken nuggets and sauce, and a "Buff-lo" ranch pizza with sliced nuggets.

KFC, meanwhile, revealed a fried chicken pizza in February for the first time in the U.S. that contains no bread — just two pieces of fried chicken with marinara, mozzarella, and pepperoni.

KFC's pizzas, which the chicken chain calls "Chizzas" (pronounced "cheet-za") arrived on a broader scale in the U.S. on Feb. 26. KFC first introduced it in the Phillippines in 2015 before rolling it out to other countries.

Related: Taco Bell Wants to Be More than a Late-Night Spot as It Unveils New Menu Items for 2024 : 'A Rebel Brand at Our Core'

The Chick-fil-A pizzas are exclusively available at the company's Maryland test restaurant, called Little Blue Menu, alongside a pepperoni pizza round, which is the company's take on a calzone.

A 2023 ranking from QSR magazine placed Chick-fil-A and KFC as the first and second top fast-food chicken chains in America.

Feedback on the pies has been mixed, with some customers on the side of the restaurants staying in their lane and others praising the new offerings. Some customers were hoping for cheaper prices.

Related: KFC Has Been Dethroned as No. 2 Chicken Chain in the U.S. — Here's Who Took Its Spot

Sherin Shibu

Entrepreneur Staff

News Reporter

Sherin Shibu is a business news reporter at Entrepreneur.com. She previously worked for PCMag, Business Insider, The Messenger, and ZDNET as a reporter and copyeditor. Her areas of coverage encompass tech, business, strategy, finance, and even space. She is a Columbia University graduate.

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