International, Southern-fried chicken chain opening first-ever Cbus location + 25 more in Ohio

Sav McKee

A Texas based company is bringing some Southern hospitality to Columbus and the rest of Ohio.

“After researching Ohio markets for several years, we believe Slim Chickens will be a great fit,” said Dan McGrath, president of Big Star Chicken which operates Slim Chickens, in a press release.

McGrath is right – Columbus, and Ohio in general, is obsessed with southern fried chicken lately. The 25 new Slim Chickens will be located in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton, and there are already three other locations in Avon, Canton, and Streetsboro.


Found in 2003, the company operates around 250 stores in the United States and internationally in the United Kingdom, and they’re planning on expanding to more than 1,500 stores in the next couple of years.

Despite its name, Slim Chickens does not, in fact, claim to be a “health-driven” eatery. Their menu consists of meal combos featuring deep-fried chicken tenders, fries, Texas toast, and special sauce, or you can opt for a chicken wing combo, too. They also specialize in Southern-style mac & cheese, with Buffalo tender mac bowls, as well as giant crispy chicken sandwiches, chicken & waffles, coleslaw, potato salad, fried pickles, fried okra, fried mushrooms, and yes – even a variety of milkshakes and puddings. Plus, salads and wraps.

Slim Chickens also offers a unique feature on their menu – family-style take-out packages, like their Crowd Pleasure Pack that includes 12 hand-breaded tenders, 10 fried wings, two large sides of mac & cheese, coleslaw, ranch chips, or potato salad, plus 10 house sauces and 6 Texas toast slices.

Slim Chickens Crowd Pleaser Pack
Photo of the Crowd Pleaser Pack via Slim Chickens’ website

While we don’t know when and where these new Columbus chicken joints will be located, we do know one thing – they’re bound to be as popular here as they are all over the rest of the world.

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