McDonald's is testing deep-fried chicken wings in Atlanta, a McDonald's spokesperson confirmed to The Huffington Post. According to Burger Business these deep-fried chicken wings, aka Mighty Wings are currently available in select stores in Atlanta, with plans to spread across the region by early August.
This is not the first time that McDonald's has sold Mighty Wings. The chain first started selling the wings in 1990, which the National Chicken Council credits as one of the chief reasons chicken wings have become so popular over the years. The wings were discontinued in 2003 in the U.S. but wings are still sold in some other countries McDonald's has locations.
Don Thompson, McDonald's new CEO, took the reins just a few weeks ago, and he made it clear that he was focusing on chicken, no doubt due to chicken costs being lower than beef costs. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, "Thompson is pulling from McDonald’s 160- item recipe book, which includes bone-in chicken wings and cashew teriyaki salads with chicken, to sell new food and attract cash-conscious consumers amid a shaky global economy."
Don't expect a national roll-out though. In an email to The Huffington Post, a McDonald's spokesperson explained the chains plans:
This is purely an item that restaurants in Atlanta are testing. There are no plans to roll these out nationally.
This local market test reflects our desire to meet customer needs on local level.
America's Drive-In rounds out the top 10 with U.S. revenues of $3.6 billion.
KFC, the biggest chicken vendor in America, comes in ninth with revenues of $4.7 billion, though there were 107 fewer outposts in August 2011 than there were the year before.
8. Pizza Hut
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/pizza-hut-ads_n_911106.html" target="_hplink">Good ads</a> equal big revenues for the biggest pizza chain in America. Pizza Hut took in a solid $5.4 billion in 2010.
7. Dunkin Donuts
America runs on Dunkin' to the tune of $6 billion a year -- that's almost $20 for each and every person in the country.
6. Taco Bell
2010 U.S. revenues of $6.9 billion make Taco Bell the biggest Mexican restaurant chain in the country.
Starbucks may have had a few hiccups <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/13/starbucks-bistro-boxes_n_897768.html" target="_hplink">when it comes to introducing food</a>. But its success in beverages has propelled American's biggest coffee purveyor into fifth place among fast food chains, with 2010 revenues of $7.6 billion.
Wendy's fries may be <a href="http://www.slashfood.com/2011/04/20/wendys-fries-vs-mcdonalds-fries-taste-test/" target="_hplink">number one</a>, but its revenues aren't there quite yet.
3. Burger King
Number two burger chain Burger King was sold for $3.26 billion to 3G Capital in 2009. 2010 revenues of $8.6 billion make that sound like a deal to us! (We know, we know, there's a difference between revenues and profits...)
Subway has the most outlets of any fast food brand; it expanded that total by 816 in the past year alone. But because each store is relatively small, revenues, at $10 billion, pale in comparison with those at the number one chain.
With revenues standing at a whopping $32.4 billion in 2010, the Golden Arches aren't being dethroned any time soon. What's surprising about its success is that per store sales at McDonald's are bigger than those even cult-ish brands with fewer outlets. With $2.4 million <em>per store</em>, they're second only to Chick Fil-A, which fans travel miles to visit.