Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Food for National Chicken Month

The fowl-est deals you're going to find in September.

National Chicken Month food deals
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It's impossible to explain all of these days, weeks, and months. That's probably true in a broad sense, but more specifically, it's true when we're talking about the never-ending deluge of sometimes cringe-worthy and frequently deal-laden food holidays.

In that spirit, it's National Chicken Month. It just exists. No real reason other than industry groups want it to exist. It doesn't really have any importance in our everyday lives or need to be in September. (The National Chicken Council website says it sponsors the month to "help extend the summer selling season.") Though, there's one exception to it not impacting your life. There are a lot of restaurants that will celebrate the month with food deals. You'll get to stuff yourself with nuggets, sandwiches, and other chicken-y meals from spots like Popeyes, Curry Up!, Wendy's, and other restaurants. 

Here are the best deals being offered in honor of National Chicken Month. (Or, you know, deals on chicken that coincidentally are being run during National Chicken Month. It can be hard to tell the difference at times.) 

Free Chicken for National Chicken Month

KFC
The deal
: Get yourself 12 free chicken tenders when ordering through DoorDash. Just order a KFC Bucket meal and use the code "KFC12."
When: Through September 17

Wendy's
The deal:
Hop into the Wendy's app to get a free 10-piece order of chicken nuggets with any purchase. 
When: Through September 27

Chicken Deals for National Chicken Month

Buffalo Wild Wings
The deal:
Get free delivery through its site or mobile app. It may be all the enticement you need to try out its four new wing sauces.
When: September 10-30

Pollo Campero
The deal:
Get double reward points with every purchase made through the restaurant's app in celebration of National Chicken Month. You can also join the chain in donating to St. Jude's by rounding up your order and donating your change.
When: September 1-30 

Popeyes
The deal:
The new Hot Honey Bone-In Chicken box is just five bucks. It comes with a side of your choice and a biscuit.
When: Ongoing

Popeyes
The deal:
 You can get your craving for that chicken sandwich fulfilled. Popeyes is offering free contactless delivery through its app with a minimum $25 order.
When: Ongoing

Burger King
The deal: Use the BK mobile app to get an order of nine Chicken Fries and a large order of French Fries for $3. Alternatively, you can spend the same amount of money and take advantage of a deal that gets you a large order of fries and a 10-piece order of Chicken Nuggets. 
When: A limited time

McDonald's
The deal:
Use the McDonald's mobile app to get a 20-piece order of Chicken McNuggets for $4.99. You can use the deal once per week for as long as it's running. Though, there's no listed expiration date. 
When: Ongoing

Del Taco
The deal: 
Sign up for Del Taco's Raving Fan eClub and get two free grilled chicken tacos or Del Tacos for signing up. If you download the Del App, you can also land another pair of free Del Tacos. 
When: Ongoing

Baja Fresh
The deal: 
Join the restaurant's Club Baja membership program, and you'll get an offer for a totally free taco, valid for one chicken, carnitas Baja, or Americano taco.
When: Ongoing

Uberrito
The deal:
 The chain is running a "$5 chicken for pick-up" deal as well as offering a $0.99 kid meal with the purchase of an entrée.
When: Ongoing

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
The deal:
 The restaurant now offers Family Bundles to-go. Entrée options include House-Smoke Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Tenders, and Grilled Salmon. For $24.99, the Bundle also comes with two family-sized sides and a half-dozen Honey Butter Croissants. 
When: Ongoing

McDonald's
The deal:
Get a $0 delivery fee when you place an order of at least $25 through Uber Eats.
When: September 8-14

Noodles & Company
The deal:
Kids will eat for free every Tuesday this month with the purchase of an adult entrée.
When: September 15, 22, and 29

Jack in the Box
The deal:
Grab a $1 Chicken Sandwich through the Jack mobile app. 
When: Through September 30

The Cheesecake Factory
The deal:
Grab a lunch special and a slice of cheesecake for $15. It's only available through the Cheesecake Factory website or through DoorDash.
When: September 21-25, opening to 3pm daily

Want More Food Deals?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery offers, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.