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Hollis Johnson

A chicken chain that breaks the fried chicken mold is taking over the US.

This June, Nation’s Restaurant News released its annual Top 100 list, which included a breakdown of the 10 fastest-growing US chains as measured by American sales growth in 2016.

While these chains aren’t necessarily the biggest in the US, they’re well on their way to getting there.

Opening dozens of locations in 2016 and growing sales by millions of dollars, these are the brands to watch out for. If there isn’t one in your town yet, there probably will be soon.

Americans seem to be craving chicken more than ever. In 2016, three of five fastest-growing restaurant brands were chains selling chicken fingers, wings, or sandwiches.

Here are the five fastest-growing restaurant chains in America:

5. Chick-fil-A

5. Chick-fil-A
Hollis Johnson

Chick-fil-A had a standout year, growing sales 16.9% and opening its 2,000th location.

One major indicator of Chick-fil-A’s success is its incredibly high estimated sales per unit, which reached $3.9 million this year. That is more than any other limited-service or chicken concept on the market, and it is roughly three times…