About Us

Ezell's Famous Chicken was started over 30 years ago as a family-owned and operated business.

The story began when the family moved from Texas to Seattle. Shortly thereafter they decided that they'd start a business making chicken like they used to back home in Texas.

Lewis and the family saw their mission as simple: Provide FRESH and high quality chicken and GOOD homemade side dishes, served with FAST and courteous service. In short, Ezell's Famous Chicken had to be Fresh, Good and Fast!

After waiting six years for funding, the family opened the first store on February 3, 1984 in Seattle's Central District at 501-23rd Avenue, across from Garfield High School. Since then, they have built the family business into a national franchise.

Since the very beginning, the founders of Ezell’s Famous Chicken knew they had a product that the public would love. Their recipes called for using high quality ingredients and preparing everything fresh daily. All they had to do was get customers to "just try it once," and they would return for more.

Ezell's Famous Chicken has become a household name in Seattle and developed a loyal following throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today, there are twelve locations, a dedicated catering division and two mobile food trucks to serve the growing customer base.

Signed celebrity photo

Signed photo of Oprah

Ezell's Famous Chicken was started over 30 years ago as a family-owned and operated business.

The story began when the family moved from Texas to Seattle. Shortly thereafter they decided that they'd start a business making chicken like they used to back home in Texas.

Lewis and the family saw their mission as simple: Provide FRESH and high quality chicken and GOOD homemade side dishes, served with FAST and courteous service. In short, Ezell's Famous Chicken had to be Fresh, Good and Fast!

After waiting six years for funding, the family opened the first store on February 3, 1984 in Seattle's Central District at 501-23rd Avenue, across from Garfield High School. Since then, they have built the family business into a national franchise.

Since the very beginning, the founders of Ezell’s Famous Chicken knew they had a product that the public would love. Their recipes called for using high quality ingredients and preparing everything fresh daily. All they had to do was get customers to "just try it once," and they would return for more.

Ezell's Famous Chicken has become a household name in Seattle and developed a loyal following throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today, there are twelve locations, a dedicated catering division and two mobile food trucks to serve the growing customer base.

History in Pictures

Ezell's history in photographs - Oprah signed photo

In loving memory of Samuel Stevens, one of Ezell’s Famous Chicken’s founders.

Serving Delicious Fried Chicken For Over 30 Years!

 

Opened Ezell's Famous Chicken

Ezell's opened its doors for the first time in 1984 on the same day as the Bubblin' Brown Sugar Dance-Off event at Garfield High School.

1984
 

Catered Oprah's Birthday Party

Ezell's was invited to cater Oprah Winfrey's birthday in Chicago, 1990.

1990
 

Opened Skyway Location

Ezell's Famous Chicken opened its South Seattle location. It is the second oldest location to date.

2000
 

First Franchise Location

The Renton Highlands location opened as the first Ezell's Famous Chicken franchise, marking the beginning of Ezell's Famous Chicken as a national brand. Today there are seven franchised Ezell's locations.

2004
 

Catered at the Superbowl

Ezell's catered to over 800 Seahawks fans in Detroit, MI for the 2006 Superbowl versus the Steelers.

2006
 

Ezell's Goes International!

Ezell's Famous Chicken opened their first international store in Dubai. View the grand opening!

2015

Stay Tuned As We Continue To Make History!