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People have all kinds of opinions on the popular chicken chain born in the American South, but for those who choose to frequent Chick-Fil-A, the prevailing opinion is that it’s stinking delicious.

Not only that, but if you have kids, you can actually feel good about the healthier options (in my opinion).

That said, no matter how big of a fan you are (or aren’t), there are probably a few things you don’t know about the chicken master – so maybe these 9 tidbits will be new to you.

9. Their most-ordered item might surprise you.

If you think the classic chicken sandwich – or even those delicious nuggets – are the things people order the most, well…we would both be wrong.

It’s the waffle fries, and I’m guessing the delicious Chick-Fil-A sauce plays a role in that preference.

8. Those long lines equal a lot of cash.

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This one totally surprised me, because Chick-Fil-A clocks in at the most profitable fast-food restaurant by location across the country.

Yep, more than McDonald’s. Wild, right?!

7. It pays to be first in line.

If there’s a new Chick-Fil-A location opening near you, it might actually pay to wait in line on the first day they open – the first 100 people get a free chicken sandwich!

That said, it’s just a chicken sandwich, so don’t waste 8 hours of your life if you don’t have them to spare.

6. There are only 3 states where you can’t find one.

This one kind of surprised me, since my hometown has only had the privilege for maybe a decade, but they’re pretty much everywhere.

Unless you live in Vermont, Hawaii, or Alaska, in which case, I’m sorry.

5. You can only have one.

If you’re thinking of snapping up franchises and making millions, you’d better check those ambitions – you’re only allowed to own one location.

That said, they’re fairly cheap to invest in up front, with a franchise fee of just $10k.

4. Good luck replicating the recipe.

If you’re thinking their famous breading recipe might be easy to duplicate, the chain wishes you good luck and godspeed.

The famous recipe is locked up in its Atlanta headquarters.

3. There’s a secret menu.

Like most restaurants, they have a secret menu that only the biggest fans every really delve into – but in this case, you should definitely check it out.

You can order things like a double-decker sandwich, cheese fries, and root beer floats.

2. They’re always in a pickle.

One could argue that the pickles on every Chick-Fil-A breaded sandwich are what really make it great, and apparently the restaurant itself takes those pickles seriously – every location makes its own pickles on site.

1. There are only two larger restaurant chains in the States.

Chick-Fil-A might make the most money of any restaurant, but they’re not the largest chain in the States…yet.

As of 2020, Chick-Fil-A clocked in at the nation’s third largest, behind McDonald’s and Starbucks.

I hope you all learned a little something new today! Enjoy your chicken!

What’s your favorite Chick-Fil-A fact? If it’s missing from out list, drop it in the comments!