Our roots run deep in the Delta where the food is honest, meals are social, and the door is always open. We started with a mission to bring a dose of that southern hospitality to a fast, casual setting—serving Fresh Delicious Chicken® to the communities we serve.
Our startup story is pretty simple. It all started with a craving for a quick, quality meal— fresh chicken cooked to order. The founders, Greg Smart and Tom Gordon, discovered there was a niche to fill and rallied where lots of great startups begin, from their garage! Tireless testing and a laser-focused vision launched the first Slim Chickens restaurant in Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2003. Now over 15 years and tens of thousands of happy customers later, we know that there’s something special about our hand-breaded chicken tenders, fresh hot chicken sandwiches, made-to-order wings and our house-made dipping sauces that keep our loyal fans coming back…over and over again.
Our service model sets us apart from quick service restaurants. Whether you’re dining in, driving through, or carrying out, our people will greet you with a warm smile and a desire to please. When dining in, we bring your food to your table and provide you with that extra touch of hospitality. We strive to return that enthusiasm by giving back to the communities we serve—helping local non-profits with fundraisers, donating food to community events, and doing everything we can to improve the lives of people in the communities where we live and work.
Our culture is the soul of our brand. Slims is known for having the right combination of craveable food, a cool vibe, and that extra touch of southern hospitality. We’ve capitalized on that combination by developing a culture whose foundation is making a difference in our customers’ lives and the communities we’ve grown into. And now, we’re looking for the right people to help us bring our tradition of quality and giving to your market.
With our excellent branding, strong unit economics, and passionate executive team, Slim Chickens is perfectly poised for development with the right investors. From site selection through grand opening, our team is with you every step of the way.
Slim Chickens is more than a quick meal. Guests can always expect fresh, hand-breaded chicken tenders and wings cooked to order and served with house dipping sauces. With more than 72 locations and a fanatical following in the U.S., Kuwait and London, the eternally cool brand is an emerging national franchise leading the “better chicken” segment and intends to grow nationally with a footprint of 600 restaurants over the next decade.
Fresh is better. Fresh is what our customers deserve. Our chicken is 100% all-natural, premium chicken tenderloins, meaning we only serve our guests the most tender chicken possible—the best cut. Our Always Fresh philosophy means that we strive to bring our guests quality chicken.
Highest Quality Ingredients.
Less is more. Slim Chickens leans on a simple list of high quality ingredients using house recipes crafted by founders Tom and Greg. We marinate our chicken using fresh buttermilk, and our trained Team Members hand-bread every tender using a decade-old process to marinade and lock in moisture. Every meal is cooked right when you order it to ensure mouth-watering flavor in every bite.
Diverse Menu Options.
There are countless ways to customize your meal. Shake or dip our always fresh chicken tenders and wings in your choice of house sauces. Our diverse menu extends beyond the classics, to our own spin on sandwiches, salads and wraps—from the southern fried Cayenne Chicken Ranch Sandwich, to sweet-savory Chicken & Waffles and decadent seasonal Jar Desserts. There’s something for the whole family to love.
Friendly and Welcoming.
Share a meal with us. We believe strongly in the power of a shared meal—gathering around the table with friends, family and great food. We’re dedicated to be a welcoming, cheerful backdrop for mealtime, so you can focus on the good stuff. Find vibrant murals customized to each local community we serve, open and modern architecture, and comfortable, family-friendly seating, all set to the tune of Delta Blues inspired music.
Serving great food in a great atmosphere is first. We serve our communities as we serve our customers—beyond expectation. Whether it’s sponsoring the local youth soccer team or donating a portion of our proceeds on a busy night to a local charity, our mission is to give back to the communities we serve in a way that helps our community become a better place to live and work.
We expect our franchisees to be hands-on operators with an entrepreneurial background and solid business relationships established in their communities. Financial investors are required to have an operational partner identified prior to signing all agreements.
Jackie Lobdell, Executive Director of Franchise Development
This information is not intended as an offer to sell a franchise. The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a franchise disclosure document. Certain states require that we register the franchise disclosure document in those states. We will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with the disclosure and registration requirements in your jurisdiction. Please contact Jackie Lobdell to request a copy of our Franchise Disclosure Document. Residents of New York: THIS ADVERTISEMENT IS NOT AN OFFERING. AN OFFERING CAN ONLY BE MADE BY PROSPECTUS FILED FIRST WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. SUCH FILING DOES NOT CONSTITUTE APPROVAL BY THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF LAW. Residents of California: THESE FRANCHISES HAVE BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE FRANCHISE INVESTMENT LAW OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. SUCH REGISTRATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE APPROVAL, RECOMMENDATION OR ENDORSEMENT BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BUSINESS OVERSIGHT NOR A FINDING BY THE COMMISSIONER THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HEREIN IS TRUE, COMPLETE AND NOT MISLEADING. Residents of Minnesota: MN FRANCHISE REGISTRATION NUMBER F-4953. © 2018 Slim Chickens Development Co.