Church’s Chicken

The food I’ve liked in my time is American country cookin’.
Colonel Sanders

churchs.chicken.5242I miss the Golden Age.  Back when Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pioneer Chicken and Picnic N’ Chicken were battling for fried chicken supremacy.  Each had a distinct style and flavor profile.  Now only KFC survives.  There are some new kid’s on the block now. 

churchs.chicken.5247Church’s gives out one free piece of chicken on your birthday month tempting me to their closest location.

churchs.chicken.5254French fries were a bit over cooked.  Very crunchy and a few were solid crunch.  Not a lot of potato flavor…

churchs.chicken.5255I chose mild style leg and thighs.  Batter and skin were nice and crunchy.  Chicken was freshly fried and very hot and juicy.  Flavor was just like Popeyes, nicely seasoned but no burning sensation.  Biscuit was crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  Tasted much like a Popeye’s biscuit.


I’d eat here again if I’m in the neighborhood.  I prefer Church’s to grocery store fried chicken.  Flavor is not as good as those fried chicken titans back in the Golden Age.  The beginning of the end came when Col Sanders sued KFC for cutting costs and selling lesser quality product in his name.    Picnic N’ Chicken disappeared around 1984 when it’s parent company went bankrupt.  There is a location left in Las Vegas named Farm Basket.   Pioneer Chicken faded into history in 1993 when Popeyes bought them out and turned them into Popeyes.  There is one Pioneer chicken left in LA but it’s never open when I drive by.  So much good fried chicken lost to history…

Drive-thru menu

Church’s Chicken
3495 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104

6 Replies to “Church’s Chicken”

  1. Maggie Addleman says: Reply

    Whoa! The pictures of the fried chicken, fries and biscuit are so good my stomach is grumbling!

    1. Better run and cook up something for lunch!

  2. Loved Pioneer and still enjoy Popeye’s, though the chicken has gotten kinda scrawny. Church’s is actually older than Pioneer, dating back to the early 1950’s. For some reason, they always seem to be located in the ‘hood.

    1. I go to Popeyes on Tuesdays. It’s quite affordable and good. 🙂 Do you know when Church’s appeared in San Diego? I didn’t see them here when I was a kid.

  3. That was a nice fried chicken history run down. I grew up with KFC but that was about it (for fast food fried chicken). I would try Church’s if I was in the area. I buy fried chicken from Vons on Fridays – sometimes it’s $5 for 8 pieces on those days.

    1. Thanks Faye! You are a smart shopper! I noticed in the Vons ad it’s on sale this week. It’s tricky showing up when the chicken is hot and fresh… Maybe I’ll try it out this weekend…

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