A word on fast food and fried chicken outlets

There are a considerable number of fast food outlets and fried chicken shops

  • In general, fast food outlets provide quick, accessible and affordable food.
  • Four in five fast food outlets are independent outlets (rather than large chain) and many are ‘chicken shops’ selling mainly or exclusively fried chicken and chips (with typical prices between £1.50 and £3.00).
  • In order to be able to sell cheap food and still make a profit, fast food outlets may sell cheaper cuts of meat and low cost chips. The welfare of the chicken is not usually considered, and they often use economy cooking oil, which can contain trans fat and higher levels of saturated fat.
  • Fast food outlets can be clustered around schools. Some local councils have now implemented policies that will not give planning permission to new hot food takeaways if they are 400 metres or less from a school, youth facility or park.

Try to avoid or limit the amount of times you visit these types of fast food outlets.

If your or your friend’s children or other members of your family do eat at chicken shops then try and encourage them to make healthier choices and remember to limit portion sizes:

Better choices

Limit or avoid…

Look for a chicken shop that has a varied menu, so you can choose a healthier dish such as:

  • Grilled chicken (on its own or in a wrap/pitta)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Baked beans
  • Salad
  • Meal deals and size up deals
  • Large portions of fried chicken
  • Chicken burgers/nuggets
  • French fries
  • Deep fried sides like chicken wings and onion rings
  • Creamy sauces and dips like mayonnaise, burger sauce/thousand island or sour cream.


  Case study: Box Chicken: Providing some healthy competition to fast food outlets
Take a look at this pilot fast food takeaway scheme for schools and the local community that provided healthy alternatives to the existing fried chicken outlets but just as cheap, quick, convenient and tasty.

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