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KFC Payment Methods

The side of a KFC restaurant.

This fried chicken restaurant flavors its chicken pieces with a special seasoning. KFC uses a blend of 11 herbs and spices to add flavor to its fried chicken and this recipe has always been a trade secret. The secret recipe was invented by the restaurant’s founder, Colonel Sanders, and you can see his picture on the restaurant’s signs. In addition to buckets of fried chicken pieces, KFC also serves sides such as french fries and coleslaw.

Aside from that, KFC is a quick-service restaurant that operates drive-thru lanes at many of its locations. So if you want some fried chicken late at night and you don’t want to park your car in a lot, you can visit the drive-thru at this restaurant instead. Like many other fast-food restaurants, this restaurant often closes its indoor dining area before it closes its drive-through lane. Here are the payment methods you can use at KFC.

Does KFC Accept Major Credit Cards?

KFC accepts credit cards and debit cards. It also accepts cash.

Does KFC Accept Mobile Payment Methods?

KFC accepts Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and other contactless payment methods at its restaurants. This information was confirmed by the restaurant’s window sticker, which said that it supported tap-to-pay as well as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

KFC also has mobile apps for the iPhone and Android phones and the restaurant also had a window sticker that mentioned its mobile apps. DoorDash will also deliver meals from KFC and it accepts cash on delivery so there is also a way to pay cash for online orders at this restaurant.

KFC's accepted payment methods stickers.
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Does KFC Accept International Payment Methods?

It’s very likely that KFC can accept JCB and UnionPay cards by processing them through the Discover network. It’s also very likely that KFC can accept RuPay global cards by using the same process.

Does KFC Accept EBT?

KFC accepts EBT at many of its restaurants in Southern California. There were multiple KFC locations on the lists of Restaurant Meals program participants in Ventura, Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties. There weren’t any locations on the lists for San Bernardino, Kern, or Santa Barbara counties, though. KFC has a lot of locations in Southern California so if you’re looking for a fried chicken restaurant that accepts EBT this restaurant might be the most accessible one.

Restaurants must sign up individually for the Restaurant Meals program to accept EBT as a payment method and while many of the KFC restaurants in Southern California have signed up for this program, some have not. Other fast-food chicken restaurants such as Wingstop and Popeyes also accept this form of payment at many of their Southern California locations.

Additionally, KFC operates some of its restaurants in partnership with its sister company Taco Bell. Some of these KFC/Taco Bell restaurants have signed up for the Restaurant Meals program, so they can accept EBT as well.

KFC doesn’t accept EBT for online orders so you can only use it if you visit a restaurant in person. That’s typical for restaurants, though.

Does KFC Have Its Own Payment Methods?

KFC sells gift cards. This is an international restaurant chain, so if you don’t live in the US there may be a separate website where you can buy KFC cards in your country.

KFC also supports split payment for in-store purchases.

What’s Another Useful Fact About KFC?

There are also co-branded KFC/Pizza Hut restaurants and I’ve seen these restaurants at truck stops in the past. KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell all have the same parent company.

What Are KFC Alternatives That Accept Apple Pay?

Wingstop also sells fried chicken and it specializes in chicken wings. Both Wingstop and KFC sell other fried chicken entrees in addition to chicken wings, though. KFC has many more restaurants than Wingstop so there may be a KFC in your area if there’s no Wingstop nearby.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is a Southern-style restaurant that serves fried chicken. It also serves seafood dishes. The Popeyes restaurant near me has a drive-thru lane as well.

El Pollo Loco is a Mexican fast-food restaurant that serves grilled chicken entrees as well as sides such as rice and salsa. Its restaurants typically have drive-thru lanes.

Chick-fil-A is best known for its fried chicken sandwiches, and it also serves chicken nuggets and salads. Like KFC, its restaurants have drive-thru lanes.

Dave’s Hot Chicken uses hot sauce to add flavor to its chicken sandwiches. Its restaurant in my area did not have a drive-thru lane.

Angry Chickz is another restaurant that serves chicken flavored with very spicy hot sauce.

Wing Zone sells chicken wings and other chicken entrees. It also sells sides such as french fries.

Fire Wings serves chicken wings with a wide variety of sauces and it also offers noodles as a side dish.

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