This is especially true when ordering for a large party. And even more true when the food will not be consumed immediately. Nothing more tragic than eating well-curated fried chicken from Honeybird’s or Howlin Ray’s hours after its been cooked, and then hours after its been sitting around a buffet table.
Plus, Most people at big gatherings will not care, nor notice, the pedigree of the chicken (organic, free-range, Mary’s, or whatever), the type of prep (brined, seasoned, etc.) or how well it’s actually cooked or fried. They just want salty, greasy, and maybe even a bit fatty fried chicken.
And for that, fast-food or supermarket fried chicken hits the sweet spot perfectly.