Chicken shortage in US being blamed on pandemic, fried sandwich craze

Chicken-lovers are going to have to wing it through the Great Poultry Crisis of 2021.

America’s biggest fast-food companies reported earnings this week, and executives from KFC to Wingstop stressed a dire situation — there’s simply not enough chicken to go around.

A meat-processing slowdown caused by pandemic safety measures along with a surge in demand for recently rolled out fried chicken sandwiches are largely behind the shortage, executives said this week.