U.S. retail price of fresh chicken 1995-2019

In the United States, the price for a pound of fresh whole chicken cost consumers an average of just under one U.S. dollar and a half in 2019. Since 2015, the price per pound has remained relatively stable.

Frozen chicken

Frozen chicken and frozen chicken substitutes are commonly consumed in the United States: in 2019, private labels dominated the frozen chicken and chicken substitute market, generating over 200 million U.S. dollars of sales. The leading brands respectively that year were Tyson, Perdue, and T.G.I Friday’s. With over 80 million U.S. consumers in 2019, Tyson was also the country’s leading brand for frozen fried chicken.

Frozen fried chicken

A specific type of frozen chicken, which was consumed by about half the U.S. population in 2019, was fried chicken . Chicken nuggets, as well as tenders and fingers, were among the favorite fried chicken varieties that same year. Just over 70 million Americans had consumed fried nuggets, while about 65 million had tenders and/or fingers.

Retail price of fresh chicken (whole) in the United States from 1995 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

1995 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures as of December of the respective year.

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