To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Cracker Barrel today announced the launch of Southern Fried Chicken, the newest addition to its menu of homestyle, made-from-scratch offerings.
Each fried chicken plate features a half chicken – a breast, thigh, leg and wing – and is served with two country sides and homemade buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins, for $10.79 (price and availability may vary by location).
“This year will mark Cracker Barrel’s 50th anniversary, and we are so pleased to offer guests our take on a classic dish like fried chicken for this occasion,” said Cracker Barrel’s Vice President of Culinary Cammie Spillyards-Schaefer. “To celebrate this milestone, we felt our guests were deserving of something special, from the heart, and as good as home. Our culinary team traveled throughout the South, noting what makes fried chicken so delicious and so popular in order to develop the perfect recipe rooted in traditional Southern cooking.”
Cracker Barrel said it spent years developing the fried chicken recipe, perfecting the breading’s spice and flour blends, ensuring a cooking method that allowed for a hearty, crispy outside and perfectly juicy inside, redesigning its kitchens in over 650 restaurants to accommodate new equipment, and training its workforce of over 70,000 team members.
“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,” Spillyards-Schaefer said. “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.”
In addition to serving Southern Fried Chicken at Cracker Barrel locations throughout America, the company is also offering ways for guests to enjoy the new dish at home. Starting May 20, 2019, the chain will sell a Southern Fried Chicken Picnic Box to-go. The Picnic Box’s unique packaging makes it easy to carry home a complete meal, including 12 perfectly golden pieces of double-breaded, crispy, juicy, Southern Fried Chicken, a choice of two country sides, and buttermilk biscuits. A half-gallon of sweet or unsweetened tea, lemonade or strawberry lemonade, and banana pudding or cookies can be added for an additional charge. The Picnic Box will be available nationwide beginning on May 20 for $33.99 (price and availability may vary by location).
Cracker Barrel announced the new special on their home page.
Cracker Barrel Daily Specials
Cracker Barrel has weekday lunch and dinner specials starting at about $6.
The lunch specials include lunch-sized portions of favorites such as Baked Chicken n’ Dressing and Chicken Pot Pie. You can find the lunch specials menu at Cracker Barrel Weekday Lunch Specials The lunch specials are generally priced at $5.99 and are served Monday – Friday starting at 11 AM.
You can also get a Pick 2 Country Combo for $5.99. Choose any of the following for $5.99:
- Three Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Country House Salad with Grilled Chicken (pictured)
- Cup of Soup (selections vary daily)
- Baked Potato or Sweet Potato.
Cracker Barrel’s dinner specials are usually priced starting at $7.99 and feature generous sized portions of favorite meals with your choice of two country vegetables plus made from scratch Buttermilk Biscuits or Corn Muffins and real butter. You can find the dinner specials menu at Cracker Barrel Daily Dinner Specials.
Cracker Barrel Merchandise
Cracker Barrel frequently has merchandise on sale for up to 70% off plus free shipping on orders over $50.
Visit: Cracker Barrel Merchandise Sale to see the sale items and start your order.
About Cracker Barrel (from Wikipedia)
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is an American chain of combined restaurant and gift stores with a Southern country theme. The company was founded by Dan Evins in 1969; its first store was in Lebanon, Tennessee, which remains the company headquarters. The chain’s stores were at first positioned near Interstate highway exits in the Southeastern and Midwestern US, but it has expanded across the country during the 1990s and 2000s. As of 2018 the chain operates 653 stores in 45 states.
Cracker Barrel’s menu is based on traditional Southern cuisine, with appearance and decor designed to resemble an old-fashioned general store. Each restaurant features a front porch lined with wooden rocking chairs, a stone fireplace, and decorative artifacts from the local area. Cracker Barrel is known for its partnerships with country music performers. It has received attention for its charitable activities, such as its assistance of victims of Hurricane Katrina and injured war veterans.