Cracker Barrel Releases Southern Fried Chicken & I’m Just Now Learning They Never Had Fried Chicken

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I’m so confused…

Cracker Barrel is amazing. They serve generous portions of southern favorites, it’s quick and cheap, but still tastes good, plus they have that cute little country store where I can always find something to buy my mother for Mother’s Day, or whatever holiday I’m doing my ridiculously late, last-minute shopping for.

Which is why I’m categorically shocked that fried chicken is a new thing there.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Cracker Barrel has added their new southern fried chicken to the menu – a breast, thigh, leg and wing, with two country sides and homemade buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins for $10.79. A fucking steal.

“Given that we are a restaurant rooted in Southern cooking, we’ve always known the importance of adding bone-in fried chicken to our menu,” says VP of Culinary, Cammie Spillyards-Schaefer. “Southern Fried Chicken has been a long time in the making because we knew Cracker Barrel had to get it just right. As an iconic food of the South, there is so much nostalgia and emotion connected to fried chicken. Nothing brings me back to fond childhood memories with my family like eating a plate of delicious, crispy fried chicken.”

Yeah, that makes perfect sense Cammie. Also, why I don’t understand how it was never on the menu. I’ve been to Cracker Barrel somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 times, maybe even more, and while I mostly go for breakfast, I would’ve been willing to bet my entire life that they already had fried chicken on the menu. Gun to my head? Fried chicken is on that menu. What kind of southern restaurant doesn’t have fried chicken? They shitty dive bar down the street from our Chicago office has fried chicken… and it’s pretty good.

My mind is blown and I know I’m not the only one…

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